I moved to Paris shortly after my 26th birthday last year (which turned out to be a shame because all the discounts for half-price train tickets, etc. cut off post-25). Anyway, as I celebrated my last birthday in Seattle, I remember looking around the room and feeling so proud and happy to be surrounded by people I cared so much about. It was daunting to think of potentially celebrating my next birthday in a foreign city without any new friends. This really motivated me to invest a lot in building new relationships as soon as I moved to Paris. While it took a lot of effort (especially as an introvert), I’m so glad that by the time my 27th birthday came around last weekend, I had a really great group of people to celebrate with (both expat and French friends!)
As someone who loves any excuse to dress up (and request Tyler to wear a bowtie), I chose a classy speakeasy called Prescription Cocktail Club (thanks Leah for the recommendation!) You can reserve a room upstairs and enjoy a fancy night of cocktails and beautiful decor. I asked the waitress for the “pinkest and more sugary” drink on the menu, and she brought me a fruity cocktail that I finished all by myself! If you’ve ever gone to a bar with me, you’ll know this is very rare.
After a fun-filled night with friends, I was exhausted (especially trying to navigate cobblestone roads in 4-inch heels afterwards. I still don’t know how women do it.)
I spent my actual birthday the next day with Tyler, doing a bit of all my favorite things: sleeping in, enjoying a beautiful brunch at Ladurée on Champs-Élysées (thanks mom and dad!), shopping, standing an hour in 6° weather to get into Musée d’Orsay (okay, the long wait maybe wasn’t so “favorite”), and eating a delicious homemade Côté-style steak dinner.
Thank you to all who celebrated with me!