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Gettig to Paris was taking forever. First we took the train from Potter’s Bar to London Kings Cross and then took the Eurostar fast train to Paris. It goes under the Channel, under water a very long way.

While we were beneath the sea at about 12.30pm, Mum got out a couple of wrapped presents, our lunch and some treats as a surprise for Ed.  It was exactly the same time, in the right hemisphere, when he was born in London 8 years ago! So Ed is one of very few people who can say they celebrated the actual time of their birthday under the sea in a train on the way to Paris!

Not many people celebrate their birthday under the sea - Ed on Eurostar about to go under the Channel on the way to Paris

Not many people celebrate their birthday under the sea – Ed on Eurostar about to go under the Channel on the way to Paris

We get out the sparklers on the steps of L'Odeon to continue Ed's birthday celebrations

We get out the sparklers on the steps of L’Odeon to continue Ed’s birthday celebrations

When we got to paris there was a long wait to get a cab. We got a cab that had a completely glass roof so we could see lots of old buildings (and even the Eiffel Tower and Louvre with its glass pyramid) as we drove to the hotel. When we went into the hotel there was a really small lift – we just put the bags in and sent them up! When we got all our stuff in the room, we had a look out from our balcony

Our favourite restaurant in Paris, Les Editeurs

Our favourite restaurant in Paris, Les Editeurs

– you could just see the Odeon.

Ed was still having his birthday, so we decided to go out for a special dinner. Unfortunately, Mum took the name of a place from the lady at the desk. It was horrible and they really didn’t want kids there.  We left there and Mum knew about a place called Les Editeurs, just about 10mins walk away.  We went there for dessert and chocolat chaud (hot chocolate).   It was YUMMMMMM!!!! There was this awesome chocolate pudding with sauce and it was soooo rich. Then the hot chocs were made with real chocolate! Lucky we were walking back to the hotel!

The people at Les Editeurs were like JC and Laurent – really welcoming and good with everyone, not just adults who live in Paris. They even brought out Ed’s dessert with a candle in it and sang him Happy Birthday in French.  He was so stunned the man at the next table had to remind him to blow it out!

They said we should come back for dinner the next night … you will have to read our next post to find out if we did.

Mum had one last surprise on the way home. She had some sparklers and we set them going on the steps of L’Odeon. Lucikly they didn’t think we were trying to burn down the place!

Second part of our Paris adventure tomorrow.

3 thoughts on “Paris and the birthday boy

  1. Tom- did you write this? Very well written, informative, and it is quite funny in some spots too. I wish I could go to Paris!

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