I was chatting with my former intern Sharllene just recently when I told her that I wanted to go to France before I turn 30. At that time, I did not even have plans of going out of the UK border. But the universe has its way of surprising us.
I got an invitation from my cousin C and his mom to spend the holidays in France. They were the ones who issued my Attestation Accueil that made the visa processing faster.
4 days ago, I found myself turning 29, a year in advance of the deadline I gave myself, in front of the Versailles Palace in France!!!
How lucky can one get?!
Apparently, quite lucky. C lives a minute away from the Versailles Chateau et Gardens (more of this to share with you in another post) so on my birthday, we toured the palace then went to PARIS.
Here’s what Wiki says about Versailles:
When the château was built, Versailles was a country village; today, however, it is a wealthy suburb of Paris, some 20 kilometres southwest of the French capital. The court of Versailles was the centre of political power in France from 1682, when Louis XIVmoved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution. Versailles is therefore famous not only as a building, but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy of the Ancien Régime.”
A few months ago, I would wear the Eiffel tower necklace that my magazine editor friend gave me to inspire me to work harder so I can save up for a trip to France. What was but a dream became a reality on my birthday, Greenwich time. 🙂
I finally saw her… The Iron Lady, Tour Eiffel!
Designed by Gustave Eiffel, this structure towers over Paris like an omnipresent guardian.
For some, this might just be an iron lattice tower but for me, it served as a motivation to work harder and dream bigger.
Allow me to share with you photos and a funny video from that day that I will now cherish for a lifetime.
I asked Rhona to tag along with me coz I cannot leave her during the holidays alone. We have been through tough and good times together. This photo speaks of a sisterly bond that tries to overcome the differences and enjoys the adventures to the hilt. (Although of course if we only had a choice, we would want to hug our “significant others”, if I had one, instead of each other in this picture! hahahaha)
Dream Destination Number 1, CHECKED!
Roamed around Paris until we got hungry and rode the train back to Versailles.
We ended the night in a famous creperie in Versailles, A La Cote Brettone, where the owner sang a happy birthday song for me ang gave me chocolate and pistache crepe!
Back at C’s place, I created an improvised wall Christmas tree for him made of casette tape and blu-tac since he is into collecting vinyl records. C and Rhona had fun taking shots of it.
Hope this post and these photos will spread some Christmas cheer to wherever you are reading this from!
Aimez la vie,