Paris has been on my wish list for THE longest time and it was one of those things that I honestly never thought I’d see come to light. As it would have it, my daughter’s wish for her 16th birthday was to visit Paris and see the Eiffel Tower so I, of course, excitedly complied. Who knew that we would ever live close enough to Paris that we could just hop in the car and a mere four hours later just be there.
Being in Paris was absolutely magical…
..until we got the bill.
Just kidding! It was still incredibly magical, bill and all.
We took her to eat at Castel Cafe, a cafe located right next to the Eiffel Tower. Well location really is everything because it literally took “everything” right out of our wallets, and you know what, we wouldn’t have had it any other way. The food was mediocre at best, however, the experience was truly once in a lifetime. We took our time and sat outside and enjoyed the sights and sounds of the city passing us by. We just couldn’t believe that we were actually eating outside of a little cafe in Paris.
When it was time to leave, our daughter, who is studying French in high school, asked the waiter for our check completely in French. The huge smile on his face confirmed that he was absolutely delighted with her accuracy. We could not have been more proud. It was definitely one of the many highlights of the day.
Next time we go, we have hopes to see the Eiffel Tower lit up at night. We’ve heard it’s pretty spectacular.
Fun Fact: One of my favorite films released completely in French (with English subtitles) and set in Montmartre, a distric of Paris, is Amelie. It’s a cute and quirky film starring, Audrey Tautou, that I’ve always adored.