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Elizabeth's journal about her experience at International Space University in Strasbourg, France. Read on to find out what she did...

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Birthday in Paris!

Happy birthday to me! I have to start by saying THANK YOU to everyone for the calls, emails, comments, and cards. I have the best friends and family in the world!

My day started with a phone call from Ross and a card from my life group at church, which was the perfect way to start the day. We took our time getting up and getting ready since we are normally so rushed in Strasbourg. We found our way to a boulangarie where we had a wonderful breakfast of pastries. Then we made our way to the Tour Eiffel where we planned to go up and see the city during the day, but the lines were extremely long. I've been up twice before, so I wasn't disappointed to avoid standing in line for hours. From there we went back to the Champs Elysees to do some shopping! We went in some stores that I'll never even be able to dream of shopping in, but it was fun. We also did some shopping in the area around our hotel, which was a little more reasonable. I wish I'd had a few more days just to shop. There are so many great stores! With 4 people trying to shop together I actually didn't end up with much. We were all looking for different things, so it took most of the day just to find the specific stores they were looking for. Regardless of how much I bought, it was fun.

The girls treated me to dinner at a small sushi restaurant that was delicious before we headed back to the Tour Eiffel to meet up with the folks from Fat Tire bike tours. We went for a 4 hour bike tour of Paris, which was a blast. We rode past Notre Dame, stopped for the best ice cream in the world, then went by Hotel de Ville and Sainte Chappelle to the Louvre, through the Jardin des Tuleries, and onto a boat tour of the Seine. Our tour guides were both from Texas. Tyler was from Houston and Taylor was from Tyler. We had fun getting to know them a little better on the boat. They found out it was my birthday thanks to Ashley and had the entire group sing happy birthday to me when we got off the boat. Then we rode past the Tour Eiffel one last time while the lights were sparkling and ended our tour. Tyler and Taylor gave me a Fat Tire bike tour t-shirt when we got back to the shop and recommended a place for us to go celebrate afterwards. The girls minus Chanece, who was tired, ended up staying out dancing and talking until after 3 in the morning.

Needless to say it was a great birthday. It was so great to hear from all of the people I love. The only thing that could have made it better would have been to actually share it with you all! Thanks again!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elizabeth, Ross emailed and reminded us it was your birthday on Saturday. It sounds like you had a wonderful time. This is a wonderful opportunity for you and it sounds like you are really enjoying yourself. It sounds like Ross may be missing you a litte; but, he is happy for you.

Keep us up to date and have fun.

Love Joyce Bryan

7:39 AM  

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