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Celebrating in Paris

Our niece, Claire Callander, has been tripping around Europe for the past 8 weeks.

She’s been traveling like any other 21 year old does; on the cheap. Busing around 12 Countries and 24 cities in 53 days.

We have a small window of opportunity to catch-up and take Claire out for her 21st Birthday, which she celebrated on her trip.

Claire is staying at St Christophers backpackers at Gare du Nord. By the way, we are staying at the Hyatt; that’s the difference between traveling in your 20’s and at our age (to be fair, we only stayed here after finding a good deal online).

We treat Claire to dinner at Sacrée Fleur, a quintessential french bistro which boasts about handmaking everything with fresh seasonal ingredients. It’s speciality is beef.

It’s a unanimous decision to share the Côte de Boeuf. When a large 1.5kg fillet of beef arrives on a sizzling plate, I didn’t think we would finish it all, but we did! Following that are two deserts to share between us; a Creme Brulee and Orange Crepes with Grand Marnier. Very french!

The meal was superb, Claire declared it the best meal on tour. Though after the stories we heard, I don’t think that would have been hard. It was a great meal and one of the best we’ve had in Europe.

It was lovely to see Claire and hear about her trip. I think we got the censored version, but she clearly had a fantastic time.

I’m not sure how much of the 24 cities they actually see on tour, but they see a lot of European bars and nightclubs. It sounds like loads of fun and I can remember doing similar trips. It was exhausting just listening to the itinerary, I certainly don’t have the energy for that now.

We drop Claire back to the hostel, she is looking a little weary having just left the Greek party islands of Ios. This is probably her earliest night to bed in months.

We have a quick breakfast together the next morning and ‘FaceTime’ her parents back in Melbourne. Claire has one day left before flying home and is planning to spend it shopping in Paris; nice ending!!

We are back in the car, heading south to the Dordogne region to take up residence in a cottage near the village of Villefranche-de-Lonchat for 3 weeks.