So two days before my birthday my Hubby, two of my favorite travel besties and I, packed our bags and headed to magical Paris.

We arrived in Paris at am and decided to take the city head on to try to get acclimated to the time difference (Paris is 6 hours ahead of Miami).

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We stopped at the foot of the Eiffel tower as the evening light show began.

It was spectacular and a beautiful ending to an amazing vacation.

After a scrumptious brunch at Angelina’s tea house we headed across the street to The Tuileries Gardens.

[gallery type="rectangular" ids="8476"] [gallery type="rectangular" ids="8477"] The gardens were filled with people just lounging in chairs, reading and just enjoying the beautiful afternoon.

We were in search of French yumminess to bring back home– we’re talking cheeses, tartlettes and wine.

After our grocery store adventures we returned to the hotel to change and get ourselves dolled up for our tea time date with Angelina.

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While walking the gardens we discovered a carousel and there was no way we were going to pass it by without at least one ride.

Celebrating my 40th birthday on a carousel in Paris, well that just made my inner child beam with happiness.

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