Me and the number twenty-four in a super secret location! Hint: location disclosed in the next two paragraphs.
To celebrate this momentous occasion FBF surprised me with a weekend trip to Reims, the city where champagne comes from.
He took me to Taittinger champagne house, where we took a tour of their caves (cellars) and got to learn how champagne is made. At the end of it we got a taste of the delicious stuff.
The wall surrounding the Taittinger champagne house.
We then proceeded to drink more champagne. We found a café right in front of the Cathédral Notre-Dame de Reims, where the kings of France were crowned, and sipped on our glasses while enjoying the beautiful view.
The perfect view for enjoying a glass of champagne: the Cathédral Notre-Dame de Reims.
Then we went to yet another café to drink yet another glass of bubbly. This time our drinks came with a surprise aperitif of French fries.
For my birthday dinner we went to a delicious fondue restaurant, where I proceeded to eat more than my weight in melted cheese. It was heaven.
The next morning I woke up and opened a birthday package from my best friend. It came with a tiara (complete with rhinestones and a fuzzy, purple feather boa-type lining) and a hot pink birthday girl pin/ribbon. I proudly sported both while FBF and I hit up Reims’ monuments and received all sorts of funny looks from the French.
Me and my tiara being tourists all over the city of Reims!
Lunch in the city came with, of course, a glass of champagne, and after seeing all the sites we headed back home for little ol’ Lille.
All in all, it was the perfect way to turn twenty-four. Can it get any better than lots of champagne, tiaras, and travel? I think not.