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Its My Birthday And I'll Go to Paris If I Want To

And that is exactly what I did. Had the absolute best time of my life.  The whole day has blown me away.

6:23am this morning I took the train from Amsterdam to Brussels
Had an Hour in Brussels. Just walked around outside the station and got some food.
Arrived in Paris 11:35am.
Mum and dad called me for my birthday about 15 mins later when I was trying to find out where the heck I was. Found my way throughout the call and after the call I found the Arc de Triomphe. I now had my bearings and made for the Eiffel Tower. My ultimate 22nd birthday goal. Found it and took many a photo. From far away to up close.

Then I began the climb. Thats correct - The Climb. I took the stairs as far as possible up to platform 2. All 668 Steps :) I then got the lift to the very top (there are no stairs for that bit). I was lucky as sometimes it is closed. The day was perfect not a cloud in the sky and the view was simply amazing. I took photos and videos but nothing will compare to being there.

I have had the dream of doing this day for at least the last year maybe a bit longer and today it came true it the best fashion possible. I don't think I could have had a better birthday alone in another part of the world. Funny thing is - It's my first birthday in Spring, my first birthday in another country (3 in fact- France, Belgium and The Netherlands) and my first birthday away from home.

I was on top of the world. A conquered the tower on my 22nd birthday - The 7th of April 2006.

Arrived back in Amsterdam at 1035pm and my legs are killing me but I am an extremely happy person. For now I am going to had back to the hostel and have a few beers downstairs. Who knows maybe I can milk the birthday thing and get a few freebies :)

(unfortunately I am yet to find a netcafe where I can plug my camera/ipod in to upload photos. Maybe tomorrow or the next day I will get luckier on that front)

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