today in history

You know you are living in the right city when there is a street commemorating your birthday.

I often walk past this unassuming street, cornering the famous Colette off of rue Saint-Honore, and feel a little special. So, what does it mean? This day in history celebrates the July Revolution in which Charles the X was overthrown, soon to be replaced by Louis-Phillipe, establishing the July Monarchy. July was an eventful month! Today, I celebrate along with the French, mindful of my own personal history. (Part of which fondly recalls last years adventures in Tuscany.)

How will I spend this day? If weather is on my side (still waiting for the return of summer to Paris), I will venture to the beach, Paris Plages that is, travel to India via the Pompidou, stop by chocolatier Michel Cluizel for a praline sampling, maybe even a Berthillon (pourquoi pas?) and simply lose myself in the tangle of streets, rive droite to rive gauche. (Yes, after almost two years I can still become happily lost.) All the while, grateful of having turned another year wiser and more fulfilled.



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  1. Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite July 29, 2011

    Happy Birthday! I can’t believe I am making you WORK on your birthday. Can’t wait to meet you later – and see my bag!!!

  2. Lindsey July 29, 2011

    Wishing you a very happy birthday – may the sun come out for you at some point today!!

  3. Karen July 29, 2011

    happy birthday darling! wish we could celebrate with you!

  4. Maurizio July 29, 2011

    Buon Compleanno (in ritardo ) Kasia 🙂 🙂 🙂 !!!!!

    Horse Family

  5. Susan July 29, 2011

    Many beautiful birthday wishes Kasia! Love the street-how cool!

  6. Paris Paul July 29, 2011

    Happy Birthday, Kasia! May it be at least as good as last year’s yet not as good as next year’s. 🙂

  7. Kasia August 2, 2011

    Many thanks to all for the birthday wishes! It was a beautiful (and mostly sunny) day!


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