would probably be my favourite photo if I hadn't shut my eyes!
the BEST beef bourgignon!
I didn't need a second to think about what I would write about for my happy memory. My trip to Paris in 2011 was one of the best times of my life to date and to this day it is still something I will return to in my mind and muse upon if I'm ever feel down. Back in 2011, my boyfriend and I hardly knew each other but he still decided to take me to Paris for my 20th birthday. I remember opening my birthday card and reading about it and it just not clicking straight away that he was genuinely taking me on holiday. All week I'd jokingly been saying to him "oh, it'd be great if I got to go to Paris for my birthday" so to realise that he'd taken that on board, and at such an early stage in our relationship too, had me in complete shock. Of course, by the time we returned to England, I was head over heels for him and I have been ever since. That in itself is what makes Paris such a special memory for me. 

I love Paris, and being there with someone who is now one of the most important people in my life made it even more special. We spent our short time there seeing all the typically tourists sites: the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame and even the Aquarium which I really loved. The food of course was a huge highlight. Pictured above is one of my favourite meals, beef bourgignon (yeah, no idea how to spell that, sorry.) and this was the first time I'd ever had an authentic French one. I was not disappointed. Besides this though we also had other cuisines - we found a Thai restaurant which did amazing coconut soup and we went to a Chinese by our hotel twice because it was so cheap and had this amazing black mushroom dish I couldn't get enough of. Of course I also went shopping and amazingly didn't bankrupt myself. I did however find the dress that featured in another #SBBC post, all about my favourite item of clothing

I know holidays tend to be a happy memory for everyone, but this holiday in particular was a very special one for me and I truly think only myself and my boyfriend can understand just how important it was. I hope everyone gets to experience a holiday like this at some point in their lives and I'm greedy and hope that one day, James and I will return to Paris, and who knows what will happen next time we visit ;)

Tell me one of your happy memories!