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I turned 40 in December of 2006. My partner, Constantinos, gave me a trip of a lifetime as my birthday gift. A trip to Paris, France. My birthplace.
The reason it was extra special, was that my parents were living in Paris as newleyweds, and were trying to immigrate to Canada. They had to go there first from the former Yugoslavia to be considered to get further. During their journey, I was born in this beautiful romantic city. When I was 6 months old, their journey continued to Canada where I have been raised.
I never saw or experienced the city until May 2007. Finally after 40 years I got to experience the real thing. I used to check out every book with pictures I could get a hold of when I was little. I watched every movie, documentary that had Paris in it. I tried imagining what it all looked like.
Costa planned for us to stay in the area of Montmartre. That is where my parents lived when I was born. We even visited the hospital I was born in. The whole experience fulfilled my lifetime dream of experiencing this aspect. How scary it must have been for my parents to live in such a big city, at such a young age, not knowing how to speak French and without friends or relatives. I felt very proud of my parents and grateful for their courage.
They trip was very emotional for me. Pictures did not do Paris justice. I will never forget that wonderful week. Every moment has been etched into my heart & soul and I am forever grateful for my birthday gift. One week was just enough to get a taste of the beauty the city had to offer. We hope to go back one day for more.
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