Then this morning (with LOTS of caffeine in my system because of the lack of sleep from last night), Mariene and Nathalie and I headed to the the big mosque in Paris for tea, which is right across the street from the Jardin des Plantes. They have a charming little restaurant with inexpensive and delicious tea and good looking pastries, and the whole place is really beautiful. Definitely another fun thing I will recommend to future Paris visitors for sure!
Then, Nathalie and I headed to the H&M on Rue de Rennes because yesterday was the start of the Soldes in France (French retailers are only allowed to put things on sale twice a year, so these sales are a big deal!). I ended up finding the blazer that I had been admiring for ages on sale for only ten euros, down from thirty, yessss, which I paid for with my own money (don't worry, mom and dad -- this one didn't go one the credit card!). I realized today that my main method for rebelling against my mom is that I buy too many inexpensively priced blazers.
So anyway, I've had a completely wonderful week. Tomorrow, to complete our joint birthday celebration, Mariene and I have plans to bake a cake, so we'll see how that goes, mmmm. Oh, and I finished Les Miz today! So, sooo good :)