Thanks to everyone that sent me birthday wishes! You are all lovely. I missed them all because my boyfriend took me off to Paris for the weekend. It's a lovely city but remarkably smelly for how clean the whole place was.

We went to the Louvre today and I realised that I am not an art person. Or, at least, not a painting person. We went straight to have a look at the Mona Lisa because that's what tourists do and apparently if you don't do it at the start of the day, you don't get near it at all. I glanced at it from the door and my rough reaction was " well, that's that. Let's go see something else."

We spent the next hour admiring rugs from Islamic empires.