The proposal

Trip Start Feb 12, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Le Jardin de l'Odeon

Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Saturday, August 29, 2009

Though long overdue, this is our most exciting blog. The delay is due to my great enthusiasm for writing!

our tale begins with a lie.  Kris came home about 2 weeks before the
bank holiday weekend in August and claimed that he was being sent to
Paris for work.  I knew something was up as I could tell he was nervous
in telling me. For those of you who know me well would know that I was
immediately suspicious. At the same time I was very excited because
Paris is my favourite city and I will take any chance to go.  So I
decided to play along and allow him to make all the "the last minute"

As irony would have, Kris did indeed end up having
to go to Paris for work and so he left a day earlier than me and I
followed on the Friday.  The weekend started out well as Eurostar was
celebrating their 100 millionth passenger on board and in doing so gave
away to everyone on my train free round trip Eurostar tickets...another
reason to return to Paris!

I arrived in Paris around noon and
met Kris at the hotel for our lunch date with our friend Katie.  We
ended up at a bistro nearby and we all had the house specialty...a
burger with Thousand Island good!  After lunch we did a
little tour of the neighbourhood, Katie as a great tour guide and then
departed with plans to meet up for drinks and dinner later.  So we did,
meeting for a few beers at John & Katie's favourite local Irish pub
(when in Paris!) and then we headed to a bistro not far away that was a
recommendation.  It turned out to be an amazing meal and by far the
best service I have ever received in Paris!  After dinner we turned in
early, Kris had suddenly decided that he really wanted to get up at
sunrise to take pictures over the Seine and I reluctantly agreed as
long as we just threw on clothes and came back afterwards for breakfast
and showers. 

As it turned out, we didn’t end up getting out
the hotel until 9am, I think Kris knew that I would kill him if on this
occasion the pictures were of me in PJs, messy hair and no makeup! 
Nevertheless, 9am was still very early for Paris on a Saturday and the
streets were almost deserted.   We made our way along the Seine with
the Rodin Museum our final destination.  We crossed from the left bank
to the right on the pedestrian footbridge “Pont des Arts” and walked
down along the river.  As we approached the museum I could tell Kris
was getting a little nervous and in the quiet morning sunshine we sat
down on a bench.  For months leading up to this day, Kris had been
writing me beautiful love letters and as we sat down he reached into
the camera bag and pulled out a new one.  I opened it and read the one
line “WILL YOU MARRY ME?” and looked up to see Kris down on one knee in
front of me.  After that it’s pretty much a blur and I don’t think I
even let Kris say another word before I was saying “YES! YES! YES!”
...and of course grabbing that beautiful ring!  We were both so happy
and a little teary eyed!  After getting over the shock (or relief as I
was hoping this would be the trip that he proposed!) we called our
parents to share the good news.  

After the happy phone calls,
we decided to continue on with the plans of the day and head to the
Rodin Museum.  The Rodin was beautiful and has amazing
gardens...although I’m sure I spent more time looking down at my left
hand!  After all that excitement our tummies were growing so we hopped
on some rented bicycles and  headed to the famous Cafe Angelina known for
their amazing hot chocolate and cakes.  Sensibly we both had croque
madams before we ordered a piece of cake each and a hot chocolate to
share...we were celebrating Parisian style!  From there we decided to
work off our lunch with a bike ride around Paris and a trip to the
famous Lafayette Department Store...which from the roof boasts one of
the best views in Paris.

Kris had made reservations at our
favourite Parisian steakhouse, so we headed home to change.  We arrived
at Robert & Louise and immediately were shocked.  The restaurant
that we had discovered a year ago, one we thought of as a hidden gem as
it was only one room, sat maybe 20 people, had no kitchen only an open
fire and a frying pan with which to cook the delicious steaks, and fry
the potatoes to perfection in goose fat....was now much more popular. 
They had renovated and opened up a brand new section in the basement,
which we were seated in.  Sadly eating in the cellar was not quite the
same...though we could hardly complain about the steak.  From there we
decided to grab a bottle of Champagne and head to the “Pont des Arts”
which every night in the summer turns into an open air picnic ground
where Parisians come to enjoy live music and a beautiful evening along
the Seine.  As you can imagine it was very romantic.

The next
day we were headed home, but were able to visit the Musee D’Orsay and
had an excellent lunch on our favourite square in Paris, hidden away on
the very tip on the Isle de Cite.  It was another amazing trip to Paris
and one we will never forget.  I’ll now know not to question when I
suspect Kris is up to something!  As I found out later, he has been
planning the whole trip for a month and initially used work as the way
to get me was just a coincidence that he ended up actually
having to go!  Now I just have to convince Kris that we should return
every year to celebrate! 
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