Trip Start Jun 01, 2011
Trip End May 01, 2012

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Prague 21st September 2011

This day seemed like any other day.


We arrived at the most famous café in Prague, the Imperial Café. We were surrounded by floor to ceiling detailed tile work in colours of tan, cream, yellow and gold.  It was absolutely beautiful and a wonderful five star experience that we lavished, after nearly four months of travel it was a real treat.  Bacon, eggs, tomatoes, hash browns, the whole lot.


Started our walk to Prague Castle.  Prague has not been what I expected, it feels like the place is filled with secrets and is somehow magical.  We walked hand in hand through all the winding streets and darted our way through the mazes of pastel coloured buildings.  Although all the places that we have travelled in the last month have been really amazing, Prague has something different about it that we both love. 

We finally arrived at St Charles Bridge and stopped to listen to a jazz band half way across.  We got our first taste of sunshine for two days and it was so nice to have it shine on our faces. You will be happy to hear that it has been raining and miserable here on this side of the world and we even had to buy an umbrella.


We started our accent to Prague Castle, I say accent because from the bottom it felt like Mount Everest.  I was not happy about this and was a bit stroppy, the first hill seemed to be quite a steady slant which was fine but quickly became so steep that I was trailing behind. Meanwhile, Luke was blazing up the hill with his usual child-like enthusiasm.   

Then I saw the next giant hill we had to climb and I thought, 'could this day get any worse?' 


The castle was amazing.  I have to say it was worth the pain to get up there.  Being the largest medieval castle in all of Europe it was massive.  We saw the changing of the guard and some unbelievable views of Prague.  We then planned to go to a park that was a short walk away.  I asked Luke 5 different times if he was sure we had to walk back down the hill to get there as I did not want to walk up any more hills.  I thought if I had to walk up one more hill I will scream.  We grabbed a baguette with ham and salad for lunch and as we waited Luke was cheekily smiling at me as he does when I’m in a whinging mood, I think it’s because he just loves baiting me.  Soon we were both smiling and laughing about it sitting in the café. 


We quickly realised that not only was it a park but it was surrounded by forest. The tracks were muddy from the recent rain and again we were constantly walking uphill.  Silence was the only way to describe how we got up there.  Luke was loving the adventure and remarked how close to nature we were.  I did not reciprocate his thoughts at all.   We got to the top and decided to find a quiet spot to set up.


Sitting within a beautiful orchard, we started reading our books and sharing our baguette.  It was such a quiet spot, a perfect place to sit relax for the afternoon, not a person in sight (except 1 bunny and 1 frog). 


Luke asked me to stand up and started declaring his love.


I couldn’t stop talking. I was just so surprised that I kept repeating everything he said back to him.


Luke told me to be quiet and let him finish.


Luke got down on one knee and pulled a little white box out of his pocket.


Luke asked me to marry him.

2:04:36pm (It could have been less than a second)

I said "Yes" of course.

This was followed by lots of hugs and kisses and crying. All I kept saying was “Oh my God” and “But I was mean to you today.”

So a day that appeared to be like any other day turned out to be the most wonderful and memorable day, the day we got engaged.  We are both so excited and so happy to start this part of our lives together! We will remember this day forever.  Luke baiting me, me biting back, silence, making up, smiling, laughing, cheeky smiles, and most of all love everywhere.

We would much rather be on a roller coaster than on a carousel.

It’s funny because before this day the Czech Republic hadn’t been amongst my most liked places- a waiter was mean to me, I had a fall with my back pack on and we were ripped off at a money exchange in the main square in Prague. Now Czech is No 1!
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Jenny Johnston on

Congratulations........Dad and I are so very happy for you both, You really are a great couple and we wish you every happiness in the world. We love you both and are very happy to welcome Luke to our family.
Love Mum and Dad xxxxxx

Auntie on

So very excited to hear your amazing news, congratulations both of you!!!!
Wish we were with you both to celebrate the great news.
Love always Auntie, Uncle, Jess and Soph xxxxxxxxxxx

jenny and vince on

At long last!!!! Congratulations ......fantastic news, well done to the both of you. We are looking forward to the next stage in your journey together.
This trip has had some many wondferful surprises, experiences and fun, we hope it just continues.
Lot of Love to the both of you
Cheers Mum, Dad, Leah and Ryan.

Gemma on

Hooray! Congrats to you both. Can't wait to celebrate with you sometime soon. Miss you guys loads but glad you're having an amazing time!

Such wonderful news :) LOVE!!!


luke and bek on


We couldn't be happier to hear your amazing news!!!!!! congratulations and enjoy the amazing roller coaster!!!! such wonderful wonderful news!!!!!

congrats love birds!!

tim on

Massive congratulations guys!
What great news, and such a beautiful place for it all to go down.
Clara and I will have a celebratory drink for you this arvo, and the girls will have a celebratory milk.

Michael on

Luke I'm still depressed about the Hawks.....We had it in our hand....The premiership.......But your news has put that to the side, couldnt be happier for the two of you.
Belinda I would like to welcome you to the HAWTHORN FRATERNITY....


Julie Tobin on

OMG OMG OMG crangrats to you both thats fantastic .
This will be the holiday you will both rember for ever so happy for you both .
love Julie

Anna Globan on

Hey Belinda, I just heard the fantastic news and wanted to say congratulations I am so happy for you! Your trip just sounds so amazing, keep on experiencing!!!! Enjoy this really exciting time also.
Anna Globan x

Shirley on

Luke and Belinda....we're so happy for both of you. You are such an amazing couple and you really do make each other incredibly happy. Belinda, you are so special to us, like the daughter we don't have. To see the happiness on your face in your photos is pure joy. Congratulations to the both of you!...and thank you Luke for making Bind so happy xxx

Chrissy & Paul on

You engaged her!! CONGRATUALTIONS!!!!

Such fantastic news!! We're so happy for you guys. What a beautiful place to propose. LOVE xx

Kellie on

Hi to both of you and again Congratulations.
Just read the blog and am still shaking my head at how organised you are, Luke to have timed it do Belinda was writing the blog and Belinda to have been noting the time of each moment. (Too the Second) And to both of you to have it written down and available for ever on the internet.
The Matthews family are very happy for both of you, and cant wait to receive the details to the next Blog "Luke and Belinda Getting Married"
Love to both of you

jess on

hi bind!!!!!!

Im so excited and happy for the both of you, its so good to see you guys are so happy.
i just showed Kim Vu the photo of your ring and she told me to tell you how happy she is for you :)

Will speak to you soon love you's lots x

P.s Welcome to the family Luke!!!!!!!

Danielle on

Finally got to read this!!!! Just got back to day and even though I already spoke to you i LOVED reading it. So romanitc xxx
Good work Luke!!
Were so happy for you guys and cant wait to celebrate properly when you get home!!
Luv Dan xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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