I was pretty much walking on clouds ALL day following Irwin’s proposal. We decided to venture out to Trocadero to get a better view of the Eiffel Tower on our last day in the City of Lights (and love). I woke up to a message from Ai (after I had woken her up much too early to let her know it happened). Then we went across the way to Paul’s for some delicious fresh pastries, and headed on our way to Trocadero. We first went back to the Love Lock Bridge to take pictures of the proposal spot during the day, and to take one last picture of our lock. Then we headed off to Trocadero, walking at a leisurely place since I really wanted to absorb whatever I could on our last day. That and I was just so happy, I was enjoying the moment. We finally arrived at Trocadero, along with a billion other tourists, but we still managed to enjoy ourselves on the steps with some lemonade and people watch. There were tons of people taking pictures with the Eiffel Tower in the background, and the group that caught our eye were these cutely dressed Asian girls who were posing like they were modeling their clothes- I couldn’t actually tell if they were models, I think they were really just having fun which was cute and funny. We also decided it would be the best time to take our Instagram engagement announcement photos, and the picture came out beautifully! We lounged around so more, and then walked through some gardens, and made our way back to the apartment to pack and sleep early for our early morning flight the next day.
… So we waited and managed to stay awake past midnight, and walked the two blocks from our apartment back to the bridge. By then most of the people had left, but there were still more than we thought would be there around that time. So we looked over the bridge, admired the view of the Eiffel Tower shining its light all around the city.. watching the people along the side of the river.. couples having a romantic moment.. friends laughing and drinking (and me wondering if anyone ever fell into the water from being too drunk while sitting at the edge of the canal).. and then I realized- we didn’t have a lock to put on the bridge! I had been telling Irwin earlier that maybe we should buy a lock every time we passed by a vendor, but he kept saying the vendors on the bridge are there all the time.. except after midnight apparently. The vendors were gone so I was worried that we may not have enough time to get a lock tomorrow to bring back to the bridge.
The big day finally arrived. We flew off to Paris, ready to start our vacation. The flight on Air France was pleasant and surprisingly quick. We each had our own TV at our seat so there were plenty of movies to pass the time… So much so that we didn’t really get any sleep. We finally landed in slightly overcast (but warm) Charles de Gaulle airport, and thankfully Irwin was able to navigate the metro to take to the apartment we were renting for the week. When we got out of the metro, the first thing I saw was Notre Dame- It was a pleasant surprise! I was seriously in awe of it, and because I didn’t expect to see any of the sights so soon, i couldn’t stop looking back at it as we navigated our way to the apartment. Another 15 minute walk along the Seine and we were home, in our quaint and cozy Parisian apartment. The owners even left us a bottle of wine as a welcoming gift!
We dropped off our bags, then headed out to explore the area. We headed towards Notre Dame, but just sat on the benches in front to people watch. Afterwards we went to the Luxembourg Gardens to see the views, which were just stunning. So many people were out enjoying the beautiful weather and having picnics on the lawn. We headed back and grabbed something quick to eat around the corner from the apartment, then headed out again for our 4 hour bike tour. We headed to the Eiffel Tower to meet our group for the Fat Tire Bike Tour, and my first glimpse of the tower was just awe-inspiring. The Eiffel Tower is so iconic and there’s so many pictures of it.. But you never realize how grand and beautiful it is until you actually see it with your own eyes. It literally took my breath away. I wanted to just stand where I was, in the little alley around the corner from the Eiffel Cafe, and admire the view.