Our 5th wedding anniversary was arriving. It started with 7 clues??!!
I had a different clue every day leading up to the Thursday. Clue 5 said ‘Hilton’ as in Paris Hilton. Clue 7 said ‘Windmill’. John was slightly disappointed that I didn’t guess the destination!!
My parents arrived on the Thursday lunchtime and the anniversary bunting was up (a lovely present from friends*).
I thought my surprise was going to be one night away in London but it turned out to be 3 nights away in Paris 🙂 Well, my face was a picture (and recorded on a phone!).
Off we flew the next morning into Charles de Gualle, got met by a driver and arrived at our hotel just around the corner from the Sacre Coeur, the Montmatre Mon Amour. A little boutique hotel in a great location for our weekend.
We took a look at the Sacre Coeur which is a magnificent site, sat on top of a hill. Be prepared for lots of steps when visiting! It looks equally amazing at night. We then wandered around the streets and a little artist market then sat outside a little cafe looking up to the church.
Dinner that night was a cruise on the Seine. We embarked right by the Eiffel Tower which looked splendid all lit up. Dinner was amazing, right at the front of the boat, viewing all the sites along the way. A couple got engaged, luckily she said yes. I was also presented with a ring, an amazingly beautiful diamond eternity ring – another big surprise from John.
When we got off the boat at 11am the Eiffel Tower started glittering (it does this every hour), it looked so pretty. John then whisked me off to a little jazz club which was in the basement of a tiny place but where the locals hang out and jive. Apart from being elbowed in the mouth (no teeth lost) we really enjoyed watching people dance and having a go ourselves.
Shopping and lunch on Saturday was at Galeries Lafayette. I bought a couple of souvenirs and an Eiffel Tower christmas decoration (had to be done). They had an amazing christmas tree hanging from the huge glass dome which was gorgeous. I loved walking round the shoe department – which took up a whole floor – shopping heaven !!
I’ve always wanted to go to the Moulin Rouge but never thought I would get the chance. John had booked the best seats in the house for the fantastic meal and show. I never thought I would see boobs, snakes and miniature ponies in one show!
After a lie-in on Sunday, we went to the Marche aux Puce Saint-Ouen. This market is 14 markets spread over seven acres with lots of alley ways and arcades, its a maze. John bought me a lovely perfume bottle for my dressing table and dish for our living room. We spent about 4 hours there including lunch (which again was gorgeous) but could have stayed longer. I think we only saw a fraction of it.
That night was a relaxed night in a local little pizzeria, Babalou, just round the corner which John found on Trip Advisor. He booked a table online, good job too as we wouldn’t have eaten there. It was tiny, just like someone’s front room but popular. Pizza’s were scrummy and the dessert was lovely, Limoncello poured over the top of lemon sorbet – the first mouthful nearly blew my head off !!
Monday arrived too quickly and it was time to go home. Fog at Charles de Gualle and Heathrow delayed is by 2 1/2 hours but it could have been alot worse, the next flight was cancelled. Thank god as I was missing my little man so much. BA handled the situation really well and I got to sit in the captains chair!
I had such a romantic, luxurious, amazing weekend. John planned everything to perfection – all my friends and family knew – I may never trust any of them again 🙂
I of course was worried about leaving Jack. If I had known about the weekend, I may not have agreed to so much time away. I shouldn’t have worried. He had an amazing time with his grandparents and my sister. He got spoilt rotten and my parents and sis had a fab time with him, even though they went back to Devon shattered.
I’m a very lucky lady. We did all the things that I’ve mentioned to John I would like to do if we ever went back to Paris – see, husbands do listen, occasionally 🙂
* My friend Nicky will be launching her personalised bunting website next week so watch this space!!