celebrating one year … in paris!
the boy took me on a quick trip to paris last weekend to celebrate our first anniversary! he had been planning this for many weeks, and even though i spoiled the surprise factor a bit in the end, the gesture was so splendid and sweet.
we had a simple date night on the day of our actual wedding anniversary. we went to our favourite neighborhood restaurant and then had some cake together at home…
my mom had brought us the top layer of our wedding cake all the way from utah when she came to visit last month. i still can’t believe she actually brought it all that way (with a few days’ stop in new york city, too!). since it had been frozen and defrosted many times, though several security scanners at different airports, in planes and cars and subway trains, it was looking a little worse for the wear when we got it out of the freezer the day before our anniversary. we just had a few bites each but amazingly, it tasted quite good! so fun to reminisce on our sealing, our perfect wedding festivities, and the past year, which indeed has been tremendously challenging but has also been tremendously awesome.
the next morning, we hopped on a train across the english channel! i was totally giddy when we got into paris. i had been twice before, and it was ian’s first time. to be there together as lovers! dreamy. to me, paris is worth all the hype. it really is magical. we had just thirty six hours and a few mishaps, but overall the weekend was really, really wonderful.
^^ we went to sacre coeur and it was so crowded! there was some kind of festival with food stands and music going on. quite the party. ^^
^^ paris makes one drunk enough on love that taking kissing selfies becomes somehow acceptable :) ^^
^^ he is just the cutest. i love that smile so much. ^^
^^ when i told ian we could see the tower actually sparkle if we stayed on top of the arc de triomphe past nightfall, he was game to stand in the cold gazing over the city for nearly an hour. and when the glittering started, i gasped and looked over to catch his complete jaw drop. i mean, it’s the most lovely, romantic, fabulous thrill to see that tower sparkle. ^^
^^ since we had macarons at our wedding reception, we just had to stop in laduree during our long walk down the champs elysees from the arc de triomphe to the louvre. ^^
^^ the balcony of our cute little hotel room! ^^
^^ we went straight from sunday services at the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints to a sunday service at notre dame! we heard singers and the organ while we explored the spectacular interior. but the exterior is my favourite! ^^
^^ the entrance to sainte chapelle, before walking upstairs to the upper chapel. i had never been to sainte chapelle before, and i was blown away. honestly, my body was tingling with joy and awe pretty much the entire twenty minutes we spent in the upper chapel. that room has become one of my all-time favourite places in the world. i seriously loved it so, so much. totally astonishing and dazzling and just quite unbelievable. the pictures certainly don’t do it justice!:
^^ maybe even better than marveling at the windows and the ceiling was watching people’s reactions as they turned around the corner from the stairs to see the upper chapel for the first time. i so loved seeing such expressive faces of sheer awe, amazement, reverence, complete wonder or total shock! ^^
^^ in love with this place. could have stayed for hours. ^^
^^ but… we’d passed a crepe stand on our way in and i was also thinking at nutella and bananas. this crepe here was one of the best things i’ve ever put in my mouth. ^^
^^ we walked up the stairs to the second platform of the eiffel tower, and then took the elevator the rest of the way. bless ian’s heart, he is so afraid of heights but he always faces his fears and does this stuff (he’s usually the instigator!) and usually ends up loving it in the end. ^^
^^ the glass floor on the first platform. kind of neat! ^^
^^ a cotton candy treat to top off a magical evening. ^^
^^ on the way back to our hotel to get our stuff and head to the train station… ^^
^^ we got to catch one more eiffel tower sparkle from across and down the seine. a little kiss goodbye from the city of lights. until next time! ^^
yes, paris is worth all the hype. and so is being in love. it’s really really really wonderful to be in love.