diamonds and the eiffel tower

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We awoke our first morning in Paris to delightfully bright blue skies and waiting Starbucks (thanks Mom and Dad!).  After making breakfast at the apartment, we were off.  Nearly a year ago, while Dad was planning our trip we had CMT on at our house and Taylor Swift’s new music video “Begin Again” was played.  He was working on the Paris portion of the trip and the video shows her in Paris – the majority of the video was filmed 16 (yes, actually 16 steps) out the front door of our apartment.  Naturally, we did some reenactments.  😉 We strolled across Lover’s Lock bridge where tradition says that a couple can lock a padlock on the bridge, throw the key into the rushing waters below and their love will be as secure as the padlock.  The sheer number of locks locked on locks (ten times fast, go!) is amazing.  We found one that dated back to 1977!

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Next we began a walking tour that would result by the end of the day with us having walked over 16 miles throughout the city of Paris!  We started with Les Halles – a shopping district that also contains English St-Eustache that was highlighted for, among other things, begin the location of the funeral mass of Mozart’s mother and the baptism and marriage of Moliere.  We continued to the Louvre where we thoroughly enjoyed taking the cliché tourist photos and watching outer travelers (we will tour the inside on Thursday).  Relaxing a bit around the fountains – plentiful throughout the city of Paris – soon enough we continued to the square where Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI were beheaded.  The Arc de Triomphe was next on our walking tour before we headed into Eiffel Tower territory where we ate lunch in the shadow of the famous tower.  It is a bit of surreal moment to finally stand in front of the legendary structure – much like the feeling when we saw Mount Rushmore or the London Bridge.  Forgive the lack of details; I’m too excited to get to the BEST DAY OF MY LIFE story!!  🙂

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Mom and I had been trailing the boys throughout the grounds as they were on an epic hunt for the perfect shot of the Eiffel Tower for the house.  The shots were never just right – there were too many people around, we couldn’t get a full view of the tower, etc.  Just as I was beginning to complain they had ones that would suffice just fine a rainstorm began pelting the tourists lounging on the grass, causing everyone to quickly abandon their spot and sprint for cover.  True Washingtonian that we are the rain didn’t bother us in the slightest; Dad finally had a clear shot of the tower free from other people while Cameron and I decided this would be a great opportunity for some jump shots in front of the tower.  We were laughing and hamming it up for my dad who was taking pictures when I heard Cameron say “how bout one like this?”  I turned around to find him on one knee.  My heart is racing already writing the story but it was absolutely magical and a moment that is forever engraved in the most precious spaces of my memory.  It still hardly seems real.  Obviously I quickly said yes while trying not to cry and we were engaged!!!

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I cannot believe that I get to marry the love of my life and my very best friend but I am so excited to say that we are now officially engaged!! 🙂  To have my parents there (Justin, you are so incredibly missed brother) and to have pictures to remember – my man is the absolute best.  The tours of Paris will continue later tonight and tomorrow, however, no sight will be as beautiful as my love on one knee and his ring on my finger! 🙂

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