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From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Monday, March 14, 2011

So remember when I mentioned a Valentine's surprise? And then I promptly forgot to write about it?

C told me he'd planned my surprise for the day before we were leaving for the US. I was so busy running around like a chicken with my head cut off in the days beforehand that I barely had time to think about what it was until the day of. All I knew is that it was near Bastille, so I wasn't surprised when late that afternoon, we took the subway over there and then started walking along the quay. Just as I started wondering why we were walking into a homeless camp, we came upon a small dock. At the end of a dock was a boat. As a little background - every time we see any sort of large body of water, I go on and on about how I miss having a boat. Lakes play such a large part of life in Minnesota (they don't call it the Land of 10,000 Lakes for nothing!), and it is one of the things I miss most about the state.

I also love the Seine. It's the closest I can get to the water, and there's something about the light down there that makes it an extraordinarily magical place. So C managed to convince the Seine Authorities to lend him a boat and give me a private boat ride down the river. How awesome is that? After years of being with someone who rarely bought me gifts, I feel so lucky to be with someone who puts so much thought into what he gets me.

So off we went in our little boat - cruising down the Seine. We had the river almost completely to ourselves. How may people can say that??We drove past l'Hôtel de Ville:The Conciergerie:Until we finally reached my favorite Parisian monument, the good ol' Eiffel Tower. I've always had a special penchant for the Eiffel Tower - the Iron Lady kept me company many a night, sparkling outside of my shoebox window. Whenever I was feeling down or wondering what I was still doing in France, I'd only have to look outside and remember how many people would kill to be in my shoes.

We sat there admiring her for a while, but it was getting chilly and technically you're not supposed to stop your boat on the Seine, so we finally turned around and headed back down the other side of the Seine.

Going past all the lovers on Ile de la Cité:
Notre Dame:And arriving back at Bastille just after the sunset:Le Sigh. How did I end up with such an amazing man??

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18 Comments:

Blogger MilkJam said...

awwww that is so sweet!!! gifts are SO not about the price but the amazing thought behind them. you rock C! :)

March 14, 2011 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger TN said...

Great gift! I didn't know that was possible ;-)

I am glad you found someone that realizes how great you really are! I read your archives when I first started to read your blog...and I couldn't believe what you had put up with! And now I just love C! It reminds me of my ex and my husband...complete opposites in a good way ;-)

Can't wait to see what else C has in store ;-)

March 14, 2011 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

What a totally amazing Valentine's Day gift! Those pictures are amazing!

March 14, 2011 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

What a perfect gift for you! You lucky girl!

March 14, 2011 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger ~meredith~ said...

Because you deserve him!
What a wonderful gift!

March 14, 2011 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger Cécy said...

Because you diserve him and went through enough to have the right to be happy.
Now I have to say there is only one problem with his present: I hope he doesn't plan to top it off every year or it might get really hard. Trip to the moon maybe? ;)

March 14, 2011 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger melinda said...

that was so sweet of C.....being on the Seine is very special....and looks like y'all were there without too much other traffic either.....so did C drive the boat & all??? how fast did he go? lol

March 14, 2011 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger kylie said...

that's so romantic and thoughtful! (and so much better than the bateaux mouches. :))

March 14, 2011 at 2:38 PM  
Blogger Jennie said...

Awwww!:)

March 14, 2011 at 2:47 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

that's sweet!

March 14, 2011 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger Oneika said...

How beautiful! You deserve it!

March 14, 2011 at 4:17 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

You totally had me thinking that this story would end with something shiny.. what a let down! But hey, if he'll take you on a private river cruise just for Vday, I can't wait to see what he's got in store for a proposal some day. I'm so glad you've found somebody who is not only thoughtful but also makes you so happy.

March 14, 2011 at 5:19 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Um, wow. Good for you. He is dreamy.

March 14, 2011 at 8:33 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Lovely! What a sweet surprise. :)

March 14, 2011 at 10:34 PM  
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March 14, 2011 at 10:35 PM  
Blogger Animesh said...

As I have said on several previous occasions: good catch KSam! :)

March 16, 2011 at 8:35 AM  
OpenID parisimperfect said...

Wow. Just wow.

March 17, 2011 at 10:46 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

Great Valentine's gift !! So thoughtful, so sweet. You are a lucky woman !!

March 19, 2011 at 7:04 PM  

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