Laura’s Diary: My Epic Trip, Part Deux

Dear Diary,

It’s so crazy. I feel like we could’ve gone home after our unreal trip to Cannes. But, we weren’t even close to being done with vacation. It was on to Paris from there. I’ve always wanted to go to Paris my whole life, but never have.  This time I was going to be there for my birthday!  Wow.  What a dream.  We got there on Tuesday night, so I woke up on the 24th of May in the City of Lights.  That day we visited the spot where Princess Diana left before she died.  Yes, it’s sad, but the place was beautiful, The Ritz.  I even dressed up all French-like.  I probably looked even more like a tourist this way, but who cares.

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That night we went to the Eiffel Tower for dinner at the Jules Verne restaurant.  It couldn’t have been more romantic, special and spectacular. We were sitting on the West side of the restaurant so we saw the sunset over Paris.  Oh my.  My favorite thing about the dinner was the fork.  It was so cute.  I’m weird, I know.

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Here are some pics from our vantage point…and my cake.

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The Eiffel Tower took my breath away when I first saw it.

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It was even more stunning at night.

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We had tickets to tour the tower the next day but we sold them because we couldn’t imagine having a better experience than we did that night.

I did get a ring that day. Not THAT ring.  It’s from a store called Kenzo.  I loved it.  I just had to have this ring.

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The next day we went to the Catacombs.  What a cool, creepy, interesting experience.  Onofrio wasn’t too thrilled seeing millions of bones, but I sure was.  I love that kind of stuff.   You weren’t allowed to touch the bones which made me wanna tough the bones…so I touched the bones.

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That night we went to a restaurant that Jerry and Pam suggested we go to.  It’s called Arpege.  We went in thinking that it would probably be kind of fancy, but we had no idea.  First of all, I have to show you my outfit because I was most proud of this Parisian look…especially the pants.

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So we get to the restaurant and the server hands us the menu, which had two options…a 12 course meal or a 15 course meal.  We looked at each other with our mouths hanging down.  omg. They already had his credit card so we were stuck.  We chose the 12 course meal.  This is the first course which I was too much of a wimp to eat, so I slipped it to Onofrio.

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The rest of the night, the tiny portions were brought to us in 20 minute increments.  After 2 and half hours we were done, and still hungry, so we asked if we could skip a course.  They looked at us askance and said that would be fine.  We went straight to dessert and then we were out of there.  It was good, but looooong.  It chalked it up to an experience we will probably never have again.

The next day we went to Notre Dame.  We walked around the perimeter of the magnificent building but the line was so long getting in that we decided to walk around the city surrounding it instead.

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That night we went to The Crazy Horse, which is a really classy strip club.  I know that doesn’t sound right, but it was so beautiful and so good!  We loved it.  Lots of boobies and butts, but nice boobies and butts and good lighting.

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We went to a couple of churches the next day.  We really wanted to light candles for Onofrio’s mom, my dad and my mom, who is suffering from pain in her hands and arms lately.  We found one called St Germaine in the sixth district.  Just like most buildings in Paris, it was beautiful.

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Then we went to the Sainte Chapelle.  Wow…just wow.

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That night we were supposed to eat at a restaurant called Sushi B.  It was off the beaten path and the sign on the door was tiny.  To open the door, we had to push a button.  The door slid open and there stood a geisha in full garb.  She led us to a room that only had six seats.  In fact, that was the whole restaurant, six seats.  It was 8:20pm and dinner service didn’t start until 9pm.   There were four other people there and it was super awkward.  I was really scared it was going to be one of those sushi restaurants where they put a live shrimp on the table and then chop its head off and serve it to you.  I got that vibe.  We said thank you and decided to walk out.  We just couldn’t deal.  We found this pretty fountain while we waited for our Uber to take us somewhere else.

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We went on a pretty cool boat cruise, too.  Here are some pics from that trip.  It was beautiful and hot!

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Our last day we were having a drink at a bar (Red Bull and iced tea) and I had to use the restroom.  On the way back, I look through the window and I see Jerry and Pam!  What are the chances of that?  They were eating in the restaurant adjacent to the bar.  I ran through the bar and jumped up and down.  We hugged and laughed.  I can’t believe we ran into them!

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After that it was back to sunny San Diego.  This was by far the biggest and most incredible trip of my lifetime.  It will probably be the most amazing trip of my entire lifetime.  Everything went so smooth from the luggage to the flight to the clothes I packed.  I mean, there was nothing bad about this whole experience.  I can’t thank Onofrio enough for taking me along on this “journey” ( I know, Jeff doesn’t like that word…haha).  He is a gift from God.  Seriously, I think my dad looked down from heaven and studied this earth for nine years to find the best man for me.

Who knows what lies ahead!  What is the next step?  Will something surprising happen to me soon.  I don’t know.  I hope so, I just don’t know when it will happen.  I know we are on the same page as far as how we feel about our future together.  Life is pretty exciting right now.  I’ll stop before I jinx anything.

See you soon, Diary.

 

 

 

 

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