Today is our last day in Paris before we make our way back to Belgium for a quick stop in Ghent. I’m pretty sure Boyfriend is going to have to drag me kicking and screaming to the train. It’s been a great two days so far, I can’t wait to finally explore Belgium! You know, the country we planned this vacation around. Today’s post is an especially romantic one. Without further ado…
Hi guys, it’s Sam here over from Bright Space, guest posting whilst the lovely Erin is skipping her way around Europe.
Erin’s asked me come up with best holiday themed post, and having been inspired by her trip to Paris, I’m sharing with you today, my special and romantic trip to California and Nevada with my husband Den in December 2007. It’s particularly special to me because it’s where we got engaged. “Awww,” I hear you say!
This US trip was the second holiday we had together, the first being a surprise trip to New York just two months after we first met in 2006 and as a girl who loves the TV show “Sex And The City,” it was a place I always wanted to visit. Den had set his stall out for uber ‘girlfriend impressing’ trips early on in our relationship so when we talked about going back to the States for two weeks and having a West Coast self-drive experience, it was a hard act to follow yet a very exciting prospect indeed.
On a wet dark January earlier in the year, we were in a taxi after a social event and I forget the nature of the conversation we were having but we got onto the topic of spending the rest of our lives together. At our very first date I’d bluntly told Den that I would not marry again so when he announced in the cab that he would propose to me by the end of 2007, I was very surprised and just laughed the conversation off. Believe me when I say that when we arrived in San Francisco all those months later and with only 3 days until the year was out, I had absolutely no idea he was about to pop the question.
My fiancé-to-be got down on one knee in the hotel room in the early hours of the first morning in SF, we were wide awake with jet lag and poor Den… the engagement ring had travelled those thousands of miles in his hand luggage without me knowing and the pressure of ensuring he did not lose it before he had ‘done the deed’ had become so stressful, he could not wait any longer. Den is never lost for words, but this is the one occasion where he had trouble deciding what to say and how to deliver it. Okay, so it wasn’t the most romantic of locations but very special nonetheless. Such fond memories and a fantastic start to an awe-inspiring trip.
It’s amusing to think that the ring had been hidden under my nose at home for days and then in the hotel safe and I had not stumbled across it. I think Den grew a few more grey hairs over the whole experience.
As the popular saying goes “Never say never,” and that couldn’t be truer in this story.
Here are some of my favourite shots of the trip. Do tell, what’s been your most romantic experience ?
How sweet is that?! I don’t know what’s more amazing, Sam’s gorgeous photographs or her gorgeous engagement ring! Thank you so much for sharing your story, Sam!