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February 4, 2017

My Eiffel Tower Proposal

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A few days into my Paris trip, my best friend, Diane, told me she needed to go take photos for her blog. She convinced my boyfriend, Teryn, and I to wake up before the sun and get dressed up with her to have some nice photos taken while her boyfriend was taking her blog photos. Little did I know that this was a plan that my boyfriend and best friend had come up with months prior!

We all get dressed up, then take an early metro ride to Trocadero. I can still remember turning the corner to the most beautiful uninterrupted view of the Eiffel Tower and feeling in awe. Diane quickly jumps out for her blog photos. It was so fun to see her in that element! Then, she pulls me in for some best friend photos! After a few quick snaps, she tells Teryn to take her place. We posed for a few photos, then he turned me around to face the Eiffel Tower behind us. We admired its beauty, then I turned back around to face our friends. That’s when he put his hands on my hips and turned me back towards him. I noticed then that his hands were shaking. He looked me in my eyes as he reached toward his suit jacket pocket and said “Ashley, I need to ask you something”. At this point I clued in. I was shocked, excited and a big ball of emotions all at once. He pulled a small pouch out of his jacket pocket and slipped out the most beautiful ring as he got down on one knee. He said “I love you. You make everything better and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?” Of course, I shouted “YES!!” and jumped into his arms.

We just got engaged in the most romantic city in the world! Pinch me, I must be dreaming.

We then went around the city taking our engagement photos! It means so much to us to have our true moment of happiness caught on camera. Afterwards, we went back to my best friend’s apartment where she surprised us with fine French champagne and a tower of macarons to celebrate! It was so special to have my best friend there to celebrate this extraordinary moment with us. After our celebration, my now fiancé and I went to walk around and enjoy Paris just the two of us to let it all sink in. It felt so romantic to enjoy this day with my fiancé on the other side of the world when no one else back home knew yet! We spent the day walking around Paris just the two of us all giddy and staring at my hand!

I feel like the luckiest girl in the world and have been on cloud nine ever since! I can’t wait to marry my Prince Charming!

Paris, Engagement, Engaged, Eiffel Tower, France

Paris, Engagement, Engaged, Eiffel Tower, France

Paris, Engagement, Engaged, Eiffel Tower, France

Paris, Engagement, Engaged, Eiffel Tower, France


Paris, Engagement, Engaged, Eiffel Tower, France

Paris, Engagement, Engaged, Eiffel Tower, France


Paris, Engagement, Engaged, Eiffel Tower, France

Happy travels!


January 14, 2017

Paris is always a good idea

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This was my first trip to Paris and it was one for the books!

The story begins when my best friend since kindergarten, Diane (aka Petite In Paris – check her out!) moved to Paris last August. I’m obviously going to visit my girl, but the fact that she was in the most beautiful city was icing on the cake! I found a flight deal for $497 RT from Chicago which helped me convince my boyfriend, Teryn, to embark on his FIRST international trip!

First of all, let’s talk about where we stayed. This photo I took just 1 block from my best friend’s apartment we stayed at. THIS is her walk to the grocery store. Incredible, right? Obviously we referred to this as “Grocery Store Lane” for the rest of the trip. It was amazing getting to stay and live the Parisian life like a local!

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Grocery Store Lane

When we arrived in Paris it was late, but of course we had to do a night walk through the city. There’s just something so magical about Paris at night, walking under the twinkle of the Eiffel Tower. The city is breathtaking! Here are a few photos I excitedly snapped from my iPhone:

Eiffel Tower at Night, Reflection

Eiffel Tower Reflection

Eiffel Tower at Night

Eiffel Tower at Night

The next morning we woke up in Paris!!! What could be better? We probably walked 12 miles this day just exploring the city. You get lost (hopefully not actually lost!) in the romantic architecture and could walk all day! The Pont Alexandre bridge was my favorite. There is just something so beautiful about it with the golden statues. I was in awe!

Pont Alexandre Bridge, Paris

Pont Alexandre Bridge

The next day we had a wonderful time at the Louvre. We entered through the shopping center downstairs where there was no line and the works of art were amazing! After admiring the artwork for hours, we stepped out onto the cafe patio for a beautiful view over the terrace.


Relaxing at the Louvre

Next up, of course we had to fit in a little shopping in the fashion capital of the world! We washed down our handbag envy with champagne at Louis Vuitton, then went to the bar at the top of Galeries Lafayette mall for a beautiful view over Paris.


Walking the streets of Paris

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Shopping and champagne at Louis Vuitton

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View of Paris from Galeries Lafayette

We went to Versailles, and although the fountains weren’t turned on at this time of year, it was still very beautiful.

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The golden gates at Versailles

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Fountain at Versailles


The gardens of Versailles

You may have heard it rains a lot in Paris. However, it doesn’t seem to rain that long. We stopped in a cafe on the way to the Notre Dame and were so lucky to completely miss the rain while we were inside for an espresso and came out to a perfectly clear sky to see the Notre Dame!

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame, Paris

As I suspected, once Teryn got to Paris he was bit by the travel bug! We had an amazing time in the city of romance!

Paris, France

Happy Travels!