Paris Day Three: Louvre, Pont des Arts and a Ring

Paris Louvre Engagement storyLike every day there, we woke up early and went to enjoy my favourite breakfast: fresh bread and croissants with Nutella and a fresh coffee with milk. Today was time to go and visit the Louvre Museum. We arrived quite early in order to avoid the queues. The entrance was free as we’re under 26 and from the UE. I advise you to always bring your passport/ID with you as you’ll see many offers like this. The only thing we paid for was an audio guide which I totally recommend. It’s like a mini laptop with touch screen, with a map and it can tell you everything about anything. We chose to make the route of the masterpieces of the museum. We stayed there half a day.

In the meantime I was carrying with me a padlock, already with our initials written and I wanted to put it on the Pont des Arts (the famous bridge), like many other lovers do. I know it’s just a symbolic thing, but I like these things. Last time I did something similar was when I was in Rome. I threw a coin in Fontana di Trevi and my wish was to be with Dan. We weren’t together at the moment. And that was 6 years ago.

It was already late afternoon, we were a bit tired and we were constantly looking for a quiet place. Yes, a quiet place in the busy Paris. No, it wasn’t easy to find. That’s when we tought: a park! let’s go to Parc du Luxembourg! It looked so big on the map, we were sure we’ll find a quiet place there, just for the two of us. As we entered everyone was everywhere. But we didn’t give up. We walked and walked and walked so far, until we found a small garden. We took two chairs and put them in the middle of the grass.

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Ca de obicei, ne-am trezit devreme si ne-am dus jos la micul dejun: paine proaspata (usor calda) si croissante crocante cu Nutella si cafea cu lapte. N-am zabovit prea mult ca sa putem ajunge la Muzeul Louvre drevreme. Nu am stat mult la coada si deja eram la casa de bilete. Pentru ca avem sub 26 ani si suntem din UE, nu trebuie sa platim intrarea. Va sugerez sa purtati cu voi pasaportul sau buletinul pentru ca trebuie sa dovediti asta. Singurul lucru pentru care am platit a fost ghidul audio care a fost foarte bun. Am avut fiecare un mini laptop, cu ecran touch screen si cu casti. aveam o mapa GPS si puteam vedea mereu unde suntem. Puteam sa alegem ce vrem sa ascultam si cat. Noi ne-am ales traseul capodoperelor de arta, pentru ca stiam ca nu vrem sa stam toata ziua. Asa ne-a luat o jumatate de zi.

Dupa asta am vrut sa ne oprim la Pont des Arts (faimosul pod), unde aveam in gand sa pun un lacat adus de-acasa, gata ‘gravat’ cu initialele noastre. Stiu ca e doar asa simbolic, insa imi plac lucrurile de genul. Am mai facut ceva asemanator cand am fost in Roma. Am aruncat o moneda in Fontana di Trevi cu dorinta de a fi cu Dan. Asta s-a intamplat acum 6 ani.

Deja era foarte tarziu si amandoi eram putin obositi. Cautam un loc mai linistit, unde sa putem fi doar noi. Dar sa gasesti un loc linistit in Paris e ca si cum ai cauta acul in carul cu fan. Probabil or fi, dar nu asa vizible pentru un turist.. Am luat harta si-am vazut ca suntem aproape de Parc du Luxembourg. Era mare si ne-am gandit ca trebuie sa gasim acolo un locsor mai intim, de unde sa luam o pauza de la atatia turisti, atatia vanzatori ambulanti si aparate foto. Cand am intrat in parc am fost dezamagiti… lume peste tot… Dar pentru ca stiam ca e mare parcul, am zis sa ne plimbam pana gasim ceva. Si-am gasit. Locul perfect: umbra, totul verde in jurul nostru, liniste, doar noi doi.

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When I was in high school I was reading an Elle magazine, with Jennifer Lopez on the cover. I was flipping through the first pages when I stumbled upon a picture of a ring. Then it hit me: this is the ring! There I was, I had no idea who I am going to marry with, where, when…but I knew: I want to have this ring. Since then, I always knew I want that ring… it is a classic design.. and I liked it. Okay, maybe I loved it! So of course, when things got a bit serious with Dan I said to him (more as a joke): ‘If you ever plan to buy me a ring, I want one like this!’. I didn’t have the magazine with me, but I showed him one from the Tiffany’s website. You see, that was a while ago. But he remembered.

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Eram prin liceu si rasfoiam revista Elle cu Jennifer Lopez pe coperta. Eram la primele pagini cand brusc m-am oprit la o reclama pe toata pagina cu un inel. Si-atunci m-a lovit: asta e inelul! Pe vremea aia nu aveam prieten, nu stiam cu cine ma voi casatori, cand, cum… dar stiam sigur: vreau inelul asta! E un model clasic si ma reprezinta in totalitate. Asa ca, dupa ce relatia cu Dan a devenit mai serioasa i-am spus mai in gluma, mai in serios (mai mult in gluma), ca daca e sa-mi ia vreodata inel, pe asta-l vreau! Tin minte ca nu aveam revista la mine, dar repede am intrat pe site la Tiffany’s sa-i arat modelul. Asta a fost mai demult… dar el si-a amintit.

Paris Louvre Engagement story

After the visit to the Louvre, we were both feeling very inspired. We were talking about making a change in the future, about making something great. Maybe not as great as Da Vinci or Michelangelo, but something that matters. We were both talking about wanting to have a big garden and a big house with a big swimming pool. It was not the first time we were talking about the future. But this time it was different. This time Dan told me he can’t wait any longer…. The rest is just too hard to put it in writing.. but yes, he had the ring and I said yes. More than once.

The rest of the night was just about us. Every sentence started or eneded with the word ‘fiance’ or ‘fiancee’. We headed towards the Latin Quarter and then we took a long walk in search for the perfect restaurant with a view over the Eiffel tower, for our dinner.

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Dupa vizita la muzeul Louvre amandoi ne simteam foarte inspirati. Stateam in parc si vorbeam despre cum vom face si noi ceva deosebit in viata asta. Poate nu asa deosebit ca Da Vinci sau Michelangelo, dar ceva ce sa conteze. Vorbeam cum vom avea si noi o gradina mare, verde, o casa cu piscina si cateva animalute. Nu era prima data cand vorbeam despre asta. Doar ca de data asta a fost altfel. De data asta Dan mi-a spus ca nu mai are rabdare… restul ramane intre noi, e prea greu de pus pe hartie… Dar da, a avut inelul pe care mi l-am dorit… iar eu am spus da. De mai multe ori.

Restul serii a fost o continua celebrare a logodnei. Fiecare propozitie incepea sau se termina cu ‘logodnicul meu’, ‘logodnica mea’. Ne-am plimbat prin cartierul latin iar apoi am inceput sa cautam un restaurant cu vedere spre Turnul Eiffel, pentru a lua cina.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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♥ Andra and Dan

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  1. Tot eu cu o intrebare. Nu te-am intrebat niciodata si daca este deplasata intrebarea, poti sa nu-mi raspunzi, nu ma supar. Nu te-am intrebat, daca Dan este roman, sau nu. Motivul pentru care intreb este ca eu sunt casatorita cu un austriac; in realitate, nu este important de unde venim, dar eu n-am mai discutat cu nimeni pana acum aceasta experienta si diferenta dintre culturi chiar conteaza. In plus fata de asta, nici eu nu traiesc in tara :). Dar repet, daca intrebarea ti se pare deplasata, nici nu trebuie sa raspunzi.

    1. Nu e deloc deplasata! 🙂 Dan e tot roman, am fost colegi de liceu.. el a venit in Anglia acum 4 ani jumate, iar eu acum un an jumate.
      Legat de ce spui tu, asa e.. am o prietena buna care se va casatori cu un baiat de alta nationalitate.. si se potrivesc de minune dar intr-adevar e altfel cand e alta cultura.. Cred ca e foarte interesant, dar poate uneori mai dificil.
      Locuiesti in Austria? 🙂 (zic asta presupunand din faptul ca sotul tau e austriac).

  2. Multumesc pentru raspuns! Da, eu locuiesc in Viena de 4 ani. Si e, intr-adevar, cel putin altfel, sa ai un sot de alta origine si sa stai si in alta tara (a doua situatie, iti e probabil cunoscuta). Ei, daca si el e roman, atunci ai scapat de “erorile” de intelegere ce s-ar naste intre doua culturi la organizarea marelui eveniment :)))) la mine a fost cu cantec, chiar daca am organizat noi singuri tot….dar, in acelasi timp, e foarte frumos si eu zic ca viata ne duce acolo unde ar trebui sa ajungem.

    1. Ce frumos! Ador Viena..e pur si simplu de vis! 🙂
      Asa e.. :)) Dar cum spui tu, e frumos! Si daca e sa fie, va fi asa cum trebuie, indiferent din ce tara suntem sau ce cultura avem… if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be!

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