Monday, May 16, 2005

Summer Vacation and Secrets Revealed

Hey, y'all. Many of you guessed my secret. Meredith and I are engaged! Ring photos to follow shortly. Anyway, to celebrate our engagement. We're going to Paris. If you're curious, here's our rough itinerary:

Wed. May 18

Arrive in Charles de Gaule airport, Bercy gardens, Pere La Chaise cemetary.

Thurs. May 19

Ile de la cite & Marais (Notre Dame, Place behind Notre Dame, Concergerie, Sainte Chappelle, Pont St. Michel, Petit Pont, Pont Neuf, Place des Vosges, Opera de Paris Bastille, Musee Picasso, Hotel de Ville) Ice cream across from Pont au Double “Le Bertillon.”

Fri. May 20

Beaubourg & les Halles (Pompidou Center, Café Beaubourg, Forum de Halles, St. Eustache church?, La Samaritaine dept. Store, Jardin des Tuileries, Le Louvre, Palais Royal, Rue de Rivoli, Hot chocolate on Rue Rivoli, Jardin de Tuileries.

Sat. May 21

St. Germain de Pres & Latin Quarter (Les Deux Magots, Brasserie Lipp, Musee d’Orsay, M St. Michel, M Odeon, little streets back where toy shop is, Pantheon) Moules frites restaurant down from Pantheon Bateaux mouche daytime.

Sun. May 22

Jardin des Plantes & Invalides & Eiffel Tower quarter (Institut Musulman, Institut du Monde Arabe, Napoleon’s tomb, Musee Rodin, Trocadero, gardens at Troc., Eiffel Tower).

Mon. May 23

Place de la Concorde, walk up Champs-Elysees to Arc de Triomphe, Petit Palais, Grand Palais.

Tues. May 24

Dinner: Le Relais de Venise steakhouse, 271, bd Péreire (Porte Maillot) 17th Arr. Montmartre (Sacre-Coeur, St. Pierre de Montmartre, Au Lapin Agile, Place du Tertre, Place des abbesses, Moulin Rouge, Dali or Fourney museum).

Wed. May 25

Porte de Vanves--strolling Montparnasse-Crepes for lunch, La Defense (la Grande Arche, office buildings).

Thur. May 26


Somewhere in there, we'll see the new Star Wars movie. When we get back, we've got to high-tail it to Aimee's wedding. The Summer kicks off with a bang!


C. Dale said...

Congratulations! And what a way to celebrate the engagement, a trip to the city of Love.

Reb said...

I'm glad to hear you're finally making her an honest woman! Everyone was talking. :P


Charles said...


ver said...

Paris in springtime and all that?! It's too perfect.


ruth-e said...

wow. congratulations!

r said...

ha ha! welcome to the club my man.
we'll talk wedding planning like the groomzillas we are at kundiman.

Kells said...


And my the honeymoon last and last...

Wendy Wisner said...

Congratulations! Marriage is fun :)

Oliver de la Paz said...

Thanks all! We're SO getting married. Keep your October calendar clear.

L.Ho said...

Congrats Oliver! How exciting! Hey, if you're going to Paris to celebrate the engagement - where are you going for the honeymoon? What could top Paris? Btw, looking at your itinerary, are you actually going to sleep at anytime? Whew!

Ivy said...

Congratulations! Have fun!

32poems said...

Paris. How romantic!


Ginger Heatter said...

Congratulations! My fiance and I were engaged in Paris this past September--on the banks of the Seine. I don't know if you've been before, but if not a few tips. Bring very comfortable shoes. Know that the lines a St. Chapelle can be incredibly long owing to the fact that you must go through a metal detector. The same is true at the Louvre, and other museums. See what you can, but make time to relax and soak in all that unending beauty too!

Josephus Maximus said...

Oh, O-Dawg ... I've known you since U were a wee-bitty puppy-lad, and now lookatcha: all grown up, engaged, and gallanvanting all over the City of Love. Congratulations, brotha-man, with all hearts.

Patrick said...

Felicidades, broder. Nos vemos cuando regresan. Abrazos! (Sorry, I don't know any French)