In March of 2014, after five months of dating, Jay and I decided to embark on our first vacation together. With his good friends, Greg and Erica, recently engaged and living in Germany, we decided that a trip to Europe would be ideal. Jay had been out to visit Greg and Erica in Germany prior to our meeting, and wanted to go back before their planned move back to the U.S. in late summer 2014.
Greg and Erica told us to pick a place in Europe, and they would meet us there. (Ah the luxuries of traveling throughout Europe when you’re already in Europe!) My memory is fuzzy on how we settled on Paris, but I guess after searching for places, flights, hotels, etc., we finally decided on a week in Paris in May. I had been to Paris once already on a high school trip in July of 2005, so I took on the task of making sure we saw all the most important sights and setting our relatively loose itinerary for the week. Greg and Erica would meet us there during the last three days of our trip.
We departed Boston on a direct Air France flight on May 23, 2014 (one day after Jay’s birthday!) and arrived at Charles de Gaulle the next morning. We stayed at Hotel Eiffel Segur, which I cannot recommend enough, especially if you are on a budget. The staff spoke excellent English and was extremely friendly (to two Americans who could only say a few words each in French). The hotel is located in the 15th arrondissement and is not only budget-friendly, but extremely clean, close to two metro stops, walking distance to the Eiffel Tower, AND from some rooms (including ours) has views of Invalides and the Eiffel Tower (swoon).
What an amazing week we had in Paris. Prior to leaving, I had only met Greg and Erica via Skype before we left for Paris, and meeting two people so important to Jay for the first time in person on the streets of Paris was unforgettable. I look back and think about what a big trip this was for Jay and I so early on in our relationship. Even though we already knew we were in love, I always say we fell in love in Paris.
Photos taken by Alicia DeAngelis and Jay Brodeur.