Shauna and I have arrived, and my surprise worked! Instead of going straight to Italy, I surprised her this morning and we are staying in Paris for the week. I strung her along all the way to us looking at the departures monitor for a flight to Milan that did not exist. When I asked her if she want to stay in Paris for a week she did not believe me and was a bit dumbstruck. I have been planning this for almost 9 months with my father and it has been so tough keeping it a secret from Shauna but I am glad we did. To see her smile made it worth it.
We are staying at a cute hotel in the 17th, Eldorado Hotel. Our room is quite small but has its own W.C. and a very comfortable bed.
We arrived this morning at 8:30 A.M. after a long but enjoyable flight (taking business class was such a treat). Though we had much more room that we have ever had on a plane and booze options galore neither Shauna and I could sleep. Upon landing we were a bit tired but powered through and hopped on the RER and got to our hotel with no hitches, except lugging our 50 pound bags up 4 flights of stairs (I got a good workout today).
Once we freshened up we took to the streets of Paris. Shauna studied in Paris her junior year and has not been back since 1999 so we decided to walk to her old apartment. On the way we stopped for a quick bite: toasted sandwiches and espresso...yummy! After refueling we walked through Park Monceau, a lovely park in the 16th that was filled with people enjoying their lunch and the temperate weather. After our lovely stroll we walked to Shauna's flat and it was still there! Then we really started to drag our feet. I usually never want to nap and try to stay up until at least night time before I hit the sack but today neither of us could. We took the metro back to our hotel and took a well needed rest.
We are going to hit a simple bistro in the 17th tonight, have a bottle of wine and enjoy our honeymoon!