Sunday, 14 February 2016

Guest Post & Giveaway - Paris Proposal by Lizzie Fayke - Paris Weekend

I had always wanted to go to Paris since a young child of 5, sitting hours on end watching Gay Purree. For those of you worrying that this sounds like wholly inappropriate viewing material for someone so young, let me put your mind at rest. It’s an animated kids’ film about cute cats seeking their fortunes in Paris.

Taking the initiative I booked a coach trip (I know – but I was on a budget) to the City of Love for me and my boyfriend to span both Valentine’s Day and my birthday;  a double celebration and maybe a hat-trick. I’d been seeing this guy for a couple of years and he’d recently begun hinting about marriage, so I was giving him the perfect opportunity right? I had it all planned in my head, I bet he’d pop the question up the Eiffel Tower – perfect!

The start was less than perfect. As the Port of Dover came into sight, I realised that I had left my purse back at home. I am an obsessive list maker, so you can imagine how my world collapsed at this revelation. I was in full meltdown. My boyfriend did an almost impossible job of calming me down, assuring me that we would still have the best holiday ever and he would pay for everything. He was definitely going to propose, and with this in mind I quickly forgot my pretty pink Ted Baker purse stuffed full of Euros.

Paris was everything I hoped for. Shopping in the splendour of La Fayette; eating sticky crepes from a street vendor; sipping strong coffee from tiny cups in an Art Deco Piano Bar along the Champs Elysees and taking a very chilly cruise along The Seine.

The day of the Eiffel Tower excursion came and I made extra special effort with my appearance. I wanted everything to be perfect and I wanted to look my best for the engagement photos I was planning on posting on Facebook straight after the event.

On the way up the tower my boyfriend looked decidedly nervous, obvious pre-proposal jitters. We wandered around for a bit marvelling at the Paris rooftops but our allocated time up there was running out, and it did. We descended the magnificent structure with no ring in sight. I really thought today was the day, but I didn’t get my perfect Paris proposal at all.

My boyfriend was really amused when I confessed my disappointment on the journey home. He told me that it would have been far too obvious, and when (yes – when!) he asked it would be a complete surprise. 7 months later he proposed in a Chinese restaurant, not quite as romantic as Paris, and not the surprise he wanted either. I found the ring in his coat pocket when I was looking for the car keys, but I never told him that. Oh well, I guess the secret’s out of the bag now.

Giveaway to win Daydream Believer (PB) plus other goodies (Open Internationally)

Lizzie Fayke has put together this lovely prize bundle for one lucky winner. It contains her book Daydream Believer, a notebook, a necklace and a ceramic hanging ornament. 

Giveaway open internationally, all options are voluntary, but please do what they ask, as I will be verifying the winner. Giveaway closes 23:59 19/2/2016. Winner will be announced on twitter and emailed, and they will need to reply within 7 days, or forfeit the prize, and I will re-draw for a new winner.  Good luck everyone.

About Lizzie Fayke

Lizzie has been writing since she could hold a crayon. At school she loved writing poems, plays and dirty limericks to impress the boys. Her English teacher told her she had too much imagination – she accepted it as a compliment
Lizzie grew up and got a day job but she still loves writing. Her debut novel, Daydream Believer is out now and the sequel is progressing well.

When she has spare time she spends it gazing at handbags and thinking up names for the 3 bulldogs she aspires to own (oh, and Googling ‘is there a cure yet for pet allergies?’).

Twitter: @LizzieFayke

Thank you so much Lizzie for sharing your proposal story with us on Valentines Day and that you enjoyed Paris regardless. Thank you also for the lovely prize you have donated. 

Happy Valentines Day everyone. 

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