European Engagement, Part 5: Ghent

I love castles. After leaving Amsterdam, Jeff and I visited Antwerp, Ghent, Brugges and Brussels. I think Belgium is Heaven on Earth. In Antwerp, just outside of the ornate Central Station, lies the Diamond District.   This district features one square mile of diamond shops and is the largest diamond district in the world.  This…

European Engagement, Part 4: Amsterdam (again!)

It dawns on me that Jeff is still going to buy a ring in Belgium, so I’m fairly certain I can expect proposal #4.   Hmm… 5 proposals makes much more sense than 4.  It just has a better “ring” to it, don’t you think? I have an idea.  I will propose to Jeff!!!  We…

European Engagement, Part 3: Amsterdam

The next several days were a mix of excitement, exploration, headaches and haze as a result of the Oktoberfest good cheer and newfound engagement. We wandered through Munich, Berlin, and Amsterdam, and I treasured my new ring, which I struggled to keep on my thumb. We climbed Bell towers, examined The Wall, ate gelato and…

European Engagement, Part 2: Munich

I look away from Marta, the German barmaid at Oktoberfest whom I’m engaged in conversation with, and see Jeff down on one knee…. and with Ken’s wedding ring in his hand… Jeff didn’t have a ring in Paris. I’d pouted after having walked out of two Parisian ring shops, still without an Engagement ring to…

European Engagement, Part 1: Paris

“Marry me” he whispered in my ear, holding me close, protecting me from the chill Autumn air. One year earlier, my boyfriend Jeff and I wrote down our 10 top travel destinations, threw them in a hat and picked out one: France. We saved our airline miles, booked a ticket, and set off for the…