1. Be whisked away to Paris (part 1)

Part 1 of 2 (click here for part 2)

Ok, it didn't quite appear on the list as being 'whisked away', but I think that's what happened. I'll let you be the judge:

"We should go on a weekend away" said my boyfriend.

"Yea, that sounds great" I replied, "I'll grab my laptop".

Half an hour of searching and the weekend away had escalated to a full week away- flight options refused to cooperate with our cautious decision to restrict our first holiday together to a single weekend. A few tips from a handy housemate later and we were set on a small island on the west coast of France.

"I can practice my French!" my boyfriend said.

"Fantastique!" I replied.

The following week we sat in the same spot, laptop at arms reach ready to book our flights.

"I guess we don't have to fly in and out of the same airport" my boyfriend declared.

"Oh yes, that's true" I concurred unassumingly, "Where were you thinking?"

"How far away is Paris?" He answered.

"How far away is Paris?!" I repeated in my head, “Paris!!”

Keeping what I thought was an oh-so-cool head externally (I didn't want him to see that I’d stereotypically fantasised over what we’ve been fed to believe to be the epitome of romance) I started to measure on a map...

“Well, Le Havre is about 2 hours away from Paris as I’ve booked a trip for work there and it looks like Île de Ré is only a little further away than Le Havre is so…”

“Just pull it up online!” my boyfriend proclaimed.

After a few train and flight checks we were all booked up; two nights in Paris before continuing our week long holiday on Île de Ré.

To be continued.

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