A chance encounter


Hi luvs,

Today we are going to take a break from beauty for a bit. Some of you wanted to hear the whole story about how Stephane and I met, so in honor of throw back Thursday, here it is.

July 2012, I spent the month learning French at the Institut Catholique de Paris. I had always wanted to visit Paris, it is my dream city, full of history, the architecture, my love of food and pastries, the endless museums, and  most importantly good red wine. I had high hopes for this short trip but as we all know, events surpassed my expectations.

We arrived on July 1st and quickly got settled. I had french every morning from approximately 9am to 12pm. I’m don’t precisely remember my class times but I remember it being difficult to wake up in the morning and then starving by the time I got out of class. The study abroad program I was part of wasincredible and they took great care of us. Before we knew it, we were doing tours of the city and they added events like wine tasting to our agenda when we asked for it. With all the events we were attending together I quickly made friends with a few of the other students but I became very close with one girl in particular, Erica. I also had a roomate, this will be interesting information later.

My trip to France was by first trip to Europe. With the new climate and the physical exhaustion from travelling and not sleeping enough on the account of studies and exploring, my skin broke out. I went to the pharmacy to get something for my heat rash/stress bumps/allergic reaction. I was pretty bummed by the incident, here I am in the city of love and now I have this awful rash on my back. I wanted to be alone for a bit. I grabbed my book and told roomie that I was going totake a walk.  I was staying at the Cite U and across the street is Parc Montsouris.

Parc Montsouris is one of the largest green spaces inside Paris and it’s also home to many birds especially 2 pairs of swans, one set white and the other black. I walked all the way to the water’s edge, grabbed the only empty bench and tried to escape into my book. After barely 15 minutes of realizing I wasn’t paying attention to what I was reading, I looked up and there they were. It was my second time seeing them but they were so beautiful, so graceful. I have always loved birds but it was my second time seeing black swans, the only other time I had seen them was the day before. I just looked at them and this feeling of calm and peace came over me. At this moment the white swans came close to them and I was able to take a picture of both sets of swans together.

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Right after taking the picture, I heard the ponies had returned to their normal spot after giving the kids rides. Since I hard my camera out I thought I might as well get a picture of them. As I turned from the swans to the ponies, my eyes caught sight of a very handsome man sitting on the bench next to mine. He was wearing a Brown suit with pinstripes, fine leather shoes and had a black pouch with him. He was coming out of a restful position to take a picture of the swans. I took a few pictures of the ponies, from my bench and as I turned back to the swans, our eyes caught and he said “do you see that?” I was quite shocked that he spoke to me that I must have had a confused look on my face because, he pointed to the swans “c’est magnifique” I mustered and “ah oui” and turned to put away my camera. He said something incoherent to me and I responded “je ne parle pas français” which was just about the only French I really knew. He turned back to the pond, thought for a while looked back at me and said “English?” I said yes and we starting talking first from separate benches, then I moved to his bench (the same bench we were sitting on in our wedding pictures) and we spoke until the park was about to be closed. Before we knew it we had spent over an hour talking about everything and nothing laughing the whole time. My face was hurting at this point when he pointed out that the park will be closing soon so we will be kicked out.

He proposed to take me on a tour of Paris on his scooter which I agreed to. The funny part about this is that earlier that day I was walking the streets of Paris with some of the girls from the program and we were excited about all the scooters. I made the remark “before this trip is over I’m going to find a hot french man to give me a ride on a scooter”, we laughed about it and thought about how cool it would be to ride around Paris on a scooter. Some of the girls still talk about this every time we chat, they still ask me, “how do you do it?”

He took me back to the dorms to grab a sweater and I told me roomie I’ll be back late. We rode along the Seine river and looked at some of the attractions then went to dinner. We went to a Japaneses restaurant and had sushi. Again we talking and laughing like we haven been best friends forever. I may have snorted a bit but he was polite enough to pretend he didn’t notice. After dinner it was dark and he took me on a second tour to see his city lit up. And she was certainly a beauty. We eventually found ourselves on a hill over looking the city all light up. We got off the scooter and were headed to the edge to the a better view.

I took two steps toward the edge and he grabs me in his arms, saying “let’s be Parisian” and french kissed the life out of me. I’m not even sure how long it lasted but by the end I was out of breath and me heart was racing like I had just run a marathon. I felts a surge to sensations travel up my spine and back down to the ground and I finally understood what those fireworks everyone was talking about was. He wasn’t my first and not even my first serious relationship, but there was something special about him from the start. We climbed onto the concrete walls and sat there, me leaning back on him, his arms wrapped tightly around me but not quite staying put. We watched as the Eiffle tour lights blinked and returned to normal. I have no idea what we were still talking and laughing about, I didn’t even have a drink that night but we were still at it. Talking, laughing, kissing, hugging, watching the lights. Before we knew it, it was 2 am and he had work the next day, and I had classes in the morning. This total stranger and I had just spent 7+ hours together, not running out of conversation, never a moment of awkward silence or misunderstanding, just pure catching up on life and having fun. At some point he said “it’s getting late but I don’t it to end” and I somewhere in my hazed I was thoroughly confused because I responded “why would it?” Attentive hottie reminded me that I was staying at the dorms and I had a roomie so he couldn’t really go back to my place. AHH, yes good point….

I think that’s enough for one day, I’ll tell you guys more about our story on another throwback Thursday post.

XOXO

Avi

 

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68 comments

  1. It’s very lovely love story I heard.. it’s nice to find your soulmate..❤️❤️❤️😍I felt in love in your love story 😘😘.. happy couple.. goal couple..😊😊

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  2. It’s my dream to visit in Paris someday .. it’s very nice place and you are right they have a good food beautiful views and great wine…. and it’s historical place..

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  3. I like love stories… Happy Endings etc

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  4. The most gorgeous meeting ever movies should take such inspirational love stories instead of making crap out of nothing…. I loved it to the core you are one lucky woman and u deserve it all…xoxo Noah__abdullah_makeuplife

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  5. So beautiful can’t wait for next Thursday 😘😘😘😘

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  6. Beautiful story! 💜 The way u described even the smallest details is incredible. Gave me chills. You should definitely write a book! Can’t wait to know the rest of the story! 😄
    God bless!

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  7. Interesting story♡♡♡♡

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  8. Amazing story ! Gorgeous )

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  9. Omg ..I couldn’t stop reading .. WHAT AN. AMAZING STORY… FAIRYTALE 😍😍 .. I.was hooked on it … wishing you guys all the happiness.. success love ..for the FUTURE ..GOD BLESS❤❤

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  10. OMG, FEELING LIKE IM READING A ROMANTIC NOVEL 😭😭 Sooo beautiful. soo filmy, you guys made for each other, ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  11. Awwww that’s such a cute love story,made my heart melt😍 my marriage was an arranged marriage and me and my husband fell in love during our engagement period🙌😜

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      • Hai dear u such a wonderful ,and u love always beautiful and this love story like cinema,particulaty world cinema listed ,am feeling more love 💖💖💖💖😘😘😘😘😘💞💞💞💕💕💖💖💕💕💞💞💕💕💖💋💋🌺🌺💋💋🌺😚😚🌺💕💕

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  12. Such a beautiful story 😍😍 Nothing can be more precious than love ❤❤ wishing you all the happiness fir the days ahead and the rest of your lives❤❤ and you look really pretty ❤❤❤

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  13. That’s such a cute story❤

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  14. Such a cute and lovely story. Heart touching

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  15. Wow, that was such a beautiful story! I can’t wait to read more. You’re so lucky to have found love that. 😍

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  16. Great story. I remember the pictures of you in your wedding gown on a park bench. You left me hanging & yearning for more of the chance encounter.

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  17. What an inspiring and sweet story💞💞

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  18. Wow such a beautiful and sweet meeting 😍😍😍 waiting for your next throwbackthurday post 💖💖💖 seriously waiting badly 😘

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  19. This was soooo romantic…its a love at first sight story❤ thank you for sharing. I felt butterflies ready this like I do when I’m watching a romantic movie haha

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  20. Your story sounds like it just came out of a fairy-tale. It’s so romantic and interesting! I wish I could meet a random stranger and have such an exciting day out touring a city in a country I’ve never been to. You are truly blessed! I’m so happy for you! You seem like a down to earth person, who lets life happen, and in turn life shows you the beautiful side of living on this earth. Wonderful story! Can’t wait for part 2! You should think of publishing a romantic novel! It doesn’t have to be about you, it could just be inspired from real life events! Good luck!

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  21. This is so romantic and a beautiful Story 😍😍😍I m just wondering how lucky you are ❣️❣️❣️

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  22. Such a cute story ❤️ I want to read more🌸🌸

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  23. Wowww such an osome and amazing love story u both hav its jus heart taking itss so beautiful n read n imagine … Imaginations goes to another level

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  24. What a love story ma’am❤ I love it. May Allah Bless for you (your spouse) and
    bless you, and may He unite both of you in❤ May he bless you both and your children healthy, and make them the coolness of your eyes, and make you both a way to Paradice❤ for each other and strengthen each other’s life. Ameen.❤❤❤❤

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  25. Omg… This is so romantic…I am wondering why I didn’t read your blog post earlier. AS a Sagittarian i am an incurable romantic. Maybe you must think about publishing a book… it will do wonders❤❤

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  26. I’m amazed how you wrote it! Like seriously,, I couldn’t stop reading, why did you just end it there 😂😂 jks
    So happy for you and the way you found your love, it’s like love at first sight and such an amazing way,, so beautiful 😍❤️

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  27. Oh.my.gosh!
    This is sooooo cute. It reminded me of Anna and the French kiss. Hehehe.
    I kept picturing everything! I wanna visit France too.
    I didn’t know you got married so that bench bit was a hugeee spoiler haha. Are there any other stories about you two? I don’t really know how to navigate through this blog 😅. I wanna know more!
    May God bless your marriage.

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  28. Omg I felt as though I was reading a romantic novel 😍😍😍😍 Aww this sounds so sweet and like a magic ♥️♥️♥️ So much happy for you guys 🤗🤗🤗

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  29. Aww.. how sweet and romantic!! 😊 It felt as though I was reading a beautiful fairy-tale! ❤️ May God bless the two of you abundantly in love, joy, and happiness. 😘😘😘

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  30. Wowooooo, it’s really amazing to read it. Really happy for you Ma’am Aviyr, you’re such an inspiration not only your public career but even in personal life. Thanks a lot for sharing, Stay always Blessed and Happier!!!! 💖💖💖💖

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  31. Wow😍 for a moment It felt like I was reading a novel , a romantic + love story 😍

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  32. Such a beautiful fairytale, a real life one! And with happy ending! I loved reading this post so much cause it’s a beautiful story kinda feel like a romantic novel lol and also because it’s so nice when you write about your like n your family life, I already feel like I kinda know you n your family and I really like getting to know you even more 🙂

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  33. Wow this actually made my day ♥️♥️ such a fairytale meeting ♥️♥️ touched my heart ♥️

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  34. I’m totally in love with their story, it’s really cute how they met

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  35. Ouh such an amazing story! Love that you went back to take your wedding pics in that park 😫😍 this is material for a romantic movie wow 💃🏻 I’m so curious about what comes next!

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  36. Amazing story ❤️ couple goals

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  37. My husband and I have a rather unique, once in a lifetime story🤗how sweet!

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  38. Couple goals 😻

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  39. Waow.you are couple goals

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  40. So beautiful 😍 Real life fairytale

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  41. awe love this… Sounds like me and my old man!!!!
    from: @kayluvsbeauty

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  42. This is reallly cute 😍😍✊🏻

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  43. Such a beautiful love story! Loved every bit of this article… You should definitely write a book… Every sentence is written up so well 👏

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  44. Oh gosh! This is such a lovely love story I ever heard😢💕 may God bless you both always🙏 you git the right man , you’re very lucky… I hope you guys stay happy forever ❤❤❤❤

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  45. Oh my gosh, this is such a beautiful beautiful story!!! It’s written just as I would imagine a fairytale romance story to begin in Paris. It even includes the Scooter ride from a hot French guy, lol! It’s Serendipitous !! Then to take your wedding pictures on the same benches where you met😱?! How amazing is that?! What a wonderful story to tell all your future generations to come!

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  46. Such a sweet story.💕💕💕 i want this too.

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  47. What a beautiful love story! When i met my husband I finally felt the fireworks too! What a wonderful feeling ❤

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  48. Sounds like such a sweet fairy tale !!! ❤️

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  49. Oh my God.Im in absolute awe.Ill have to take a leaf out of your friends books and ask you the question that matters most.How did you do it?
    I’m a hardcore romantic and a Literature student and this my love is one from the books blessed by God himself.
    I hope you guys grow up to be the sickeningly sweet pair with heart eyes for each other forever x

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  50. This is the perfect love story 💕💕💕

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