Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Champagne Celebrations with Gregory and the Monk


Some Saturdays ago, Mrs. London came to visit bringing her brother, Brother London, with her and his new fiance, Roxy. Since new engagements call for celebrating and celebrating calls for Champagne, I threw together a quick sip and nibbles spread for their arrival.

Brother London told us all about how the proposal went down... how he had scrimped and saved for the ring, hiding cash about the house before spending all day in Hatton Garden searching for THE RING, and then taking Roxy to a private pod on the London Eye for Champagne, where he got down on bended knee for a perfectly timed to sunset proposal. It was pretty romantic stuff. Mrs. London and I looked on starry eyed, in awe of the romantic gesture, while Gregory stared at Brother London like he wanted to hit him over the head with a shovel.

{thanks to the bride-to-be for the beautiful photo}
After toasting the engagement, we set off to visit a teeny, tiny village outside of Le Petit Village to see the spot where a monk had thrown himself off a cliff. It's a bizarre tourist attraction I know, but an attraction nonetheless.



(Gregory had originally told me that the monk had killed himself, so naturally my overreacting imagination went straight to some 'The Name of the Rose' type of scenario, but nope, Martine has since informed me that the monk was actually being chased by a raiding guy on horseback when he died. Either way, homeboy went over the cliff and now there is a wooden cross that marks where.)



We got to the village and had a look around. The spot where the monk went over although a bit morbid, is quite a pretty one. We walked about soaking it all in taking photos and chatting about how the whole monk and guy on horseback scenario probably went down, and then Gregory, being Gregory, almost went the way of the monk himself, right over the edge of the cliff. Luckily I didn't see it, but this is what happened...

I was taking a photo for Roxy of her and Brother London standing in front of the wooden cross when I saw Brother London's face transform into one of pure shock and fear. I looked over to my left to see Mrs. London scrambling forward away from the cliff's edge and Gregory pulling himself upright and dusting himself off. Apparently, Gregory had thought it would be funny to have a run at Mrs. London as she stood a few feet from the cliff's edge and act like he was going to push her off. But when Mrs. London saw him coming, she stepped out of the way, causing Gregory to stumble and catch himself a mere foot from the cliff's edge. And that's when I yelled something along the lines of, "!&?@#!#%&!"

(We will no longer be taking visitors to the monk spot again because clearly Gregory cannot be trusted to not do anything stupid while standing so close to the edge of a cliff, and as I have reminded him, his life insurance policy is not worth that much.)


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22 comments:

  1. Sat next to Cute Boy on the bus laughing about the proposal and Gregory wanting to hit him with a shovel!!
    As for nearly falling off a cliff... men! x

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  2. Eeeeeeep! That must have been a scary moment or two for you.

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  3. So the village either needs to put up a fence, or you need to get a Michelin Man suit for Gregory. Or a giant bubble. I'd go with the bubble. :)

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  4. Some guys have an idea about how to be romantic... and others (most) don't, but they make up for it in other ways... probably.

    Sounds like Gregory should be in films... as a stunt man! :)

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  5. You are going to have to visit my Saute de Moine and I am going to have to visit yours!! They look a wee bit different!

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  6. I think most guys want to hit the rare few that manage to pull off the perfect proposal (without the aid of TV cameras) over the head with a shovel. Most women too... ;o) Time to up G's insurance :oD

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  7. Oh my goodness... I doubt Gregory will be having a run anywhere in the vicinity of cliffs anytime soon. So scary! Congrats to Roxy... her ring is stunning :) xxx

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  8. My husband is definitely more of a Gregory than a Brother London... I feel your pain!

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  9. beautiful ring! looks like a lovely celebration.

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  10. Wow, this tale has it all! Congrats to the happy couple. (That ring is divine.)

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  11. Swwooooon, what a proposal!

    And that is a hilarious tourist attraction.

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  12. that spread looks divine. mmmmiam miam... little salami sausages.

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  13. Boys... Girls just don't do stuff like that. SMH

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  14. Ok sweaty palms here...especially at the near miss. I'll take the bubbly!

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  15. OMG how scary!!!!! PS What a gorgeous ring your friend was given!

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  16. You done me proud on snacks selection for the Champagne!

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  17. Dang! Roxy done and gone herself good with that ring!

    And seriously....I think it's a wise idea to keep Gregory away from the cliffs...at least when everyone's all champagned up. Totally not worth the trade off b/c being champagned up is amazingly fun.

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  18. What a lovely proposal and oh la la to that ring!!! It's so sparkly. Love it!

    I'm glad that no one got launched off the cliff in a joke gone wrong. That would have been a terrible post to read. : ( No more booze and cliffs for you! :P

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  19. Holy crap! Gregory needs a leash! :o)

    So the whole proposal on the London Eye with a champagne toast is very romantic and all, and maybe I'm weird here - but I actually prefer a simple proposal, something where no one else is around. I wouldn't want anyone else hanging around waiting to hear my answer! :o)

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  20. You are missing a golden opportunity. Why don't you take Gregory to the spot where that other monk bought a huge diamond ring for his wife? Maybe Gregory will try to follow in that monk's footsteps too! I'm sure monks did all kind of cool things for women all over France if you just look hard enough. (hint hint)

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  21. Congratulations to their engagement!
    And that monk spot sounds fascinating. I love places like that!

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  22. Haha this is so cool! Your quick throw together is just stunning! Love it. Looks so tasty. great memories!

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