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Thursday, November 19, 2015

We Will Won't Always Have Paris

What can I say... I am a hopeless romantic, and that line from the film 'Casablanca' always chokes me up.  Well it used to, anyway.

You see, Zahava and I have a big anniversary coming up this year, and I've spent almost half of this past year trying to convince my lovely wife that Paris would be the perfect destination for a romantic anniversary get-away together.

And by logic, Paris should be near the top of Zahava's short list of potential travel destinations, too, seeing as she is an artist... and last time I checked, Paris was chock full of art.

Add to that the beauty and history of the city, as well as Paris' romantic associations that are pretty much hard-wired into anyone who has read a book, listened to music, or seen a film in the past 100 years...

So I figured it would be a slam dunk and would go something like this:

Me:  "Hey honey, what do you say we spend a week in Paris to celebrate our anniversary?"

Her:  "Oh that sounds incredible!"

[cue swelling music as the husband of the year award is presented to...]


Yeah right... it didn't go anything like that.  It was actually more like:

Me:  "Hey honey, what do you say we spend a week in Paris to celebrate our anniversary?"

Her:  "Um... are you out of your mind?!  We're Jews, honey... Israeli Jews!  I'm pretty sure that the members of the North African Muslim gangs roaming the streets of Paris get 500 Euros and automatic French citizenship for killing us!"

Me:  "But think of the art museums... the Louvre... the Pompidou ...the candle-lit restaurants... the little cafes on the Left Bank... the romantic walks along the Champs-Élysées...."

Her: "... the fancy funeral after they fly our bodies back to Israel for burial..."

I spent months trying to change her mind.  I even had a neighbor's wife, who had spent much of last year studying at the Sorbonne, try to talk her down out of the tree.  

Bupkis!  Nada!  Merde!!!

I should know by now that once Zahava has made up her mind about something, any (obvious) effort to change it only further entrenches her and solidifies her resolve.

To her credit, there was no 'I told you so' moment following the news of last week's attacks.  Just that silent and all-too-familiar tectonic shift that takes place when a contentious topic of discussion comes suddenly into sharp focus... and moves over to her side of the big marital 'stuff that's been irrevocably decided and no longer needs to be mentioned again' board. 

So, on an unrelated topic, I'm open to suggestions for romantic anniversary get-away destinations...

Posted by David Bogner on November 19, 2015 | Permalink


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Posted by: Simon | Nov 19, 2015 2:51:56 PM

Rome? Madrid (the Prado). The only two places that come to mind.

Posted by: Coyote | Nov 19, 2015 2:57:45 PM

Vienna. Or Venice.

Posted by: antares | Nov 19, 2015 2:58:52 PM


Posted by: Val | Nov 19, 2015 3:42:16 PM

Lisbon! Lovely city, lovely food, lovely people, some good museums too. Ah, kosher supermarket near the centre and kosher catering available as well.

Posted by: Lioness | Nov 19, 2015 4:07:20 PM


Posted by: Quietusleo | Nov 19, 2015 4:08:20 PM

Washington, DC!

Posted by: Drew | Nov 19, 2015 4:37:01 PM

metropolitan museum of art

Posted by: dave | Nov 19, 2015 5:16:09 PM

If security is your concern, go to Switzerland. Expensive but safe.

Posted by: antares | Nov 19, 2015 5:49:19 PM

New Zealand?

Posted by: Kiwi Noa | Nov 19, 2015 7:41:01 PM

I loved this article and shared it with my wife. Very relatable.

Posted by: Steven | Nov 26, 2015 12:35:12 PM

What's wrong with Israel?
Lots of lovely bed and breakfasts.

Many of my wife's and my favorite places are here.
Some of them are even the same :)

Posted by: Jonathan | Nov 27, 2015 2:06:55 AM

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