An Update on Life and Paris – In That Order

I’ve been busy, and as a result, I have been a very bad blogger. I wish I could say I’ve been off living an exotic life, climbing mountains and whatnot, but sadly, the simple act of going about my life has consumed my days: Work, boyfriend, friends, gym, sleep, etc. Even the mundaneness of life can be exhausting sometimes. I find myself asking a lot: “When’s nap time?”

But that doesn’t mean I don’t have exciting news to share with you. Lots of new developments in the life of Nam. For starters, I will be changing jobs in January. I try to keep the day job separate from blog life, but I’m hoping the greater flexibility of the new job will translate into a happier, less tired version of me with the ability to take more trips and see more new places.

Now on to the really important stuff, i.e. Paris. The City of Lights. We leave for Paris in a week and two days and I have barely posted anything about our plans. I booked our hotel weeks ago, and I’m very excited about it.

I emptied out the 165,000 Priority Club points I’ve been sitting on to put us in the heart of Paris at the Intercontinental Le Grand. Our two biggest priorities were, in order of importance:

1) Location

2) Nice but not exorbitantly expensive

The Intercontinental Le Grand is located just north of the Place Vendom near the Opera metro stop. We prefer walking to public transportation so this puts in a decent location to trek to most of Paris’ main attractions.

The hotel is Nice – capital ‘N’ nice. Standard rooms for the week of Christmas go for $370 to $550, but since I’m using a combination of points and free night vouchers, this wasn’t an issue. The architecture and decor is very ornate, or as some reviews describe it — very Paris. According to the reviews on Flyertalk the rooms are small, but that’s the case for most affordable (and some unaffordable) European hotels. Take a look at some of the pictures. Of course, I will post my own once I get to Paris.

Oh. My. God. I’m going to Paris!

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