It’s been well over a week since I jetted off to Paris and I still haven’t shared my trip with you. I took so many photos that it was hard to choose just a select few to put on my blog and show you all, I couldn’t even choose which ones to share on Facebook!
We arrived in Paris just after 9am on Friday morning so we had plenty of time to explore the city. The first place we went was Breakfast In America which is an American Diner that I visited last year. We had a spot of brunch to fuel us for the rest of the day and then off we went. We chose to go up the Arc de Triomphe as it’s one of the things I didn’t get to do last year. I’d also heard that the views are incredible and I was definitely not disappointed. It didn’t take us long to queue and we got in for free when we showed our EU passports and proved that we are under 25, many places over the city offer this. There were 284 steps up a spiral staircase to  get up to the top but it was definitely worth it. The Arc de Triomphe offers a spectacular view of the Eiffel  Tower, Sacre Coeur and of course the Champs Elysees which we walked down afterwards. 
After a walk down Champs Elysees and a browse of some of the shops, we then walked along the River Seine and came across one of the two love lock bridges, Pont Des Arts and also a newlywed couple who were having their photos taken on one of the bridges – how romantic! 
We then headed back to the hostel we were staying at to get checked in before having some food at a lovely little French bistro opposite Gard du Nord station, called Paris Nord Cafe. I had an open sandwich with ham, emmantal and goats cheese which was amazing! There’s nothing like proper French food.

If you follow me on Instragram you will have already seen these snapshots. I’ll be getting some more posts up as soon as I can!
I arrived back home from Paris at just after midnight last night and managed to go to sleep at around 2am after having a quick shower, sorting out my suitcase and putting a wash on. I was then back at work at 11am this  morning so as you can imagine, I’m quite exhausted! That’s what I love about a city break though, it’s not a time to relax but to explore new surroundings, take in the culture and taste new foods. Although this was the fifth time I’ve  been to Paris, there’s still more places that I want to visit and more things that I want to see, it’s such an amazing city packed with museums and landmarks. Did you know that if you were to spend one minute looking at each of the works of art in the Louvre, you’d be there for twenty five days? I think I’m going to have to plan another trip soon, who wants to come with me?

I have to admit that I’m not very well travelled at all. In the last seven years, I’ve been abroad twice (soon to be three times when I go away this weekend) and each time I’ve been to the same country – France. In fact, it’s even the same city. Apart from Paris, I’ve also been to Majorca twice and I went on a WWI battlefields tour with my school where we went to parts of Northern France and Ypres in Belgium. I would really like to explore the world a bit more but the only problem I have is the lack of funds.

However, everyone is in with a chance of winning one million points (which is the equivalent of over £5,000!) thanks to the InterContinental Hotels Group PLC. At the moment, they have a new game online where the aim is to spend a million points in over a minute. Everyone who manages this gets entered into a prize draw and five lucky people will win a million points.

This got me thinking about what I would do with the million points if I had them. As I’ve never been out of Europe I would love to explore North America. I would start off by flying over to Canada, visit some national parks, see some bears and some moose and just taking in the natural beauty of the country. I would also like to visit a few different cities including Vancouver and Montreal and of course I’d have to try some real Canadian poutine and take a trip to Tim Hortons! I’d then take a trip to Niagara Falls and go south down to New York and spend a few days in the city. After exploring the Big Apple, I would then love to explore some other cities across the United States including Chicago, Washington DC, Orlando (for the parks!) and LA. I think this would probably cost a lot more than the million points but it would definitely be the trip of a lifetime!

What would you do if you won the points from IHG Rewards Club? You can enter the competition here.

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