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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I’m not sure if I’ve actually mentioned it on here, but on Friday morning me and Chloe are off to Paris! I only went in October and we were actually planning a trip to Amsterdam in October so I’m not sure how we ended up booking Paris but I’m not complaining! I’ve been four times now and there’s still loads of things that I want to do and loads of places that I want to see. Here’s the list of things I’m hoping to do while we’re there this weekend:

  • Disneyland! I’ve been before when I was ten but Chloe’s never been. I’m sure it will be just as magical at twenty four as it was when I was ten. I’m hoping that we see more characters than I saw the first time, it was raining and there weren’t many about. I’ve already bought my Minnie Mouse ears and I’m planning on wearing my Bambi tshirt while I’m there.
  • Eiffel Tower – I went up the Eiffel Tower with Amy in October but again, Chloe’s never been and the view of the city that you get from the top of it is just breathtaking so of course I want to go up again!
  • Arc de Triomphe – This time I’m hoping to go up the top of the Arc de Triomphe and see the spectacular views of the city and then we can go shopping on Champs Elysee afterwards.
  • Catacombs – I didn’t manage to find these last time but I’ve been told how to find them now so hopefully Chloe won’t mind seeing a load of bones and skulls underneath the city.
  • Notre Dame – I’ve been outside the famous cathedral but I’ve never been inside, so it would be good to do it this time around.

That’s all the things I can think of at the moment, although obviously I’ll have to see what Chloe wants to do too!
Aside from being a holiday, this trip has a second motive; I’m hoping it will give me the potential to help me brush up on my French, as there are a number of international blogger conferences I’ve looked to attend.
Should my French not progress as fast as I’d like, then the most helpful website I’ve found belongs to the language solution agency thebigword  , who offer professional translations and interpretations at such events.

Is there anywhere you think I should go while I’m in Paris? You can check out my posts from last year here.  

Last Wednesday, I dragged poor Chloe down to London to visit the UK’s only cat cafe – Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium. I’d booked us in over a month ago and I was so excited, I was really irritating on the way down there but really, what’s better than spending a couple of hours with a nice drink, cake and cats? Nothing!

We got there a little bit later than planned thanks to some delayed trains, it was pretty easy to find from Liverpool St Station. We paid our £5 donation and washed our hands to protect the kitties from the dirty London germs and made our way inside.

This isn’t the first time I’ve been to a cat cafe, I visited one in Paris which you can read about here. I definitely prefer Lady Dinah’s to the Parisian one though, I love decor and it has a more relaxed atmosphere. We took a seat at the table on the ground floor and ordered a rose lemonade and slice of red velvet cake each while I tried to get a certain cat to pose for photos. Unfortunately, he didn’t really want anything to do with me but it was alright because there’s ten other cats there.

I spent a lot of time with a lovely ginger Tom called Indiana, he was very sleepy but so good natured and friendly. He happily posed for a lot of photos (okay, he was asleep in most of them and had no idea) and he let me give him a fuss. I also made friends with a white and calico girl called Artemis. Even Chloe loved her!

I definitely recommend a visit to Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, it’s such a lovely environment and the cats are ever so well behaved.