Trip Report: Paris in May to see the King of Clay! (part 1)

 

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Introduction
LOT Polish Airlines Business Class ORD-WAW
Hotel du Louvre
The Louvre
Park Hyatt Paris
Notre Dame and add our “lock of love” to a Parisian bridge
Versailles
French Open (day 1)
French Open (day 2)
Radisson Blu Champs Elysees
Arc de Triomphe and Siene river cruise
Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan
Le Eiffel Tower and Sacre Couer
Lunch at Le Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower and other Dining options around Paris
LOT Polish Airlines Economy Class WAW-ORD

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Introduction

One of the places I have always wanted to visit was Paris.  Being that I am also a tennis fan it made sense that if I ever got to Paris to make sure it was in late May or early June to catch the French Open! The French Open is the biggest clay court tennis tournament in the world, the biggest tournament in Paris and one of the four Grand Slam tournaments played yearly (along with the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and  the US Open).  The number one mens player in the world as of today is Rafa Nadal and I am a huge fan of his tennis so getting to see him play live on the main court at the French Open was going to be one of the main goals of the trip.

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King of Clay

Surprisingly Paris wasn’t really on my wife’s top list to visit, I say surprisingly because you hear it being proclaimed as such a romantic city and my wife will of course take any romance she can get.  It didn’t take much to twist her arm as she has never been to Paris and well…. WHY NOT!?   My wife is much more of a beach vacationer but I have that covered later this year so “lets go to Paris in the spring!”

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Paris in the Spring

I started planning this trip in late October by booking some nights at Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome. A few weeks later in early November a United airlines mileage devaluation was announced and I frantically booked the first business class flight I found on united.com.  I burned some Club Carlson points to cover the lions share of hotel nights.  As the days got closer I was able to add an extra day at the beginning of the trip and also fly on a different airline when some schedule changes occurred.  All in all this ended up being an eight night vacation to Paris spread over four different hotels, (I know four hotels in eight days is a lot to most people) I enjoy trying/testing different hotels so I don’t mind moving hotels.

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Radisson Blu Le metropolitan

We checked off a lot of the “must do’s” in Paris and had a great trip overall.  The weather started off cool and cloudy and with some light rain drizzle however as the trip progressed we were treated with some very nice weather to enjoy the city!!

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Eiffel Tower at night

This was just the introduction so stay tuned for the full trip report installments coming up all this week!! I will be detailing how we did everything and I will detail in my pointspinnacle breakdown how many miles and points we used and how we traveled in style! Tomorrow I will detail our business class trip to Paris on LOT Polish Airlines!

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