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We are thrilled to announce that we are now officially Starwood Preferred Platinum guests!  We reached our goal on December 31st, and we are looking forward to our first year of shiny, platinum SPG benefits. So where did we get our final stays in the Countdown to SPG Platinum?  The answer is: New York City and New Orleans.  Two incredibly unique cities.  Two separate blog posts. It is not unusual for us to… Read More

We are well on our way to Platinum!  We made a road trip out of stays 8, 7, and 6 by heading to Philadelphia, Alexandria, and Washington, D.C.! Our first stop was at the Le Meridien Philadelphia, a hotel we love for its unique design and history. Since this hotel used to be a YMCA, it has a character all its own which makes it stand out from other SPG properties. This hotel… Read More

In July 2012, Paul and I rented an apartment in Paris for a month.  It was quite possibly the best thing we’ve ever done.  It was an absolutely thrilling experience to drop ourselves into a city in a country an ocean away from our own, to communicate in a language we didn’t speak, and to live a lifestyle so culturally different from the American way.  We are changed because of Paris and… Read More