Especially since I'm going in May! I've been meaning to post about this for a couple of days but I wanted to wait until the excitement had died down enough that I was able to write coherently.
Our original plan was to travel in November, when airfares would hopefully be cheaper, but airfares have done nothing lately but go upward. The last time I checked November fares, it was over $800 RT from Philadelphia to Paris. Ouch. I'd like a little money left to spend while I'm on vacation, would that be too much to ask?
Then I happened to find a flight on Air France from May 8 through May 14, for under $600. So whenever the government kicks out that little economic stimulus check it's promising me, it can go right on the credit card bill and pay for my airfare.
We'd already reserved a hotel room for our projected dates in November, and they were able to move our reservation up to May without a problem. This was apparently meant to be.
This will be my third trip: once with a girlfriend about 10 years ago, last March with Mario, and now this spring. (Actually, it might count as my fourth trip - I went to London in my early 20s and took a bus/ferry for a day trip and somehow crammed so much of the city into one day that it was a blur even at the time.) It's a special place, though, and I don't get tired of visiting.
We've agreed that next vacation we'll go somewhere different, but we'll see. We've never been to Paris in the springtime before.