Tour du Mont Blanc

G.Hammer and I were married August 10, 2013, and spent our honeymoon backpacking through Montana’s Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, then climbing Montana’s highest mountain, Granite Peak. We agreed then we should be in the backcountry for all our anniversaries, too. In 2014 we were backpacking in Glacier National Park and Greg surprised me by packing in his […]

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Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan Hotel, Paris Eiffel

After I picked out our IHG stay in Paris- the InterContinental Paris Le Grand– Greg got to pick out our Carl Rezidor property and after I read “stunning Eiffel Tower views” in the hotel description he was sold. The hotel was only one Paris block (about five regular blocks) from Trocadero and really did offer […]

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City of Lights, part deux

After two nights at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hotel, we changed hotels so we could experience some of our Club Carlson points at the Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan Paris Eiffel. Our room was advertised for €295 or 70,000 points/night, but since we’re Club Carlson Visa cardmembers we got our second night free so the stay cost […]

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InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hotel

Contrary to popular belief we’re not dirtbaggers all the time (and we do shower on a regular basis although certainly not every day). Greg and I have stayed in hostels, crashed with friends, and slept in airports all over the world, spending less so that we might travel more. But that was before we started […]

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City of Lights, part un

We didn’t make any travel plans before we left home, other than we wanted to get to Finland to meet Santa Claus, and to see the uncles. From there we winged our trip and went where our flights could take us, booking rooms along the way. As far as standby goes, we got about as […]

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Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial

The whole purpose of our European road trip was to go see where Greg’s twin great uncles, Henry and William (Hank and Bill) were buried in France. Good ol’ farm boys from North Dakota (the best kind of boys), they were both Technicians Fifth Class in the US Army, 56th Engineer Battalion, 11th Armored Division. […]

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