I've spent most of the last few days on my back with my new best friends: the heating pad and Advil. I've been dealing with some pretty bad back problems which I hope will be reversed with the purchase of a new mattress and some Pilates to strengthen up what is apparently a rather weak core.
All of this flat-on-my-backness has given me plenty of time to research mattresses, Pilates, and especially Paris and London. We've got our plane tickets, figured out what we want to see and do in Paris and bought tickets to the newly opened Harry Potter Studio tour in London.
What we're really struggling with is finding a hotel in Paris that is fairly convenient, accomodates the 4 of us and doesn't cost more than $300 a night. Egad. I didn't grow up going on vacations so it is very hard for me to spend the money. I laugh when I think of the original budget I had in mind for this trip. Well, actually I don't think those were tears of laughter.
The London hotels seem to be much more reasonably priced but I don't have a clue what area to stay in. I wonder if they'll let me sleep in Cath Kidston?? I'd also love to hear suggestions of stuff to do there. I mean, shopping, obviously, and Big Ben and double decker buses and Harry Potter and a pub, but what else?
In summary, I'd love your thoughts on: Mattresses that don't cause back pain, the effectiveness of Pilates, hotels in Paris that don't cost a semester of college tuition and must see sights in London. I'll be here spending quality time with my hot pad. I hope you're all enjoying a day of bending over and sitting up without pain. I envy you.