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#1 Catran

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 06:13 PM

We have booked to go to Europe for the month of June, flying into and out of Paris. We plan to concentrate our visit mainly on France, Spain and Italy, as we're not sure how much time it takes to see what we may want to see. Neither of us have been overseas before!

Where did you go or where are you planning on going? What are the "must see" places and the "must do" activities?

Any help I can get with planning the itinery will be awesome!

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 09:09 PM

A month isn't long to see so many countries. You could rush around on a Contiki-style tour, but you would experience nothing of anywhere.

As far as Spain is concerned, I would base myself in the south - specifically in Seville. You can rent a nice apartment in the medieval centre for a month for 800 euros. From Seville you can travel to Granada for the Alhambra and Cordoba for the Mezquita - the 'must see' Spanish icons. Seville was the centre of the exploration of the New World - Christopher Columbus is buried in the cathedral there. They also have a spectacular palace - the Alcazar. (They also filmed some of Star Wars in the Plaza de Espana in Seville. laugh.gif ) This is the home of bullfighting and flamenco, and there really are horses and carts everywhere.

The other 'must sees' of Spain are Barcelona and Madrid. If you want to visit them (but you really won't have time), I would say head first to Barcelona for the incredible Gaudi architecture. Bag snatching by illegal South American immigrants is VERY common in Madrid - be very careful. The last time I was there an Argentinean and a Peruvian stole a bag from a table while six of us were watching – and none of us noticed!! They are very clever about it. (We know who they were because we tracked down the numbers they were calling on our stolen phone.)

In such a short space of time, the only option for Italy is to do the 'big three': Rome, Florence and Venice. You might be able to squeeze in Siena, maybe.... All are famous for a reason - they are incredible! Venice is about as romantic as you can get - make sure you actually stay on one of the islands, rather than back on the mainland. The place clears out in the evenings and you can stroll around the canals and look at the mask shops. There are areas of Italy with far fewer tourists, but you can’t come home from Italy and not see these three.

France, well Paris is the most important!! It is the greatest, most beautiful city in the world (I am a little biased, having lived there smile.gif ), but it has the reputation as 'the most romantic city in the world' for a reason. Basing yourself in Paris you can visit the palaces on the outskirts of the city. I would again recommend renting an apartment. It works out so much cheaper than a hotel, and the locations you can rent in are just incredible.
For a contrast, try somewhere in the south - Avignon or Nice or Monte Carlo (yes, I know it's not actually in France!).

For apartments, type 'apartments Paris/Rome etc' into a search engine. I could give you the web addresses but I'm not sure if that is allowed. unsure.gif

But I would really recommend not rushing around to see everything. I spent a month in just one smallish European city recently and still felt like I missed out on a lot. Travelling is stressful - all the security and waiting in airports and hanging around train stations. Make sure you have time to sit in a cafe along the Seine in Paris and watch people, to spend a few lazy afternoons drinking sangria in the Spanish sun. Definitely don't rush Italy. Experiencing the lifestyle is as much a part of the trip as visiting the cathedrals and museums.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 08:03 AM

we are going for 6 weeks in April and are staring in rome, hiring a car and driving around italy, south of france, ducking into barcelona, up to paris through the pyranese, drop of the car and go to london for a few days to see my sister.

I think the French riveira (ie Nice) is meant to be nice, and I am keep to drive around the tuscan country side. You have to decide what you are after, whether to concetrate on major cities or get a bit off the beaten track.

renault and citroen do a really good deal in france for car hire. and you can take the car anywhere in europe.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 05:05 PM

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Posted 22 February 2008 - 11:21 AM

We had a 2 month European honeymoon which also included family visits.

We flew to London and spent some time in England with relatives. We then went on to Paris, Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, Werfen, Venice, Positano, Rome, Grindelwald and Zurich.

Even though we had 2 months we were still rushing aqround like chooks!!!!

For a honeymoon I would really recommend Paris and Venice for their romantic ways. We had a fabulous time everywhere and our only regret was that we couldn't take 6 months to explore all the other places we wanted to go to!

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Posted 22 February 2008 - 12:18 PM

We're honeymooning in Europe too. We're spending a week in London, then 5.5 weeks in France. We'll spend a couple of days in Champagne, a week each in Burgundy, Provence, the Loire Valley and Paris and a few days in Normandy.

Neiher of us have spent any significant time in France, so we'll be seeing it together for the first time. I spent 6 weeks in Europe with my parents when I was 16, and FH worked in Florence for three months before I met him (lucky bugger!). So, France seemed like the go. That and we like wine and food smile.gif

We were originally going to do the typical Aussie thing of running around trying to fit in as many countries as we could, but decided that we were too old for that (old enough not to qualify for a Contiki tour!). Europe has been around for centuries and is unlikely to disappear suddenly in our lifetime - we'll be able to go back and see Italy, Germany, Spain, the rest of England at some point.

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 12:30 PM

Hi Cat,

We did Europe last year, and we did a cruise down the meditterean which went to heaps of different countries and we unpacked once and each day we woke up in a new country.

Places we visited were - Barcelona (We spent an extra 3 days here prior to our ruise departing)
Marseille, France
Rome, Italy
Portofino, Italy
Naples, Italy
Santorini, Greece
Izmir, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
Athens, Greece
Mykonos, Greece
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Venice, Italy

It was seriusly the best thing, as we were able to experience all of Europe and see the best bits and only unpack once. There was no way i was going to Europe to sit on a bus tour or anything like that for 7 weeks.

Highly recommend Turkey, it was the place was least looking fwd to before departing, but the best place out of the whole trip!!! Also, Santorini was just like in the postcards and pictures ive seen. Apart from the stupid donkey that i fell off the place was divine!!

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 03:10 PM

Thank god I found this thread.

Thanks ladies, I have a few more ideas for our honeymoon now. We only have 3 weeks for our honeymoon. I'm hoping thats enough time to see something... Just one problem not sure what I want to see first?
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 03:41 PM

We had a 3 week honeymoon and we spent 5 days in Paris, 8 days in Italy (Venice, Florence and Rome) and 8 days in Japan (Tokyo and Kyoto).

Paris is absolutely beautiful and I would love to go back. We spent each morning having breakfast at a local patisserie/cafe and watch the locals go about their morning rituals. It's so funny watching all these people walking around with baguettes. It's so cliched. We visited museums (it's best to visit the Louvre at night when all the tour groups have gone, it's so crowded during the day especially the Monalisa wing I forget what it's called Denon I think), ate French food and did generally toursity things including shopping! We also went to Versailles.

Venice is probably the most romantic place I've ever been to. We stayed in Venice itself not the mainland. I had the best meal of the European leg of our trip there The gondolas are a bit of a rip off. They try to charge tourists EU150 and locals EU60.

I wished we skipped Florence. It was a bit of a dud. The most exciting thing we did there was go to The Mall an outlet for the entire Gucci group - Burberry, Fendi, Gucci, Valentino, Armani, Ferragamo, YSL etc. It's about an hour's drive from Florence city but it was totally worth it. We literally shopped till we dropped.

I didn't find Rome to be a romantic city but it was amazing. I am in complete awe of the city. It was absolutely amazing but be careful when you cross the streets. Drivers there, especially the motorbike and vespa drivers are crazy. I take it back The Trevi Fountain is a very romantic place despite the huge crowd there. Climb to the top of St. Peter's Dome in the St. Peter's Basilica. It's quite an experience. There is so much to see and do in Rome.

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 06:09 PM

We spent almost three weeks in Italy and one week in Malta.

OMG Italy was to die for. Every city we visited was unique and I enjoyed every moment of it.

We chose to limit our destinations to enable ourselves to really enjoy each place we visited.

I would go back to Rome tomorrow. I just loved it! The history blew me away. It felt like every step we took we were passing another excavation of a newly discovered underground city.

Florence was breathtaking and the little side trips we took to a few Tuscan villages were beautiful.

Venice truly is the city of love and if you were to visit you have to lose yourself in the back alleyways and just walk walk walk.

We spent five nights in the Cinque Terre and it was wonderful to just slip into a more relaxed mode and just soak in the sunshine and leisurely move from one town to the next.

*sigh* I'd love to do it all again smile.gif

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 06:20 PM

QUOTE(allure @ Apr 23 2008, 06:09 PM) View Post

Venice truly is the city of love and if you were to visit you have to lose yourself in the back alleyways and just walk walk walk.


And it seems like you always discover something at every corner. I can't wait to go back.


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Posted 25 May 2008 - 09:05 PM

Just thought I'd update everyone on our honeymoon - we leave next Sunday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We fly to Paris, with an overnight stopover in Seoul, but it sounds unlikely that we'll actually have time to go to the city itself, which I'm a bit bummed about. After that we're in Paris for 3 nights, before training it around Europe - Tours (2 nights), Bordeaux (2 nights), Barcelona (2 nights), Nice (3 nights), Swiss Alps (Interlaken/Grindelwald/Wengen - TBA!! 2 nights), Lucerne (2 nights), Venice (2 nights), Florence (2 nights), Rome (4 nights), then flying to Prague for 3 nights, before flying back to Paris for our last night, then back to Aus, via Korea (but no overnight stopover this time). Phew! I have a few day trips I'd like to do like Monaco, Pisa, Naples and Vesuvius, and we plan to go up to Jungfraujoch, so I'm hoping it's snowing because hubby hasn't seen snow. Should be a lot of fun, but we have lots of train trips to recover our weary legs!

I'll hopefully have a heap of photos and will tell you all about it when I get back! Actually, I WILL have a heap of photos - with me, that's a given!!! LOL!!!

Thanks for all your advice - it has been greatly appreciated smile.gif smile.gif smile.gif
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Posted 25 May 2008 - 09:08 PM

I can't comment on any of the other places but I can guarantee you are going to LOVE Paris. We are alredy dying to go back biggrin.gif

Have a great time!


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Posted 25 May 2008 - 09:49 PM

I would highly recommend a day tour of Pompeii when you are in Rome. It was one of the highlights of our 9 week honeymoon. Walking around the old city, you get this feeling of what life was like for them in 79AD. You see some amazing things.


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Posted 25 May 2008 - 10:30 PM

Yes, we were going to try and go to Vesuvius and Pompeii or Herculaneum - I can't decide which one! But there's no way we're not going!!!!
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