Post # 1
Well, it’s official. We booked our honeymoon trip to europe. We are spending 3 days in London, 3 days in Paris, 6 days in Germany and 4.5 days in Rome. Does anyone have any advice on where to stay (cheaply) or fun things to do?
Post # 3
Awesome! We are going to Europe too (Barcelona and then on a cruise to Italy and France). You will love it! I’ve been many times. There is a comapny called Fat Tire bike tours. They have tours in London, Paris, Barcelona and Berlin. Definately take the tour in London (if you are going to Berlin, take those too). The company is great and super affordable. I’ve taken the city in all tours (except Barcelona which we will do on our Honeymoon). Highly recommended!
Post # 4
When I went to London, I bought a 2 day pass for the 2 top red tour bus and that was the best decision I ever made. It allowed me to get on and off whenever and wherever I wanted and I was able to see everything in London without ever feeling rushed. I used it basically like a pre-paid taxi rather than a tour bus so it saves you a lot of time and money. At night, I hit up a show in West End (I got lucky and got to see Idina Menzel in Wicked) and went on the Jack the Ripper walking tour (which is really cool if you’re into that kind of stuff -you get to hear all the theories of who the ripper could have been and you are taken to all the murder locations).
Post # 5
@ebklug84: Thanks!! I will definitely look into that!!
Post # 6
Bring cash or traveler’s checks. Don’t rely on those prepaid travel visa cards…. My first trip overseas, it was a nightmare to get them to work, and I think I spent more money on the phone calls trying to fix it than I did on the trip!
Have an awesome trip, it sounds fantastic!
Post # 7
I LOVE London! Take advantage of museums because they’re mostly free. The Tate Modern is absolutely amazing. Check out the Globe Theater website for tickets to Shakespeare plays, which was absolutely fabulous.
Keep in mind if you go to the Vatican that you need to have your shoulders and knees covered to go into St. Peters. This is also true in many smaller churches in Italy, so make sure you have a wrap and are wearing long pants or a long skirt. It’s worth taking a tour of St. Peters. The building is seriously so huge that you cannot even fathom what you’re looking at until someone tells you something like “See that tiled circle on the ceiling? A semi with a trailor would fit inside that.” When we went, we found a man out front who was offering free tours because he’s trying to practice. He had about 8-10 people gathered, and the info he gave us was FANTASTIC. He did end up asking us for money at the end, but we thought he was so great that we gave him some. I’m sure there official tours too.
Post # 8
@Beckster329: Thank you! I am most excited about Rome. We will be there 5 days. I was an art major in college (well, art ed.) so I cannot wait to go see everything I learned about in art history. OMG I’m bursting with excitement just thinking about it. I’ve been dying to go to rome for YEARS!
Post # 9
One thing that is a must see in Rome (besides the obvious) is the catacombs – it was one of the most amazing things we saw in Rome.
Another thing about Rome, is that the food is AMAZING! Seriously, WAAAAY better then Venice or Florence. In fact the locals say their food isn’t Italian, its Roman. 🙂 I highly suggest Carbonara (it is way more eggy then they make it in the states, and taste so much better and richer.) And another dish is Amatriciana, its a spicy red sauce and its soooooo good!
Since you are hitting up multiple places in western Eurpope, I would suggest you getting the “Go Europe” book. It is geared towards students, but we found GREAT suggestions for food, things to do/see, etc in all the cities you are going to: London,Paris, Germany and Rome, etc.
Post # 10
I’ve heard one of the best/safest neighbourhoods to stay in in Rome are around the vatican. I was there 2.5 years ago and stayed by the metro station. It was kinda sketchy.
Also – look into a Roma pass. Kinda like the london one, but for rome. It’s a subway/bus ticket, plus entrance to atleast 2 histroical sights, depending on how many days you buy it for. (I bought for two).
Also- for the vatican, I suggest going to their website an buying tickets to a guided tour. That way, you get to skip the line to get inside the basilica and they leave you at the sistine chapel on your own. The tour I think was about 2 hours, and well worth it!
Post # 11
@Mrs.SplatterPaint: Darling Husband and I had an art history class together and we were super excited about the art in Rome too and were not disappoointed. 🙂 It is totally worth booking ahead for the Vatican, we went with a group and walked right in, by the time we got out the line to get into the Basillica was hours waiting. Also, the Vatican is on the OPPOSITE side of Rome from most of the Ancient stuff, I highly suggest against walking. We did and it took almost 2 hours, just straight down the river, not seeing stuff along the way. The Fourm is AMAZING at night. If you go up the capital hill, which is behind this huge monument to the first king of Italy, up this staircase and into the plaza with the caesar statue. Kind of off to the right is this alleyway, it looks creepy, but if you go through there you get a view of the fourm to die for. And at night everything is spot lit and incredible.
Post # 12
Rome is one of my all-time-favorite European cities. Just walking around is amazing. I love the mix of modern city and ancient ruins. The food is amazing. I ate gellato every single day I was there. Sometimes more than once a day. My favorite tourist sites were the colloseum and the senate. Amazing. Our hostel was close to the colloseum so it was really cool to get to walk by it every day. Especially when it’s lit up at night!
Post # 13
There’s this book that gives good advice on Europe (she was backpacking)savings, and advice on certain customs, and what to beware, and what to WEAR, etc… it’s only $2.99 (electronic book)
Post # 14
I live an hour away from London! I dont know if its your thing but seeing as you have 3 days you might want to check out Camden market. Its a little further out on the tube (15-20mins maybe?) than the main attractions but it is such a cool town, especially on a sunny day. There is a market on the canal that sells loads of handmade goodies (think etsy but in real life!) and a variety of international foods. Its a mixture of gothic shops, hippy/ethnic markets and posh apartments on the water. Happy honeymooning 🙂
Post # 15
Oh my gosh how fun!! I guess I don’t really have any helpful tips other than HAVE FUN!!
Post # 16
Ditto PP about the free museums in London. I recommend the Museum of London, it takes you through London history in a very interactive way, super interesting.
While in London, be sure to check out Borough Market. Its an open air food market where you can pretty much lunch on the free samples given at each stall. And since its all street food it won’t be as expensive as a restaurant, or even a sandwich shop.
Stop by a super market (Tesco or Tesco Express, Sainsburys) to stock up on snacks – apples, yogurts, granola bars. London is expensive, but things like that can help ease the burden.
Honestly, feel free to PM me for any more advice. I lived in London for a year, and visited often before that, so I’m happy to help!