anyone have advice for going a honeymoon in paris?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

I don’t have any hotel recommendations, but I went during the winter last year and LOVED it!!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@McBezel:  I studied abroad in Paris and loved it, it’s beautiful there.  The nicest areas of the city are in the center.  It’s divided into sections called arrondissements, here’s a map:

 

There are good areas in all of them I’m sure but the closer you get to the center the nicer it is (and more expensive).  The 5th and 6th are my favorites, and I lived in the 13th close to the border and there were some cheaper areas there.  I would stay out of the 17th, 18th, and 19th, there are some super-shady neighborhoods (I got groped outside the Moulin Rouge, it’s the porn/hooker district, not cool).  When you look at hotels check them on a map.  Hope that helps!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

So fun I love France! We went last October. We stayed in Montmartre for a week which was near Moulin Rouge and we had no problems at all and moulin rouge is so tourist, but then maybe we were lucky. You should at least visit up there for the day, there are alot of great things to see. If you are an Amelie fan, the café where she worked is in that neighborhood and is called Les Deux Moulins.

Anyway I don’t have any hotel suggestions, we used air bnb and got a place for $500 for the week, of course we weren’t on our honeymoon so you guys might want to splurge for something fancier!

Obviously you should see all the touristy stuff – the Louve, the Eiffel tower, Norte Dame, arc de triomphe, Versaillesy.  For some other fun stuff I’d suggest the catacombs (it was closed when we tried to go which was such a bummer), or if you’ve seen midnight in paris (if you havent you should!) the church where owen wilson sits on the steps and waits for his magical car are at the church Saint Etienne-du-Mont near the Panthéon in the 5th arrondissement.

Others things we did on our visit were Shakesphere and company bookstore, the Pont Alexandre III, one of the most extravagantly beautiful bridges over the Seine, Dreyolle, one of Paris’ most unusual shops, Museum D’orsay. We also just a whole bunch of time just wondering around and seeing sites that way. We then spent another week traveling around France. Don’t worry about not speaking french, almost everyone speaks english in Paris. Neither DH or I speak french and we got along just fine. To be polite we asked in french (that was about the only thing we new how to say!) if they spoke english and most of them would just talk in english back to us.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@McBezel:  I wouldn’t say don’t go to that area at all, there’s some fun things to do around there, just don’t go without your man.  I was there at night with 4 other girls, I think you’ll be alright accompanied by a guy 🙂  But I wouldn’t get a hotel there.

I tried really hard to speak French when I was there for practice and everyone I spoke to in French responded in English.  Definitely don’t worry about not speaking French!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@McBezel:  Don’t worry too much about not being able to speak French. Yes, they definitely prefer that you make an attempt. However English seems to be a universal language, even in Europe. I was just in France about 3 weeks ago! I know a bit of French so I did my best to use that but for the most part people knew at least enough English that we could communicate. 

If you do want to learn some french get yourself the French in 10 minutes a day book. I used it for Spanish and it’s super helpful. Also Barron’s French at a glance is a great quick resource book and you get a free app download with it.

http://www.amazon.com/French-Glance-Language-Phrasebook-Dictionary/dp/0764147773/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384214824&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=barron%27s+french+at+a+glan+ce

http://www.amazon.com/FRENCH-10-minutes-day-CD-ROM/dp/193187302X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384214805&sr=1-1&keywords=french+in+10

I can’t give a lot of advice as far as where to stay, as we stayed at the Hilton. It was nice, we were passing through and traveling really fast and last minuite so we pretty much stayed wherever my mom got an airline discount.

We did do a visit up to Sacre Couer up at Monte Marte, which is where Moulin Rouge is which we walked by and got some pics. And of course did all of the other touristy things (The Louvre, Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, etc)

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I went to paris for my honeymoon in oct!  It was amazing.  Id recommend renting an apt, and staying in le marais such a cute area.  Also id recommend taking a wine/castle tour to the loire valley and going to versaille.  Totally the highlight of our trip!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I have been to Paris several times from college until now and have stayed everywhere from a hostel type hotel to the Four Seasons. One thing I can say is that it is spectacular and you will undoubtedly love it and…make sure to bring stylish outfits, hats, purses, shoes etc. You will feel like a million bucks and I think that Europeans treat people better when they don’t look like “sloppy Americans”…sweatpants, tennis shoes etc. That’s just my opinion and believe me I am a “sloppy American” half the time myself! LOL Congratulations!! Enjoy your trip ♥

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

My FI and I have been to Paris (and other places in France) a few times each and loved it (: we never got a chance to speak French though, since everyone spoke English. I definitely recommend checking out Mrs. Turtle’s recaps though. She and her DH honeymooned in Paris and she has some great pictures and reviews.

If I was going to honeymoon there, I would totally stay in the Pullman Tour Eiffel! It’s extremely close to the Eiffel Tower (like a very quick walk) and a lot of the rooms have a view of it. I’m not just talking Eiffel Tower in the distance aha, I mean like it’s like…

I really want to stay there someday!

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