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I’m soo excited for our honeymoon! I’ve never been oversees before so, this is HUGE for me haha. My fiance has been to both London and Paris numerous times, so I’m happy he didn’t mind going there for our honeymoon. We are very fortunate and blessed that his god mother is paying for our trip. It’s her wedding gift to us. I’m pretty much over the moon. Do any of you bees have any suggestions of places we should visit, places to eat, shops, and etc.? We pretty much are going to visit all the typical tourist attractions, but some insider info would be nice.
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Congrats! How exciting! You should start looking at Trip Advisor – lots of info there. ALways my go to when travelling!
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@jujubee89: that’s so exciting!!! My brother and his girlfriend went to both places in July & had an awesome time.
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@jujubee89: Just back from our honeymoon to France. We had both been in Paris before, so we skipped the most well known sites and just wandered around a lot in the city. We both loved the area around our hotel, lots of really nice and sweet restaurants! Loved to sit outside for dinner enjoying a glass of wine while looking at the Parisians walking by! We were only there for two days before heading out on the countryside, but we discovered a set of covered walkways that we just adored. Definitely a tip if you have rain one day! Have tons of fun!
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YAy, that’s super exciting! We are going to Paris too for the second week of ours. You will love it!
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Yay! How exciting! We love London – so much that we usually go twice a year! What time of year are you going? Where are you staying? There is sooo much to do!
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@Nic01: I’ve been stalking trip advisor and yelp since we decided on London/Paris. Haha.
@FoxyBride14: I bet they did! I couldn’t be more excited!
@eocenia: Oh ya! I definitely can’t wait to just sit at a cafe and people watch. I have a sweet tooth so, I know I’m going to have to practice some self control. But I highly doubt that’ll happen haha.
@SillyStacey: How exciting! I hope you and your fiancé have an amazing time.
@GG_Vega: We will be gone from 06/18/14-07/02/14. We are staying at the Ritz. However, we plan on going to Paris some time during that 2 weeks for a couple days. I’d like to possibly stay at another hotel for the duration of the time we are in London. I know the Ritz is pricey, and I feel guilty since my fiance’s god mom is paying for it. I kind of want to suggest to her that we can stay at another place after we get back from Paris, but she’s the one who picked the Ritz. I feel like since she’s paying for it, I should just go with the flow. I just have never been gifted such a lavish gift… I feel guilty. Sorry rant. Don’t get me wrong I’m totally grateful!
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@jujubee89: Go on the London eye for the views. Go on a DUCK tour, it’s an amphibious vehicle so goes on land and water and you’ll see a lot of things. I’ve never been but I want to see the Crown Jewels. In Paris Notre Dame and Bastille areas are lovely.
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I would totally take advantage of that gift! I’ve never stayed at the Ritz, but I hear it is amazing. You will have to do the afternoon tea while you are there!
We always stay at the Grosvenor House in Mayfair, which is my favorite London neighborhood. I love walking Mount Street and shopping all the great stores and boutiques. We also like going to the Audley pub for a pint. Also, Richoux is great for breakfast. There are tons of great restaurants in Mayfair, so be sure to do some research!
I’m sure you will definitely do the big things like Westminster, Parliament, Tower of London, ect… If you like art, plan on spending an entire day at the National Gallery. I think the Palace opens to visitors during select dates in the summer, but definitely research this in advance because I think tickets sell out.
If you plan on taking the tube, consider getting an oyster card. It will make travel much easier.
There are also several day trips you can do to Camden Town, Hampton Court or Stonehenge. If you want to be wild you can take the train up to Scotland for a day or two.
And if you are music fans keep an eye out for Eric Clapton dates. He will usually play several dates (late spring/early summer) at the Royal Albert Hall – a small 5k capacity concert hall. We have been to a few of his shows there and they are always incredible.
Lastly make sure you pig out on the Cadbury soft serve carts all around London. There is nothing like that tasty full fat ice cream!
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The crown jewels (in the tower) are so expensive to go and see
Camden market is famous (Camden lock as well) also see if you can go to portobello market (notting hill is nice anyway)
Check out the churches (st pauls and westminster) parks and things.
The Tate and the Tate modern are good. You can’t beat the British museum and the VandA is good as well. As well as the national gallery.
The London eye is good if you want views.
If you like HarryPotter the experience is so so worth it. (It is all the film stuff – massive)
You can take a day trip out and see Windsor and things, also you can go to Bath for the day.(train)
SO – just shouted ‘Cardiff’ at me. You can go for the day (train) that way you can see a bit of Wales and castles. it is very nice.
Oh the possibilities are endless (I live in London mainly)
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@CatyLady: The London Eye is probaby one of the first things I want to do when we get there. The Duck Tour, I think would be fun and unique. The Crown Jewels is a must see for me, what girl doesn’t love jewels and royality?! I can’t wait to go to The Tower of London in general. As far as Paris goes, ahhh, there are sooo many beautiful buildings I must see. Oh, and food I must eat! Haha.
@GG_Vega: Ya, I agree with you about just accepting the gift as is. My fiance and I are definitely going to do afternoon tea at the Ritz. Thank you for all this info!!! You, are only making me more excited/anxious haha. Seriously, 06/18/14, needs to get here faster!
@mallo: Funny you bring up Harry Potter because we are doing the Harry Potter tour haha. What’s the best place in the London to get authentic fish and chips? I’ve had it before here in the U.S., but I want to try the “real” version while I’m there.
Post # 13
Definitely recommend Camden Lock and also, take a good wander around Hyde Park. A lot of London can be seen on foot or by taking regular double decker buses too (sort yourselves an Oyster card before arrival). So far as galleries are concerned, Tate Modern is fabulous as is Tate Britain. The Natural History Museum and the V & A are fine ways to spend wet days (which you are bound to get in an English summer!). Shakespear’s Globe Theatre and the South Bank are well worth exploring too. Also consider taking the train from Victoria down to Brighton to experience a traditional English day by the seaside. Brighton is quirky and fun and only a hour on the train. Get the Rough Guide to London too.
Paris is a wonderful city too. I’ve been lucky enough to be visiting regularly since I was 7. I highly recommend a wander around the Left Bank which takes you conveniently towards Notre Dame. Catch the Bateau Bus for a boat tour of the Seine and also consider visiting the Paris Sewers. My absolutely favourite place is Pere Lachaise Cemetery. Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison are just some of the famous people laid to rest there. It’s gloriously gothic too.
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Fish and chips? Hmm. People talk about Harry Ramsey’s as the best chain. Depends find a pub (wetherspoons for chain pub food) that does food they will do it. But honestly. Find an area where people live and the local high street and go to the one with people in. Have mushy peas and curry sauce if they sell it.
Pub fish and chips is a very different experience to eating on a park bench (I’m classy me) but can be lovely. A not cold pint and beer battered fish and chips are lovely. (Try more pub grub as well like gammon egg and chips) Pub food won’t blow your mind but there is something comforting about it (sit and watch the game then as well)
Also if you like even a bit of sport go see a football match (not really for the football but the culture of it all)
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@Steampunkbride: Thanks for all the info! I never even thought about Brighton, or spending a day by the seaside.
@mallo: Thanks! My fiance is an arsenal fan… I’m sure he’ll want to do something football related ha. We plan on going to Wimbledon. We planned our honeymoon around when Wimbledon will be going on haha. I don’t even care if we can’t watch a match. I just want to experience it.
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@jujubee89: Getting advance tickets to Wimbledon is difficult unless you have corporate/club connections and you can’t just turn up and wander around whether or not you want to watch a game. However, it is huge fun to join the daily queue for admission (our family do this every year) and you can get premium tickets too depending on your place in the queue. The link, below gives details about the queue and the arrangements for 2014.