Post # 1
DH and I live in Ireland so we are planning on taking a long weekend for our 1 year anniversary and traveling to a new city. I’ve been to Paris and we went to Amsterdam in Sept so those are 2 cities we want to leave off the list for this trip. So far we have discussed Rome or maybe Basel. It would be for only 2-4 days, so please take that into consideration when voting please 🙂
Thanks for all your advice ladies!!
Post # 2
Well, I have been to a couple of European countries, mostly their capital cities. I absolutely LOVED Budapest, Prague, and I hear Barcelona is absolutely stunning!
Post # 3
I think 2-4 days is not enough for Rome…I would do Barcelona, Madrid or Lisbon if I only had one weekend …even though for Barcelona you probably need 4 full days..
Post # 4
Barcelona is awesome if you have 2 full days (ie not too much time traveling). Either Florence or Venice are good for shorter trips, too. I’m not sure how easy it is to get to those cities from where you are in Ireland.
Post # 5
msmorganitebee: I just went to Rome in October, and I am probably among the minority here when I say this, but I absolutely hated Rome. I wanted to go so bad, and I finally went and it was the most disgusting, dirty, smelly city. Aside from the food, and the Vatican, I will never go back.
I love love loveeeee Barcelona. I went to Paris and Barcelona for my honeymoon and would love to go back there one day.
If you go to Italy, do yourself a favor and please go to Florence and Tuscany. Its so beautiful! And the wine is sooooo good.
Post # 6
It depends on what you want to do and your budget. A friend of mine went to Prague with her husband and they had a great time there. Everything was much cheaper, they went to a nice SPA, ate at fancy restaurants for a really good price. Prague is also a beatiful city where you can go sight seeing and do touristy stuff. <br /><br />If you want to go to more “famous” capitals such as Madrid, Paris, London etc tyou have to pay alot to stay at fancier hotels. Since it is your one year anniversary i bet you want a romantic hotel. But if you don’t have a strict budget i would recommend Madrid or Barcelona.
Post # 7
Madrid! Prefer it to Barcelona for a short break. Really cool city.
Post # 8
I think Rome or Athens would be super fun.
Post # 9
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It takes a lot of time to see everything Rome has to offer, IMO. What about Nice? What time of year are you thinking?
Post # 10
Btw I will describe why I like Madrid so much. First of all I had a friend live there when I visited so she knew all the cool places to hang out.
I loved the parks and gardens, the historic buildings. The museums are fabulous. We didnt go to the prado but we visited the Museo Reina Sofia and saw the Guernica. The art there was amazing, but the civil war stuff was really sad and disturbing.
We went to lots of cool bars and drank G&T’s. We had amazing food for quite reasonable money and the bars and restaurants are so cool and nicely decorated. The shopping is awesome as well. Lots of amazing small boutiques in the areas we walked through. I think its probably the best city I have visited for shops. Certainly much better than Barcelona in that regard.
Post # 11
I think that Rome or Nice would be a good idea. We were in Rome for 4 days and that was more than enough time but I was really worn out by the crowds.
Post # 12
thanks for all your tips ladies!! After some research we are thinking PRAGUE may be the right fit for this trip…still open to any and all opinions though, as we won’t book until after xmas!!
Post # 13
I usually book my vacations by looking up the cities easy jet flies to cheapest…however I can’t reccommend Prague enough. I went there for christmas a few years ago and it was absolutely magical. If you liked Amsterdam, you’ll fall in love with Prague.
I live in Nice, and while it’s very “nice”…haha never gets old. I prefer the west coast of France and the basque region in spain for a seaside holiday. St Jean de Luz and San Sebastian are both beautiful and the food is better. That being said, there are a lot of cheap flights to Nice, and it is definitely beautiful and would be a lovely place for a weekend…if not this trip then some other time.
Post # 14
msmorganitebee: Prague sounds amazing 🙂 It’s very high on our list.
I was just in Rome in October and everything was covered in scaffolding. It was a huge disappointment because I was expecting the romantic feel. I felt like the Vatican was awesome but mostly because of St. Peter’s Basilica, I thought the Sistine Chapel was lame because everyone was so pushy and the line was long and felt like a cattle call. Barcelona was incredible but seemed quite expensive to see the museums and such. Very worth it though 🙂 Happy planning!
Post # 15
MstoMrsH: oh wow thanks for this tip regarding scaffolding. I had that experience at the Rock of Cashel in Ireland and was soo disappointed.