Post # 1
FI and I have started thinking seriously about our honeymoon (eeeeeee!) and we’ve decided that if we have the funds, we might go to Europe!
Neither one of us have been to Europe, and we are terrible candidates for a beach honeymoon (I hate the sand and he hates the water…a match made in heaven, LOL!
Our question now, since we’ve never been to Europe, is where are your favorite places in Europe and where would you recommend for us for a honeymoon destination?
We are more interested in culture than outdoor sporting type activities. We are looking for somewhere that will allow us to eat very well, drink very well, go to museums, art galleries, sporting stadiums, sight seeing, etc.
A few places we’ve thought about are: Paris, London, Amsterdam, Barcelona, and maybe Rome?
If you have other suggestions, or feedback about any of these places based on our interests, we would be so appreciative to hear them!
Post # 2
we went to italy for 2 weeks for our honeymoon. it was amazing and cost a lot less than i thought it would.
we used http://www.europeandestinations.com after a friend recommended it. i would absolutely use them again to book any european travel.
Post # 3
crackktheskyy: I looooved Barcelona!! The city was so easy to get around and it has fantastic architecture, food, lodging and more. We went in September and it was gorgeous.
I enjoyed London a ton too. We went last August and everyone there was awesome and there was so much to see and the food was great (despite the rumours) and I could go on and on and on and on! OMG London! Edinburgh, Scotland was great as was Glasgow. I ate every scone and bit of clotted cream and jam I could find! I need to spend more time in the UK. I loved the heck out of it.
I’d like to go back to Ireland too. It was a quick trip and we visited a few places rather quickly so it was a blur. I loved the Antrim (sp?) coast in Northern Ireland. Really beautiful.
We’ve spent some time on the Amalfi Coast in Italy as well as Rome, Pisa and Naples and if I could go back, I’d do Naples again and then off to Sardinia to relive FH’s youth in the Navy.
Next stop for us is Bavaria for Christmas markets and a visit to my brother and his fam. Not sure “how” it will happen but we will get there.
Where are you thinking of going? What are the places you are considering?
Post # 4
ajillity81: Thanks — that website is so helpful! We were also looking at Expedia for the same sort of deal with booking flights and a hotel at the same time.
LilRhodyGem: Thanks! That’s all great to hear. As far as where we are thinking, the big places we are considering are Paris, London, Barcelona, and the Netherlands. Like I mentioned, we’ve never been to Europe so we really don’t know what to do! We’re very into fine dining, and Paris is appeaing for all of its Michelin star restaurants. We love cafes and bars as well. We are also interested in museums, galleries, sporting stadiums, and sight seeing.
We weren’t sure what might be the best fit for us! We definitely want somewhere romantic and lively!
Post # 5
On your list, I have been to London, Paris, and Rome.
All 3 are primarily sightseeing trips vs. beach vacations, obviously.
I would not recommend Paris. Paris is a city where you can check the boxes in 2 days. The hotel stock isn’t great and/or is very expensive. The hotels have few amenities like a pool if you would like to take a break from your sightseeing. Also, French food can be quite foreign to our pallette.
Rome has great hotels at decent price points where you can easily transition from sightseeing to relaxing. Rome also has an abundance of fabulous restaurants, again at decent price points. If you get bored, it’s easy to hop on a train and visit a second city. The one consideration that I would flag is that if you are considering the summer months, then Rome can be very hot.
London I would rate as ok for a sightseeing honeymoon. You many want to combine it with Edinburgh or Brussels to fill a full week. I don’t think it’s quite as comforting hotel or food wise as Rome, but it is cooler in the summer.
Post # 6
I think Greece or Italy would definitely meet your requirements. I’ve been to europe for vacation multiple times and Greece was definitely my favorite. I love the food, the scenery, the amazing old ruins and architecture, etc.
Post # 7
crackktheskyy: How much time are you thinking? One week? Two? We could have easily enjoyed London for 4 days. You could easily enjoy it for a week! If you have time, you might be able to do Paris, London and Barcelona all at once. I’d say 4 days at each would allow you to see a lot and get a “taste” of each of the cities.
Post # 8
jamb: Thanks for your feedback! I should mention that I do tend to enjoy French food, or at least what I’ve had of it. My dad used to feed us escargot when we were kids! This is all great feedback, though. I was thinking of only staying in one city to cut down on the stress of travel, but maybe we should do more citites. We were thinking of going for around 10 or so days. And the heat is a concern — we would be going in June!
Westwood: Thanks! I’ve heard Greece is stunning! Maybe I will have to look a bit more into Greece. I think my grandparents went a decade or so ago, so maybe I’ll give my grandmom a ring on the phone later today 🙂
LilRhodyGem: We are thinking about 10 days but the idea of doing 4 days in each city sounds fun! We originally were thinking of doing one city to cut down on travel and cost (it seemed easy to just book a flight and a hotel through Expedia) but maybe we will have to look into doing a few cities!
Post # 9
Barca! The food, the architecture, the beach, the wine! And so many day trips, whether you’re looking for Roman ruins, a scenic hike, or a good party.
Post # 10
Based on what you want to do, Paris seems like a perfect fit. My husband and I were there last spring and it was incredible. Amazing food, culture, people, architecture, everything. We had the time of our lives. As a bonus, once you’re actually there, it’s really not that expensive. We were pleasantly surprised to find that all of the touristy stuff that we wanted to do was all very reasonable. Even meals were affordable when we wanted them to be, though we certainly ate at several very snazzy joints as well. We were there for a week but I think that we could have seen what we wanted to of the city in less time so you could definitely fit in several cities if you have the time and budget.
Post # 11
crackktheskyy: Though it was expensive, we did a Viking River Cruise http://www.vikingrivercruises.com down the Danube River. (This is the cruise line advertised on Downton Abbey.) We did a pre-cruise extenion in Prague, then went to Passau, Germany; Linz, Saltzburg, Durnstein and Vienna, Austria; Bratislava, Slovakia; and ended in Budapest, Hungary. It was absolutely amazing, but not something that you’d want to do if you’re a partier. Most people on the boat were retirement-age.
Post # 12
I did a month in Europe following graduation from college with my boyfriend. I absolutely recommend Prague. It is idllyic. Red roof tops and a castle on a hill!! It’s not swarming with tourists and you can really get a feeling for the town. It had honestly some of the most AMAZING food we had our whole trip. Also, it is very very cheap. We had a 2 BR loft apartment in a gated area for around $40 a night.
Post # 13
crackktheskyy: Are there particular types of art and dining that you prefer? Just to take the two examples from your list that I know really well, Paris and Rome, if you like the classic “Michelin” experience and enjoy, say 19th c. art, you’ll probably vastly prefer Paris, but if you enjoy the Baroque or Antiquity, then you’d probably enjoy Rome more.
Is Florence too small for your liking?
Post # 14
4littlekitties: May I ask how old you are? My 70 year-old aunt and 44 year-old cousin have done the Viking River cruises and loved it. I priced out the Budapest to Nuremburg route with a pre-cruise stay in Prague but chickened out at the last minute because I was afraid of the crowd being sooooooooo old. Can you tell me about it? Feel free to PM if you like.
Post # 15
LilRhodyGem: We were both 37 and everyone treated us like rockstars! It was nice being told how young we were. I can’t say enough about Viking itself — the food was great, the rooms were comfortable (we stayed in the cheap cabins), the excursions were fun, and everyting was amazingly beautiful and easy. It was also a relaxing way to see multiple countries without having to rush between airports/train stations, etc.
It was my husband’s idea — I’d never given that region a second thought. I would have liked to spend more time in Vienna and do the post-cruise extension in Budapest, but we can always go back. Also, most of the younger people in the cities speak English, and language was never a problem for us. I had been worried about that, since I have no idea how to even pronounce some of their letters.