Post # 1
Ever since my high school Europe trip I have dreamed of returning to Paris (I was the only person who apparently liked it from the group) and just getting to enjoy it without the huge crowd of people travelling with me.
FI knows very well how excited I am to get the chance to go there someday so he has agreed that we should go there on our honeymoon because we won’t have a chance to go there as just the two of us again! The wedding is in October and I don’t imagine that we’ll have the cash ready to go then so we are thinking either in the spring or summer so we’ll have money saved up – maybe even for our anniversary.
As much as I adore the city I have no idea how I’ll pull this off. When I went before the group coordinator had organized all transportation and our tour guide was there to help with the language barrier (it wasn’t that bad though). I am currently working on my French skills for employment so I don’t think the language will be the biggest issue – I fear the hassle of getting around such a large city on our own.
I was hoping to hear from some other Bees who have hopefully travelled to Paris. I’d love to hear how you managed the trip on your own or if you went with some organized group.
Post # 3
We are planning to do Europe, including Paris for our honeymoon. Our wedding isn’t until September next year, and since it is in the middle of harvest, and my SO works in the farm industry, we can’t travel until after that. I don’t want to do Europe in the winter, so we are actually waiting to save up, and go the following June. A LONG wait for a honeymoon… but I want to do Europe before babies.
I haven’t looked into planning anything yet, but I have a lot of friends who’ve done Europe on their own, so I’m hoping to get some ideas off them.
Our plan is to do Italy, Spain and France and go for 3 weeks.
Post # 4
@JessicaJupiter: Hey Jessica, we just got back yesterday from a wirlwind 24 hours in Paris, a few things we found:
To get around use the Bato bus http://www.batobus.com/english/. It is like 15 euros and is for unlimited use, it stops at all the main attractions, so you dont get lost wandering round. It does a multi day pass too 🙂
For tickets use paris pass http://www.parispass.com. The attractions are typically 15 euros each so it adds up. This also gives you priority access so you jump the queues 🙂 it also has a great info booklet you can download.
We stayed at the Novotel Eiffel tower, it was amazing. We even got a view of the tower from our room 🙂 it is so handy and central http://www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-3546-novotel-paris-tour-eiffel/index.shtml.
We did all of the attractions in one day, but we didnt go into depth at any one, you could easily spend two days in The Lourve. All of the attractions have headsets you can hire for like 5 euros which give guides in your chosen language So you dont need a tour guide unless you like the personal touch 🙂
I have loads more, but this covers the basics, I am sure you will have a fab time 🙂
ps just for fun, the veiw of the tower from our room 🙂 (which is huge sorry 🙁 and please excuse my ipad grammer)
Post # 5
@M1cha3la: Very very jealous of you! I do appreciate those links I didn’t even think that they would have a pass option so I wouldn’t need to worry about all of these random entrance fees and be able to hit all of the stops on my list without worrying of running out of cash.
I also hadn’t even begun to consider hotel options and checked out the one you stayed at. For the location the price is more reasonable than I had thought to stay so close!
Post # 6
@JessicaJupiter: we went to paris for our honeymoon in October! don’t worry about the language everyone speaks english!
We took the metro everywhere and had no problems. If you are worried about logistics I’d consider going to SRF or Orange and getting a prepaid sim that has data on it if you have a smart phone. We did this w/ my iphone and it was the best 30 bucks we spent. i also downloaded the paris app that had the metro map on it. and i could basically google map anywhere we wanted to go.
We even managed to get to Versaille even though the usual REC that goes there was being repaired, we had to actually take the suburban trains and do a bit of walking, but it was totally worth it.
I typically don’t like organized tour groups when a city has great public transportation like paris does. You really don’t need it. I hate the feeling of being herded.
also i’d look into renting an apartment! We had 2 full bathrooms, kitchen, den, living room, for the price of a normal hotel room. and a balcony!
depending on the length of your trip I’d either do a day trip or overnight trip to the french country side to visit the castles and wineries. we only had time to do the day trip but it was the highlight of our trip. we did do a tour for this because we didn’t want to drive in Paris.
You’ll have an amazing time!
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
Hey there! I’ve been to Paris twice with a friend, and travelling around the city isn’t difficult. The metro is user friendly, it is fairly easy to get a cab, and we walked a ton. Any hotel you stay in will advise you on routes to places a little farther away – like Versailles (which is a totally awesome trip btw). I studied french in school for 3 years, and I know the basics still. I tried to speak it when I could, but I really don’t think they appreciated it. In fact, my first trip there people were REALLY rude to me. The second time I went I just did my thing, didn’t make much effort in speaking french, they were much nicer lol. We found a room to stay in via airbnb.com (which might be a little strange on a honeymoon) , but it was so inexpensive, center of the city, and was great to have a local on our side.