(Closed) Mexico, Paris or Rome? Help!

posted 2 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Where should we go?
    Stay with Mexico : (2 votes)
    5 %
    Paris : (10 votes)
    26 %
    Italy : (27 votes)
    69 %
  • Post # 2
    2580 posts
    Sugar bee

    We got engaged in Paris last month. The weather was very nice,Paris was amazing, so much to do. We also went to Disneyland and had so much fun 🙂

    Playa is nice but if you have already been Paris will not disappoint 

    Post # 3
    498 posts
    Helper bee

    I’ve been to Rome three times and thorougly enjoyed it every single time.  It’s so easy to get around, and there’s so much to see.  I’ve also been lucky enough to have 2 trips to Paris but I much prefer Rome.  As long as you avoid the June/July heat and crowds, it’s wonderful!  

    Post # 4
    1905 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I’ve been to all the places you’ve listed.

    For me, I would go to Mexico (assuming this wasn’t my last oppurtunity to travel to Europe) 

    Rome and Paris will be wonderful if you love museums, history, tours, shopping, etc

    Mexico (to me) is more about relaxation, the beach, beautiful weather, pampering, etc. 

    I definitely think Europe is a must take trip, but Mexico is more fun and romantic (to me). 

    Post # 5
    1905 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    Also, the prices in Paris are cray. Get ready to shell out $50 (a person) for a burger and beer. 

    Post # 6
    1905 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I kind of skimmed your first post and now actually read it. 

    I wouldnt do Mexico three times in a row. I would absolutely do something new. Explore! 

    Post # 7
    2074 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    agirlnamedlucky:  if you have 10 days, you could easily do Rome and Paris, if you are torn between the 2. The flight is short and relatively inexpensive. 

    Post # 8
    73 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Tuscan Farmhouse

    For a honeymoon, Paris or Rome or both. Too close to call between them but Paris is a very romantic city but Rome can be too…To me, you can go to Mexico anytime. What’s calling you – sun and surf or a new city to explore? Wish I had that decision to make!

    Post # 9
    6525 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    agirlnamedlucky:  i suggested Paris. But you can do Paris and Italy. 3 nights in Paris is enough. Don’t stay in Rome. I would suggest just going to Rome for the day. I just went there this past October and hated it. Aside from the food and the site seeing, I was not impressed. It smelled like sewage, there were a lot of homeless people, the city was run down. It just wasn’t what I thought it would be. I was really disappointed bc I had always wanted to go to Rome, and I couldnt wait to leave 

    The Spanish steps were nothing spectacular, the Trevi Fountain was under construction, the Coloseum and the Vatican were worth it. Do yourself a favor and buy your tickets online for the vatican to avoid waiting on the line that goes around the block and its a long block. I did the audio tour guide.

    definitely go to Florence. Its a must. And you can visit Tuscany for a day and take the bus to San Gigimnano! We had the best wine in our entire life and the food. They have a ton of cute shops to go to. And buy yourself a leather handbag, you will pay a fraction of what you would normally pay. 

    Post # 10
    467 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: Stonehouse at Stirling Ridge

    Although I’ve never been to Rome (I’ve visited Florence and Paris) I would suggest Italy if you want more bang for you buck….Paris is beautiful don’t get me wrong but it’s also has it’ downsides like the hundreds of gypsies trying to pickpocket you throughout the day especially at all the tourist attractions…also many homeless families on the streets (very sad). Also I found the people in Italy to just be genuinly nicer and more willing to help/accomodate for you. And in my honest opinion the food in Italy was absolutly AMAZING !! it’s nothing like what you get here in the states its so fresh and flavorful, and while the food in Paris was good I could get the same standard meal in florence for less money. Good luck choosing! 

    Post # 11
    4483 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    I’ve been to none of those places, but I’ve been nearby (Guatemala, Belize, Spain, southern France). I would pick Rome out of those 3, because I’m more a go out and tour kind of person than sitting on the beach. I love beautiful historical sites, culture, art, and good food!

    Post # 12
    6969 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Rome is fantastic. Go! We did Rome/Venice/Florence and it was a fabulous trip.

    Post # 13
    2017 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    I agree with others and don’t just stick to Rome if you’re going to Italy, I went to Rome in October and it was fabulous and gorgeous but I did it in 4 days. You could easily add on a flight to Paris (cheap between countries, pretty sure we spent $80 a person to go to Barcelona from Rome so I imagine it’s similar to Paris). OR stick around Italy and hit some of the other big places other PPs listed. Eat at cafes and places off the main drags for better food deals and try to download offline maps for use on the go. We also got a travel book which helped tremendously to make our daily plans.

    Post # 14
    1002 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    Honestly, go to Florence not Rome.  Also, I wouldn’t plan a whole trip around Paris either.

    Post # 15
    1970 posts
    Buzzing bee

    OP, there are a lot of very personal judgments/individual experiences being offered as universals on this thread.  In my opinion, Rome is no more dirty and gritty than many other major cities like Chicago or New York, and if you insist on a hamburger in Paris, I can list multiple places quite nearby major tourist sites where you and your partner may each have a hamburger and a drink and spend less than $50 doing it. 

    Here’s one more stranger’s opinion: I find Rome and Paris to be wildly different cities.  Paris is more unified in look and feels more ordered, and it is very easy for tourists to encounter both the stereotypical side (Eiffel Tower, cathedrals, Montmartre, etc.) and the more innovative side.  Rome has structures from so many epochs (Classical, early Christian, Renaissance, Baroque, etc.) existing together and, for a number of reasons, much of Rome’s most modern and innovative stuff is not happening in places where the average tourist will easily find it.  As my Italian has improved I get less of the sense that Rome is trying to keep me on a “tourist circuit” and at arm’s length from the real pulse of the city.  Depending on how important “authenticity” and feeling like you’re really getting to know a city is to you, that may influence your decision.

    edit: I feel like this is coming off as dismissive of Rome, but I think Rome’s a great city.  You just have to be willing to put in a bit of work when you visit, and if you don’t want to do that on your honeymoon, it might be best to save Rome for another time.


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