(Closed) PARIS honeymoon, anyone been? Tips

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: I went and....
    LOVED it : (12 votes)
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    It was alright : (1 votes)
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  • Post # 3
    437 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @MrsHoneyC:  I really enjoied Versailles and the Louvre, but don’t do both in one day, each deserves their own day!


    Post # 4
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Get coffee and sit on a bench on a different bridge over the river every day and people watch! It’s a lovely break from all the walking and sightseeing, and it’ll let you soak in the visuals of the Parisians a little more!

    Post # 5
    35 posts
    • Wedding: June 2014

    My favorite area was st. germain des pres. Also great shopping in the marias district. I think there’s a fun cooking class in the area you’ll be staying- check out Cook n with Class. I took a french macaroon class at La Cuisine and it was one of my favorite things I did. Walking tours are great- they have an interesting Hemingway tour that’s pretty informative. You can google walking tours and there are plenty of companies that give a variety of tours based on your interest. I recommend sitting at a cafe for a long time, taking lots of walks, and an evening cruise along the Seine. Enjoy!

    Post # 6
    9917 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Depending on how many museums you want to go to, you might want to consider the Paris Museum Pass.  It’s 69 euros a person for a six-day pass, so you’d want to look at which of the museums you’d REALLY want to go to, and how many times.  The reason I think it’s a good idea is that the Louvre, for example, is GIGANTIC.  There is no way to see everything you want to in a single day.  If you have a pass that allows you to enter whenever you want, it makes the whole experience SO much better.  And then…if you are under 29 years old, you can get an ENTIRE YEAR LONG pass to the Louvre for ONLY 35 euros, and for only 15 if you’re under 26.  Check it out here: http://www.louvre.fr/en/membership/young-people  I did this when I lived in Paris for the summer in 2003…it was SO worth it.  


    Your husband should drink a lot of good local wine for you, and you should bring some back for when you can drink again!  


    Paris is definitely a walking city, so bring comfortable shoes that are NOT BRIGHT WHITE. No need to stick out.  

    Post # 7
    905 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    The neighborhood you’re in is fine. The last time I went to Paris I was alone and I stayed at a spot several “blocks” from the Moulin Rouge. It’s not as swank as the Champs Elysees or Saint Germain des Prés, but it’s safe enough. 


    As for things to do… where to begin?


    Do you like museums? If so, the Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre are the obvious go-tos. They’re huge and constantly covered in tourists, so brace yourself, you may have to elbow a camera or two out of the way to actually see the Mona Lisa. A few smaller museums that are truly fab include the Musée Carnavalet and the Musée Picasso in the Marais district. They’re both in wonderful old mansions. Carnavalet presents the history of Paris. Oh! And don’t forget the Musée de Cluny. It is medieval stuff, and really cool. [fyi, the Louvre is art from the beginning of time to 1848, and the Musée d’Orsay is from 1848-c.1914. The Centre Pompidou is 1914-now].


    How about shopping? I would definitely visit the Printemps department store up by the Opéra Garnier. Even if you don’t buy anything, the store itself is beautiful and worth a visit. It has a stained glass ceiling about four stories up. Also, the food shop Hediard, near the Madelaine, has wonderful French treats that make great souvenirs.


    I know fewer restaurants, as my main time in Paris was spent as part of a home stay and I usually eat dinner at friends’ homes when I return. I can tell you that the gyro shops in the Latin Quarter are heavenly, if not the most sophisticated option.


    Speaking of the Latin Quarter, if you guys like a happening, but not absurdly priced, nightlife, spend some time down there. If you’re in need of some English language in yoru life, there’s an Australian bar called the Long Hop that’s pretty fun, and another bar called the Latin Corner where the waiters (men only) wear hot pants as their uniforms. Good stuff.


    That’s… a lot of text. If you want more suggestions or have questions about other things to do, just PM me. I’m available to answer what I can and I LOVE Paris. I’ve been… 8 or so times and done lots of different things that the city has to offer. Have fun!


    Post # 8
    748 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I lived there for six months as part of an exchange program in my school. My tips are:

    Bring more money than you expect. Food there is delicious, but expensive. If you plan on shopping, double expensive. DO NOT let your Fiance carry his wallet in his back pocket. Front pocket should be fine… but over there I witnessed an instance where tourists were easy prey… they freaked out in a very loud fashion, where the French people just gave them side glances and looked noticably awkward. However on the same note, my first day there two gentleman helped me carry my two big bags off of the metro and pointed me in the direction of my appartment complex. So good, and bad. 🙂

    Know a tiny bit of the language. If you don’t know some French already, just try to learn some of the basic phrases that you’ll need. Most people in Paris do know English, but attempt French first. They will appreciate the attempt (some of the French are very sensitive to the dominance of the English language), and will be much friendlier and more helpful.

    Paris is a large, but well planned city. The truth is, unless you are staying 2+ weeks you will not be able to see every single thing. I certainly didn’t in 6 months! So research and find out what is most important to you.

    While the Eiffel Tower is iconic, in my opinion the very best view of the city is from the Arc de Triomphe, and it is a much shorter wait. From the Arc you can see how Haussman (dude that came in and replanned the city) redesigned the city. It is very cool!

    Places I loved:

    Montmartre, favorite part of the city hands down. So many cool cafes and art work. There is often random musicians playing around this part of the city. There is also the love wall, that is in that part of the city that you might want to check out (photo below). Also the Sacre Coeur is a great place to take a baguette, listen to some free music and just hang out. Also a very cool view of the city.

    I also really loved the museums. I am a musem freak, though, and you’ll have to decide what you like. The Louvre is huge. You really can’t do it justice in a day, but the Musee d’Orsay is so, so fabulous. I love that it is in an old trainstation, too. There are other ones, Picasso, Rodin, etc.

    The Garden of Tuileries is popular, and the park is lovely. So is the Bois de Boulogne in the day time.

    If you like cemetaries, Pere La Chaise is worth the visit, and is not crowded at all. It is away from the city center though, and many people opt out of this one.

    If you like modern sculpture, you should go to La Defense. It is the business district, and there are so many fountains and modern sculptures, and La Grande Arche!

    Also, the Latin Quarter, near le Centre Pompidou and nearish to Notre Dame and the riverbanks is great for eating, and just relaxing. The riverbanks are also fabulous.

    Also if you take a day trip out to Versailles, it is lovely, and worth it.

    There is so much I’m leaving out, but this is already so long. I’d just do some research and find what you want to see… or just chill and people watch. Not sure what style you are going for.

    Post # 9
    180 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    Awesome honeymoon plan! 

    Food is expensive… at this time of year the weather on a good day is magical.  On any day as long as it’s not raining, you can eat cheap with a baguette and cheese in the park.  Or on a park bench on a bridge. 

    Don’t worry about the 3* hotel, they’re ok.  Not flash, but I agree the trade-off to be going to Paris is totally worth it.

    See the Eiffel tower at night time all lit up.  In the day, walk up the stairs rather than taking the elevator.  You can take the elevator down.  Maybe as a splurge, you can have a special dinner one night on top of the Eiffel tower?  I hear you’ll need to reserve, and think you’ll need to get dressed up in nice cocktail/evening wear. 

    Less touristy is the Place de la Bastille, just to the east of the main tourist area.  It’s where the french go.  Close to the Paris Opera house.  Lots of cool little restaurants there and on the side streets. 

    Otherwise you sound pretty sorted!

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