Trip to France…where should we visit? Paris, Avignon, Nice…

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Which trip to France?
    Trip 1 : (9 votes)
    39 %
    Trip 2 : (14 votes)
    61 %
    Other...you simply must include... : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    965 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @phillybride61513:  I voted trip two, mainly because I hate Paris — the less time in that cesspool the better! — but also because the itinerary isn’t quite as rushed. Do you really want to be packing your bags and moving to a new hotel every day? I’d do some serious crossing off on both those lists, France is best enjoyed leisurely. And with wine. (-;

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I love LYON!! spend a few days there. Cannes is amazing too

    Post # 5
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    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    #2.  Less rushed and Mont St. Michel!

    Post # 6
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    901 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    We’ve road tripped through France a few times now. if I was you I’d buy a road atlas when you arrive and decide which direction to head in! I wouldn’t worry about booking accommodation except for maybe your hotel in Paris and your end location. Enjoy 🙂

    Post # 8
    mswallabyBee
    2070 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

    I chose trip 2 – I LOVED Rouen and Mont St. Michel – they are so romantic, and such a nice contrast to Paris and to southern France.

    Def recommend making a day-trip to Cannes, Antibes, or Sur-Le-Cap while you’re in Nice! And go canyoning while you’re in Nice – there’s a guy there who takes small groups up to a mountain, and you use rock-climbing equipment to climb down waterfalls. Coolest thing ever. Another bee, FortiesFlare, did canyoning there too.

    Lucky girl to have lived in Avignon, that is such a gorgeous place!

    And if you’re a castles kinda girl, stop in the Loire Valley on your way out of Paris – some of the castles in that area are just amazing, the coolest ones in Europe.

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’d go for Option #2. I’m lucky to live so close to France that we occasionally go over for lunch but I’ve been visiting the country since I was 7.

    Blois happens to be twinned with our local town so I have a very soft spot for it and the Loire Valley is reliably lovely. I also love Paris but think the idea of flying into Paris and out of Nice is a good one.

    The only comment I would make is that your destinations are very widely spread out. Now I realise that we are a bit wimpy in England about driving distances and that US residents routinely drive hundreds of miles without a second thought but for all that, to fit all those destinations into 15 days is going to involve a heck of a lot of autoroute driving and very little time exploring. 

    Post # 10
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I’ve been to Paris and Lyon. Different, but both spectacular in their own ways.

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    While I ADORE Paris, I find the second trip to be more appealing, in general. This may also be because I prefer northern France to southern, in general, so the more time spent up there, the better. What time of year are you looking to go? Because if it’s mid-summer I’d definitely avoid Paris. Too covered in tourists/swampy.

    They both sound fantastic, though! You can’t really go wrong.

    Post # 12
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    654 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    If we were going to have a honeymoon, I’d want to spend the entire time in Paris, so I voted for #1. I spent a semester there and it still wasn’t enough time. 😉

    Post # 13
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    Helper bee

    Trip 1! I go on holiday to that area every year and besides the cities you have on the list there are so many others to explore.

    From Avignon you can easily drive to Aix-en-Provence which is the southern version of Paris. Not that big, but compared to the other cities in this part of France it is so different and luxurious. It takes an hour driving from Avignon tot get there.

    Near Avignon you will also find Saint Remy de Provence, where Vincent van Gogh lived and painted his most famous work (Sunflowers etc) and do not forget to visit Arles, 25 minuts by car from Saint Remy.

    When in smaller cities of even villages, visit the local market. Most of them sell local products, this gives you an absolute idea of the French culture.

    Don’t expect that much from Lyon after visiting Paris. It’s a big city too but less maintained and it looks dirty. Avoid the tunnels around the city during rush hours (morning, late afternoon and lunch break, around 2 pm). Traffic always is terrible, especially in the summer with all tourist traffic there).

     

     

    Post # 14
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    494 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I votedwould opted the second too as I’m also not a fan of Paris! And I personally prefer Cannes to Nice 🙂 the Ibis there is in a great location but bad for parking! 

    If you go north Brittany is lovely, as is Champagne 🙂

    don’t judge France by Paris! 😀 and enjoy! X

     

    Post # 15
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Nice is beautiful and Paris is pretty gross (smells like butt and everyone is rude). I would take the option that alows you more time in the south of France. Option two!!

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I drove from Aix to Paris a few years ago.  It was too much driving for a one-week vacation.  You might consider taking the TGV to get to the south.  You can rent anothe car when you arrive.

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