Post # 1
My fiance and I are planning to honeymoon in Europe or somewhere else equally magical. The original idea was to marry in Paris (a simple ceremony, just the two of us) and have the honeymoon in Italy. However, I am American and I know there is a terrorism advisory for Americans in Europe, particularly France and Germany, I believe?
In any case, I’m wondering if the travel warning would give anyone pause, and also if you ladies have any other ideas for me and my honey. We want something really special. We both love good food and wine and gorgeous scenery.
Post # 3
My husband and I honeymooned in France. We spent most of the time in Paris, but did venture out to other parts of the country. It was an amazing experience, and very romantic. One of the highlights of our trip was having lunch at the Eiffle Tower! Travel warnings were high we went, but it didn’t deter us.
Post # 4
I have not heard any information on the travel advisories, but I do not think it is something you really need to worry about in popular travel areas of Europe. A wedding in Paris would be absolutely amazing! I have been to seven European countries and I have to say Paris was my favorite city! In Italy, I traveled to Venice and it is beautiful, but the birds in there kind of got to me. I do not think I would enjoy my honeymoon there, but that is just from personal experience. We did a wine and cheese tasting in the Netherlands which was so much fun! You really can not go wrong though, the food and scenery was good everywhere we went.
I am still trying to get FI on board with a European honeymoon, but he wants the beach! lol
Post # 5
Ha! I was in Canada a few weeks ago (where im from) and saw that terrorism stuff all over the news, but when I got back the UK (where I’ve lived for 10 years) there was no mention of it! Its scare mongering if you ask me!
Terrorism happens eveywhere, and honestly you could get hit by a bus tomorrow! Live life as you want and dont let some news story stop you!
Both France and Italy are amazing, and if thats where you want to go, then go! 🙂
Post # 6
I just came back 2 weeks ago from Paris/London. The warnings came out the Sunday before we left. At first I was a little nervous, but it was absolutely fine. Honestly, don’t let the travel warnings deter you from travelling. I felt safe the entire time. I did notice there was an increased police presence, especially in Paris (but, that was because there was some sort of worker’s protest/strike going on).
Post # 7
Travel warnings should definitely not deter you – as someone said, you could be hit by a bus tomorrow! Changing your plans lets the terrorists win – just be vigilant, as you would be in Chicago, New York, Philly, or even small town America.
That being said, Le Paris is my favourite city in the entire world. I’ve been there five times and cannot get enough of it! The food, the buildings, the romance of the city, the wine, the scenery…..sigh, it’s all amazing. Italy is also lovely but nothing compares to France….. Anywhere in Europe is going to be amazing. I lived in London for three years and travelled extensively throughout the continent – I have yet to find a place I do not like…. and in France, you can’t go wrong! Happy travel planning!
Post # 8
Paris is incredible! I don’t know how long you plan to be there but I would warn you not to just get married there and then leave for Italy, if you’re going to be there make sure you take your time to see Paris. If time is an issue I think it’d be better to really see Paris and really see Italy another time then sort of skim them both.
For instance if you’re in Paris you HAVE to go to Versailles, it’s an easy day trip by train from Paris and it’s incredible. I’d also highly recommend a tour of the castles in the Loire Valley, another easy day trip if you go with a tour.
Post # 9
Don’t worry about the trip warnings- you’ll be fine. I studied abroad in Europe for four months when I was back in college- and there were ALWAYS warnings out and I never felt uncomfortable traveling. Europe is a safe place- you’ll love it.
My Fiance and I are actually looking into French Riviera for our honeymoon. Maybe Nice and St. Tropez area. I’ve been to Paris- LOVED it! I found French people to be pleasant and loved the city. It’ll be kind of a hectic, on the go experience though, so I think it would be nice if you guys did stay in the country side for a few nights just to relax too.
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Sorry to burst your bubble, but unless things have changed, I looked into this last year and it turns out you actually have to LIVE in paris (like in an aprartment, paying bills etc) for a month/few months before you can marry there. Would you marry in Venice? THat was our second choice before we decided on Thailand 🙂
Post # 12
“I know there is a terrorism advisory for Americans in Europe, particularly France and Germany” Honestly, i didn´t even know that, but i just asked FI and he said the warning was announced some weeks ago. I am living in Hamburg, which is one of the major cities here, and i am pretty sure if a terrorism attack happens it will be either in Hamburg or Berlin. Even so i´m not really afraid, because things can happen everywhere, not just terrorism but also a person running amok, or whatever. No matter where you go it is always wise to avoid heavily crowded places.
So if you want to go to Paris, go to Paris. Do what you want and don´t be awed by something that could happen, maybe, eventually, someday, somewhere…
Personally, i do not like Paris, but i guess i´m the only person in the whole world who doesn´t 🙂 I LOVE Vienna and Rome, but Rome is very overexpensive. I´ve never been to Venice, but i heard it is a tourist rip-off too. I also love Scandinavia, especially Stockholm, it´s a beautiful city, but it could be quite cold and maybe snowy in April
Post # 13
I’m living in Paris and only heard of the warnings from my sister in the states. Nothing here has really changed. It is still a wonderful place to visit. I’ve been traveling within Europe the past few weeks and have not noticed any more security in the airports either.
That said getting married here is quite complicated. The only recognized marriage is the civil service. That has to be held in the town hall where you live. There are quite a few documents to prepare and have translated. If you want a religious wedding it has to happen after the civil one. Traditionally everyone meets at the town hall and then goes on to the church/temple.