(Closed) any tips for my trip to europe?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Buy half price tickets to West End shows at the booth in Leicester Square in London 🙂

Alternatively, if you have student cards like ISIC, you can get even cheaper shows at will call for the same day, depending on the theatre.  They might not be the best seats, but I’ve ended up in the 2nd and 3rd rows for 10 pounds before 🙂

England is offensively expensive in every regard, mentally prepare yourself!

Pret is a great way to cheap fairly cheaply in London, it’s a take away sandwhich place, with yougurt cups and whatnot as well.  Wagamama’s noodle shop is AMAZING and I miss it so much.  There are tons of them and they’re usually all general long table seating, they write your meal number in front of you.  They’re bustling but so worth it!  http://www.wagamama.com/  Also very reasonably priced for the UK.

In London you can decide how to spend your money or not spend it, by picking from the myriad of free museums, or Madam Toussad’s (sp?), the Tower, Buckingham, etc.  Walking through Harrod’s is also super fun and free, as long as you avoid temptation.  One night my friend and I got so many food samples we called it dinner!  

Camden market is fun to walk through, that’s where a lot of alternative type shops show up, crazy clothes, regular clothes etc.  Awesome people watching.

If you have the budget, tours make you get so much more out of the experience.  ie Coliseum, really anywhere you go.  Many museums/sites have headsets that you can rent with playback, too.

Kebabs are a delicious, cheap way to eat in Germany.  Apparently Berlin is the city with the second largest Turkish population… after Istanbul!

I absolutely love Berlin, found lots to do there.

The Vatican is really neat and houses an absolutely amazing art collection.  I would definitely recommend the pre booked tour to avoid the crazy line, it makes Disneyland look like quick access.  I think it took my friends and I two hours to get to the pay wicket.  

One of the things I found most interesting was all of the nuns buying tons and tons of things in the shops outside, such as images of the pope and rosaries.  

If you want to mail postcards from the Vatican, you are best off to pre buy and write them, so you can just get the postage and send them.  There’s 10 million people in there trying to write postcards, with no writing surfaces or pens.  

 

…hope some of that helps.  Have a great trip!

Post # 18
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

London – definitely hit up all the touristy stuff – Westminster, Buckingham, the Tower, Kensington, walk Regent/Oxford street if you want to see all the expensive stores like Louis Vitton Swarvoski, Burberry…I think the bus idea is a good one! My friends and I walked from the Marble Arch to the Tower and back…….10 miles in one day, bad idea but it really was fun!

If you are a Harry Potter fan, Oxford is only about an hour from London and that’s where some of the films were made (like the great hall scenes). If you do go with the bus, definitely get off a little early and walk around – it was insane for a history lover like me to see crazy old buildings every 3 feet and statues or places of significance straight out of a history book!

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

LOVE ROME! Uh, eat everything you can get your hands on. And buy gelato every time you see it. It’s so much better than ice cream. The Vatican is amazing, and the guided tour helps a lot. They don’t let you talk in the Cistine Chapel. The Swiss Guard shushed us when we were there. Lol.

Keep a journal, just noting everything you did and saw that day. I read over my journal from my trip and don’t remember half of it, it was such a whirlwind. Fortunately, I have pictures for proof. 

Post # 20
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532 posts
Busy bee

When we went to Rome, we stayed at Eurostar International Hotel. It was nice and pretty reasonable. It was also very centrally located. A friend stayed at The Inn at The Spanish Steps and loved it, but it was a bit more expensive. I second the PP who said to try Carbonara in Rome. I also loved Cacio e Pepe- it is pasta made with cheese and pepper and it is so simple but delicious. I also loved Germany. Munich was one of my favorite cities! Everyone was really friendly.  If you go there, check out Hofbrauhaus for a fun night out!

Post # 21
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@KLloyd1, who did you book with? We’re getting married next year & we’re planning on doing the same sort of tour. Future hubby realllly wants to go to Rome so thats #1 on our list.

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@206:  i LOVED camden town when i was there!!! my taxi lady for my hotel recommended it to me by what i was looking for. i would totally go back again!

Post # 23
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m trying to book our honeymoon for this July in Europe right now (I know I’m a bit late).  Did you use a travel agent or a website or something to book your trip?

Post # 24
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Sugar Beekeeper

@pigzfly:  Buy half price tickets to West End shows at the booth in Leicester Square in London 🙂

THIS! I saw Les Miserable, Mamma Mia, Chicago, and Phantom of the Opera all at half price or less.

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