Post # 16
I would suggest Rome. I haven’t been there myself but we are going there in May for our 1 year wedding anniversary. We will fly (from Sweden) to Rome and stay there 4 nights. Then we will take the train to Venice and stay there for another two nights before we fly home from there. A little round trip mights be something to consider for you too, depending on how long you are planning on staying. I’ve heard many great things also about Florence and Pisa. For us, that has to wait for next time though.
Post # 18
Thailand..thai food – yum!!, shopping? two words: chatuchak market! lots of siteseeing, phuket or other beach destination with private suite and hot tub.. pretty romantic!
Greece… food is good, shopping is ok, lots of site seeing, santorini cliff side hotel with sunset view, doesnt get more romantic than that!
Post # 19
Rome, Cinque Terre (minus the shopping), Paris, Amsterdam, Stockholm or Copenhagen! I’ve been to all and they are all fantastic!
Post # 21
Hmmm. I’ve lived in Europe for the last three years and know many of the places suggested. If you had a few weeks (at least two) I would start out in Paris and work my way over to the Champagne region. Paris hits the shopping, the Champagne region is romantic and beautiful. Then I’d work my way down to Bern, Switzerland via the Colmar, France region. The Alps are so amazingly beautiful if you do them late summer- the mountains are majestic and places like Luzern are very romantic and picturesque. Then head down to Como, Italy and end in Milan. Along the way you’ll hit places like Interlaken (really high end shopping). All of these places have amazing food, and moving around will let you get a more varied experience. If you did get to Interlaken, I highly, HIGHLY recommend going on a day trip to Lauterbrunnen and taking the gondola to Murren.
If I had three weeks, I’d do the above and then fly from Milan to Nice (about $100/ticket) and travel the French Riviera and fly out via Marseille to Paris.
Good Luck planning!
Post # 24
Many have mentioned Paris. Not sure what you mean by shopping — do you mean Paris kind of shopping? Or cute local handicrafts shapping? If you mean the first kind of shopping, maybe Milan? If the second kind will work you could considered Prague and Venice. Prague is my favorite city in Europe. ETA: Going in a different direction — maybe Buenos Aires?
Post # 25
Florence, Italy would be amazing for those things!
Post # 26
I would recommend Florence or Santorini (get ready for the best sunset of your life). Your checklist sounds very the much the same as mine when I’m picking travel destinations, and these two have been my favorite locations out of all the countries I’ve visited in Europe and Asia.
Post # 27
Pretty much all of Western Europe fits the bill!