Post # 1
We are getting married the week before Thanksgiving so because of the holidays and December being my busiest month for work, we are delaying our honeymoon a few months. We have been pretty much everywhere in the US (other than Alaska which is on our future trip list) but neither of us has ever been out of the US. I want to go somewhere good but somewhere a little comfortable. Considering neither of us are experienced international travelers, I’d like to avoid Thailand and India, etc. I also want to go somewhere romantic, with beautiful gardens, and somewhere we can just walk and enjoy where we are. Paris sounds like a good idea to me. Is February/March a good time to go? If not, then when? Any nice, but reasonable, hotel recommendations?
Post # 2
Paris is certainly tame and I think fine for a first time traveller. I was surprised by the amount of homeless though, and at every tourist spot there are tons of aggressive sellers trying to get you to buy trinkets. And definitely attempt to speak the language, as the locals really will appreciate it.
It’s a very walkable city, and very romantic. We found it easy enough to navigate, and the metro will take you anywhere you need. Definitely try to stay in a hotel near a station!
I highly suggest taking a bike tour. It was the best part of our trip. We used http://www.bikeabouttours.com/. It’s a very bike-friendly city, and it was a wonderful way to see the streets.
I also suggest hanging out around the Louvre at night. It’s beautifully lit up, and it’s safe enough since it is so touristy. Nonetheless, the throngs of people do diminish, and it’s so refreshing.
Post # 3
I think you’ll be unpleasantly cold in February/March. I would wait until March/April/May, you’ll still avoid the high tourist season. Nobody shoot me for saying this, but I don’t think Paris is a terribly romantic city. I thought it was kind of dirty (the way NYC is), and the people I met weren’t amused by my basic French. I love Italy and think it’s a great honeymoon destination. Rome, Florence, Venice- these are all touristy spots with lots of nice hotels, wonderful food, and lovely walking spots.
If you’ve travelled all over the US, then you’ll get used to Paris in a few days. I think if you’re going flying all that distance and spending all that money, you might as well go to Italy for something a touch more “exotic”.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
MouthOfTheSouth: Sounds like a great plan! My only advice would be to push it to April for better weather but fewer crowds than in the summer. Check out Montmarte for reasonably priced hotels but keep in mind Paris a major world city so it will take a lot of time and research to find something under $100 a night and I highly advise planning for at least $200 a night.
I also agree with PP that Rome and the Mediterranean would have more pleasant weather in Feb/Mar than Paris.
Post # 5
we went to italy and it was very romanitic. boboli gardens in florence were gorgeous. we went in october, venice was chilly but by the time we got to rome and naples, it was t-shirt weather.
paris will be chilly in february.