Post # 1
We’re limited in taking a honeymoon when my son is with his dad.
Was originally thinking summer.
I had planned out in my head a trip to Paris and driving around Normandy/Brittany.
Well now we’re probably pushing wedding till fall which means honeymoon over Thanksgiving break.
I’m worried about cold damp weather in the area. Wouldn’t be able to read on a balcony or by a pool in the sun or take warm evening strolls in Paris like I had imagined in my head.
On the other hand the coast may have a certain beauty that time of year and crowds should be very low. I want to stay on Mont Saint Michel one night and having it almost to ourselves would be pretty awesome.
He actually likes cooler weather so probably fine with him.
I’m second guessing myself though and wondering if we should pick somewhere warmer – Rome, Sicily, Morocco…
He’s not as adventurous a traveler as I am and doesn’t like to fly so was trying to keep it to a non-stop flight (like Paris).
Anyone done that part of France in November/December and can offer advice or photos of coastline that time of year!
Post # 2
I was in Paris in early November and it rained the whole time. It was also freezing cold, I am used to the US South east. I have been to Italy in November as well and it was cool but much more bearable than Paris! Go with Italy if I were you!
Post # 3
Paris in November is cold, windy and wet. And not much less crowded than usual. I’d go somewhere else
Post # 4
The weather in certain parts of Spain will probably be some of the best you’re going to get in Europe that time of year (better than Italy)- I would go there.
Post # 5
We were in Paris in mid March and the first thing I saw when coming up from the train was snow! It was beautiful but obviously very cold. It didn’t inhibit us much, but it would quickly squash day dreams of leisurely reading outside. If you are really wanting something warm for your honeymoon I’d reconsider and maybe save that trip for later, especially since you’ll be spending the rest of your lives together!
Post # 6
It won’t be hot anywhere in Europe in November, might still be mild and pleasant in some parts of Spain, Cyprus or Greece, but not necessarily warm enough for sunbathing or using an outdoor pool. There’s also a high chance of rain pretty much everywhere. If you’re set on Europe, especially Paris, then I’d wait till it’s at least Spring, otherwise I’d go somewhere else tbh.
Post # 7
I’ve also considered Southern Spain and Portugal.
Can’t seem to get excited about it but if anyone has pictures or hotel recommendations that might sway me I want to see!
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2019 - Turkey
I’d recommend literally nowhere in Europe in November for honeymoon. It’s not December, if it was maybe Christmas markets would be interesting. If you were going for a ski holiday around January, then there’s plenty of options in Switzerland, Austria, Germany. Italy is not bad I suppose, but I’ve never been in there around that time of the year.
In South Turkey you might be lucky enough to enjoy the beach. (I had a beach holiday once mid October, it was the best)
I’d actually recommend going to the Far East, like Indonesia, Thailand etc.
Post # 9
Andalucia, Spain – Seville, Cordoba, Granada, all beautiful cities with amazing architecture and history. Pretty coastal towns and beaches. Plus Tapas.
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Post # 10
I’ve spent January in Paris, so colder than November but only by 5-10 degrees F on average and equally rainy. Compared to the Northeast or Midwest of the US it’s very bearable. My husband and I bundled up in our winter clothes but still managed to do lots of sightseeing and wandering. It was cold and gray but still beautiful. While sitting outside to read or relax isn’t really an option, you can certainly laze around with a warm beverage or a glass of wine in a cafe. I can’t speak to the other areas in France, but if you’re set on Paris I think it’s still enjoyable in the winter. That said, it will certainly be a different experience than in the warmer months, and a big factor in your enjoyment will be having proper clothes and realistic expectations.
If you want something warm and beachy, I just googled places that are warm in January and Madeira comes up as an option that’s in the high 60s on average in January. It looks gorgeous.
Post # 11
Ugh – these answers are depressing since I had my heart set on that trip…
Maybe I can convince him to do France this summer even if we’re not married yet. Sort of a pre-wedding honeymoon.
And then just do a local beach trip after the wedding for a long weekend honeymoon (we live in SC. Thinking Sea Island GA.)
Post # 12
What about a quick getaway to a Caribbean island? You can find an all inclusive trip (or cruise?) for relatively cheap and still save for your European vacation.
Post # 13
I plan to visit Rome at November and visit Paris at December. 🙂
Post # 14
I was in Paris in November and it was indeed freezing. We didn’t want to go out much spent most of our time in nice hotels. What about considering Nice or Cannes, if you want to do France? It would still be lovely then.
Post # 15
Cyprus, Greece and Turkey are warmer than the other countries in Europe. I was in Istanbul some time in October last year and enjoyed the weather. The architecture is also breathtaking.