(Closed) honeymoon in franch and italy

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think you can do it on your own.  I went 4 years ago with a girl friend and we had a blast.  All you need is the internet to book your rooms and a train pass to travel. If you go to Paris, the basics are almost picked out for you. The Louve, Arc de Triumph, Norte Dame, Eiffel Tower, etc.  One place that I would have loved to visit while in Paris was Monet’s Gardens.  I can’t remember the name of the town but it’s where he lived when he painted all the ponds with lily pads paintings.  It’s about an hour bus ride from Paris. If you like Monet, it’d be an amazing place to visit.

Italy is a lot of fun too.  You’ve  got big cities like Rome, Milan, Venice and country sides like Tuscany.  I liked traveling by night on the train but we were on a budget.  You could fly too and probably find inexpensive airfare.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

monet lived in Giverny- also if you feel brave- rent a car and after giverny drive to mount saint michelle. it is so awesome!

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Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I think you can definitely do Italy or France on your own. I’ve traveled to both without knowing the language and we had NO trouble getting around and had an amazing time. I spent some time planning, but nothing intense. Traveling with a group for your honeymoon is not the best idea anyway, in my opinion. 

How long are you planning to travel for? Italy and France are both full of things to see, and I think you should be careful about pacing yourself and not trying to do too much. It’s your honeymoon, after all! In Italy, for example, we stayed 9 nights and only did Florence and Rome. And this was with running around all day every day – not honeymoon pace at all. Paris/Versailles took 5 days, again, running around to see everything. If you have 10 days, I would highly recommend staying in one country. Even with two weeks, I think a trip to Italy alone – Florence & Tuscany, Rome. Venice, Naples and the south of Italy – would be perfect. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I second girl with a ring- only I would vote for france. For me it felt more like what I was expecting, and I LOVED the food. I would go and make Paris your base for like 5-7 days maybe 1 or 2 daytrips, then go to provence for a day or 2.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

We are going on our honeymooon on the second week of April. Paris and Venice. I would love to visit Monet’s gardens. Sounds so dreamy. Considering a side trip to neighboring cities.  Go on http://www.hulu.com to watch some of the travelmentaries to get excited.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

If you stock up on guidebooks and get those Streetwise Laminated maps for the cities you are visiting (I cannot even begin to tell you how clutch those things are), you are completely fine doing France and Italy on your own. Most of the major places you’d want to hit on a honeymoon are really accessible for tourists. The rail system in Europe is really comprehensive, easy, and comfortable. With a 2-country Eurail pass you’re set. I’ve never had any trouble making my way around and I’ve always gone solo (with guidebook and map in hand).

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Both France & Italy are amazing!  If you are going right after the wedding, I would recommend making your first destination NOT a big city.  Give yourselves a few days to chill in someplace beautiful before heading into the hustle and bustle of the cities.  My friends went to Italy, and their first stop was Lake Como.  It took a bit longer to get there, but they said it was exactly what they needed after the wedding.

Post # 10
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2781 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

You can totally do Paris on your own. I took Mr Moo for our 1 year anniversary for a long weekend. We took the Eurostar, figured out the metro system and found everything easily. I had a guidebook with a good street map in it and we got to everywhere we wanted to go. Also big cities like that do have great “hop on, hop off” tourist buses that you can get a day pass for (or sometimes a weekend pass) that will take you everywhere you want to see.

I’d make sure you know a few phrases before you go. “Do you speak English” and “I can’t speak French” is good just to get you along. Most people are really friendly.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

mmm.. Franch.  😛

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I haven’t been to Italy but we (my cousin and I) went to France with my parents when I was younger.  We went to Paris and Nice.  Honestly, none of us knew French and we were fine getting around (the kids at school there learn 3-4 languages in school including English).

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I have been to France and to Italy. I would really like to give you an advice: Do it the other way round: Go to Italy and hop over to France.

Italy is beautiful: There is no city on earth where you can see more amazing things than in ROME (Paris is nothing against it). And if you like to eat, Italy is just perfect – I ate so much over there :). Best icecream ever! Delicous pizza and pasta, too, of course.

Then in North-Italy there’s the Tuscany, which is beautiful and you could visit Venice… there’s a lot to see :).

Just an idea 🙂

 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Definitely doable by yourself. If you feel more comfortable with a group itinerary then that might be best. Paris is pretty easy to navigate if you don’t speak French. I have not been to Italy so I can’t vouch for that.

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