Post # 17
If the finances of staying in Paris are an issue you could always try homelidays (there is a website). Although it is not as fancy as a hotel would be and one of the advantages is cooking many of your own meals. (I found marketing in Paris to be pretty fun, but I wasn’t on my honeymoon).
If that doesn’t sound “honeymoon” enough to you though that’s okay.
Also: Must see the Louvre. However the exit signs point at each other, so you’re best just to look for an elevator when you want to leave.
Post # 18
I was going to suggest looking into renting a flat, as well. Airbnb.com has some good ones, and often you can find a really central apartment to have to yourselves that is cheaper than a hotel.
I second the suggestion that Paris is a beautiful city to walk. If you’re staying more than a few days, I’d recommend going to Versailles. I’ve been to Paris several times (I live in London, and like others said, the Eurostar makes it so easy!) but kept pushing Versailles off to the next trip. I finally went a few months ago and it was such an amazing day. The queue took ages, but it was totally worth it.
For me, Paris is about wandering, drinking wine, eating AMAZING food, and ducking into any of their incredible museums at your leisure. It’s a fantastic city.
I obviously am partial to London, as well. 🙂
Post # 19
Go to Montmartre, it has the BEST view of the city, a very cute famous outdoor plaza with artists and lots of good food stands (crepes!!), and a beautiful church (Sacre Coeur).
Also, the Musee D’Orsay is the most beautiful musem I’ve ever seen. It has lots of great Impressionist works, and it is housed in an old train station.
Don’t miss Versailles – it’s a train ride from Paris but absolutely amazing, and the grounds are the perfect spot for a picnic!
Think about renting an apartment if you’re on a strict budget, I rented a cheap one with some friends and we had a great experience.
Honestly, Paris is not THAT expensive if you find budget accomodations (e.g. renting an apartment) and if you don’t eat out in restaurants for every meal. If you like bread & french cheese, then you can have picnics in the many beautiful parks all over the city.
I have traveled to Paris many times so if you need advice for getting around or even if you want to make a couple day trips to castles nearby etc., PM me!
Post # 20
Perhaps you can send a message to MrsElopement! She just had a beautiful wedding in Paris and I’m positive she could give you some great tips as well. =)
Post # 21
I second the Monmarte recommendation!! And if you walk down the stairs to the side of the church (not the giant amazing ones leading up the front), there is a cute little intersection with cafes on three of the four corners. One of the best meals I’ve had in Paris was at one of those cafes, and it was pretty cheap because it was off the beaten tourist path.
Post # 22
Thanks Bees! Everyone has been so helpful. I keep shrieking at Darling Husband “We’re going to Paris!” and he just rolls his eyes and tells me I’m loony.
We found a great hotel that was recommended by my cousin, who is definitely a budget traveler. Its in Vitry-Sur-Seine. Do you think that’s too far? I feel like with the Metro we will be ok. We are in Chicago so very used to public transportation. At $68 a night and a stellar recommendation it is my top contender right now.
Yes we realize food will cost more but for the familymoon we did the 5 star all inclusive(where I gained 5 pounds!!) resort with all the bells & whistles so if we “rough” it a little in Paris so be it. And adding on the $68 a night hotel versus the all-inclusive resort in Belize we have $400 of surplus to eat with. I see room for shopping. 😉
Post # 23
Whilst i love both Paris and London, its worth noting that teh weather is notoriously bad in both cities in november. You will still have an amazing time, but its worth thinking when planning what you’re going to be doing (ie. you’re not gonna be wanting to picnic and walk for hours and hours in the pouring rain..). Think west end shows/museums/Madam Tussauds/indoor Buckingham palace tour in London ratehr than picnics in Hyde Park.. That might make a difference pricewise too, although worth noting that most museums and some other attractions are free in London so you can plan some amazing days out for less..
You will have an amazing time either way!
Post # 24
Also its worth thinking about the exchange rates – $400 is barely £200.. dinner out in London can easily cost around £60 with wine (in a nice restuarant but not a particularly fancy one).. so $400 might not go as far as you think.. worth thinking about but again i think Paris/London is worth the money 🙂
Post # 25
@mrsbacon: I did note the weather but Darling Husband and I are history nerds and love museums and tours of anything historic. Plenty for us to do!! Plus the weather back home would essentially be the same.
The exchange rate is the only downfall as our dollar would definitely go further in Belize, but I’m not worried. We are both bargain hunters but also know when its time to enjoy and not worry about the pricetag. 🙂
Post # 26
@baletrina: If you’re down with public transport then I think that location is fine. I remember the Metro stopped running at some point late at night (1 AM?) but if you’re honeymooning I’m guessing you won’t be out late clubbing 🙂
Post # 27
I love Paris. Love. I just got back from my honeymoon and we stopped in Paris for a couple days.
That being said, I wouldn’t go in November. I’d choose the tropical Belize beaches over Paris in November. I have no doubt that it’s gorgeous in Paris in the colder weather, but don’t you want a break from the cold since you live in Chicago?
Post # 28
I’ve never been to Belize but I live in Paris and I have to say that I thoroughly recommend it!
Just a couple of tips – if you are going to be in the city for the 1st Sunday of the month a lot of the museums (Louvre, Musee d’Orsay etc) are free but be prepared to queue.
An amazing restaurant in the 5th is Sola – Japanese/French fusion food and they have a lunch menu at €35 (trust me it is worth it).
If you want a good view over the city try the Montparnasse tower. If you say that you are going to go to the restaurant you can save the €10 fee (and just order a glass of wine) you will have exactly the same gorgeous view but save the admission fee.
There are loads of fresh fruit and veg markets on at the weekend – it can be great fun just to wander around and try things. My fave is on Sundays at Bastille (its huge!)
Whenever I have friends to stay I take them on a boat cruise (Vedettes du Pont Neuf is good as they have ‘real’ guides in English and french) as you get to see all the main landmarks in comfort!
If I can help at all by all means PM me and I’ll give you any advice I can.
Post # 29
Thanks for all your help Bees! The airfare dropped from $820 to $660 last night so we booked for two weeks in November. Very excited and have lots to plan. I am adding all your suggestions to a list. 🙂
Post # 30
Holy cow that’s an amazing flight savings! It was meant t be!