(Closed) Ireland or Paris honeymoon?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper

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fourthnoel :  It’s both of your honeymoon so  I think you need to accommodate both of your wishes. What if you suggest a couple days in Paris and then heading to the south of France for some relaxation? 

Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

What month will it be?

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

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fourthnoel :  Hmm well the weather will be great in both, I would recommend Paris because it’s something new and you can still go to Disney. 

Paris is super easy. Get a nice hotel or airbnb in the city and explore every day. Doesn’t have to be stressful like your fiance is imagining, there’s so much to do in the city! No need to travel around (although there are much nicer places in France to visit, but that’s another story)

Post # 20
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Helper bee

We’re currently planning on doing a road trip along part of the Wild Atlantic Way (in Ireland) for our honeymoon… it looks so amazing 😍. So i’m gonna be biased and say Ireland. But if you’ve got a few weeks, just do both! I would personally only spend a few days in Paris. 

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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fourthnoel :  I went to Paris for part of my honeymoon and hated it. It was just unimpressive and gross. And I’m an art teacher so not even all the fabulous art and museums could sway me. My favorite part of Paris was when we left the city and went to monets house that was so cool. But if you do go avoid Versailles especially in the summer  it was a crowded s*it show and i really wish we didn’t waste a day on it. So obviously I vote Ireland or maybe something else. We loved Belgium! -Brussels and Bruges. Amsterdam is also amazing and cruising the Rhine river in Germany and seeing all the old castles and little towns is Devine. Good luck! 

Post # 22
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Newbee

Normally I’d say Ireland because I love it so so much but since you’ve been there and haven’t been to Paris…you really can’t go wrong in France!

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I actually did both in one trip! I would do Paris for 3/4 days and then spend a week driving around the southern tip of Ireland. That way you can have the exciting Paris trip and then relax in the Irish countryside

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2021

Some of these comments…

How can you go to one of the most popular capital cities in Europe and expect there to be no queues? Did you really think Paris would be half empty and you’d be the only ones wanting to see Versailles or the Louvre? 

I’ve travelled fairly extensively and Paris is no more crowded or dirty than any other major city such as New York, Rome, London etc. Of course there will be queues at the major tourist attractions, especially in peak season, they’re popular for a reason. 

Paris is a beautiful city, if you appreciate great food, culture, history, art, beautiful buildings etc. it has so much to offer. I’ve been three times and there’s always something else to see or do. It’s certainly not “gross” or “unimpressive”, I’m not really sure what some people were expecting? 

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

My husband and I honeymooned in France and Italy- and spent several days in Paris.  We had both been there before, but going together made it just magical.  It is of course a big city, and it’s always crowded and bustling, but as we were on our honeymoon, we just took it easy.  We picnicked in the parks, strolled through the museums, and just took our time.  The Metro makes it so easy to navigate, and the food of course- is fabulous (if you like french food).  If you’re worried about the stress of going someplace new, you could also work with a travel agent, or book some guided tours- that kind of takes the pressure off the planning.  Congratulations and enjoy!

Post # 26
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Helper bee

I think it depends how much money you have. We’re doing a budget trip to Paris for about $6500 (total, not each) this summer but I wouldn’t be happy with that trip for a honeymoon. If your budget is something like that, then Ireland would get you more bang for your buck. If you have $10,000+ for the trip then Paris is incredible! There are a LOT of special experiences you can get in Paris, but they are very expensive. On the plus side, Paris is empty in August as many Parisians take 1-5 weeks of vacation to travel. If the experience is more important than having a luxurious trip, then I vote Paris all the way!

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