Post # 1
Hi bees! Darling Husband and I are planning to take a trip to Europe for one week (9 days total) but can’t decide where to go! Darling Husband has always wanted to go to Paris but we want to visit another country, and can’t come to a conclusion on what would be best. Any bees spent one week in Europe an traveled around a bit??
Itineraries we are considering are:
- Paris to Rome – Take a sleeper car at night. Kind of a pain because you have to transfer to regional trains in the middle of the night
- Paris to Barcelona
- Paris to Amsterdam, and maybe Brussels
- Italian tour of cinque terre, rome, florence, etc.
I’ve been to all of these places before, and I actually really didn’t like Paris but I don’t think I did it “right.” It would be way different with my husband than sleeping in a hostel with 4 other girls lol Also Darling Husband is a little worried about recent events in Paris, but he’s always wanted to go and I say you can’t live your life in fear, just be safe and smart. I’m leaning towards Paris because when we first met Darling Husband said he always wanted to go there, but he’d love to see the history in Rome, too. Any opinions?? Other options we haven’t considered??
Post # 2
So Italy has been one of my favourite destinations – loooved Florence Tuscany and Sicily. To be honest, Rome was not my favourite but full disclosure it was SO hot and crowded when we were there, so many tourists and so muggy that it really took away from the trip. I think you could easily spend a week in just Italy moving around to different areas.
I’ve been to Paris twice, the last time was a year ago with our at the time 10 month old so we got an airbnb in Le Marais – loved that area and spent 4 nights there. We actually started our trip by flying into London – I’ve been to London 6 times and always enjoy it. We then took the train which was super easy (definitely upgrade to business class seats – so worth it) to Paris and flew home from Paris. If you only have a week this was very easy and enjoyable to do!
Post # 3
I would skip Brussels – I went there for 3-4 days and there’s not a ton to do there, unless you like Belgian beer & waffles. But the city itself is not super clean, romantic and there’s not much to do. You can make a day trip out of going to Bruge and Ghent but to be honest, there are prettier and cheaper places to Europe. Amsterdam is also stupidly expensive for accomodations – you’re looking at $300-400 a night for a normal hotel (nothing fancy), so your money wouldn’t go a super long way.
I think a sleeper train sounds like you’ll be cranky and sleep-deprived. There are a lot of cheap flights out of Paris, so maybe consider doing a flight from Paris to Rome if you can find a cheap flight — or maybe Paris to Barcelona? I peosnally love Barcelona (we’re getting married there, so if you need recommendations, let me know)
I think Paris to Rome or Paris to Barcelona, or Italy would all be great options. You can also consider San Sebastian (in Spain), Bilbao, and then maybe taking the bus over to south of France in Bordeaux / St. Emilion. Amazing wineries and really pretty.
Barcelona and San Sebastian are fairly inexpensive in terms of lodging, food, and wine – you can usually get a glass of wine in San Sebastian for 2 euros, it’s a great place for foodies and it’s relaxing and on the beach, but it will also depend on time of the year.
Hope this helps!
Post # 4
I’d travel around Italy (or Greece!). We did Rome, Venice and Florence in that amount of time and really enjoyed it.
Personally I was not a fan of Paris. It just seemed really dirty and the people were very rude. I know some people love it though.
Post # 5
I love Italy! We just got back from the Amalfi Coast which is 3 hours away from Rome by private driver. Highly recommend looking into it. Rome is great too, lots of things to see and do, but my favorite city is Florence. Amsterdam is also a beautiful city but we felt like we saw most of it within 2 days.
Post # 6
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What about Southern France to Northern Italy? Nice is *amazing* – and the surrounding area has a ton of towns with things to do and see (Cannes, Grasse (perfume capital of the world), St. Paul de Vence (artist community), Antibes (famous marina), Tourette sur Loup (one of the coolest medieval towns I’ve ever seen)). Then you could take a train to Monaco and check out the shopping there, and then take a train to northern Italy (San Remo has an amazing open air market right on the Mediterrean). From there you could travel to Genoa, down to Pisa, and then to Rome.
Post # 7
muskie2016 : I would pick one city and focus on that. A week is not enough time to really see things if all you’re doing is exhausting yourself by going from place to place.
We just got back from a week in Vienna and it was AMAZING. Austrian airlines is the bomb, and hotels are pretty reasonably priced there (we had a suite that included breakfast for just over $200 a night), as is food. We felt like we got a good appreciation of the city in a week, although we could have spent a month and still not have done everything we wanted to do!
Post # 8
How about a tour of France. Im not a city person, ive been to most of the big cities in Western Europe but I prefer the towns and scenary more. After Paris I would head to the Alsace region or Annecy/Chambery area. From there I would visit the south of France (either the Nice/Cannes/Saint-Tropez area or Carcassone, Beziers and Agde area). Other ideas in France would be Normandy and the Dordogne.
If you want to get out of France I would definitely look at Italy, or stay closer to Paris and do London and Amsterdam with a few days in Bruges and Ghent.
Post # 9
i have to agree with christina82 about basically everything.
I think Paris and Barcelona sounds wonderful (as would Paris and Florence or Rome)
Both Paris and Barcelona are wonderful for 3-5 days and have a lot of romance, good food and sights to offer. Barcelona has a wonderful atmosphere AND the ocean!
Paris is not my personal favorite because stressy, overfilled, touristy and dirty and often kinda criminal (watch out on the metro) but it is romantic and good to have seen once, so I get your husband on that.
Whatever you decide, I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time! Good luck!
Post # 10
Thanks bee friends! I asked my husband to pick one – Paris or Rome – and he chose Paris. I found an awesome flight so we are doing Paris and Amsterdam. So excited! Now time for the hotels and day planning! Italy will be next in line for our next big trip 🙂