(Closed) September Honeymoon in Nice & Cannes France or Ireland?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve never been to either, but they both sound awesome! In September it might be a little chilly in either place, but I think on the riviera it might still be nice enough to do beaches, but in Ireland it might be cool enough to be cozy by a peat fire. You’ll have a great time either way!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@August2013Wedding:  It can cool down a bit in September but it’s generally not that cold. If you do choose Ireland though, be prepared for the fact that it may rain every day… Nobody ever realises how much it rains here and we had 3 weeks of rain this September! Never been to the French Riviera but it sounds lovely!

Post # 8
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Newbee

@August2013Wedding:  This year has been a particularly wet year in Ireland, Any other year from my experience in the past few years April,May & September have seen the best weather, if i was recommending anyone come to Ireland I’d suggest these months, but your never really sure what the weather is going to be until you get up that morning. Just because this september was bad does not mean its going to be the same next year!!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We did London Sept 12th-17th and then France Italy and Spain, stopping in Cannes. London was 65-75 all week, and London is slightly south of Ireland, Lattitudewise. Cannes was 75-82. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

The weather in France at that time of year, particularly in the Riviera, should be lovely. Ireland might be a bit more hit-and-miss.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@cgree:  No, but I think anyone should be prepared for the fact that it may rain a lot. I always hear from tourists ‘Its lovely but I never expected it to rain THIS much!!’ 

@August2013Wedding:  On average February to July get the least rain (approx 10mm less), and the east coast gets less than the west. I prefer April to July. It’s much brighter then (up to 18 hours of sunlight in June). If I were you I’d combine it with a trip to Europe. I love Spain, especially south coast (not the very touristy beach resorts). Sorry I can’t help you with France. Best of luck with your planning.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I’ve heard Ireland is good in June, but I have never been myself. The only time I’ve been the France was Paris in the beginning of July (my avatar, woot), and the weather was lovely. A little warm and humid, but otherwise we only got rained on one day (out of four), and it wasn’t very heavy. You just learn to live with it. Get a nice raincoat and umbrella, and enjoy the rain!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I haven’t been to France, but the husband and I went to Ireland for our honeymoon, Sept 24 – Oct 5 of this year. It was fabulous! I will tell you though – it was really cold (based on my California standards). If the sun was out, it wasn’t so bad, but that was rare. It was cold, windy, and rainy, and yes – it rained every day. It was definitely a nice change!

The place itself was GORGEOUS. Green, colorful, beautiful…. I definitely recommend it! I will say that if you plan to drive to different cities, we learned the hard way – stay for a couple nights in each city and see fewer cities instead of trying to see everything – it’s exhausting, and sometimes 1 night isn’t enough for some of the places you’ll visit because you want to explore more. 🙂

Post # 14
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Newbee

I am from Ireland and was thinking about starting a blog site/facebook page about all things Ireland and was wondering would anyone be interested in the sort of thing? especially after reading some posts from people here saying they are going to Ireland but dont know where to go/stay or things to see… I am a keen photographer so it would include plenty of nice photos from my travels around Ireland maybe even some traditional irish recipes, recommended things to see, places to eat,places to stay, weekly pictures of my favourite places/countryside etc, i have also travelled to many different places north and south so can recommend from an Irish persons view, places  to see off the beaten track, best pubs to get a pint and so on. Would it be worth my while??? 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Wow that’s a tough choice!!!!

In September, southern France will be cooling off but still should be warm enough to go to the beach and get some sunshine. It also shouldn’t be as crowded as August, which is the really popular tourism month in Europe (a lot of Europeans don’t work the month of August). If you want a beachy honeymoon, you should definitely head to Nice and France. Also, if you’re there, Antibes is really beautiful and more quaint, you could spend a half-day there, and make sure you don’t miss Monaco. The best (quietest) beaches are at Cap d’Ail.

On the other hand, if you want an active, more outdoorsy, woody honeymoon, Ireland is really amazing year-round. My BFf and I went there for a two-week trip, and we drove around the whole country in a cute little rental car. We saw zillions of castles, met really funny, sweet people, had lots of pub nights, and hiked around beautiful, beautiful scenery.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Ireland is incredible, but I did go in June  and managed to get 3 straight weeks of the most wonderful weather, perfect temp and blue skys all but 2 days. And those two days weren’t AWFUL, just not as nice for being outside exploring. Renting a car makes life easier but the bus/train system is good too. The car just let us see more off the beaten track kinds of stuff. I really want to go back and take DH. We went to Italy for our HM and while I loved all the history, it couldn’t even compare to the scenery and people in Ireland. Also, speaking the same language even when they had to understand my Texas twang was really nice. I would go back to Ireland by myself in a heartbeat. In France, or any other country where I don’t speak the local language I would want to go with a group. 

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