(Closed) what would you do if you had this honeymoon?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Paris:

1. The Louvre (obviously)

2. Monmarte

3. Eiffel Tower

4. Saint-Chapelle (much better than Notre Dame in my opinion)

London:

1. Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace

2. Big Ben

3. Tower of London (loved the crown jewels)

4. British Museum (has a lot of artifacts from Greece and Egypt, my parents called it an extension of the Greek honeymoon)

Post # 4
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7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I would actually take Musee D’orsay over the Louvre, if I had to choose one museum in Paris. Both are worth a full day though. 🙂

Also, the catacombs are AWESOME and probably something your fiance will enjoy after days spent wandering flower gardens and art museums, haha.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I second the catacombs.  I’ve never been but that’d be at the top of my list if I went to France.

Post # 6
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@ddw: We didn’t get a chance to go to the Musee D’orsay when we were in Paris or the catacombs.  My husband and I need to go sometime!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Ooh, two of my favourite cities!  I lived in London for three years and it’s hard for me to think of what to tell tourists to do.  Are you going right after your wedding?  If so, beware that the days will be short (much, much shorter than winter days in the States but it makes the lights of London that much better).   The Christmas lights should be up then and a stroll down Regent St is wonderful!

Other London highlights:

*Tower of London for sure

* Windsor Castle (a short train ride from central London)

* King St in Chelsea (very upscale shopping and a lovely area)

* If it’s a nice day, a river cruise through Little Venice (Warwick Ave tube stop on the Bakerloo line)

* Westminster Cathedral

* Stroll the South Bank for a lovely eating/drinking atmosphere

If you’re into shopping, you must, MUST go to Top Shop, Zara, H&M, and Monsoon – seriously to die for shopping at reasonable prices! 

Paris is one of my favourite cities EVER!  The above listed recommendations all sound great but I would also add a day trip to Versailles – the opulence and maginficence is unparalleled!   Also, make sure you hit a patisserie (bakery) every morning for the yummiest baked goods you will ever come across. 

You’re going to have a great time – there is a well-deserved reason why London and Paris are two of the world’s greatest cities!!!   Enjoy!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Aaaah I love London! If you have time in the evenings, you should see a show or do one of the themed tours! The last time I went, I saw a couple of musicals and went on a Jack the Ripper tour.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

I spent a semester in London and love love love so much of that city but I will begin by telling you to get out of the city for a day. If you have time, go to Brighton beach. I don’t know about in November but I went in the early summer and it was a lot of fun despite the rain. The pier is pretty, the beach is all rocks and the shops are super cute. You can have fish and chips and salt water taffy, visit the taj mahal looking building and check out the museum that is there (I forgot the name). It’s just so different than London and so romantic if it is not too cold out.

Also, hit up the red TKTS booth in London for discount tickets to musicals and plays at least once. I saw some great shows with well know actors (Ashlee Simpson and Kramer from Seinfield) and you get great searts for amazing prices (Chicago, first row 55 pounds, Lion King, pit 20 pounds, etc.) I second Tower Bridge and check out Trafalgar Square int he evening there’S always a lot going on there.

I was in Paris last month and did a bike tour.http://www.bikeabouttours.com/ They take you around for the better part of a day through a lot of less touristy neighborhoods and generally provide a nice view of another side of Paris.  We stayed at a hotel with a balcony view of the Tower. Fiance booked it on travelzoo and I can get hte name if you are still in need of a hotel. It was the first time I stayed in the heart of the city and the view was amazing. Instead of going to the top of the Tower, I was advised to go to the top of the arc d’triumph at sunset or the top of the one office building in Paris has an exclusive viewing area which aparently gives you a great view of the whole city. We missed both chances by planning to go to the top of the Tower but the lines were sooooooooooooooo long we admired it from the grass instead so plan on a few hours if this is on your must do list. Oh, also find the mini statue of Liberty, it’s cute and random, you can find it along the river. I also hear river cruises are best done at sunset.

Hope this helps.

Post # 13
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2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

-Definitely Tower of London, changing of the guards, buckingham palace, the gardens/park

-walk the Thames River Bridge

-go to the Globe Theatre http://www.shakespeares-globe.org/ 

 

Post # 14
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7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

oh! just saw you’re actually in FRANCE for 7 days, are you set on staying in Paris? Versaille is an awesome day trip just outside the city.

Honestly though? If you want to go traipsing around France some, the Loire valley is absolutely beautiful and there are tons of chateaux you can visit.

The mediterrean coast is another can’t-miss (although you’d be on an overnight train or have to fly to get there) – Nice, Marseille and Cette/Sete are all fabulous cities.

Or if you’d rather go North, Normandy/Bayeaux area is totally unforgettable, and Mt St Michel is really, really cool too.

I’ve just given you like a month of traveling suggestions in France 🙂 haha, Paris can definitely be a week long thing on it’s own, although don’t mistake Paris for France, because the country is 180 degrees different once you get out of Paris. I love both, but in such different ways!

Post # 15
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Busy bee

Paris Suggestions:

View from top of Arc de Triomphe (not the huge lines that you see at the Eiffel Tower & the view is great)

If going to Eiffel Tower, only go to 2nd level, not the top as it’s too high to make for decent views, IMO

Giverny trip (not sure what November will hold, but Monet’s gardens are breathtaking)

Wander the back streets of Montmartre away from tourist-soaked areas of Sacre Coeur & Place du Tertre

London Suggestions:

Day trip to Bath to marvel at all the gorgeous Georgian architecture

A stop at the food hall in Harrod’s is a fun way to spend a few hours & pick up some nice jams & teas for souvenirs

I second someone else who recommended the Jack the Ripper tour.  That’s a lot of fun!

 

 

 

 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Just to say because I saw in an earlier post, Brighton Beach is a great place to visit, but not really worth the time if you are going in Nov-it will be rainy and windy and cold. 

Def visit the tower of london- crown jewels are there- and if you want to see a bit more or ‘real’ london, I would suggest walking around covent garden, and going to Portobello Market on a Saturday morning.

Those are some of the things I will be suggesting to those visiting for my UK wedding next summer.

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