Honeymoon trip advice needed
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Jul 23, 2012 3:17 PM Last Post By: LouisXIV
Jul 11, 2012 1:55 PM
Honeymoon trip advice neededMe and my new wife plan to take our Honeymoon in September.
We have 12 days and plan to spend at least 5 or 6 in Paris. We originally planned to arrive in Amsterdam and spend a day and night there, then take a train to Bruges for a day and a night, then spend the rest of the time in France - mainly Paris with a night or 2 in a neighboring city. Then returning home via CDG
So I have 2 broad questions:
1. should we modify our plans so we fly into and out of CDG; and skip Amsterdam? I would then rent a car for a trip to Bruges and explore a french city or 2 that isnt paris.
2. Aside from Paris, what are some must see French towns if we are looking for history and wine tasting?
Jul 11, 2012 2:27 PM
Often open jaw tickets are good as they allow you to arrive at one city and exit via another - no backtracking. Only you can decide whether you want to fly in/out of CDG or otherwise.
Re: Bruges - 1 or 2 days is really enough to see the old part of town. Very expensive though.
I like the idea of train trips as it gives you time to spend together relaxing and you won't be stressed out driving or navigating the roads. If you get 1st class and do a day/night trip somewhere it might even be classed as romantic.
Jul 11, 2012 3:09 PM
Every anglophone seems to want to go to Brussels but many people here find Ghent and Antwerp at least as interesting, if not more so, than the tourist trap (albeit a beautiful one) that is Bruges.
If by wine tasting you mean stopping at wineries and do some sampling (keeping in mind it's polite to buy) you have two options:
1. take the TGV to any of these places and rent a car to explore the countryside. Stay in gites (B&Bs), some of them may even be on a wine farm.
2. Rent a car from Paris and drive to Burgundy or the Loire valley and do the same there. It's a 2-3 hr drive to the wine-growing areas.
There's a fair bit of Champagne tasting in both Epernay and Reims but most of it is quite commercial (especially the big champagne houses)
It's easy to spend your full 12 days in France, 5-6 days in Paris and then 6 days in the countryside, perhaps a few nights in a gite (or a chateau, if you fancy) compared with 2 nights in a provincial town like Beaune or Dijon. A good mix of different things. Would also qualify as being 'romantic'.
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