November in London-Paris-Spain?
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Sep 28, 2012 6:45 AM Last Post By: Alessandrinha
Sep 27, 2012 11:21 AM
I am hoping to get some suggestions for a trip.
My partner and I are flying into London in mid-November and will have just over 2 weeks before we return. I've got an open jaw ticket allowing us to fly into England and depart from Madrid.
Right now I was thinking of the following and in order: London, Paris (via underground train), Barcelona (short Vueling flight), Madrid (by HGV train), and possibly Granada.
2 full days in London
3 full days in Paris
2 full days in Barcelona
2 full days in Madrid
1 full day in Granada
I have excluded travel days although the travel times on some of these will still leave a good part of the day available for sightseeing (e.g, the london-paris travel day by train, I figure approx. 4-5 hours of total travel time to/from train station/hotels + actual train time). Naturally I expect we'll be knackered the first day so have very modest expectations for the first 24-48 hours.
Yes it is quite a bit to see in such a short span of time. I've been to Europe on such trips before where many destinations are packed into a short time-span as well as trips where I spent months enjoying just one country. Every trip is different but I've enjoyed and learned something from every one of them. This is the time we have now and I intend to make the best of it.
Walking the streets and seeing how people live as well as interacting when possible (we speak several languages)
Markets (not big department stores but street markets with food and/or goods)
Public spaces and squares/plazas/piazzas
Nature, Gardens, Parks
Live music (flamenco, fado, jazz, etc)
Great food (of course)
Things we aren't interested in:
I know the list of things we don't want may seem odd, but I've never failed to have fun in Europe without those things.
Any suggestions on which cities to spend the most time in?
I've not been to England or France before, though definitely have a big interest in french culture. Spain I've been to but it has been 10+ years and I'm sure the country has changed somewhat....interested in Granada mainly for the Alhambra of course.
Weather isn't a concern - we'll dress for damp, cool/cold weather, and be pleasantly surprised if we get something else.
Also any ideas for what areas and parts of each city to stay in?
Finally, how is PDA by gay couples looked upon in these cities? Will it be an issue? I know how it is in quite a few other countries on the continent..
Edited by: Alessandrinha
Sep 27, 2012 2:32 PM
Welcome to TT!
Finally, how is PDA by gay couples looked upon in these cities? Will it be an issue?
In Spain, you shouldn't have any problem. BTW, in Madrid, the Chueca neighborhood is popular for gay/lesbian people. Can't comment about the rest of the cities you quoted. You could try to ask in the Gay & Lesbian travellers branch for specific info about this question.
interested in Granada mainly for the Alhambra of course.
Funnily enough the Alhambra is a palace (and a fortress too) and you said you weren't interested in palaces... :)
It seems you know what you want to make, you know it could be too much so there's little to add. Perhaps, you could consider to be flexible with the time you spend at each location but, then, the cost of transport would be higher...
Sep 28, 2012 6:45 AM
Thanks for the reply.
You are quite, quite right about the Alhambra of course. I was thinking more of say, the Palacio Real in Madrid - I've seen enough of those types of palaces to not be terribly interested :\
I wasn't aware of Chueca when I last was in spain, but that was over a decade ago.
I'm thinking of staying in the Latin Quarter or Marais in Paris, Chueca in Madrid (thanks for the suggestion), and unsure in London.
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