Europe in October - Need Advice

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  1. Mr. Moo

    Mr. Moo Boxercise Toughguy

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    Guys, my wife and I are planning a ~10 night trip to Europe in early October for our anniversary. It will be just the two of us - no kids, or travel companions.

    We have never been to Europe for all intents and purposes - I was there when I was 17, but that doesn't count IMO.

    Which country(ies) would you recommend, particular destinations, places to see, etc.? I don't think we will be able to do more than 2 countries? Our latest thoughts were to stick to maybe one country for a majority of the time (France was our choice) and then maybe... Switzerland for 2-3 days? Something else?

    We are a little overwhelmed as this is a special trip for us, being our anniversary, our first time in Europe together, and our first time for a very extended time away from our daughter. We want to plan it well.

    Any ideas/thoughts are welcomed. :)

    Oh, and... I don't want to make any sartorial spots must-visit on the trip - if something happens to be in the area, maybe I'll pay a visit, but otherwise it's just sight-seeing, eating good food, and trying to see/learn as much as possible.
     
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  2. Joffrey

    Joffrey Senior member

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    I'm not a big fan of "sprint" visits to countries where you try to cram as much as you can into a couple of days. So I would suggest no more than 3 countries (one city in each). Within a quick flight or 8 hour train/car ride from each other. You want to spend as little time on the road as possible (though I suppose you could see some great stuff en route to your next destination). I'm also a big fan of renting apartments so that you can live a bit like a local vs being around other visitors during the whole trip.

    I'll let others suggest locations as all my trips were for studying or partying.
     
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  3. Trompe le Monde

    Trompe le Monde Senior member

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    2 cities in Spain
    2 cities in Italy
    2 cities in Croatia

    pick 2 of the 3 above.
     


  4. hopkins_student

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    My wife and I just took a trip to France (mostly Paris w/ one day trip to Normandy and Honfleur) and London and spent 5 nights in both places. I didn't love London, certainly not for 5 days, but Paris was great every day. If you're at all interested in French culture it would be a mistake not to go to France. I think we would have preferred 5 days in France and 5 days in Italy or maybe even 10 days in France with 5 in Paris and 5 driving around the countryside. If you decide on Paris I can tell you about the things we enjoyed the most.
     


  5. sinnedk

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    France + Italy and i am going on Sep

    England is always a safe bet because of language but above two are good with english as well.

    Spain has cheap flights all the time as well
     


  6. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Paris is great for 5+ days. There are about 80 amazing museums, lots of beautiful places to walk, eat, you can't go wrong. Early Oct the weather should be quite mild. Consider a train ride to your second city and country. That way you can see the countryside.
     


  7. Trompe le Monde

    Trompe le Monde Senior member

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    london is drab. paris is utterly crowded and filthy. big world cities with too much of the big-world-city problems. imo.
     


  8. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    ^One way to look at it.

    I would second London for 2-3 days - train to Paris for 4-5 days - car to French countryside for remainder - fly out of Paris.

    I will be there in Oct as well heading to Interlaken for some trekking. Never been so if Moo doesn't mind post some suggestions here.

    lefty
     


  9. aravenel

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    Definitely agree not to do a sprint visit. Pick a max of three places, maybe a day trip to a fourth. Even that is stretching it IMO.

    Personally I love London, and Paris is an easy trip from there. Can understand if you don't want to do big cities though.
     


  10. Mr. Moo

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    Thanks for all of the input. I think we are going to stick to only exploring France. Perhaps 4 days in Paris (maybe 5) and them catch a train to Nice/South of France and do little trips around there.
     


  11. clee1982

    clee1982 Senior member

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    If you must go to France, then the other choice should be Italy, you won't regret it. If you prefer the German efficiency, but prettier version of it, then Austria.

    edit: London is nice, and if you go to UK might as well go to Scotland (Edinburgh, not Glasgow) or the lake area on England/Scottland border
     
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  12. globetrotter

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    I'd do half in paris and half in rome, with a night train between.
     


  13. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    This is a great combination. We've done it. Paris has an intensity about it, like NYC that is energizing. Rome has a hospitality that is quite charming and easy to find. Two great romantic cities and cultures. The train would be a lot more fun than a trip to the airports.
     


  14. aravenel

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    Yeah, that's definitely not a bad combo.
     


  15. globetrotter

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    also, if its a first/possibly only trip to Europe, you can't go wrong with rome and paris. my wife was concerned about the night train the first time, but loved it.
     


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