I decided to surprise my wife for our 5th anniversary and just bought a couple of tickets to Paris (we leave in 2 weeks). Now we have 9 days and absolutely no itinerary whatsoever. Maybe you guys can help me out. We don't want to museum-hop as I want my wife to relax during the trip. A couple of things, my wife is 6 months pregnant, thus, we can't walk long distances (obviously no skiing), and I rather fly only to one more city as I don't want her to be in airplanes a lot. We were thinking about staying in Paris for two days, then flying to Madrid for 3 nights to return to Paris for 3 more days.
You guys are the experts, so you tell me!
Hello there! You'll love France. Here's a good place to start and ask some good questions. -snip- Good luck and "bon voyage"!
[ Edit: sorry, no promos in the forum please. ]
Paris is a beautiful city - even just to sit in a cafe and watch the world go by. I walked a ton when I was there, but there are Metro stations on almost every street corner and taxis a-plenty. My personal favourites were Pere Lachaise Cemetery, the Catacombs, the gardens at Versailles, and almost every little street I turned onto. You can also take a ride on a Bateau Mouche (assuming they're still working in January) and explore the city from the Sienne. There's so much to do and see - you'll be surprised at what you discover even if you don't plan every outing and just opt to up and go.
Agreed ! I would suggest you to spend a fair bit of your time in Paris, and maybe get out for the last couple days.
In Paris, don't miss the Canal St. Martin, the Palais Royal Gardens (just next to the Louvre, but not a single tourist goes there), and all the "Passages" (covered shopping streets) behind the Palais Royal, in the 1st and 2nd districts, such as Passage Choiseul and Galerie Vivienne.
An easy trip out of Paris with a pregnant wife for a couple days is Bruges in belgium. 2h30 on the train. So airport hassles, all easy, and Bruges is really beautiful, and can be well covered in 3 days.
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Paris will be easy to enjoy, you will just have to look harder to find the special corners of this city that don't have tourists. The main attractions are easy to locate, but that special Paris bistrot (Bistrot du 7eme, Bistrot de Breteuil) are a little harder to find.
I understand that you want to enjoy your trip and see different places in Europe, but flying to Madrid after just three days will make you waste two days. I would make the trip for the last three days and fly back from here.
Once you have explored the areas mentioned above in Paris, you may be interested in visiting the Ile de France (around Paris)
There are many castles or old churches within 60km of Paris (not counting the one at Disneyland):
If you like that kind of visit, take a look at the following locations:
- castles of Versailles, Vaux le Vicomte, Breteuil, Ferrières
- city of Provins
You will have to rent a car, to see them all and travel more comfortably.
Not too far from Paris, you may also take a few days off in Normandy. The towns there can be reached by train but again, renting a car will let you travel freely.
The area between Honfleur and Houlgate is the easiest to reach and has a lot of charm even in winter (we took trips there twice in February)
But do not forget, that even if temperatures are rather mild at the moment (6 °C and rather sunny today), January is generally the coldest month of the year (except for last year: we had very cold weather in late February). You may not enjoy travelling all over France in such a cold weather.