I have been to Paris before a few years back with a friend. It was more of a backpacking trip in hostels and living on crackers and cheese. I am getting married next march ('07) and am taking the new wifey to London for 4-5 days(I have everything planned for London), then to paris for 5-6 days. Of course, since it's a honeymoon I can't be too cheap. Actually going to stay in a 3 star hotel, kinda expensive though. She already knows what she wants to visit and me too (the usual Paris sites and river cruise). We are also going to go to Versailles to show her everything I can't give her, haha jk.
Anyways, my question is this. I have read on here that it is about a 3 hour train ride to Normandy. How reasonable is this for a day trip? I think that I have read that getting to Mont St Michel is a pain unless you have a car. What about the D-day beaches?? I am just trying to figure if this could be done in one day because I don't want to lug all her luggage all over Normandy or have to book another fancy pants hotel. Any help is appreciated,
[ Edit: Edited at Jun 21, 2006 11:37 AM by J-wal ]
Paris to Caen (in Normandy) is about a three-hour journey, but then you have to take another hour-long bus ride to see the D-Day beaches. I stayed a few days in Caen, but did meet one guy who came up from Paris just for the day (for the Rembrance Day celebrations). Check the train times and bus times carefully to see if you can squeeze it in. The bus didn't pass very often, so it may be a bit of a pain to make connections. I didn't even bother going to Mont-St. Michel, though, as the logistics of trying to catch 3 busses that run every 2 hours or so were impossible.
Hotels in Caen (and I guess a lot of Normandy) were way more reasonable than Paris, but with just 5 or 6 days I'd stick to Paris. Squeeze too much in and you'll feel like all you're doing is travelling. Still, I highly suggest going back to see Normandy. It was special in its own way - and the beaches are wonderful.
Planning exactly the same sort of trip to Paris as part of the honeymoon in Sept.
We'd like to do the same sort of thing
2.5 days in Paris
1 day in Versailles
1 day to Mont St. Michel
1 day at Bayeux (for the DDay Beaches)
Our plan is to rent a car from Versailles for 2 days and then drive out to Mont St. Michel, then drive out to Bayeux - suppose to be a closer location to the beaches than Caen.
After reviewing the train schedules; we'd thought it'd be best to get out there via a car rather than train. (Hotels at Pontorson (near Mont St. Michel are probably cheaper than hotels within Mont St. Michel).
Feel free to msg me after September and can give you a better idea of what actually took place. Congrats! BTW...
... Finally made the plane into Paris,
Honey mooning down by the Seine...
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