Wednesday, April 10, 2013

European honeymoon - recommendations?


We finally leave for our European honeymoon next week! We would love your recommendations for what to do/see/eat/drink in Paris, Barcelona, Venice, Milan, Athens, Santorini, Cinque Terre, Amsterdam, and London. Thank you all so much in advance for taking your time to help us plan a fun trip. :)

25 comments:

  1. When you go to Paris, the best location to take photos with the Eiffel Tower in the background is from the Jardins du Trocadero, its elevated so you can get the whole tower in the background :)

    Have a wonderful time on your honeymoon xx

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  2. Wonderful trip!!!
    In Athens don't miss a cocktail at the balcony/terrace of The Galaxy bar at the top of Hilton Hotel!
    You can see all Athens from above and the nicely lit Parthenon (At night of course :)

    Enjoy!!!!!!

    xoxoxo

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  3. Hi! I enjoy reading your blog :) here are a few of my faves...
    Paris - Le Chateaubriand for a tasting menu with modern cuisine. Eric Kayser for pastries and baguettes! Macarons from Pierre Herme, Laduree and might as well try McDonald's ;)London - Dinner at Heston Blumenthal, get the meat fruit! Barcelona - have gambas and iberico ham at the market! Enjoy!!

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  4. We went to Spain for our honeymoon and started in Barcelona ...
    -For an authentic tapas experience, go to Quimet y Quimet. Plan to stand on the sidewalk while eating and drinking because the place is tiny, but it's so worth it! It was recommended by Anthony Bourdain.
    -Be sure to visit Park Guell for an afternoon stroll. It's incredible.
    -Take a stroll through the El Gotic neighborhood. It's really cool and lively at night.
    -And whatever you do, do NOT eat or even spend too much time on La Rambla. Very touristy.

    I blogged all about our experience in Barcelona here: http://www.reallyrisa.com/2012/10/11/date-night-catalan-style/

    Have a fantastic trip!!
    xo, Risa

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  5. I've never been to any of those places but Cinque Terre looks nice!

    Have a fun and safe trip! Cannot wait to see all the photos when you get back!

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  6. Sounds like great fun! My family lives in London, and I recommend eating at lots of pubs! Much better than any American bar. :-)

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  7. Also, ask a local for a good fish and chips shop! Fish and chips from anyone who doesn't specialize in them just isn't the same! And make sure to put lots of salt and vinegar on your fish and chips. Much better that way! :-)

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  8. I've never been to Europe so I don't have any tips but that sounds like such an amazing trip!!! Santorini and Cinque Terre are definitely going to be on my honeymoon list as well! Ahh! Have a super fun and safe trip!!! Watch out for pick pocketers in Paris, I hear it's quite bad!

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  9. BARCELONA: Barrio Gotico, Parc Guell, Montjuïc

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  10. You have a really pretty blog, I really like these pics and I would love to visit all of the cities! I´ve only been to London, Paris, Venice and Milan :)
    xx
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  11. Have an amazing time!!! I have been dying to go to Greece!!! Unfortunately, I can't remember specific names of favorite places for the other countries but I did take a free walking tour in London (many European cities offer it) and it was a great way to see the city and learn some interesting tidbits :)
    Can't wait to see photos!


    Xoxoxo

    Yeasol

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  12. Wow, that sounds amazing! You're going to pretty much every place I dream up visiting. I'm jealous! Have fun!

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  13. Part 1 of 2:

    Paris! I've visited Paris many times, spending most of my summers there growing up as my grandparents & extended family lives there. last year, I planned a short trip, and it pretty much ended up being Paris by Mouth :x. Unfortunately, I ended up very sick (which limited my time with family, in addition to limits as to where I could go), so alot of my research went to waste.
    - However, this research yielded: Verjus, Neva Cuisine, Septime, Taillevent, Mamie Gateaux, & Frenchie
    - I am *extremely* passionate about French macarons. Pierre Herme offers some unique flavors (love the jasmine macarons), but Laduree still makes my favorite macarons. Hands down. The flavors are more expected, but the texture is perfect, and they really pack a punch with the flavor.
    - You really really need to try chouquettes. All boulangeries have them, and they sell them by the weigh (100g is a perfect start).
    - Patisserie des Reves has a really good reputation. But the best Paris-Brest is at Fauchon.
    - French ice cream and sorbets are amazing. Vanilla ice cream in France is actually my favorite flavor of every froyo / ice cream / sorbet / gelato that I have ever had. Berthillon is a must.
    - Seriously - one of the most French things you can do (I've done this with my sister and cousins), is go to a cheese shop, and pick out 2-3 that sound particularly scrumptious (or as the guy behind the counter for recommendations), wander over to a wine shop (yes, both of these places are common), and ask for wines that will compliment your cheese choices (and tell them your price range), and last, go to a boulangerie and buy some baguette. That is a ready made picnic right there!
    - Best tea is Mariages Freres. My favorite location is the one in the Marais.
    - You should also try L'As du Falafel! It is in the Marais, not the most chic thing in the world. But 5 euros for falafel that will change your life (plus, last year, it was the highest rated "restaurant" in Paris on yelp. It is now #9).
    - Favorite clothes shopping is Comptoir des Cotonniers & Cotelac. Maison Momoni was a discovery that I made during my last trip. Kookai i& Antoine et Lilli are definitely fun too.
    - Colette is super packed and super touristy (even in offseason).
    - I'm unsure of your tastes in jewelry. But my mom and I always have fun at Gudule on the rue de richelieu (near the Louvre. And it isn't a far walk from Maison Momoni). http://www.gudule.com (they sell silver jewelry by the weight). And just down the street is Bistrot Richelieu. Best http://www.gudule.com ever (hangar steak cooked in wine and shallots). Hmmm...I seem to have gotten back to food :x
    - There are so many little arcades/galleries/passages, where you will find unique boutiques selling bric a bracs (oooh vintage jewelry) and unique eateries (google passages vivienne for examples).
    - My absolute favorite museum is the Musee d'Orsay. I *LOVE* impressionist art, but the inside of the museum itself is worth seeing, as it was once a train station.
    - The Gustave Moreau museum is a good way to also eat 1-2 hours with no real crowds (it is near Neva Cuisine).
    - Fashion museum! Musee Galliera (if you've seen the Devil Wears Prada, it is also where that entire conference / presentation at the end of the movie occurs)
    - If it's a nice day, go to Musee de la vie romantique. The gardens alone are gorgeous, and it is perfect for lovely photos!
    -Versailles! You can take the RER to and from. Oh - and order your tickets ahead (online)
    - They offer Wi-fi services throughout the city. NOT everywhere, but there are services that offer weekly passes. Starbucks are also easily accessible with their free wi-fi. I did notice that my

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  14. Part 2 of 2:


    maps app still worked last year, even without internet (I'd turned my data off, except for when it could access wi-fi so not to incur exhorbitent costs)

    It is really really hard not to have an amazing time in Paris, and you're doing so much more!!!

    I've been to Rome and Barcelona as well. I really don't have any recommendations for Rome...I went when I was 18 and it was kind of a disappointing trip.

    Barcelona, on the other hand, was quite amazing. I wasn't there very long, and spent my free time visiting Gaudi's creations: Casa Mila, Casa Battlo, & La Sagrada Familia. 2 of the most memorable days of my life. I did wander around Las Ramblas alone one day, and all of the nearby side streets for the shopping. Las Ramblas is super touristy. However, if you are in the area, the best place I discovered with sweet treats is Caelum! http://www.caelumbarcelona.com

    (At least, I think it was in the area. I spent 4 hours walking that day, and that day was 6 years ago).

    This sucks, but I just really really need to impart this wisdom: PICKPOCKETS ARE RAMPANT AND MERCILESS. I fell victim ONCE. When I was 10. I had a cheap-o film camera hanging from my wrist that was worth, perhaps, $20 while walking around the Musee d'Orsay with my mom and sister. Someone pushed me down, as I was climbing down the stairs. I SWEAR I thought I had tripped. It took me an hour to realize what had happened...that my camera was gone. And when I thought back to that "trip," I remembered seeing a man's hand next to my wrist from which the camera was dangling!

    And last year, when I was sitting on the patio of the restaurant in our hotel, I had set my phone down on the table in front of me, as my mom and I were sitting and eating. The table next to me told me that I needed to put my phone away immediately, as they spotted someone on a bike watching me and eyeing it just across the way (I had a friend lose her phone in a similar manner around the same time in Paris). If a "gypsy" approaches you (they like train stations) and want to hand you anything - IGNORE THEM. Don't take it! Oh, and if you find yourself in a crowd and watching some kind of show, watch your valuables. Pickpocketers work these. Keep your passports locked in your room safe or your suitcase, if possible (and keep your driver's license on you, Don't keep these 2 things together). I never carry alot of cash on me, and I always divide up my credit cards. I keep some of them locked up with my passport, and then 1 or 2 on me. oh, and I carry a crossbody bag (your hubby may want to carry his wallet in his front pocket).

    Sorry to end on such a distasteful note, but I want your trip to be enjoyable! I am so so jealous of this amazing trip that you have planned - and I hope that you have a blast!!!

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  15. Oh wait, you're not going to Rome! Good choice (it is just very, very touristy). I've been to Holland before, and we did take a daytrip into Amsterdam. I guess it is just worth mentioning because the Anne Frank House was also one of the most important/and memorable places that I have ever visited. It isn't exactly cheery, but it is extremely interesting.

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  16. have an amazing time on your honeymoon! europe is so amazing!

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  17. I had never been in Europe before but I would die to go to Santorini.
    COngratulations!!!

    TRENDY FEELING

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  18. Have a wonderful honeymoon! Cant wait to see your honeymoon pics when you're back!
    xx
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  19. I'm just back from Sicily and it was so beautiful... by far my favourite holiday ever! My vote would be for somewhere in the South of Italy.

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  20. IF ITS EUROPEAN.... GO TO SANTORINI. ALTHOUGH I THINK THERE ARE BETTER PLACES IN THE WORLD. I JUST CAME BACK FROM SAN ANDRES ISLAND, COLOMBIA AND IT HAS BEEN THE BEST PLACE IVE EVER BEEN SO FAR... AND IVE TRAVELED A LOT!

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  21. Whoaaa! Europe! Take care there, you must be have a very good time there ;)

    xx
    crunchy cheese me

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  22. Hi there! I was just wondering, when and what did you book your vacations through? a tour group or was it a part of a package? I'm getting married this december and we would love to go to Europe. Looking into traveling details. Thanks so much!
    -Thuy

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  23. If you go to Barcelona is famous for its rich culture,beaches and pleasant weather. You also find luxury rental villas there which is near beach with all sorts of comforts you need during honeymoon and view from villa balcony looks mind blowing!! I am sure you both enjoyed every moment there and that time is very romantic when you express love with each other. So best of luck and have a great fun there.

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  25. So pretty, honeymoon comes only once in a couple’s life. So, it ought to be special.
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