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Old 08-08-2012, 06:59 PM
 
Location: California
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You should cope with the lingo in London then.
LOL

I also lived in Australia, so I should manage.
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Old 08-09-2012, 12:43 AM
 
Location: Texas
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In the first place, London is not Europe. Neither is the whole of the UK. For that matter, neither is Paris.

HOWEVER...since you have limited time and resources, see them both for as long as you can. Both Paris and London are unique and if you have a chance to "taste" them both...take it. That chance may never come again.

If you don't and never find opportunity to go back, you'll always regret it.
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Old 08-12-2012, 06:45 AM
 
Location: on an island
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HOWEVER...since you have limited time and resources, see them both for as long as you can. Both Paris and London are unique and if you have a chance to "taste" them both...take it. That chance may never come again.
I agree.
I've been to both a bunch of times, and plan to return.
But you never know how things are going to go. I "crammed" a lot more when I was younger.
In 2003 I did a 9 day Paris/London trip and it was fine. We flew into London and out of Paris, splitting our time fairly evenly.
But if you plan to spend less time in London, do a hop on/hop off tour on the big red bus; it's great for an overview of the city. You can get off whenever you like, then get back on to move along on your self-guided tour.
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Old 08-12-2012, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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What time of year will this be, and how long do you have, total? If it's in the summer, both cities will be crowded with tourists, but I'm sure you know that. If you have two weeks or more, you could just split your time between the two cities--one week in each would be nice.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Limbo
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If you have the opportunity to see both, do it. You do not want to regret not doing so later.
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Old 08-13-2012, 07:37 PM
 
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In 2003 I did a 9 day Paris/London trip and it was fine. We flew into London and out of Paris, splitting our time fairly evenly.
This is the way to go... into London, 4 days, train to Paris, 4 days, home from Paris.

It is an easy switch since that train departs/arrives from zone 1 part of both cities (St Pancras to Gar du Nord) and it is only a little over 2 hours travel time. There are departures all day with the more desirable times (late morning) usually costing as much as twice the early/lates so if you're flexible you won't bleed too badly. You won't see everything but in 4 days you can see a hell of a lot without running too ragged, these two cities are so different yet so close you should try to hit both for as much money as you'll drop going over the pond.

You can get rail passes in advance on the internet and pick up your tickets at the station in London. Also = cities often get overbuilt with hotel rooms leading up to an event like the Olympics, if you're going soon you might find some solid deals on mid-range hotels in London. Crowds tends to lessen in both cities right around early September when the summer travel season ends, but the weather is still quite nice so it is a good time for a visit.

Good luck, have fun!
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Old 08-14-2012, 08:27 AM
 
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You don't want a rail pass--just a single ticket (or possibly, return ticket) on Eurostar. It only takes a couple of hours, so while an open-jaw airline ticket is best, it's not such a huge time-suck if you fly in and out of Paris.

How long is your honeymoon?
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Old 08-14-2012, 08:38 AM
 
Location: New Zealand
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The one thing I love about taking the Eurostar is St. Pancras station -- so beautiful. Plus the fact that in both cases you're much closer to the hearts of the cities.



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Old 08-15-2012, 07:24 AM
 
Location: New Market, MD
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London is overrated IMO. Paris is fantastic - you will have lot of fun.
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Old 08-18-2012, 11:58 PM
 
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3 or 4 days is enough to get a pretty decent feel for either city. IMHO
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