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Old 08-08-2012, 01:18 AM
 
Location: California
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I blame the Olympics for this.....

We are planning our Honeymoon in Paris. All the location shots of London during the Olympics are REALLY making me want to visit.

So, do we spend some time in London while we are in Europe?

It is important to mention that Paris is my DREAM trip.

So, I am trying to decide if it is a bigger mistake to go to London or to not go. Will I have enough time for both cities? Will I regret taking time from Paris to go to London? Or will I more regret not going the 300 miles to London?

And, if we just spend a couple of days in London, see Big Ben and the "major" sites, will we feel like we didn't do London justice? Or, if we know it will only be a couple of days, and we spend them there, will we be happy?

Also, how easy is it to travel between the 2? Can we play it by ear? At this point, if we do it, I am thinking we will get one of the rail passes and just stay in London for one night...maybe 2.

Thoughts? Opinions?
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Old 08-08-2012, 03:27 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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I think you will only 'scratch' the surface of London in a day or two but many people when visiting either London or Paris go to the 'other' city for a short trip, I believe it is only just over a couple of hours train ride on the Eurostar. Both cities are nice but London is a very different city to Paris, to really experience London you need a couple of weeks. Of course this would give you an excuse for taking another holiday next year!!
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:41 AM
 
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Go to Paris and plan on London for the next trip. Don't try to do both in one trip.
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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If Paris is your dream then stick with it. You'll only regret it if you don't go. Save London for your next big trip - it's not going anywhere .
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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My $0.002 opinion:
Go for both. They are very different, will give you distinctly diverse experiences and may well enamor you of each culture's charms. One can barely explore the highlights of each of them in month long visits, but since you are "over the pond", go for a taste of both cities, it will give you a useful taste of both cultures for future reference. JMO
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Old 08-08-2012, 08:30 AM
 
Location: New Zealand
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The one problem with just a day or two in London is that you may miss the real flavor and come away disappointed. London isn't as visually striking as Paris -- yes, Big Ben, Tower Bridge and other attractions are nice, but to really appreciate London and what it has to offer, IMHO you need to take time exploring the various neighborhoods. It depends on what you consider doing a place "justice".

On the other hand, since you're going so far (and if you're not sure if/when you'll return), it may be worth a quick visit to hit the major attractions and sights. You could definitely play it by ear. easyJet flights or Eurostar trains are very convenient.
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Old 08-08-2012, 08:52 AM
 
Location: California
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Kind of what I am leaning toward. The quick jaunt.

I majored in English in College, so I am thinking even just seeing the "major" stuff will be worth it to me.

But still torn, LOL
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:09 PM
 
Location: SW France
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The easiest, though not the cheapest, way to travel between the two cities is by Eurostar which is a fast train link that goes through the Channel Tunnel;

Eurostar bookings, timetables, fares, city breaks, and special offers
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:11 PM
 
Location: southern california
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mine too lived there 5 years. but that wears off. a fraction of the opportunity that we have here and nowadays very very expensive and crime is now a reality there.
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:13 PM
 
Location: SW France
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Kind of what I am leaning toward. The quick jaunt.

I majored in English in College, so I am thinking even just seeing the "major" stuff will be worth it to me.

But still torn, LOL
You should cope with the lingo in London then.
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