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Old 01-05-2019, 10:46 PM
 
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Hello,

Would you recommend 7 full days in London OR: 4 full days in London, 1 travel day, then 2 full days in Paris? Going this winter.

I'm really torn on this.

We're still relatively young, but this might be our last major vacation for several years (guess why....) so I want to make it count.

On the one hand, my wife is a major English history buff so maybe we should really maximize London & surrounding areas. She can start naming castles and queens, etc. Also, we keep hearing how London is this magnificent city.

On the other hand, Paris is "Paris." It has all these iconic landmarks and we'll finally get to use that French we learned in school . Although I've heard the city isn't as nice as London and has gone very much downhill in the past several years. Can I live without possibly ever seeing Paris? Maybe yes, maybe no.

Any advice is appreciated.

(BTW, we're originally from New York and have been to Barcelona and Rome if that helps in describing the cities....)
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Old 01-05-2019, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Seattle area
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I liked London better as a city when I visited both last year. The food in Paris was better though.
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Old 01-06-2019, 12:19 AM
 
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I would do both cities. Hit all the major sites. I would land, hop on the eurostar, and head to Paris, stay two or three days, then take the eurostar back and finish up in London.
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Old 01-06-2019, 06:22 AM
 
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There is so much to see and do in London and to fully appreciate it I wouldn't add a side trip by wasting day travelling, going to Paris. In London one must take into account entry wait times for some sites, the time to explore the sites, plus time to relax and take it all in. Dont rush it and enjoy! Just my $.02.
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Old 01-06-2019, 06:34 AM
 
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I’d just pick one of these and save the other city for later. There’s better than a week’s worth of great stuff to do in both. Why lose a day or so to travel time? Vacation time is precious, and if you don’t have to lose time in transit, why do so?

And if you’re still young, you’ll have time for whichever city you don’t choose. Both are great, so flip a coin.
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Old 01-06-2019, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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30+ Years ago, I did both spending about 3 days in each. BUT when we traveled from London to Paris, we did it On the Hovercraft. The Hovercraft and related train trips remain one of my very favorite travel experiences - and I'm lucky to have done A LOT of traveling. It was unique, to say the least.

My opinion is do both cities. As you age and/or start carting children on vacations, it gets more complicated and difficult. I would fly into one city and depart from the other. There is no good reason to waste previous time doing the transfer TWICE.

Pick your hotel locations carefully.
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:02 AM
 
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I would do both cities. Hit all the major sites. I would land, hop on the eurostar, and head to Paris, stay two or three days, then take the eurostar back and finish up in London.

See Paris!

You might not get another chance!!
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Old 01-06-2019, 10:27 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Hello,

Would you recommend 7 full days in London OR: 4 full days in London, 1 travel day, then 2 full days in Paris? Going this winter.
It takes about 5 days to see London satisfactorily. There is as much to see in London as there is in New York City. So, I recommend spending your entire time in London.


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Can I live without possibly ever seeing Paris?

No. Don't leave this earth without seeing Paris.
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Old 01-06-2019, 10:45 AM
 
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If it is Muslim culture you seek, why not just go straight to Northern Africa instead?
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Old 01-06-2019, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Tulsa
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If it is Muslim culture you seek, why not just go straight to Northern Africa instead?
The great thing about Paris is that it's the capital of the Muslim world, you can find all kinds of Muslim culture, including but not limited to Northern Africa variant.

I would say Paris is a must-see for anyone who is sincerely interested in Muslim culture.

It's not unrealistic to visit both cities. It would be ideal to fly into London and fly out of Paris, so the transmit time between these two cities is minimized(one-way flight).
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