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Honeymoon in Dublin, London, Paris

Hi everyone! We are going to Dublin, London, and Paris for our honeymoon. I have only been to Paris before out of all these places, and FI hasnt been to any. We are actually going to be in Dublin for a conference for 3 days, then heading south to a B&B his parents recommended, then to Cork for a night, flying to London and then taking the train to Paris. We will be in London and Paris for 3 nights each. I know it sounds like a whirlwind, but we want to make the most of being in Europe.

If anyone has any recommendations for accommodations in London, Paris, or Cork, please send them my way! Dublin is the only place we have it figured out so far since we booked through the conference.

I am looking on TripAdvisor and have a few places in mind, but personal experiences would be great to hear! Thanks so much in advance!
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    We just went to Paris and London in June for our honeymoon and had a great time.

    In London, we stayed at the Holiday Inn Hammersmith and it was a great very affordable. It took about a 15 minute Subway ride to get into the touristy areas of the city. They have a great theatre down the street from it too called the Lyric. One night Russel Brand was there performing.

    In Paris we stayed at Cervantes Hotel Paris which was decent. The price was affordable, breakfast was not worth it though if you are used to a standard American breakfast. (Warm Milk, mushy eggs and cheese slices...) The hotel was a little 'cheap' but the location was great and really close to two subway stops and the neighborhood was awesome. We also had a view of the Eiffel Tower from our room.

    Just a couple of suggestions.
    We had a great time but you will be a bit rushed with only 3 nights in each. Make sure you visit Trip Advisor message boards to see what they recommend and a itinerary. Many places in Europe close around 4-5pm so it is hard to get a lot done in one day.

    If you have any questions let me know. :-)

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    I was in Ireland and loved it!  I would live there if I could.  As for Cork County, that is where the Blarney Stone is.  If you plan to go there, just make sure to air kiss like I did, not knowing what could be on there after all these years, lol.  There is a small harbour town called Cobh (sp?).  It is a neat small town with a museum.  It is the town that was the last port-of-call of Titanic, and where many Irish imigrants left Ireland.  There are many B&B's to choose from.  The roads are pretty narrow, please take your time when driving.
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_honeymoon_honeymoon-in-dublin-london-paris?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:11Discussion:359168d8-13c3-4a21-a839-f1af6f29251cPost:d39dbf27-ed9f-4d41-8a33-29832d4b464a">Re: Honeymoon in Dublin, London, Paris</a>:
    [QUOTE] If you have any questions let me know. :-)
    Posted by dazyabbey[/QUOTE]

    <div>Would you mind sharing your itinerary for London.  We will be getting into London 5 pm on a Friday and our flight is Monday morning.  So two full days to tour around.  Thanks so much :-)</div>
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    ive stayed at the millennium mayfair in london and lvoed it. super nice neighborhood, tube stop 1 block away. walk to hyde park and marbe arch.

     

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    We were there for 5 full days. I would say it depends on your interests. We went to the Tower of London which was great! I would try to fit that into your schedule. Also British Museum is awesome. It has the Rosetta Stone and lots of other cool things. We did a hop on hop off tour for like $40ish and it was a 48 hour ticket. We did The Original Tour.

    Here is a link I found on Trip Advisor for a 2 day Itinerary in London. http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g186338-i17-k5159771-2_day_itinerary_Please_critique_advise-London_England.html

    Let me know what your interests are and what you REALLY want to see in your two days and I can try and help though. :-)

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    What is your budget for hotels in Paris?  Do you know which part of the city you want to stay in? Hotels in Paris can be very expensive (although there seem to be more afforadable options than in London). Hotel Saint Vincent in San Germain des Pres on the left bank is a great little find and not too pricey. 

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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_honeymoon_honeymoon-in-dublin-london-paris?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:11Discussion:359168d8-13c3-4a21-a839-f1af6f29251cPost:819355b9-7aa9-4ad4-8e7f-20435d533c24">Re: Honeymoon in Dublin, London, Paris</a>:
    [QUOTE]We were there for 5 full days. I would say it depends on your interests. We went to the Tower of London which was great! I would try to fit that into your schedule. Also British Museum is awesome. It has the Rosetta Stone and lots of other cool things. We did a hop on hop off tour for like $40ish and it was a 48 hour ticket. We did The Original Tour. Here is a link I found on Trip Advisor for a 2 day Itinerary in London. <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g186338-i17-k5159771-2_day_itinerary_Please_critique_advise-London_England.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g186338-i17-k5159771-2_day_itinerary_Please_critique_advise-London_England.html</a> Let me know what your interests are and what you REALLY want to see in your two days and I can try and help though. :-)
    Posted by dazyabbey[/QUOTE]

    <div>Thanks so much for the info!  I am such early planning stages I need to figure out what I really want first :-)</div>
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    We went to Paris and London in the spring (I have Paris blogged about but not London; working on that now).  We're going to Ireland in 3 weeks, so I'll be able to share after that.

    here's Paris: http://shineisntalwaysshimmer.blogspot.com/search/label/Paris
    We rented our apartment there and I'd highly suggest the apartment rental route.  We paid less for hotels that were recc'd to us and were in the perfect location.

    Here are some hotels we considered (for our dates they were around 150EU/nit on average):

    http://www.paris-montparnasse-hotel.com/uk/
    http://www.hotel-paris-londres-eiffel.com/
    Hotel Select
    http://www.hotelparismuguet.com/
    http://www.hotel-turenne.com/en
    http://www.paris-hotel-lenox.com/en/
    http://www.saint-christophe-hotel.com/uk/index.php
    Mecure Paris Haussman St Augstin
    Mecure Raspail Montparnasse
    Hotel Jardin de l'oden
    Hotel Design Sorbonne

    We spent 3 days in London and did (although I'll admit we wanted to cover as much as possible so it was go-go-go):

    Day #1: London Eye, Rick Steve's Westminster walking tour, ended in Trafalgar Square, walked through National Gallery (free; used Rick Steve's tour for popular works to see); that night we went to a football/soccer game

    Day #2: Tower of London, walked over Tower Bridge and to Borough Market, Brewdog Brewery in Camden Town

    Day #3: National History Museum, Harrods, Biritish Museum; then we rode a (city) bus through SOHO, Chinatown and Picadilly Circus to Green Park to see Buckingham  Palace. After that we walked through Mayfair area to get dinner.

    If you have any questions; feel free to contact me! Sounds like an amazing trip!

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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_honeymoon_honeymoon-in-dublin-london-paris?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:11Discussion:359168d8-13c3-4a21-a839-f1af6f29251cPost:7d7b88e6-1b19-4058-9c58-476fb718d3f4">Re: Honeymoon in Dublin, London, Paris</a>:
    [QUOTE]I There is a small harbour town called Cobh (sp?).  It is a neat small town with a museum.  It is the town that was the last port-of-call of Titanic, and where many Irish imigrants left Ireland. 
    Posted by TaraMc728[/QUOTE] We're planning on going here; as well as Kinsale! Both sound awesome
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    thanks for the advice everyone! the B&B is in clogheen in county tipperary. i definitely want to go to cobh to see the titanic stuff so we will plan on doing that also. we may also go to kinsale, FI's parents loved it there. i hear fishy fishy is a great restaurant there, even though it sounds silly! we are also thinking of stopping at glendalough on our way from dublin to clogheen.

    hz80408 - thanks for the recs, especially since the lengths of your stays in each city are similar to what we will so, i will read through everything you posted and im sure it will be helpful!

    we havent decided on a final budget but basically we want to try for moderately expensive and not very expensive. i dont want to stay in hostels so i know we will be paying quite a bit. i am thinking we want to keep it under 300/night for each hotel. i also dont know what parts of town we should stay in, but close proximity to transport would be ideal.

    thanks again everyone!
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    You might already know this from visiting Paris before but keep an eye on the metro lines near your hotel. Make sure you stay near a line that will take you everywhere you want to go so you spend more time sight seeing and romancing and less time transferring trains! 

    If you plan on taking trips out of the city (Versailles, Reims for champagne etc) you can't beat staying near Gare de l'est. If you plan to stay mostly in the city and visit things like Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur etc, Chalet or Gare de Lyon have lines that connect to nearly everywhere in the city. 

    One of the most "local" and (I think) romantic places to meander is Canal St Martin, which was featured in the movie Amelie. Grab a bottle of wine from one of the shops a few feet from the canal, (they'll open it and give you glasses) and go sit by the canal and people watch with your new hubby! 
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    We stayed at the Academy Bloomsbury townhouse in London and it was fabulous! It's amde up of 18th century Georgian style townhouses. Close to a few tube stations, as well as the British Museum. Centrally located too.

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g186338-d193093-Reviews-The_Academy-London_England.html

    For things to do, the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey (pay extra for the guided tour) are a must, IMO.
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