We are a couple in our mid-30s visiting Europe for the first time for 33 days.
Fly into London Sept 4th - 3 days
Train to Paris - 2 wks
Venice 3 days
Florence 5 days
Rome 5 days
Positano 3 days
Fly home to Los Angeles
For a first timer in Paris, we would like to rent an apartment in a central location that is walking distance to cafes, bars, sites. We won't have a car but we are ready to take the metro everywhere! We are more "take it easy and enjoy the sites without being rushed kind of couple" We like to be comfortable when traveling which is why we chose 2 weeks in Paris instead of a "3 day hop on hop off and on to the next country" type of itinerary with the intention of coming back in the future. I have been looking at the Latin Quarter or somewhere walking distance from the Eiffel Tower (both apartments from airbnb.com for about $120 max per night - even with a view!) We enjoy museums and would like to experience what Paris has to offer with a wide open mind. Any recommendations on a specific area I should focus on would be really helpful as they are starting to look the same to me! We enjoy museums - maybe once every other day and being tourists aka wannabe-locals doing what the locals are doing. We are foodies and appreciate hole in the wall gems as well as splurging on really memorable meals a few times during the trip. Thankfully I suspect Paris has great cafes on every block. I like to window shop but that's a very low priority. Pictures will be our souvenirs! My bf is not too keen on renting apartments as we've never used airbnb, always just in hotels, so those who have had great experiences with this, your advice is truly appreciated. Do you know of any other recommended sites for apartments? We're approaching Italy with the same mentally and also renting an apartment and doing day trips to other areas outside of Florence & Rome. We might stay in an affordable hotel in Venice & relax & enjoy our last few days in Positano with another airbnb apartment. Nothing is booked except our ticket to London. Do you suggest I start booking the apartments as early as now?
I know this might not be enough information so please ask me anything so I can provide what you need to give proper advice. The point is we both work hard (boyfriend much harder) and as much as we expect to walk a lot, do a lot of site seeing & exploring, it is also our vacation and chill time in a cafe or a bar/lounge or under the Eiffel sounds lovely. We are from Los Angeles where everyone drives their cars so this will be an adjustment! We're ready to celebrate the differences and experience getting around and living like the locals for a month. We're so happy, this trip is like a dream come true!
Thank you in advance for taking the time to respond. I love this forum!
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