Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Nowhere 'safe' : London attack
  2. 2 Istria and northern Croatia OR Calabria and Sicily
  3. 3 Train up the Jungfrau
  4. 4 Trip Report Weird trip - more time in A&E than sightseeing
  5. 5 Valencia, Spain
  6. 6 Another Question re Scotland
  7. 7 London, Glasgow, and ?
  8. 8 Driver"s License & Language
  9. 9 Paris drinks/dinner GTG April?
  10. 10 Mantova, Ravenna, Ferrara fall 2017?
  11. 11 credit and debit cards
  12. 12 Help w/ 2-week itinerary to Switzerland w/ 7 yr old
  13. 13 May get together in Paris
  14. 14 Greece itinerary - need advice!
  15. 15 Begur, Tossa de Mar, Sitges
  16. 16 8-Week Itinerary in Europe (for my 40th Birthday)
  17. 17 ENGLAND-SCTOLAND-FRANCE-need help travelling solo
  18. 18 Need suggestions for great restaurants in Gstaad and the Bernese Oberland
  19. 19 Help with Transportation Options in London
  20. 20 Trip Report Lovely Luxembourg!
  21. 21 Airfare to Italy
  22. 22 My Final Swiss Destination List
  23. 23 Italy- Train Amalfi to Siena
  24. 24 Spain: 16-17 day itinerary help please
  25. 25 2-4-1 / the best way to use this facility ...
View next 25 » Back to the top

First-time Europe Traveler - Paris, Early May

Jump to last reply

I will be travelling to Europe for the first time ever in early May, and I really need help understanding what would be realistic and enjoyable given my time frame and the time of year. First, some details: I am flying in and out of Paris (I already booked this roundtrip flight) from Toronto. I'm scheduled to arrive in Paris on May 4 (early morning), and depart May 16 (afternoon). That gives me about 12.5 days in Europe.

Outside of knowing that I will arrive in Paris and depart from Paris, this trip is wide open. So that's really what I'm asking for here: with Paris as my hub, what are some potential European cities I can visit to enrich this trip? I will tell you my basic interests and also some cities I'm interested in seeing, but please feel free to suggest anything (based on those interests as well as your travel knowledge). Again, I'm a complete novice.

Interests, ranked according to priority:

1.) Aesthetic beauty; beautiful architecture and geography. A place I would enjoy simply walking around, taking in that beauty (my favorite thing "to do"). My hope is that this beauty would have a distinct charm that I, as an American who has never traveled, would have never seen before in person.

2.) Culture. A sense of being immersed in a unique and rich culture.

3.) History. Preferably the kind that can be taken in for free, just by wandering. Not a huge museum guy (outside of the Louvre, which I can't wait to visit).

4.) Now that I've established my reputation as a wandering romantic, I wouldn't mind going out a few times and enjoying beach and/or nightlife.

Cities I'm interested in: Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Prague... although you all know more than I do: feel free to suggest based on criteria above as well as logistical feasibility.

Any feedback tremendously appreciated. Thanks!!!

17 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement