London, Paris, Rome?


Mar 22nd, 2016, 07:16 PM
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There is no wrong answer. Which city seems the most exciting to you? Rather than suggest London for a first trip to Europe because the language is familiar, I might choose the city which is the most different from where you live, just to make the girls' first overseas adventure feels like a real experience of a different culture. But if London excites your family the most, that would be a great place to go too.

I don't understand the comment that Rome and London can be covered in a couple of days. There is more to see in Rome than any place I have ever been. Does the idea of ancient ruins excite your family? There are enough of them to keep you busy for much longer than a week. And there is the possibility of a day trip to Pompeii, a place I had in my imagination since childhood..

Paris is filled with art and wonderful sites, parks, markets, boat rides on the Seine, the Paris plage (a beach along the river in the summer months).

London has wonderful museums, theater, concerts, the London Eye (a huge wheel with views of the whole city), parks, the Tower of London.

I can't imagine running out of things to do in any of these cities.
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Mar 22nd, 2016, 08:00 PM
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I think any of the choices would be fine but would not do two major cities in 6 days, especially with two children. There is plenty to see and do in all three cities in 6 days to keep everyone very occupied and you could even do a day trip if desired. Rome certainly has the chance to be the hottest in August but there is gelato and granita! Also much less chance of rain than London or Paris. We started taking our daughters abroad at about the same ages. I think they would vote in retrospect for London or Paris for a first trip.
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Mar 23rd, 2016, 09:14 AM
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There's a difference in running out of things to do in a city, and deciding that for this trip you've seen enough in one city and are ready to try another.

When someone says that you can see London and Paris in 6 days it doesn't mean you can see everything in each city...that's obvious.

I could spend a month in my small town and not see ALL of it.
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Mar 23rd, 2016, 11:05 AM
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HAMPTON Court Palace. I am going to blame my error up there on autocomplete. ;-)
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Mar 23rd, 2016, 11:39 AM
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<< Rome and London can be covered in a couple days. Paris will keep you plenty busy for 6 days>>

Must be a small world . . .

Rome can take at least a week to do justice to it. London would take a fortnight and then some. Paris nearly as much as London.

That's why there have been so many folks saying pick one.

I'd pick London because it's the first trip to Europe and at least there will only be a minor language barrier (the Brits speak some semblance of English and there are translations for some obscurities here:
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Mar 24th, 2016, 04:59 PM
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Wekiva's plan is reasonable: London & Paris. You won't have a lot of time in each, but a whirlwind trip might be just fine for youngsters.

One minor into Paris and out of London, rather than the other way around.

Because of the time zone difference, you can easily be in London for breakfast on your travel day... approx. 1:30 minutes on the clock city to city, where it is 3:30 going the other way.

For instance the 7:01 train arrives in London at 8:20. The 7:37 train arrives at 9:00.

I would do 3 days in each city. You'll miss a lot, but you'll see a lot, and your girls will be anxious to return when they are older.

If you decide on only one city, I'd just flip a coin between London and Paris...both are great. Or better yet, get some travel books and let the kids decide.

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