Never been to Europe

Feb 5th, 2004, 06:53 AM
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Never been to Europe

Traveling to Europe for the first time. Want a quick weekend get-away (Thurs-Mon) in MARCH.
Two questions:
1) Best place to go for short duration
2)Cheapest of Europe
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Feb 5th, 2004, 06:58 AM
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Best place for a short time is Paris.

The cheapest places are Croatia and all the Eastern Europeans countries..
Bon Voyage
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Feb 5th, 2004, 07:00 AM
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Any thoughts on Rome or Barcelona?
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Feb 5th, 2004, 07:00 AM
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Hi kalona

Thursday Paris,
Friday Paris,
Saturday Paris,
Sunday Paris

It is worth the extra $100 compared to Albania.
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Feb 5th, 2004, 07:04 AM
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any recommendations where to stay in Paris?
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Feb 5th, 2004, 07:14 AM
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some years ago, we stayed at a small hotel a few blocks from the Eiffel Tower. One block to the Metro (subway).

It was called Hotel Champ du Mars (on Champ du Mars ave)

We are not "hotel-picky" and just need a place that is clean and has a shower.
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Feb 5th, 2004, 07:19 AM
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It is highly unlikely that you will get a room at the Hotel du Champs de Mars this late. They tend to book up months in advance. Still, can't hurt to try.

But, since it sounds like budget is an issue, search for "budget hotel paris" in the search box above. There are many threads on the topic with good recommendations.

And, if you're still interested in Rome or Barcelona, do searches on both of those as well. Read trip reports, and Fodor's city guides to them, and see if they appeal to you more than Paris does. But do remember that it will take longer to fly to Rome than to Paris, which may be a consideration for such a short trip. Also, airfare to Paris may be the cheapest of the three, but you can verify that pretty easily with a quick search of the web.
 
Feb 5th, 2004, 07:19 AM
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Hi kalona,

London is also cheap for quick getaways if you buy an air/land package.

www.go-today.com often has packages for $399 or so.

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Feb 5th, 2004, 07:19 AM
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Hi kalona

A text search for "hotels and Paris" will yield a number of suggestions, as will the 'rants and raves' section of the miniguide to Paris at www.fodors.com.

See also
http://fodors.com/forums/pgMessages....ses=11&start=0
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Feb 5th, 2004, 07:27 AM
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I would pick Barcelona. The flight is a bit shorter from the US, and for 4 days that would be a good thing, no? It is a very diverse city with wonderful food. You can eat very cheaply if you go to the little taverns that have tapas. Some of the best sights are free--the Gaudi architecture. Park Guell is great. It is small enough to get around the city by hoof, and fun and lively at night. LaRambla is a pedestrian street with a street fair like atmosphere on weekends. The aquarium is one of the nicest I have seen in Europe and is another inexpensive admission. The Bari Gothic (old city) will give you a real taste for old world Europe. For 4 days, it is, in my opinion, the least overwhelming city.

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Feb 5th, 2004, 07:35 AM
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Another recommendation for Paris. If this is your first time to Europe, Paris would be a great experience and there is so much to do in that city.

I have stayed at the Hôtel Residence Monge and many people at this forum have also recommended this hotel in the Latin Quarter. There web site is: www.hotelmonge.com. I would recommend that you call the hotel directly to see what might be available.
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Feb 5th, 2004, 07:50 AM
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I would recommend Barcelona if on a budget, out of those destinations mentioned above.

Otherwise, consider Prague, Czech Republic. Don't know how cheap the flights there will be from the US but it is pretty cheap when you get there.
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Feb 5th, 2004, 08:07 AM
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Basic questions first...
What do you want to see/do? Are you mainly interested in seeing "famous sites"? Do you like cities or countryside, castles or museums? What kind of accomodations do you want, i.e. hotels, pensions, etc? Are you young or older, hence, desire to walk a lot?
Good luck...ozarksbill
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Feb 5th, 2004, 08:22 AM
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London would be a great introduction to European travel for the novice. Great airfares thru Apr 4th and you can find a reasonable hotel at www.voyagenow.com. Free museums and discounted Theatre!
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Feb 5th, 2004, 08:34 AM
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I am a female New Yorker in her early 30's, I prefer the city and museums, like to walk, and willing to pay about $200 for hotel per night (is that possible?). Flights to Paris ~$430, is that good for March for only a few days?
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Feb 5th, 2004, 08:36 AM
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If you are in or close to one of Air Frances 11 U.S. hubs, you can go to many European cities for $300-350 RT (thru March 31). Rome and Vienna are $150-200 higher. These fares are only available on their website and do not show up on Orbitz and the like. Go to http://www.airfrance.us and click on "best fares from departure cities".
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Feb 5th, 2004, 08:47 AM
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You can certainly get a place in Paris for under $200/night. If you don't mind B&B's and walking up a few flights, there are many options for $100/night.
Here's one option (less than 50 Euro -single w/private bath, one block to metro)
HOTEL DE CHEVREUSE (23 rooms) 3 rue de Chevreuse - 75006 Paris - Tel : +33 1 43 20 93 16 - Fax : +33 1 43 72 43 21
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Feb 5th, 2004, 08:52 AM
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My wife and I took a long weekend in Paris and thorouthly enjoyed it! Check either the Hotel Le Sainte Beuve or the Hotle Pas de Calais for a nice stay. Just type them in on Google and you can visit their websites. In 6th, near Metro, nice neighborhood with shopping and restaurants.
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Feb 5th, 2004, 12:12 PM
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Chec Hotel Bonaparte .Is not expensive, very clean, great location, very safe also..
I spent 4 days this past July there..It is walking distnce to many major sights, Louvre, Notre Dame etc..
The hotel is located in the 6 ARR. in Rue Bonaparte 62..I have the fax number...+1-801-315-7442, cant find the phone number, sorry..
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Feb 5th, 2004, 12:22 PM
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I'm a female "of a certain age"...[which probably can be assumed to mean over 40...] I stayed at the Hotel Relais du Louvre for 99e's a night last Novemben (off season; I assume March is as well...); single room but and fairly small, well, really small, but great bath and the room was LOVELY... just lovely. Terrific staff too...
Out the door and look to your left and there is the LOUVRE!
Jeezz.. I love this little hotel!!!
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