Please help. Paris or Barcelona?

Apr 27th, 2014, 07:55 AM
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Please help. Paris or Barcelona?

Hey there.
My name is Holly. I live in Melbourne, Australia. I am in year ten and at the end of this year, around November/December, I get to go on exchange to either Paris or Barcelona (Exchange is when you go over to another country for a month or so and stay with a family who has a child your age and then the child comes and stays with you) and I have no idea which one to choose.
I love fashion, food, coldish weather (nothing about 30 degrees Celsius), culture and learning new things.
I only speak English and I would like to learn a bit of French or Catalan/Spanish before I go over.
It would really help if you could leave a comment about just general stuff about either city. E.g people, culture, tourist spots, food, entertainment, expenses, weather, transport.

Thanks a lot
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Apr 28th, 2014, 01:12 AM
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You won't be disappointed with either.

Apart from being in different countries the obvious difference is that Paris is inland with the River Seine running through it, whereas Barcelona is on the Mediterranean Coast and a bit warmer.
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Apr 28th, 2014, 01:31 AM
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Both are lovely cities. Maybe do a google images search of both and see which photos appeal to you the most. Perhaps watch some movies set in each city and again, which city appeals to you the most.

A friends daughter from Sydney is currently on exchange in Spain and loving it, however she is fluent in the language... I believe Spanish is easier to learn than French. But when you are young learning a language is easier than when you are old like me struggling with French.

Are any of your friends going over? Would you prefer to be with others or strike out on your own. I have just reread your post and realise it is only for a month, so really I don't think you can lose whichever way you choose.

Good luck.
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Apr 28th, 2014, 02:53 AM
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I love both Paris and Barcelonaa but since you are going Nov./dec. I would chose Barcelona. Just for the weather.
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Apr 28th, 2014, 02:56 AM
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I answered on your other thread.
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Apr 28th, 2014, 04:54 AM
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Paris and Barcelona are both wonderful cities. However, I think Paris is more diverse and would afford more opportunities to see a greater variety of things over the month that you will be there. You mentioned that you like coldish weather - you are more likely to get that in Paris.
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Apr 28th, 2014, 06:47 AM
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Schnauzer, those are very good ideas. I just searched by image and Paris seems to be more my style, but I'll definitely watch some movies. I don't really need to be fluent but I'd like to be able to order something or ask directions. I think maybe one or two of my friends are planing to go over to Europe but they haven't decided where yet. Thank you. You've been a great help

Mamcalice, thanks. I'll be sure to take that all into account.

Thank you all very much for your help and advice
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Apr 28th, 2014, 07:02 AM
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They are both wonderful in their own ways. If I had to choose between the two I would chose Paris.
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Apr 28th, 2014, 07:18 AM
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Barcelona is Ok, whereas Paris is glorious !!
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Apr 28th, 2014, 07:19 AM
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In November/December neither Paris or Barcelona will be hot - its winter in the northern hemisphere - so you can take temperature out of the equation before you even start thinking about any other pros and cons.
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Apr 28th, 2014, 07:24 AM
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Hi HH,

As noted, it won't matter.

FWIW, Paris is my favorite city in the world.

Enjoy your visit.

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Apr 28th, 2014, 08:16 AM
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It is easy and cheap to fly from one city to the other( also a train connection)
Whichever you chose, you can visit the other for several days.
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Apr 28th, 2014, 08:38 AM
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Paris, no question!
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Apr 28th, 2014, 12:31 PM
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I've been to Paris 5 times, and would move there in a heartbeat. Never been to Barcelona, so I can't compare the 2, but you really can't go wrong in Paris.
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