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Feb 19th, 2012, 06:09 PM
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Seven days in London - Is day trip to Paris worth doing?

My wife and I are taking a seven day trip to London Mar.31- Apr. 6, 2012. We're in our mid-50's. Will do the usual sightseeing, but were considering a day trip to Paris. Looked at some of the tours sires, but wondered if it was really worth the price? Staying at the Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel Park Lane, the train leaves at 06:00 and according to the tour operator, hotel transfers end Apr.1. How difficult would it be to get there for a 6:00 departure? Also would like advice on 1/2 day trip to Stonehenge.
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Feb 19th, 2012, 06:29 PM
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Paris for one day-No! There is too much to do and see in and around London.There is an excellent book that I have used through the years called DAYTRIPS OUT OF LONDON.I believe the author is called Earl Steinbicker? Anyway, it gives you a city like Coventry or Portsmouth and shows you how to get there by train,bus or whatever from London.Then gives you a one/two pages of synopsis of the city and then restaurants,etc.It is an excellent resource and he has written several for other major cities.You can do Stonehenge on your own without the high prices.
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Feb 19th, 2012, 06:29 PM
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You should understand that the Eurostar isn;t like other trains, whichh you just walk up andget on 5 minutes before it leaves. You need to check in with your passport in advance and I believe it has to be at least 30 minutes - plus the time to wait on line for check -in. If you really want to see several sight in Paris, then go for it - but I would never take a tous - just get the train and see the sights you really want to.
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Feb 19th, 2012, 06:49 PM
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If you must go to Paris -- do it on your own. It is very easy and you can do what you want.

I personally wouldn't go, I LOVE London and I LOVE Paris and neither is a satisfactory day trip IMO.

But a day trip is not totally out of the question - the Eurostar is easy and fast. Just up to you if you want take the time away from London. If you do, don't pay someone to take you there.
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Feb 19th, 2012, 07:02 PM
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Thanks, I guess I'll do Paris on my next trip to Europe. Thanks for the advice. I'll look for the book and consider some day trips near by.
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Feb 19th, 2012, 11:14 PM
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Also check out www.walks.com for day trips and walks. They are very affordable and I always send my guests on the stonehenge/Salisbury day trip!
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Feb 20th, 2012, 12:17 AM
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Did you book round trip tickets to London? If this is the case I think one of the lesson you get out of this time is a need to consider ground portion of the trip before committing to the airfare. If you have done multi-city trip into London, out of Paris, then visiting London and Paris would be more palatable. Of course, there are those who feel London visit must be at least so many days long and similarly for Paris. You should be the one to decide the satisfactory mix.

For your next trip, suppose you booked round trip tickets to Paris. And suppose after you booked your flight, you thought about visiting Amsterdam as a day trip. You will be back to the same issue again.

I know several people who have done London to Paris day trip. It is a long day but it can be done. They were glad they did it. You are not the only one who have asked about this in this forum.
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Feb 20th, 2012, 02:08 AM
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really, I would want to do an overnight to make the most of a "day trip" to Paris, but then you are taking too long out of your time in London.

overall i would suggest leaving it until next time, and making it a whole trip.
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Feb 20th, 2012, 02:14 AM
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If you did decide to do it you would need to be at St Pancras checking in at 5:30. To get there at that hour you would need to take a taxi or a night bus. Dont forget to add this cost/time into your considerations...
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Feb 20th, 2012, 04:49 AM
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If you decide to do a day trip other than to Paris (haven't been to Paris but would tend to agree with your decision to save it), and you want to see Stonehenge, you can combine that with Salisbury and do it "on your own." Train to Salisbury, bus/coach tour called The Stonehenge Tour http://www.thestonehengetour.info/which picks up right outside the train station, few hours out to/at/back from Stonehenge, rest of day in Salisbury, train back. Or there may be a LondonWalks tour to Stonehenge while you visit; many recommend them. (Stonehenge from London really isn't a half day, but Salisbury is wonderful, too.)

My favorite day trip is to Oxford.

But you won't run out of things to do IN London, either.
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Feb 20th, 2012, 05:22 AM
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The decision's up to you.

But thousands (?tens of thousands) of us happily take daytrips to Paris from the London area every week with as little fuss as New Yorkers going to Washington. Actually even less, since the journey's shorter and Paris has both a better climate (virtually identical to London) and a wider range of commercial, cultural and self-indulgent draws than your uninhabitable Nation's Capital.

Journey takes a tad less time (and isn't always much pricier) than the journey to Stonehenge. There's no law requiring you to get up at any time: Mrs F's a slugabed, so we'll pop over for a nice lunch and an interesting exhibition if we're flush, catching an 8.30-9.30 train.

What you're getting here is the absurd Fodor Girlie Dogmatism. If you go to Paris, these wannabe dominatrices insist, you MUST do x, y and z and that takes - well a lot more than a day.

It might well do. I've been popping over to Paris for the past half century, and I'm still scratching the surface. You can't "do" Paris in a day, any more than you can "do" it in a month. But you can - sorry, almost certainly will - have a lot more fun there that at Stonehenge, and in a lot less time.

There's absolutely no need for a guided tour. And if you can't get from Park Lane to St Pancras under your own steam, how on earth do you get round your own city?
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Feb 20th, 2012, 05:38 AM
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What you're getting here is the absurd Fodor Girlie Dogmatism. If you go to Paris, these wannabe dominatrices insist, you MUST do x, y and z and that takes - well a lot more than a day.>>

flanner - I hope you are not describing me as a "fodor girlie" - old bag, possibly, girlie, never.

actually i agree that for people who are familiar with Paris, a day trip to see an exhibition, have a decent meal, wander along the seine, is absolutely doable, and can be a good idea. However for people who are not familiar with the city, who might waste a lot of time there grappling with the metro not actually seeing a great deal, AND who don't have a whole lifetime to see London, but only 7 days, i don't think that it is.

I'm with you on Stonehenge - with only 7 days in London, I wouldn't do that either.
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Feb 21st, 2012, 11:02 AM
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>>Fodor Girlie Dogmatism<<

http://tinyurl.com/74dvaed
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Feb 21st, 2012, 11:18 AM
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My DH and I had a good laugh over that one, PatrickLondon!
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Feb 21st, 2012, 12:00 PM
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Ha, Patrick.

I have to say that I'd be tempted to pop over to Paris with a week to burn, if I had no other chances on the horizon. For lunch, even. And I do love both places.
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Feb 21st, 2012, 12:05 PM
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I am willing to come out dogmatically (or is it girlishly?) against Stonehenge, just on general principles.
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Feb 21st, 2012, 12:23 PM
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London is a city full of things to do. But if you wanted one trip out of the city, Paris is one that can be done, without feeling that you have to leave the moment you get there.

It can be done one your own, early Eurostar to Paris (5AM??). Just over 2 hrs.

I'd probably go mid-week to avoid crowds.

www.eurostar.com

Buy a pack of metro tickets. From train station go to Notre Dame area, could easily spend a day wandering that area, nice meal, maybe a Seine cruise, metro back to station (for 20:00) and home.
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Feb 21st, 2012, 01:10 PM
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I am willing to come out dogmatically (or is it girlishly?) against Stonehenge, just on general principles.>>

welcome to the ranks of the old bags, Stoke! I for one am proud to be part of a group that includes you AND Maggie Smith.
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Feb 21st, 2012, 01:37 PM
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Yes, Ann! Let's change it to "dowager dogmatism" and throw it around freely.
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Feb 23rd, 2012, 10:24 AM
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And now for the all-important question about how to protect one's valuables when in Paris:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyuoU...eature=related
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