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Spain, Cornwall, London in Feb/March

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Hi folks. New to the Fodor forums but read several helpful threads and have a few questions specific to my itinerary. Any suggestions would be welcome. I also apologize for the length!

DH and I are planning to visit Spain + England for 2 weeks at the end of Feb/March for a delayed honeymoon. I travel about once a year and spent 7 weeks in London back in 2006. Have never been to Spain or Cornwall, though, and DH has never traveled outside the US (blank passport, all ready for stamping!).

Some interests: enjoying the great outdoors off the beaten path, scenic drives & train rides, good/new foods are all great; also, museums, historical sites, anything I can photograph. Not as good: bars, vineyards, bus tours. We're on a moderate budget and plan to budget some nights and less on others to make the trip a little more special.

Tentative plans (nothing booked yet):

Depart to Madrid (overnight, arrive Sunday AM) then through to Valencia, 1 night
Euromed train to Barcelona, 2 nights
?? to Paris then Eurostar to London
?? to Penzance or Plymouth, rent car, drive around Cornwall, 4-5 nights
Possible 1-night trip to York depending on how tired we are
Last 5 nights in London, maybe 1 day trip
Fly out from London

I'm looking for advice on destinations in Spain and for the two ?? items above. This is still very flexible and open to a complete overhaul.

We have limited time in Spain and are not attempting to see everything. Valencia is on our itinerary specifically bc we'd like to see the City of the Arts & Sciences (well, and eat paella!). We think we have time for at least 1 more city, possibly a brief 3rd if we're passing through for a meal or train change. Does Barcelona make sense, or would Madrid or San Sebastian be better? Or skip Valencia for a more logical route?

Really wanted to try the Elipsos Trenhotel sleeper from Barcelona to Paris and EuroStar to London (one of DH's only requests). Unfortunately the Trenhotel does not run on nights that fit the itinerary. Is it worth the time sink to take the train during the day, or better to just fly to Paris and catch the EuroStar that way?

And last but not least...Cornwall! We'd like to take the train or fly one way, then rent a car and meander our way through Cornwall/Devon/Wiltshire over 5 days. Does anyone have experience and can give advice whether it's better to take the train or fly? Is the train route scenic or will clouds do just as well to save time?

[Aside: We realize Feb/March isn't the best time to visit the region weatherwise (it really hurt to cut the Lake District and Isle of Skye!)... We intended to go to New Zealand but after trying to piece together a trip decided to wait til we can cobble together 3 weeks off to go.]

Thank you for reading, and look forward to your replies!

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