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Travelers I need your opinion!!!! Paris or London

Old Jul 17th, 2001, 01:55 PM
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The choice is clear--> Paris!!
I was there last month and it was spectacular..... Lots of good sites to see!
Of course London is OK, but really, it' probably going to be rainy and cloudy
So there it is-- hope this helps ;p
Old Jul 17th, 2001, 02:31 PM
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It's cheaper as well.

Also, London is just 3 hours away, so you can spend a few days in each city.
Old Jul 17th, 2001, 06:58 PM
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Suggest you go to davidandcarol.com
This couple has made two trips to Europe in the last two years; both trips involved London and Paris. Their journal is detailed and can give you a good flavor of visiting these two cities.
Also, give yourself more credit than others may do. With the right pre trip reading and preparation, a first trip to Paris is just as easy as a first trip to London. Language is no problem and imo gives one the sense of really being on vacation in Europe!
Old Jul 18th, 2001, 05:27 AM
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The Eurostar train can get you from the centre of one to the centre of the other in about 3 hours. I'd say do both!
Old Jul 18th, 2001, 06:03 AM
Al Godon
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I go along with the "seasoned traveler theory" described in an earlier post. My first visit to Paris was a small disaster. I had not prepared enough and I got sick off of something. Later I went to London and thought it a great experience, whereas I waited a long time before I went back to Paris.

Before my return to Paris, I prepared extensively, something I should have done the first time, and the whole picture seemed different.

I would argue against visiting them both in 7 or 8 days total time because I don't think you can do much more than give either of them a lick and a promise in 3 or 4 days. I think it would be like buying that Toyota or that BMW mentioned above with the back seat missing.

I spent 8 days in London my last trip and was still working my way through my list of Category One objectives when our time was up. I have spent a total of 10 days in the last 2 years in Paris, with 2 of the days involving trips to Giverny and Fontainebleau. As you might expect, I am still working my way through my Category One Paris list, too. Simply put, I have promises to keep in both cities.

And the second time around in both cities is fun because you don't feel as much like a total stranger.
Last year in Paris we hit the ground running so to speak because we knew where we wanted to go and which bus to take. We checked in at the hotel, and headed out to take care of business.

If you feel equally comfortable with Paris or London, then you can make your decision the scientific way:
Take a Sacajawea dollar and flip it. Just make sure you announce beforehand which city you will choose if it comes up heads.
Old Jul 18th, 2001, 07:28 AM
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If you are going the first week of October you should make it London because there is a huge car show in Paris the first two weeks of October and hotel rooms are almost impossible to find. I was going to do NYC and Paris but when I tried to find a hotel room I found them nonexistent and then foud out about the show.

That said, I love Paris and would choose that over London -- if you can deal with the language barrier.
Old Jul 18th, 2001, 08:51 AM
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Sherri: We just returned from our first trip to both London and Paris, and believe me, you cannot lose with either choice. We had only 3 days in each city, and knew instantly that we wanted more time and that we will return. I would not divide my time between the two, as some other posters have suggested, because you will lose a day to travel. I'd choose one, and perhaps plan on one or two side trips (from London, go to Stratford, or Bath or Stonehenge, for example; from Paris, go to Versailles or Giverny). The subways in both cities are very good and easy to navigate. If I had to choose right now which city I would return to first, I would find it difficult to make a decision. They both have their separate charms. As to your criteria, perhaps you would prefer Paris--lots of cafes, instead of pubs; galleries, antiques, etc. But London has the same things. As I said, it's a real toss-up!
Old Jul 18th, 2001, 09:00 AM
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Are you hopelessly confused yet? I find I agree with everyone on this post! Take to heart all of the points people have made, and then really think about what it means to you to make this trip. You must have visions of what "going to Europe" means. I think if you think about what you hope to see, your choice will become clear (Am I getting too cosmic here?) What I'm getting at (I hope) is that the differences between the cities are their strengths. So whichever charges your imagination is the right FIRST trip, and then, as Bob said, figure when you will go to the other one!

London's strengths (IMHO): history is more familiar and, to me, more obvious; people are more accessible; theatre is the best in the world (sorry, NY); easier to feel comfortable in quickly

Paris' strengths: much more romantic; probably more beautiful; more of the kind of art that appeals to me (although London has a great deal); more of an outdoor city; fabled cuisine (although don't believe what you hear about British food-- it is much better than rumored)

This is far from the whole list-- just a few opinions that come to mind. I hope you do both and love both!
Old Jul 18th, 2001, 03:23 PM
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I would choose London, hands down. My wife and I just got back from a European tour, and liked London quite a bit. We found Paris to be vastly overrated.
Old Jul 19th, 2001, 01:02 AM
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DO BOTH! Both have a unique experience in store for you. Picking one over the other is like trying to decide when visting the US - California or NY. Go for the Eurpopean experience! They are both wonderful - and should not be missed. Although it may require a little preplanning, travel between the two cities is not as difficult as one might think.

London is a must because of our shared history and it is a good starting point. I would spend 1/3 of my time there.

I have visited Paris on a number of occasions and it is much more amenable to english speaking travelers than in years past. Getting lost, not knowing the language is part of the entire experience. It helps us understand our place in the world.

Based on your list of requirements -
* Cafes - Paris
* Shopping - both, although Paris is more fun.
* Sightseeing - BOTH - hands down.
* Nightlife-Both (don't miss the Budda Bar in Paris)

Have fun and good luck!
Old Mar 28th, 2002, 10:21 AM
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London. But do consider a trip by Eurostar from London to Paris, or vice versa if you stay in Paris!!
Old Mar 28th, 2002, 12:18 PM
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In London you can see a show. Very very nice. Food is better in Paris although probably not as bad as you've heard in London. London will be as good as you expect it to be. Paris will be a bit better
Old Mar 28th, 2002, 12:25 PM
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Eat dessert first. Go to Paris!
Old Mar 28th, 2002, 12:58 PM
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R, Any particular resaon why you topped a thread from last July? I am sure sherri is not still looking for your answer.
Old Mar 28th, 2002, 01:34 PM
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I have been to both Paris and London. I prefer London. If you like to go to museums, then in Paris you can't read about the things that you are seeing unless you speak French. Also, unless you speak French, you can't see any theatre. Both London and Paris have antiquities, though and great shopping. However, on my last vacation, I found London to be drastically more expensive for clothing than Paris.
Old Mar 28th, 2002, 01:37 PM
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Old Mar 28th, 2002, 01:39 PM
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Alix & XXX, pay attention! Sherri asked this LAST JULY. R topped it for no apparent reason.
Old Mar 28th, 2002, 01:41 PM
Randall Smith
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My two centimes,

Our next trip will be our 20th. Paris and or France 20/20, London 1/20, I guess we should give England a second chance???????????


Old Mar 28th, 2002, 01:47 PM
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I am only 17 years old, and I visited both cities. London is great for shopping (only if you are a millioner) and Paris is great for everything. It is magic!!! Je voudrai habiter a Paris, si je peux (translation: Oh dear lord, all I want in life is the possibility to live in Paris).
So if you decide to go to Paris, can I please come with you????????????
Old Mar 28th, 2002, 03:10 PM
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