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London, Paris and where else?.......with my family

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London, Paris and where else?.......with my family

I will be traveling to Europe for two weeks this summer with my husband and three children ranging in ages from 17 to 7. We are flying into London and flying out of Paris two weeks later. We want to spend about 4 nights in London, 4 nights in Paris and then 4-5 nights in one other place. We feel that 3 locations would be enough moving around for the family without too much exhaustion for the kids. Can anyone suggest a place to base ourselves in for the middle few nights? Perhaps somewhere else in England, France, or maybe a different country - Switzerland? Holland? Italy? We would do London --xxxx--Paris----home. Thank you!!

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1. Re: London, Paris and where else?.......with my family

To minimize logistics, I personally would do London-Paris-XXXX rather than break London and Paris apart. With the use of EuroStar, it saves you the grief of having to deal with the airports at both ends, none of which really contributes to a holiday.

Id choose Rome.

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I too would opt for Rome - wonderful city, living history and of course great pizza and pasta! Have a look at skyscanner plus the low cost carriers for flights. My other choice would be Edinburgh as there is a fast train line between these two cities.

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Rome is an excellent suggestion , IMO........try the website for The Man In Seat 61 for excellent information on train travel throughout Europe.....


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If flying into London and out from Paris, I'd take the easy option of spending an extra night in each city and fitting in a short break to either Brussels or Amsterdam.

Reasons..... the day you arrive in London you will be completely jet lagged. Try though you might, that first night (or day!) your head will be swimming. And .... London has so much to see and do that you will want to be able to enjoy it. All the major museums are free, huge public parks for flopping down with ice cream or a boat ride, and within Europe offers the best range of family evening entertainment along the South Bank or the theatre's... which are cheaper than the USA.

Paris... a very easy trip on the Eurostar, and gets you directly from one city centre to another within 2 and a half hours. Another stunning family friendly city and as you'll have a short journey from London, you will be able to take advantage of Paris very quickly..... But..... you'll still need to factor in the time betwen arriving in Paris and finding your hotel, getting your bearings,unpacking, having a meal and then stepping out.

This is such a lovely city, it really deserves to be lingered over. A daytrip to Versailles will take about 5 to 6 hours, but is hughly recommended.

Which leads me to Amsterdam or Brussels. They are closer to Paris than Rome, can be easily reached by fast and frequent trains (so no long trips to airports, with immigration and security queues) and are excellent family desinations in their own rights. They are much smaller European cities, and are walkable, but still offer variery, sceney, history, good food and English is widely spoken in both cities. With short journey times, you could comfortably return to Paris by train to make good connections for your flight home.

One last thought... what do your children want to see and do? You have quite an age range to satisfy, and their suggestions could help you frame a trip that suits all of you.

iAnd just to stir the pot a bit....have you considered a short trip from London to Dublin, or Paris to Barcelona!!!!

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Rome or Italy, we took our kids and they are wonderful!

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6. Re: London, Paris and where else?.......with my family

I would look to Nice. You can easily travel by train from there to Monte Carlo, Cannes, even to Ventimiglia in Italy. Other alternatives would be Barcelona or Geneva.

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I would not go as far as Italy. Too far, and too different from the other two locals....

I'd sticks with doing just the two cities and the areas around...you've got so much around both cities...Stonehenge, Windsor, bath, chartes, Versailles, etx, plus the area around Caen and bayoux I between the two.

If you still want to do another city, I'd stay closer and go to Amsterdam.

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My favourite city in Europe (behind my native London) is Barcelona, Spain. Incredible architecture, food and weather. Rome is also fantastic. Really you cant go wrong with either.

Edit - resding the other posts yes perhaps it may be tired BUT if you arent planning another trip to Europe anytime soon then hey, I say make the most of it..

Edited: 19 February 2014, 08:39
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9. Re: London, Paris and where else?.......with my family

Amsterdam!! We did London-Amsterdam-Paris in that order. BA has really cheep flights (citifare I think they call it) from London to Amsterdam. Then train from there.

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10. Re: London, Paris and where else?.......with my family

Another vote for Amsterdam. Perfectly located between London and Paris. But I'm biased.