My husband and I will be traveling to Europe from Chicago leaving April 10 and coming home April 25th (15 days). I have a VERY loose idea of what to do, but could REALLY use some suggestions.
We will be flying (with a US Airways "buddy pass") into Paris and out of London. We would like to spend several days in Paris (we are leaning toward renting an apartment via airbnb) with enough time to see the Louvre and visit Versailles. We would also like to allow a bit of time to just wander Paris and enjoy the food, atmosphere, etc...
We will then head to London, where a friend is graciously allowing us to use his flat free of charge near Lewisham underground station. We do need to be out of the flat during the weekend though, as he will be using it then (Friday-Sunday).We would like to take a few day trips out to see Stonehenge, Bath, and the white horse carvings in Salisbury/Whiltshire. We were planning to book a Groupon Getaway over the weekend to somewhere we haven't been before (Barcelona, Marrakech, Rome, Venice, Dublin, Prague) but are running into issues with booking any of the deals because Easter is April 20th. :(
Where else should/can we go? Can anyone make suggestions as to what else we should see/do?
A few things about us:
Mid 30's budget travelers
We have both spent time in Paris and London and Scotland over the past 2 years so we're looking for things we haven't seen/done yet.
We are interested in history, architecture, and interesting landscapes
We like to hit the pubs and talking to people
We are not opposed to renting a car and have driven on the left side of the road before
We are on a very tight budget (<$100 USD/night for accomodations max, <$50 USD food per day max ).
We get bored/ disinterested pretty quickly and needn't spend a lot of time looking at just one thing.
April 14th is our 10 year wedding anniversary
Any advice on how to plan our trip? Nothing is booked yet, so we're still wide open for suggestions. Tripadvisor contributors have always had excellent suggestions for us in the past, and I'm looking forward to hearing any and all suggestions for this trip!