Turns out it’s not my fault that my head is spinning, I wake up in the middle of the night with the cold sweats, I bounce from idea to idea about what comprises the “perfect” 40th birthday in the most romantic city in the world!!!


I just bought too many books.

I have too many opinions. (and perhaps a small addiction to Chapters?)

Three Days in London, Five Days in Paris. Where would you stay? What would you do? New opinions that don’t come from Fodor’s, Frommer’s or Rick Steves’ welcome.

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  1. I’ve never been to either, so I have no clue! But, what a fabulous birthday gift!

  2. If I could pick anywhere…

    Bora, Bora in Tahiti. *sigh*

  3. Well first of all, I hope you have a truly amazing trip!

    People watch. 🙂

    Take time to just wander and enjoy and cliche as it sounds, to soak up the atmosphere.:)

    I’m sure I’ve been a huge help but I wish you a wonderful trip! When are you going?

  4. No advice but it will be a great time no matter where you stay.

  5. I tried to respond to you Colleen but couldn’t find an e-mail!
    The plan/hope is to go at the end of May!

  6. that is so great! have a nice trip. Just don’t make your trip stressful.

  7. Haven’t been but I would definitely start with eliminating some of the guides. When planning our trips, I use one or two but rely heavily on for choosing where to stay. I frequently find restaurant recommendations etc. there too. 🙂

  8. Ireland for me! It’s always been a dream of mine to go there!

  9. Well I have about a million suggestions for the London trip, but 3 days? I’ll think on it and get back to you. 🙂

  10. i would stop planning and just let it happen…dont allow yourself to stay in just get out and find it…

  11. Where ever you decide to go, wish you an amazing trip!

  12. I would reccomend a day trip to Bath and Stonhenge while in London. Bath is adorable and Stonehenge is just cool looking. Personally I’d also switch the times to 5 days in London and 3 in Paris, but London is hands down one of my favorite places in the world so I’m biased…..
    Last time I was in Paris there was the most delicious creperie just outside the eiffle tower, hands down best crepe I had in the city. (and cheaper than most too….)
    Watch sunset from Monte Marte, its the one thing I make sure I do any time I’m there. The people watching is amazing and its a peaceful end to what was probably a hectic day of sightseeing.
    If you can handle the bus trip to Versailles the gardens make it worth the trip. The town around it is meh but the gardens are just beautiful.
    (OK now I want to go back….)

  13. The best day in Paris was shopping at one of their open air markets. We loaded up with baguette, cheese, pate, olives and a bottle of wine and sat in a park and watched the world go by. Followed up by a trip to the Musee D’Orsay and I say this is the best day you can ever, ever have.
    I studied St Paul’s Cathedral in design school so a trip there when in London made my trip. Take a trip south to see Stonehenge if you can. Very, very cool. I’m so jealous!

  14. I am so excited for you, I know this has been a dream trip for a long time.
    We visited London 5 years ago. It was a quick trip 2 full days (after 5 days in Venice) I was pretty wiped out by this time, so I don’t remember TOO much. We did stay at the:
    IT was beyond extravagant. Came recommended by some very wealthy friends of ours. Each room had their own butler. Yeah, I thought it was crazy too. It was beautiful and the location was fantastic.
    We ended up getting a personal tour guide (through the hotel) that took the two of us to all the best sights in 7 hours in his luxury car. It was great to do it this way since we were short on time.
    Can’t help you on Paris…although I did stay at the Paris hotel in Vegas. 🙂

  15. Vacation overload! I love both cities…don’t miss Orsay in Paris (I liked it better than the louvre) People watching at an outdoor cafe is also fun. You’re going to love it!

  16. You mean you DON’T want to come to MOscow??? (haha-just kidding!)

    We’ve had a lot of successful trips based on the info in Frommers guides…over quite a number of years and in many different countries, too.

    The end of May will be gorgeous for both those cities – and before the big crowds and heat of summer. Nice…

    The big predicament? (and it always is!) What can you see in those time frames because you can’t see it all? (Frustrating, I know.)

    What did you have in your mind that you wanted to see/do when you chose those cities? There had to be some must-do images in t=your head when you envisioned yourself there. I’d start with that – and get the Frommers books.

    My most romantic place was Venice – we went on a gondola boat ride at sunset, sharing at bottle of red wine. That was 13 years ago, and we still talk about it.

    Hope this helped!

  17. Oh my, I totally can’t help you at all but I hope to learn from your experiences for when I go (someday)!! 🙂

  18. London is great but Paris is Romantic. Go to Paris!

    If you choose London there are a zillion things to see and do. I recommend 20 Nevern Square Boutique Hotel for somewhere a little bit different to stay. Now I’m off to convince HWMBO to take me to Paris!

  19. Lucky you! I have no experience… so I will learn from yours 😉

  20. I’ve never been, but I’d love to someday.

    Hey, following you on Twitter now.

  21. No advice – just jealousy.

    Just kidding. Hope you have an AMAZING trip!

  22. I’m so happy for you! I also hope you were able to find some info about the hotel i posted yesterday. It’s quite something, isn’t it?

  23. This is SO exciting!!!! You have to go to Versailles, and the gardens are just as glorious as the inside. Notre Dame, Le Tour Eiffel, and L’Arc de Triomphe are also must sees! Oh I could go on, but those are the obvious ones!

  24. Wow. I can’t decide where to go on a driving summer vacation. That’s way too much for me!

  25. I am not a decision maker…

  26. What an amazing trip! So jealous!

  27. TAKE ME, oh wait, I’m over the 50 pound limit.

  28. You should definitely pack me in your suitcase.

  29. In Paris, if you can find something affordable, stay in one of these arrondisements:

    5th, 6th, 8th, 1st, 16th

    The best areas are St Germain des Près, Latin Quarter, Tuilleries, Sorbonne, Panthéon, Trocadero. Feel free to e-mail me with links and I’ll tell you if I think it’s good or not.

  30. Aaagh! My comment didn’t get saved. Look online for places in Paris and then e-mail me. I’ll tell you what I think is good.

    If you can stay in one of these arrondisements: 16th, 1st, 8th, 5th, 6th. The best places are;

    Il de la Cité
    St Germain des Près
    Latin Quarter

    Have fun planning!

  31. No idea, but I’ll join you!

  32. OMG!!! I am soooo jealous, what a dream trip!!! woooHOOOO!

  33. This is so funny. Since I decided to go to the UK and to Paris with my husband in June I have been looking at so many things. I just found Rick Steve’s over the weekend! I also bought books last week, one on Paris and one on London! Our plans in Paris are being made for us by my husbands company and they should be pretty nice and right in the center of things.

  34. My computer is acting up so if this is a double comment, sorry.

    You have to go to a cafe along the Seine, people watching is amazing. The Orsay is awesome if you like art (Le dejeuner sur l’herbe – Manet is there so beutiful) and you should go visit The Prison of Marie Antoninette. That is a gorgeous place!!!!

  35. If you go to the Louvre, there’s an underground entrance from the metro station and you won’t have to wait to get in like the people standing outside with the pick-pocketing gypsies.

    What a great birthday! I’m green just thinking about it.

  36. I gave your blog an award! Come check it out:
    Can’t wait to see where you decide to go!

  37. wow! Youre really going to London and Paris? That is so awesome!! Ive always wanted to go to Ireland. ALWAYS! I would stay somewhere like a bed and breakfast. So much more personal!

  38. What an amazing blog! Had a wonderful time reading it!

  39. Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! I went to school in London and I can tell you all the fabulous places worth going!!!! Email me!!!

  40. When would you find time to read? You’re the Master Blogger!

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