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Old 10-11-2005, 09:22 AM   #1
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Hi, I'll be traveling to Europe for my first time with my boyfriend for a week. We plan on going to London first for 3 days and Paris for 3. Flying into London and out of Paris. I was wondering somethings and hopefully you could help me out.

1. In London & Paris where are the best districts to stay (hostel or hotel)? doesn't matter, i'm not sure how low bugget we are going to go with staying places.... one close to good sites and/or good access to tubs and transport

2. How long is the London/Paris train ride?

3. Since it will be around Dec 26/27 to Jan 2/3 I was wondering what would be good to wear, or take clothes wise?

4. If you stay in a cheaper hotel/hostel is it safe to leave your baggage and stuff in your room (myabe this is a stupid question)?

5. Should you carry your passport with you, or just a copy? and leave the real thing in a safe or your room?

6. Would you suggest buying these things & where is a good place to find just a day pack?
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7. We'd like to see Stomhenge in UK and Normaday (Omaha Beach) in France, I was wondering if anyone has been and about how long or a trip would it be, or is it out of the way?

Any other suggestions, easy ways to get places, planning things close that are in the same day, good winter activities anything.
Thank you sooo much!! This will help me out alot
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I am going to suggest that you get a pack with a detatchabl daypack. Such as these:
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1. In London & Paris where are the best districts to stay (hostel or hotel)? doesn't matter, i'm not sure how low bugget we are going to go with staying places.... one close to good sites and/or good access to tubs and transport
ok. it depends on what you want and how old you are. Im guessing you're twenty somethings, and that implies a party spirit and poverty. So I would reccommend staying at a youth hostel. Make your reservations ASAP or you wont get any anywhere. And also bear in mind that the nights of the 30 and 31st are something like three and four times the usual rate. Go to www.travelpunk.com and do a search through the hostel search engine. Im looking at it right now, and from the ones listed I would highly reccommend staying at St. Christopher's Shepard's Bush in London. Shep's Bush is a great place to party, and the price seems fair. St. Chris' is pretty decent all around. It's not exactly dead center of the city, but its still a great location and easily accessable. I dont know much about staying in Paris.

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The Chunnel is about 3 hours long, and again, if you want to get a decent price and know precisely when you want to go, BUY YOUR TICKETS AHEAD OF TIME. You can book online at www.eurostar.com Right now I'm looking at it for the 30th December, and its pretty steep, the cheapest is about $120, and thats the youth rate. You could also go the bus/ferry route (check out www.euroline.com) but that is a really long process and you have very limited time.

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3. Since it will be around Dec 26/27 to Jan 2/3 I was wondering what would be good to wear, or take clothes wise?
You should be fine in jeans/trousers/skirt and stockings, a shirt, a jumper, and an overcoat. I get cold easily so I had scarves and hats and gloves too. You can, of course, buy that sort of small thing there and then have it as a souvenir.

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4. If you stay in a cheaper hotel/hostel is it safe to leave your baggage and stuff in your room (myabe this is a stupid question)?
If you leave it in your room and someone nicks it, dont blame the hostel, its not their fault. most hostels have lockers, I'd just get one of those, since its the holiday season and there's scads of people coming in and out of those places all the time. Generally people wont mess with your stuff, but holidays do breed theft.

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5. Should you carry your passport with you, or just a copy? and leave the real thing in a safe or your room?
leave a copy of your passports at home with your parents/ good friends in case you lose your passport, and I keep a copy in each of my bags too. It makes it that much easier to replace should something happen. I didnt usually carry my passport on me, I felt that it was more likely that my purse would be snatched than my belongings rifled through. And then, if you have a locker, you'll be apples.

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That sounds like a lot to get accomplished on top of new years eve and travelling between paris and london. Stonehenge would probably be more do-able, I went twice and would have to say go for it. Beware though, its kind of hard to get to unless you take a day tour or you rent a car. If you take a tour you have the added bonus of a knowledgeable guide and free admission, as well as a chance to see a few other things during the day. Also, its cold as shit on the plain, dress extra warmly. I was there last may and still froze my ass off. http://www.goldentours.co.uk/tour.php?12 is a good company, really amazing, I took that tour. Bath is gorgeous and Salisbury cathedral is worth seeing if you have even the remotest interest. http://www.astraltravels.co.uk/uk-london-t...arthur_tour.htm Astral was a better tour company I think, the groups were smaller and you could wander about more. I took the magic and mystery one, glastonbury is quite gorgeous. Its a bit pricey though, I had my tours comp'd because I was working at a hostel... There's also a budget tour group that leaves from one of the hostels in bayswater every sunday, they're only 15 pounds per person. Anyone know of them? I'll try to remember it.
I hope that kind of helps. If you have any other questions I'll try to answer you back.
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If your going to Normany get on a tour, otherwise you wont know where to go what is what. You can go to the town Bayeux, which is an awwesome town in its own right, and get on one of the tours that run from there. But if youre only going to be in France for three days, you probably wont have time for this.
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thanks so much everyone
that helps out alot
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im in london right now, weather is not too bad just had a rainstorm that lasted about an hour. other then that its been warm mid 70s. i know that i cant help yah in a few months but just thought id let you know
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