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Old 04-15-2008, 08:09 AM   #1
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I finally bought my plane tickets to visit England June 10-29. I'm definitely planning to spend the end of the trip 26-28 in Paris, but now I'm thinking that won't be enough time to really see everything.

Here's what I know I want to see and would like to see, do I have enough time to do it, and what's the best way to travel in between?

London:
1. Charles Dicken's Museum (I'm an English major, can't pass it up!)
2. The British Museum
3. All those touristy things you can walk past, Buckingham palace and that shit...

The Rest of England:
1. Tintern Abbey (definitely!)
2. Stonehenge (Maybe)
3. Oxford, to drink in the pub where Tolkien and C.S. Lewis hung out

Paris:
1. The Louvre
2. The cemetary where Oscar Wilde, Collette and Jim Morrison are buried.
3. Monet's garden (maybe)
4. Again, all the touristy things you can see by walking around

I'm open to suggestions, are there things I should definitely not miss in Enlgand or Paris? I'm thinking about leaving for Paris earlier so I can see more and maybe do some day trips out. Any suggestions for places nearby?

How much time do you think it would take to see all of this? I was planning on taking megabus in England, but it would it be faster and more convenient to pay more for train passes? This is my first solo trip, I'm in way over my head!!!
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I just have to comment on the Oxford deal. Thats a good day trip, and the pub that Tolkien/Lewis drank at is the Eagle and Child. I still have a menu that I liberated from there.

The British Museum is easily done in a couple of hours. Theres only so much you can do just staring at artifacts after artifacts, but thats just me. I didn't go to the Dickens museum so I can't help you there. You may consider Stratford-upon-Avon if you want to grab some Shakespeare touristy stuff. They have his house, his wifes house(If I remember correctly), and it's actually a really cool little town.

I'm certain you'll have plenty of time to see everything. Buckingham Palace, Parliament(Big Ben), Trafalgar Square are all there together, and Piccadilly is just right behind Trafalgar. London is quite compact when it comes to touristy things, they're all right around the area for the major ones.
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Yeah but I must say Stone Henge is a bit out of the way so if you want to save some time (Ie a couple days) drop that off your list and you should be fine... Oxford is definitely fine as a day trip... or at most train out in the morning, stay overnight and then train back the next morning. and I agree about Stratford.
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