I made the announcement on Twitter and Instagram about a month ago but never formally on this blog, I’m spending Christmas and New Years in Europe. I will be spending just over a week in Paris with Jordan and I could not be any more excited. Though the trip is still a few months away I would love suggestions from travelers out there. What are your “Must See” suggestions for Paris? Do you have any restaurants I have to try? Do you know any secret spots in the city? What about Christmas markets and other festive activities?
After Paris we were originally planning to meet up with my Aunt and Uncle to ski in Switzerland for a week. Jordan is super into skiing so he loved the idea of crossing the Alps off of his bucket list. Due to unforeseen circumstances (fires in northern California) my Aunt and Uncle will no longer be able to join us. Now, Jordan and I are thinking about switching up our itinerary after our time in Paris.
Idea 1: Spend 10 days in Paris followed by 2-3 days in Brussels and 2-3 days in Amsterdam. I love this idea because we spend Christmas and New Years in Paris and still get to see two cities nearby. I’ve heard Brussels is gorgeous and Amsterdam is a must visit city!
Idea 2: Spend 7 days in Paris followed by 3-4 days in Prague and 3-4 days in Budapest. I love this idea because Prague has been on the top of my wanderlust list for a long time. My best friend traveled to Budapest over the summer and couldn’t rave about the city enough. This downside is that this option requires the most traveling because Paris, Prague and Budapest are all so far apart. Still I can’t stop fantasizing about the fairytale like views in Prague and spending an evening watching the Nutcracker at the Hungarian Opera house. Could winter feel anymore like a storybook fairytale than a few days in Paris, Prague and Budapest?
Idea 3: Spend 7 days in Paris followed by 3-4 days in Barcelona and 2-3 days in Madrid. This idea is appealing because Barcelona and Madrid are easy enough to travel to by train and I have heard great things about both cities. Jordan’s mom lived in Spain so there is something sort of romantic and nostalgic about visiting a place someone close to you holds so close to their heart.
I’ve wanted to visit Paris for as long as I can remember, so clicking “buy” on the airline tickets felt like a dream come true. I know we are going to Paris, the flight is booked, the Airbnb is booked, that portion of the trip is NON NEGOTIABLE. The rest of the trip is up in the air though and all three scenarios sound appealing so I am having the most difficult time deciding. Seasoned travelers I need your help! Should I choose Idea 1, Idea 2 or Idea 3? Or another itinerary altogether? Where are your favorite destinations in Europe?
December seriously cannot arrive soon enough! Until my trip I will be doing my best to save and plan for my dream European vacation. Thanks in advance for any/all suggestions!