London Calling (and Paris!)

It’s official! My mom and I are headed to London and Paris in September! We’ve been planning (and saving) for this trip for a couple of years and now it’s actually happening!

I know some of you live/have lived/have visited London and/or Paris, so I’d love to hear your recommendations. Any must see/must do/must eat/must shop suggestions? Have you taken any tours that you really enjoyed (or didn’t enjoy)? Favorite spots/restaurants/shops? Places to stay away from? Let me know!

We are taking two weeks of vacation time from work, so we’ll probably spend four or five full days in each city. We are still in the early phase of planning our trip, so I’d love to hear your ideas!


  1. I have zero advice since I go pretty much no where but...


    are you going to Ireland or Scotland while you're there?? Whatever you do don't take your cell phones. Used to work for att and no matter what your bill is #craycray if you take it. Don't chance it.

    So cool. Can't wait to hear more!

  2. How exciting!! It has been years and years since I have been, but hopefully will visit soon. Of course you need to go to Harrods, see the Crown Jewels, and take a few Castle tours. I can't wait to read what everyone else says.

  3. Sam - we live in London. When in September are you coming? Have all kinds of info to share if you want to email me. As for bringing your mobile (above comment) do - just cut off data roaming & use wifi - readily available in many spots - hotels, starbucks, etc. Have great info on antique markets too if that is your thing. Can give you Paris tips as well.

  4. That is so exciting! I'm already looking forward to seeing posts & recaps about your European adventure. My hubby & I went to London & Paris two years ago. We absolutely loved it! In London, you should definitely visit the major tourist attractions like Westminster Abbey, London Bridge/Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle & Hampton Court Palace (day trips), Covent Garden Market, Neal's Yard, etc. One of our favorite things to do while in London was to walk around. I recommend buying a bus pass and hopping on and off whenever you feel like it. This will give you an opportunity to explore the city and probably find some hidden gems that you wouldn't see on an organized tour. In Paris, going to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and Notre Dame are musts, but don't overlook Montmartre. Sacre Couer Basilica at the top of the Montmartre district will give you an incredible bird's eye view of the entire city. We found our best photo ops here. Plus, the area itself is very picturesque with cafes, artists, and shops. If you have time for a day trip, Versailles is an absolute must. This was probably the highlight of our entire trip. Before you go, it's important to remember that it's easy to spend A LOT of money at these attractions so plan accordingly. Figure out what's important for you and your mom to see beforehand. And if you can't tell I'm slightly obsessed with travel itineraries, so feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I'd be happy to help!! :)

  5. I'm going to not even pretend to hide my jealousy and selfishly, I hope you blog about it so we can live vicariously through you! I've been to both cities but I was a student and hadn't found my "travel style" so I'm not sure I experienced either of them fully. The only suggestion I have is to plan for time to just sit in sidewalk cafes and watch people - I wish I had done more of that rather than rushing from one museum to the next. SO excited for you!!!

  6. Fine.

    Be that way.

    Me? Green with envy? Why do you ask?

    you're going to have a BALL!!!!


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