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First trip to Europe...

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First trip to Europe...

Hi all -

I am looking to take a trip with my husband later this year to Europe. We will be going for 4-5 nights and were thinking about Paris or Florence. Both cities seem to have a lot to offer but would like some feedback from people who have been to both. Our interests include: food/wine (would love to participate in some type of cooking class), some history (but don't want to spend all my time in museums), and just leisurely learning about other cultures. I would also love to explore areas outside of the "city", if time permits.

Any feedback would be appreciated!


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1. Re: First trip to Europe...

For the things which you are looking for, then I think that Florence will be a good choice. Florence is a small city and easy to maneuver. You will be able to discover much of the city,then have time to visit the lovely Tuscan countryside near Florence in the Chianti Classico. www.greve-in-chianti.com

There are a number of places which offer cooking classes in the city, and in the country near Florence at some of the large villas.

You would enjoy an afternoon with lunch and wine tasting at the Verrazzano Castle and winery. The winery will pick you up in Florence.

Paris is a wonderful destination, but a very large city.

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Paris is a very large sprawling city, very lovely in parts and of course excellent French food and wine available

Florence is much smaller and easier to get out of the city if you wish to see something of the surrounding countryside. The local bus from close to the Santa maria Novella station will tkae you up the hill to Fiesole which is a pleasnat small town with a good survinmg Roman theatre. Food and wine are equaly good in Florence, and for my part I prefer Italian cuisien to French cuisine which often has too much sacing for my taste.

My wife and I go frequently to both Paris and Florence and enjoy going to either but if I was pushed I would say I preferred either Florence or Venice to Paris

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I agree with previous e-mail and probbly as I live in Tuscany, i suggest you Florence. It's smaller and you can just walk around to find nice spots and old buildings, good restaurants , wine shops. And you can also spend a day in the countryside . One or 2 nmuseums are enough during a short holidays . For cooking there are many possibility I suggest you Toscana Mia, some friends attended it and I've read good comment here on TA tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g616196-d5…

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Between Paris and Florence...I liked Paris A LOT more. There are SO many things to do and see in Paris and the entire area is SO romantic and beautiful. There are MANY quiet spots to escape the foot traffic and tourists.

I HIGHY recommend Paris (however, I am very pro-Italy. It is my favorite country, Venice is my favorite city). Sorry, between the two cities Paris 100%!

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I too like Paris better than Florence BUT for what you want to do , then Florence makes a better base.

Paris is like NYC, a big city.

Florence is much smaller and with easy access to many of the lovely hill towns of Tuscany where you can do wine tasting,olive oil tasting, take a cooking class etc.

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It really depends if you like your vacations metropolitan or more intimate. I would actually base my choice on some external factor, like the price of the flight. Otherwise it's very difficult to compare between the two.

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7. Re: First trip to Europe...

Thank you everyone for your feedback!

Anon - you brought up a great point - I don't think I am looking for a large "city" type vacation. I live just outside of NYC and spend a lot of time there. I am looking for something more intimate and relaxing.

Thanks again - and please keep the feedback coming!

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