Help plan a Mom-friendly trip from Paris to Barcelona!
February 27, 2010 5:47 AM Subscribe
In May I'll host my mother and sister for a 10-day European holiday, starting in Paris and flying out of Barcelona. It's my Mom's first time in Europe! How can I plan a trip that's unforgettably awesome but not too overwhelming?
posted by nicoleincanada to travel & transportation (20 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My first order of business is making this trip fun for my mother. She's a great traveler -- positive attitude, open mind -- but most of her holidays to date have been to all-inclusives. She likes experiencing beautiful/interesting places, but isn't so arts/culture inclined, and likely wouldn't find art museums fun, for example. Ditto for jam-packed itineraries or strenuous physical activity. Leisurely sipping a noisette after wandering through the Jardin du Luxembourg, definitely. Four-hour neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood walking tour, not so much. Finally, she lives in a rural area, and I expect won't want to spend all of our time in cities.
Second order of business: getting from Point A to Point B, and what to do along the way. Night train? Direct flight? Day train with a stop in the beautiful village of _____? I'm pretty confident I can plan a few days in Paris without much trouble, but I'm a blank on Barcelona. I'd also welcome any suggestions for specific day trips and smaller cities/towns to visit. (We'll all be consulting guidebooks, so in some respects your impressions are more important to me than a detailed to-do list.)
A final thought - we're flexible on accommodations in Paris/Barcelona, but ideally looking for decent, mid-range places that are comfortable and quiet. We're considering apartment rentals, and would welcome any suggestions on that front, too.
Side note #1: my architect sister will have her own must-see places. It's no problem if the trio splits up on occasion, but bonus points for destinations that are both relaxing and Mom-friendly and of interest from an architectural/urban design perspective.
Side note #2: This trip will be prefaced by a few days in the Loire Valley. I've got that covered, but it means Mom/sister will have had some time to get over their jetlag, see a castle, visit a vineyard, etc.
Side note #3: I am not the first and surely not the last to ask a question about travel in Spain/France. I'm hoping this question is sufficiently different, and have consulted the previous AskMeFi questions before posting.