Ireland & France Summer Travel 2012
December 27, 2011 1:13 PM Subscribe
Planning a potential first trip to Europe this summer and I'm a little overwhelmed with logistics. We'd be hitting Ireland (because we want to go there) and France (for a friend's wedding).
posted by sararah to travel & transportation around Ireland (22 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Potentially flying from the Midwest to Europe for a friend's wedding in France this summer + traveling in Ireland and France. I just took my first trip abroad a year ago, but it was for a conference and only to one country so the logistics were less involved.
-Wedding is 1st weekend in June, about 3 hr train ride from Pairs.
-Thus, we are thinking of going to Ireland for the first leg since we will have Memorial Day weekend in the US and a bonus day of vacation for us.
-Maybe like 5-6 days in each country, with a travel day in the middle.
-As far as activities/tours go, we're more into outdoors, architecture/castle tours, regional history/natural history museums, historic town tours, brewery tours, etc. Maybe less so with art museums, etc.
-What's the best way to get from Ireland to France? Fly? Ferry then Chunnel?
-Where to stay inexpensively in Ireland and France? Are we too old for hostels (30 yr-old lady and 40 yr-old dude)?
The OMG where do I start part:
-Obviously the only thing we have planned is a wedding on one Saturday.
-Where do I begin when planning a trip of this scope?
-Do we rent a car? How is train travel in Ireland and not-Paris parts of France?
-Travel book recommendations?
-What if the Euro implodes?
Last summer when I went to Australia I was kind of overwhelmed when I got there. I know that will probably happen again, but much to my partner's chagrin it's a little tricky to "just wing it" with international travel when time is tight, and I really appreciate any advice from seasoned Europe travelers!