How to plan romantic memorable honeymoon
New places and romance go together like a good meal and good wine. Because your lovely new bride was gracious enough to spend the last year planning essential wedding stuff like dessert garnishes and the color of your napkin rings, it's now your turn to plan the honeymoon. New places are renowned for its gastronomy, history, culture and fashion. Her expectations are probably a little higher than your college roommates. There are numerous well-known tourist attractions including Côte d'Azur (the French Riviera), the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the Alps, the Castles of Loire Valley, Brittany and Normandy (Mont Saint Michel), the small villages in wine country and of course the romantic city of Paris. Don't splurge on first class for domestic flights. Honeymooners have seemingly endless options in France. France is a cultural center led by its art, food, wine and timeless style. Newlyweds could spend their entire trip in a city like Paris with its museums and attractions, but France offers many opportunities. Don't invite your parents. Your experience can range from sipping coffee in an open-air cafe to sipping wine on a river barge. Don't wait until the last minute to get your passport. You can even visit Disneyland and order a beer with your Big Mac. Because France is centrally located in Europe, it makes surrounding countries very easy to access. France is about the size of California. The English Channel lies to the north-west and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Don't plan to do too much during your trip. Spain is across the Pyrenees to the south. The Mediterranean Seas to the south-east and Switzerland and Italy are over the Alps to the east. France's north-eastern border is shared with Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium. The French Alps include Mont Blanc, named after the pen, which at 4800m (15,750ft) is Europe's highest peak. The Mediterranean beaches tend to be pebbly and rocky, but there is some sand. France has a lot to offer with its geography and climate; this gives you a lot of outdoor options. Couples from South Korea ventures the farthest, traveling more than 4,000 miles from home, while Americans' median distance was just over 500 miles. When booking a honeymoon, couples are looking for somewhere that offers the luxury of seclusion in a beautiful, romantic setting. Hiking, mountain biking and cycling are popular activities in France which is famous for the road race, the Tour de France. Some places are always harder to reach from where you live and require a commitment to spend additional time traveling to get there. Skiing is also popular with some of Europe's best and most expensive resorts in the Alps, with cheaper options in the Pyrenees. Other activities include enjoying the water in the Atlantic coast, the Channel coast of Normandy, the Mediterranean, as well as in Lake Geneva. The list just keeps on going with rock climbing, horseback riding, surfing, rafting, and hang-gliding. If you'd rather just sit around, you can impress your hosts by learning the French language or your spouse by learning the French cuisine. France is best in spring. Remember the movie, "April in Paris." Actually, the weather isn't bad throughout the year with a temperate climate, including mild winters. Paris' average annual temperature is 52ºF (12ºC), but it can drop below zero in January and can climb to 95ºF (35ºC) in August. You'll want your honeymoon to be remembered for years to come. Planning your honeymoon can make all the difference in how it turns out. The southern coastal plains are subject to a pleasant Mediterranean climate: spring and autumn downpours are sudden but brief and summer is virtually without rain. Take the time to discuss with your future spouse what the two of you would like. Plan something that fits your budget and that you both can agree on. Compromise, because this is a trip about both of you. If you don't have the money to afford a honeymoon, honeymoon at your new home and plan your "real" honeymoon at a later date and time.