My husband and I will be celebrating our 10 yr wedding anniversary and can't quite decide on what all we want to do. We thought it would be helpful to get advice from all of of you! Last fall, we traveled through Europe for the first time and had the most amazing experience! We hit the major cities - London, Paris, Rome and a few other random places like Normandy, Capri and Kraków, Poland. It was great, since we had never seen any of the major monuments (but, a little chaotic.) So, this time around, we would like to explore more of France and possibly Switzerland.
We'll have around 2 wks to travel and don't want to overdo things (e.g. Change cities every 2 days). Originally, we were planning on flying into Paris, spending a few days there and then taking the train out to Eastern France to visit Annecy. We would spend a little time there before heading down to Provence and the French Riviera. But, since we're trying to make the most of the time we'll have and keep things on a budget, we were considering flying into Geneva and exploring that area of Switzerland, before heading into Eastern and Southern France. Flying into Geneva would mean that we wouldn't get to return to Paris. Which, for me, is a little disappointing, but I love the idea of getting to see Switzerland since we have never been. (We're just concerned about the cost of traveling in Switzerland...)
Does anyone have suggestions on things or places we must see? Suggestions on where to fly into? Is it best to fly in and out of the same city or fly into one and fly back out of southern France? On our last trip, we discovered that our favorite parts were just exploring the nooks and crannies of random towns - especially if they were more historic vs. industrialized. We usually keep things fairly budget friendly - we utilize airbnb, cook at home when we can, go to free and cheap events/museums etc. Originally, we were planning on going in September, but I've had a job change and we're considering leaving in about a month since I will already have the time off between jobs. (This way, I won't have to take off unpaid leave from work, but flights are pricier.) Any insight would be greatly appreciated!