The location and duration of a honeymoon depend upon the bridegroom's finances, his business responsibilities, and the personal preferences of his bride and himself. The majority of newly-married couples spend a week or a fortnight on their honeymoon.
Accommodation should be booked up well in advance. On the whole, it is best to have a short honeymoon rather than a long one. The couple may easily become bored on a long honeymoon, and the bride may become impatient to settle in her new home.
Every effort should be made to avoid boredom on what should be the most enjoyable holiday of the bridal couple's lives. To this end they should see that every moment is occupied. They should avoid solitude at all costs, and should arrange their itinerary accordingly.
The honeymoon is not the occasion to stint either wearing apparel or luggage, though the amount of the articles required will necessarily depend upon the locale chosen. For a walking tour of Wales, different clothes would be needed from those required by a bridal couple spending their honeymoon in the bridal suite of the Dorchester.
Whatever the circumstances, the bridal couple should try to look their best.
Expenses can very easily mount far above calculations, so the honeymoon couple should prepare a careful budget in advance, and adhere to it. The early days of marriage are very expensive indeed, and it would be a pity to have to go without essential articles in the home, because too much money was spent on the honeymoon. Far better for the bride to cancel or at least postpone her honeymoon than to spoil or delay the setting up of her new home.
THE HONEYMOON ABROAD
For the honeymoon abroad, the variety of choice is endless. A couple of suggestions are given below, but it is obviously impossible to cover all the possibilities.
Switzerland is the tourist's paradise: tourism is its fourth biggest business. The beauty of its scenery has made it the recreation ground of Europe. Among the places that should be seen are - the Jungfrau and Interlaken, Lake Constance, the Bernese Oberland, Lucerne, the Jura, and, most important of all, Zermatt.
Zurich is the largest city, situated at the foot of the Lake of Zurich. It has a Romanesque cathedral and a University.
Berne, the capital, is highly picturesque. It is on the Aar, and commands a magnificent view of the Bernese Alps. It is famous for its bear-pit.
Geneva is quaint and colourful. It is placed at the southwest end of the Lake of Geneva, at the exit of the Rhone. Among its fine buildings are the Cathedral of St. Peter (1124 A.D.), and the Academy founded by Calvin.
Lucerne, on Lake Lucerne, is the main tourist centre. Outside its walls is the famous Lion of Lucerne, cut out of the solid rock.
Paris - the capital of Europe - offers Notre Dame, the great thirteenth-century Gothic Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, the Sorbonne University, the Arc de Triomphe, the Conciergerie and Palace of Justice, Saint Chapelle, Pantheon, Latin Quarter, Montparnasse, Invalides, the Tuileries, the Madeleine, and the Louvre - the most famous art gallery in the world.
On the outskirts of Paris are: Fontainebleau, with Napoleon's Palace, and the forest; Versailles, Court of Louis XTV, gardens and chateau; Saint Cloud, the park; Saint-Denis, tombs of the Kings of France; Compiegne, 1918 Armistice; Rheims Cathedral.
Nice - the capital of the Riviera - has a race track, casino, opera house and nightclubs. It is charmingly situated near the Italian border, and is a favourite winter resort. It contains the Old Town, the Chapel of the Black Penitents and the Lesage staircase.
Biarritz, in the Bay of Biscay, and Saint-Jean-de-Luz, are favourite holiday resorts. The latter, at the mouth of the Nivelle, has an old Basque church, a chateau and a hydro-therapic establishment.
These are just two countries of a wide number of destinations possible for a wonderful honeymoon.
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