We were in Paris for New Years 2010 and it was AMAZING! I can’t wait to go back.
While we didn’t make it to DLP, I will give you one word of advice.
Since you plan on going in 2012, please learn a little bit of French. Basics will do. In fact, we would listen to Pimsleur’s French lessons in the car on our trips back and forth to WDW on the various weekends prior to our trip to France (a little over an hour each way)… And it’s amazing how much you can “pick up” in a very short period of time.
The French really appreciate any attempts at speaking their language (sign of respect) as opposed to the perceived “arrogant American" that expects the French to accommodate “Americans” by speaking English.
Trust me, you will get a LOT further by speaking some French… 99% of the time when we started off an inquiry in French, they would answer right away in English and most were very helpful & bent over backwards on many occasions.
Whenever I ask someone who was treated “badly” or had a “terrible” time in France if they tried to speak French, the answer was ALWAYS no. Go figure!
You are in their country afterall…
And I am terribly jealous!!!
Ireland is phenomenal as well…
And depending on how you roll, an average trip to Europe usually runs around $5,000 (for just me… meaning one person) when you factor in Airfare, hotel room, transportation, food, alcohol (if you drink), and of course, entertainment… Sure, there are ways to shave that number down but that’s a good average amount to expect for a week in Europe. Two weeks might run you an additional $2,500… And Ireland is very expensive (at least it was the last time I was there… I dropped $3,000 (including airfare) easily in 3 days and we did NOT do anything extravagant whatsoever. Pub food was it. Plus, I had a free place to stay & a friend of mine who lives in Dublin took care of the driving…)
Do you have any FF miles or hotel room points available? I cashed in some Holiday Inn points and it afforded me (03) nights at the Crowne Plaza Republique for free. Plus I cashed in a few FF miles with Delta and that took care of the flights as well… So if you have that at your disposal, it can really help to save some $$$.
If you plan on staying in Paris & you are looking at a 3 star Hotel and such, make sure to double check the reviews of said Hotel on Trip Advisor. It can save you a LOT of headaches…