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2 free tickets to Europe in March - where to go????

2 free tickets to Europe in March - where to go????

Old Jan 29th, 2001, 10:12 AM
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2 free tickets to Europe in March - where to go????

My husband and I have been given two free tickets to Europe in March (long story), either to London, Paris, Milan or Spain (not sure where).

We've been to much of Europe three times prior, but never in March.

Any suggestions as to best places weatherwise? How's Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece? We're not too fussy and don't care about sunbathing.


Old Jan 29th, 2001, 11:40 AM
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My vote would be southern Italy though I haven't been there in March. It could be rainy. You may want to check some of the weather sites and do a historical search for dates in March.
Old Jan 29th, 2001, 11:49 AM
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Old Jan 29th, 2001, 12:45 PM
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I was in Paris, Nice, Milan, Florence, and Venice a couple of years ago in March. Most were chilly with a little bit of rain sprinkle, but I like that kind of weather. Venice was sunny! If you plan on staying in one place, I would go to Paris. It was beyond expectation. A must see. Have fun.
Old Jan 29th, 2001, 12:56 PM
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If you don't care about the weather, then London or Paris. It'll be chilly and probably damp (not unbearable). Sometimes you get a freak break in the weather, and it's 60 and sunny. I don't like Milan - a day to see the Last Supper and attend an opera is enough for me - but Florence or Rome would be good choices (somewhat warmer and drier than Paris or London). I don't know about Greece - somehow, the beauty of the country, to me, is tied to blue skies and bright sun.
Old Jan 29th, 2001, 12:57 PM
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Hi Barb. Congratulations on the two free tickets...lucky you! I'd certainly think that the further south you go, the better your chances for more pleasant weather in March. I was in Nice in February once and it was fairly warm; I flew up to Paris a few days later to meet friends and Paris was chilly & rainy. My girlfriend & I were in Barcelona the last week of March last year; we checked the weather almost every other day during March before we went and it was sunny and in the 60s. Then we got there, and it rained for two days and was cool, so you can never really predict what's going to happen.
Old Jan 29th, 2001, 01:08 PM
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Why not come to scotland? On the basis that no-one comes here for the weather, it is unlikely to disappoint you.

We have culture, architecture, music and scenery; we do great log fires and warm drinks for the chill weather; and you can walk outdoors if it's dry and see great buildings and bask in the warmth of our hospitality if it's not.

come into MY parlour, said the spider to the fly......
Old Jan 29th, 2001, 03:05 PM
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Given the fact that it has to be in March, I would definitely choose Spain of the places you've listed. Italy would be great too although I would head south from Milan at that time of year in hopes of warmer weather. Normally Paris would be my first choice of the places you've listed, but not in March.
Old Jan 29th, 2001, 05:53 PM
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Hi, Barb!
You are going to Europe at the best time of the year. We are leaving the first of March for Austria. We have been to all the countries you mentioned for 3 weeks each always in March.
We arrived in Roma to 70 degrees! We went north after Rome and had increasingly cooler weather, with Venice being quite cool at about 50 degrees.
We were in Portugal two years ago and enjoyed an average temperature of 70 as well. We rented a car and loved the sunny days as we drove the coastline.
And last March we had fabulous weather all three weeks in Spain. It reached near 80's some days. We have been so pleasantly surprised each trip by the warmth and like the added bonus of fewer travelers and also low-season rates.
We have also been to England and France on separate trips in March, and found England a little rainy, but, France wonderful.
Have you thought about Morocco? Or Turkey?
Whatever you decide, I am sure you'll love it and have a great time!
Bon Voyage!
Old Jan 30th, 2001, 11:03 AM
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Barb, you will drive to my house, give me the tickets, and drive home. I will use the tickets to go to Rome since it's March and a little chilly any further north. I'll send you a postcard.
Old Jan 31st, 2001, 10:06 AM
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Shanna: The drive to my house and pick me up! She has two tickets!
Old Jan 31st, 2001, 11:49 AM
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Thanks for all the great replies!

I should have said that we've been to London and Paris many times. Paris is the city of my heart and would always be my first choice. Have also been to Italy -Venice and Florence three times - but only a few hours in Rome, many ,many years ago.

But was really more interested in what people thought of Spain, Portugal and Italy in March. Or maybe south of France.

We're still not sure, but I'm leaning towards Spain and Portugal. (Been to Spain, but during the summer over 20 years ago).

Thanks again.
Old Jan 31st, 2001, 12:03 PM
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Barb, I was in Southern Italy in March and just needed a light jacket at the most. If you went to Sicily or Spain you would be in 70's or 80's F. Saw some really interesting material about the coast of Spain/ Barcelona - that area might be worth looking into.
Old Feb 2nd, 2001, 04:47 AM
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I would definitely opt for Milan! London is nice too but March is very nice in Milan, after a cold winter and hothot summer. Milan is perfect for shopping (if you enjoy it), has lovely museums, restaurants, bars and everything. Milan it is!
Old Feb 2nd, 2001, 10:31 AM
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I've lived in Milano 24 years of my life before moving to NY last year, and, even after NYC winters, I can tell you that Milano in March sometimes has sunny days, but it's mostly cold and rainy. No way to go to the opera this March (I've been looking for tickets for myself and everything is sold out) and even the sales period will be over.
Bars and restaurants: if you don't mind to be smoked and spend alot of money in dry cleaning to take the smell off your clothes, you're welcome!
To dine open air you have to wait until May, at least.
My advice is: go to Rome, the weather is nice there and you can visit lovely places by the sea like S. Felice Circeo, Sabaudia and Sperlonga. If you go to Portugal: Algarve has a pleasant climate, while Lisbon (very beautiful and romantic) is not as warm and is quite humid.
Have fun!

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