Europe in August

Old Mar 10th, 2004, 07:44 AM
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Europe in August

The only time I can travel this year is August. The friend I'll be travelling with would like to go somewhere in Europe. I know it's peak season, but any suggestions of where we might go without hitting unbearable crowds. Neither of us are beach people, so that's not a big issue.
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Old Mar 10th, 2004, 07:57 AM
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Hi bd,

August is when all of the Europeans go on vacation. Not going to beaches is a good idea.

The Scandinavian Countries are very nice in Summer.
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Old Mar 10th, 2004, 08:05 AM
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If you haven't been to London, that might be an option. Better yet, why don't you think of several places you would especially like to go and then contact this forum again to get their thoughts? Lots of people travel in August and many might have pros and cons on various destinations.
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As Ira said, stay away from resort areas. If you go to cities like Florence, you'll get low season rates. At the end of August the exodus of cars going from the south of countries with beaches to the north is amazing. Miles of traffic.
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Hotel rates in Sweden drop during August because traveling salesmen are off the road and away on their own holidays. That was our experience and a pleasant surprise -- so you have some negotiating room when it comes to obtaining lodging at a discount.
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Old Mar 10th, 2004, 06:29 PM
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Go north. Southern Europe can be sooooooooooo hot in August. Not good for running about sightseeing.

However, if you feel you must visit Italy, Spain, Greece, etc. in August--then take common sense precautions.
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Old Mar 10th, 2004, 06:54 PM
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The Alps, especially Italy, Austria and France will be cheaper than Scandinavia, and are wonderfully pleasant in August.

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Old Mar 10th, 2004, 07:25 PM
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Northern Portugal, the Minho region, will be delightful in Aug.
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