europe in may or august?

Old Jan 21st, 2003, 03:13 PM
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susan
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europe in may or august?

hi,
i am planning a trip to london,paris,nice,rome and venice in either may or july and need your advice as to when to go. i hear that the weather is horrible in august along with a huge crowd at this time vs. may. is this true? i'd greatly appreciate any input! thank you!
 
Old Jan 21st, 2003, 03:15 PM
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i'm sorry, i meant either may or august. the dates of travel are 5/01 - 5/24 or 8/1- 8/24

thank you!
 
Old Jan 21st, 2003, 03:27 PM
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!!!! Yes Susan.. is true!!!!In august almost all Europe is in vacation...In the other hand May.. despite that it could be cooler in certain countries.. is much quieter.. less crowds, the kids are still in school..less time to spend in line, etc..besides Paris in the Spring is SO romantic.....



is much better.. the weather is cooler,the kids are in school and the crowd despite tha
 
Old Jan 21st, 2003, 03:34 PM
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May, without question is a better time to go to those places than is August.
 
Old Jan 21st, 2003, 03:51 PM
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I haven't been there in May, but I've been in London twice in August (including just last year) and it was very nice. The weather certainly wasn't hot (it never has been when I've been there in August), it was quite nice. I just needed a slight sweater or wrap for evening. I guess there were crowds, I don't know -- I've been there before so didn't go to the main tourist attractions, just the theater and some museums like the Tate and V&A, which weren't particularly crowded. I mainly went to go to the BBC Proms concerts and they were wonderful, as usual, and those are only in August.

I'm sure the southern cities would be horrible in August, though. Paris maybe a bit dull but not that bad.
 
Old Jan 23rd, 2003, 06:54 AM
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Hi Susan,
As a tourguide/Londoner I would go for May. Although over the last few years London has had fewer visitors. However, you are likely to encounter long lines for places like Westminster Abbey (unless you take my tour of course)!The weather is better in July though, so it's crowds v weather regarding London. I think this will also apply to Paris. So mid-day temperatures in May around 60-65f and 70-80f in July, very unpredictable though! I'd go for May in Italy too!
Have a great trip.
 
Old Jan 23rd, 2003, 06:57 AM
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Also applies to August,hotter and more crowded!
Mike
 
Old Jan 23rd, 2003, 06:59 AM
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Definitely go in May. The weather is much better and the airfare will be cheaper. The summer rates usually start in the beginning or mid June, and in May you may be able to get airfare for under $500 from East Coast.
 
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