europe january tour

Oct 20th, 2012, 02:31 PM
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Annhig is absolutely correct!
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Oct 20th, 2012, 03:17 PM
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Europe in those months will obviously be cold and wet. Do you think they are in shape/healthy enough not to get sick because the weather since they are in their 60's and 70's. I just came from Italy yesterday and was there for two weeks. It took about 4-5 days to really see most of everything. The Vatican itself could take half a day to really enjoy it. As much as i was excited to see Venice i was very disappointed. It just a overpriced flea market in a city on top of water. Rome was awesome and would spend a few days there. The only good thing about a traveling tour is that you don't have to deal with the traffic and walking. Which driving in Rome is scary as hell. The bad part is i don't think you will truly get to know these countries and cities you want to see.
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Oct 20th, 2012, 06:09 PM
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Spanky -

I hate to break it to you but there is this thing called the "germ theory of disease". While you can die of immersion in very cold water - or if out in arctic temps without proper clothing - normal winter weather won;t make anyone sick - even at the incredibly advanced age of 60 something.

The point is not disease - but enjoyment. If one is spending a large amount on a vacation one wants to be able to enjoy it - not just sit on a bus the whole time. Being winter (shorter days, no flowers or leaves on trees, sights open on sorter schedules - only makes the situation worse.)
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Oct 20th, 2012, 06:43 PM
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Spanky. Different people enjoy different things and many people don't fall in love with Venice, especially in summer when it is hot, crowded and canals murky, but to say it is nothing more than a flea market city on water makes me wonder.

Did you go into the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica? Did you stand at the far end of Piazza San Marco and look at the Basilica and see it glitter in the sunlight? Did you visit Frari Church, Scuola San Rocco or tour the Ghetto or any of the other churches and many, many galleries and Venetian buildings? Did you ride a vaporetto all the way up or down the Grand canal? Did you explore any of the unique neighborhoods away from Rialto and San Marco? If you walked only around Rialto and the shops of San Marco, then, perhaps you didn't really see Venice.

I've been to Venice 8 times, a couple of times, on my way to other places, just quick stops of a few hours to get a glimpse. I try to always walk across Piazza San Marco without looking at the Basilica so I can turn at the far end and see it full on, all at once. Every single time, it stops me still and mute with awe and wonder that such beauty is possible.
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