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Where to go in late January/early February 2020 for 9-11 days in Europe?

Where to go in late January/early February 2020 for 9-11 days in Europe?

Old Oct 29th, 2019, 09:23 AM
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I can only feel cold, cold, cold, when you mention Europe and end of January. I am not sure I would do that, unless you really enjoy the cold. Somewhere southern would be better, like Spain, Italy, Malta, Cyrpus... Good luck
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Old Oct 29th, 2019, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by OReilly64 View Post
Overall, I donít expect the weather to be fine and bad weather does not affect my enjoyment of a place.
Okay, then. Up-Helly-Aa in Shetland. Maybe add a night or two (don't worry, they're plenty long) to look for the northern lights, aka "the dancing men" in Scots Gaelic. https://www.uphellyaa.org/





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Old Oct 29th, 2019, 12:59 PM
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Heimdall: Thanks for the link. Yes, London is wonderful … which is why I am living there
I agree, but will be going to Cape Town for Christmas and New Year.
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Old Oct 30th, 2019, 02:10 AM
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I am surprised too by the reaction at Kerouac post.
Writing 'not interested' in North Africa doesn't convey the impression of a well documentee decision.
You have everything there : good weather nice people incredible food Roman ruins landscape etc.

so in the game if playing darts I'll add Saint Petersburg. Also ISTANBUL. But some who reject North Africa may reject turkey too.

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Old Oct 30th, 2019, 12:05 PM
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Today, I’ve just returned from Nice.

We have been escaping the British winter for 49 years and I’ll list the non long haul destinations that we have visited for sun between Autumn half term and Easter.

Mallorca
Ibiza
Cadiz
Seville
Bordeaux
Nice
Cyprus
Murcia
Seville
Sardinia
Corsica
Malaga
Palermo
Catania
Selinunte
Kefalonia
Athens
Rome
Madrid
Turin
Corfu
Crete
Tenerife (terrible)

At the bottom I’ll add Marrakech because it’s short haul from the U.K.

In the context of your terms of reference it was out and out our second best winter trip. The weather was perfect, there’s a huge range of hotels, at every level, the food is totally divergent to that of Southern Europe, the architecture is stunning and the city is a riot of colour and vibrancy.

I really would consider it.

Our best non beach (as opposed to Thailand and The Bahamas) trip by a long stretch was Cape Town.

God I hate British winters.

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Old Oct 30th, 2019, 12:17 PM
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Our best non beach (as opposed to Thailand and The Bahamas) trip by a long stretch was Cape Town.

God I hate British winters.
I agree! I'll be in Cape Town for Christmas and New Year. No better way to escape the winter than by heading to the southern hemisphere.
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Old Oct 31st, 2019, 02:31 AM
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We are close to nice right now. Weather forecast less good than the previous days.
For new year we go to Martinique. Good weather nice place good food and and they speak french.
A sure sign of civilisation 😜
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Old Oct 31st, 2019, 06:28 AM
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British Caicos, as you probably know I share your views of Morocco, although 4 days in Marrakech is my tolerance limit - we have to escape south to the beaches and mountains to really relax. But the OP has clearly stated her preferences, and as a very experienced traveler probably knows very well what she wants and doesn't want.

Sicily, where I've never been, sounds like a good option to me. I'll also throw out Ischia. Before we settled on Morocco for our last winter hideaway, we seriously considered Ischia, probably because of the allure of spas, which we love. The hammams in Morocco were far less expensive, though, and my DH doesn't speak Italian. Still, our research unearthed a lot of appealing information about Ischia.
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Old Nov 20th, 2019, 08:42 AM
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Although January and February are not the months I would like to travel, ( I am not good with cold), I would suggest Greece, not for the sunshine, but for sites and history and culture to learn about. Athens is not a bad idea at all.
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Thought I would throw Siracusa into your Sicily research. I havenít been there but one of my daughters is going for five weeks next October with her university so weíve done quite a bit of research. Not only does it appear to be charming, lively and beautiful, the 2,700 year old city played a key role in ancient times. And it close to three Baroque towns that are gorgeous

https://www.cntraveller.com/gallery/...towns-to-visit

That said, we spent some time in Paris in the winter in 2018 and loved it. Cozy cafes, museums, Versailles, winter walks... and the winter fashion sales were amazing!
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Old Jan 29th, 2020, 02:18 PM
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May be too late for input but spent 3 weeks in Rome in January 2018 and the next 3 weeks in Sicily. For the most part we had great weather. Sunshine for most of the trip, a couple of days wearing coats and hats and a few light sprinkles. We come from Seattle and successfully escaped the rain and gloom of January and February. I would go back to Sicily in a heartbeat.
We are winter travelers as well and plan for a mild weather destination OR an interesting place with lots of options for inside interests. We were scheduled for a Japan trip in February that was just cancelled due to an unexpected very early arrival of our baby grandaughter. Quite honestly almost any place is better than Seattle in January.....
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