drawers on in north and middle Europe so if it's T shirt holidays
you're looking for, go far south and you may be lucky. Culture vultures, however, can
still enjoy wafting around mid Europe capital cities, imagining
the dark ages with ease, yet without frostbite. The skies may even
be blue, though not many other bright colours will be in evidence.
On the upside, tourists are also in short supply, many cities add
interesting lights to their streets and indoor entertainment becomes
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Belfast Festival at Queens, North Ireland (large, varied arts fest.),
3 weeks in Nov.
Festival of Music and Arts, Swansea, Wales (theater/music/opera/dance)
3 weeks, Sept-Nov
La Salute - a religious festival at the beautiful Basilica Santa
Maria della Salute. November 21st.
Germany: Berlin and other cities, Christmas
markets start late November and continue to late December.
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sightseeing/culture in reasonably comfortable weather conditions
with the exception of Madrid(cold)
and the North(wet), Spain is generally warm and pleasant in November.
The best bet for a dry cultural experience is in the south, visiting
the magical Moorish cities of Seville,
Cordoba and Granada, where the days are warm and the nights coolish.
A bit wet, but often warm with blue skies in November. Try the pleasant
old-fashioned atmospheres of Lisbon,
The southern part of Italy has generally mild winters with blue
skies, so Rome, Pompeii, Herculaneum
and Sicily are excellent cultural targets, while Amalfi takes good
care of those who need a scenic uplift.
Venice is chilly, damp and foggy, but has a terrific mysterious
quality, enhanced by the lack of tourists (and relatively welcoming
locals), and spectacular Florence
will be relatively uncrowded too.
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