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Old 01-30-2010, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Definitely skip August, thats when many Europeans take their vacations, especially the French. Avoiding Jun-Aug means that you miss a good chunk of the tourist crunch, especially the kids. As recommended by other posters, September would be optimum for your schedule. Definitely avoid any public events around the 9/11 date, it never hurts to be cautious. $5k should be adequate for a nice time, just take your "don't spend" pills before departure.
May the gods of travel smile upon you.
PS - seriously suggest that you not wear any clothing that identifies you as American, especially having a military connection. JMO (a proud but cautious former Marine).

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Old 01-31-2010, 02:18 PM
 
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Prices drop after the beginning of September when all the school holidays end, so accomodation on the coast and at resorts is cheaper and easier to find come September, plus the roads are quieter.

Lots of southern European towns are half-shut in mid-August (esp. Rome), when all the locals go on vacation, so the cities are more interesting to visit in September.

Also the weather can get very hot in August in southern Europe, September is still lovely but not so sticky!

Enjoy
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Good advice everyone, and ty Minniemouse...might take you up on that! I have no idea what to see in Italy but I know I want to go to Foggia (where my family is from) and probably hit the big cities (Milan, Rome, Venice)

We'll definitely do September!
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Old 02-17-2010, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Be aware that many Europeans are traveling during a 3-week period in August. Depending on what all you do and where you go, this could lead to higher prices, places shutting down during that time period, etc.


(Edited: Oops.. I somehow missed the previous post about August... sorry for the duplicity)

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Old 02-17-2010, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Last summer it was very hot in the Czech republic, but the weather certainly varies...
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