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Sponanteous trip...need help big time!

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1. Posted by go_red_sox (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

So 2006 has been one crappy year for me and a couple buddies. with vacation time in hand, we are trying to plan a trip for 12 days in europe (from weekend before christmas to day after new years). so far we have only agreed on amsterdam for the first weekend of the trip. other ideas are prague, lisbon, barcelona, and anywhere in italy. here are the questions:

1) is amsterdam worth visiting during winter AND around christmas time? are places going to open? are we going to come away feeling like we missed out on what amsterdam is all about?

2) we are assuming out of the choices, amsterdam would be coldest of the bunch. is that a safe assumption?

3) of all the choices left, where would be a best place for new years celebration?

4) since we're only planning to spend 3-4 days in amsterdam, that leaves with a full week in the second destination (or maybe third destination). where would you recommend us to visit where seven days wont feel too long at one place.

finally, we are three guys who where one is practically engaged and two who just broke up with their long time girlfriends. so this kind of our boys trip...we really want to avoid the romantic sites where we would rather go with our wives or girlfriends in the future. i guess an easier way to look at this trip would be a nice bachelor's party...so where should we go?

REALLY REALLY appreciate any inputs. thanks in advance!!!!

[ Edit: Edited at Oct 19, 2006 4:33 PM by go_red_sox ]

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 9y

Quoting go_red_sox

1) is amsterdam worth visiting during winter AND around christmas time? are places going to open? are we going to come away feeling like we missed out on what amsterdam is all about?

That depends on what you think it's "all about". Stuff should be open and happening on any day except for Christmas day itself though, and even then there'll probably still be a lot of activity. The city will be absolutely bustling with shoppers; beyond that it'll all depend on the weather; but even if you hit the bad case scenario that's most likely (one or two degrees below zero with miserably wet snow), there's still and always plenty to see and do - you'll just try to stay indoors more of the time. And maybe you'll be lucky and the weather will turn out to be a decent 5-10 degrees above zero without precipitation, or there'll have been a rare period of lasting subzero temperatures that cause a thick layer of ice on all the canals and make everyone go out iceskating. Who knows? It's all quite possible... (well, okay, so that last scenario isn't all that likely, but hey, a guy can dream) :)

2) we are assuming out of the choices, amsterdam would be coldest of the bunch. is that a safe assumption?

No, I suspect Prague will be much colder, since even though it's a bit further south, it's inland, and thus doesn't benefit from the tempering influence of the gulfstream.

I sadly have never been in the other possibilities, so I'll leave replies on the further questions for someone else.

3. Posted by go_red_sox (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

with 788 postings, i'll definitely take your word for it. i dont think there's anything that would deter us from going to amsterdam (we had an agreement that amsterdam must be visited before we get married). now we just need some inputs on where to celebrate new years...thanks!!!