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21. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru, 1730 posts) 13 Jul '12 06:40

I've been on the Costa del Sol for the last ten months and on Boxing Day 2011, I went to the beach where it was like a summer's day. I wore a T-shirt all through winter. Nights were a bit cold though, but not by northern standards.

22. Posted by SeanieD (Budding Member, 11 posts) 14 Jul '12 06:05

Ask professor green

23. Posted by boydsbears (Budding Member, 10 posts) 15 Jul '12 14:20

We went last October and it was in the 40's to the 50's and windy at times. The rates are cheaper but you need to bring sweaters, warm coat, gloves and yes that ever essential scarf plus it makes you look like a real french person so you fit rite in. I think it was actually warmer in our home area of upstate New York while we were there. We had thought about going in the spring but france really does not get that warm in the Paris area. We went to Italy on a cruise in October as well as it was warm and sunny and around 60's to 70's it was perfect so you just don't know it really varies from place to place and the time of year.

24. Posted by Casey_Me (Budding Member, 39 posts) 16 Jul '12 05:19

Thanks everyone...keep the experiences coming!!

I have been looking at the Marino wool products, and the rating they have for different cool/cold climates. Does anyone know if it would be enough to have the 200 Marino wool rating or 260 marino wool for say Paris in the peak of Winter for example...im probably going to avoid being any further north than the UK or Berlin area? was thinking of getting the marino 260 for bottoms and 200 for top and a marino vest?
Loving all the advice. Cheers
Casey

25. Posted by egal (Budding Member, 4 posts) 17 Jul '12 03:03

hi Casey,

Marino is very warm and dont think you need to have every layer in marino.
i think that means the weight per m², so not a big difference.
Berlin probably going to be the coldest place your staying, uk is because of the gulf 'warmer'
Best think u can do to keep u warm is to wear layers ( air is best isolator ever, so don't choose too tight clothes) . Im from Germany im wearing in winter time (when its under 0 °C during noon) jeans with thin or cotton tights or leggings underneath, a top, a longarm shirt and a pullover (better with wool) or you can choose functional stuff like fleece-pullover. Further a warm winter Jacket or better because of the wind is a coat. you should look out for a coating on the outside witch is not hydrophil, best is waterproof. Gloves (must be windstopping in any way), scarf (no synthetic material only if you choose functional construction fabric again). Boots are better but you can wear hiking boots with warm socks. they have to be waterproof in the snow.
Costs are for jacket/coat (prices nearly the same) starting from 120 euro lower price segment.
Pullover around 40, tights (H&M, Zara, Vero Moda around 6-10 Euros), new shoes 100 Euros,
shirt, top 5-15 Euros.
when its snowing u need a cap to not to get wet hair.

26. Posted by TeflonCDN (Full Member, 113 posts) 17 Jul '12 09:00

Quoting Casey_Me

Does anyone know if it would be enough to have the 200 Marino wool rating or 260 marino wool for say Paris in the peak of Winter for example...im probably going to avoid being any further north than the UK or Berlin area? was thinking of getting the marino 260 for bottoms and 200 for top and a marino vest?
Loving all the advice. Cheers
Casey

Hey Casey, Merino wool is always a good idea! It is light weight, packs easy, and is great at keeping you warm when it is cold and humid outside. Humidity is really good at penetrating your cloths and making you cold. Add a soft shell jacket and a water proof breathable shell and you will be fine. The average temp in Paris for January is about 2-4 deg C. Many of us silly Canadians wear this combo throughout the winter. It is comfortable down to about -20 with good boots, a hat, and gloves.

Just remember, you will be in Europe and there will be plenty of stores with appropriate clothing for sale... Pack what seems right, give yourself a few days to adjust to the temperature, then buy additional clothing based on "your" perception of the cold. It probably will not be as bad as you fear!

Enjoy the trip:)

PS - I give you this advice because my "chickie pooh" has the same problem when packing for a trip. She spends hours worrying about missing something that can easily be bought on site... If I have your passport, tickets, and cash/credit card, your ready to go!

27. Posted by Casey_Me (Budding Member, 39 posts) 17 Jul '12 22:42

Thanks ...thats great advice!

And you're right...I can buy things over there if I need to. Probably also a good idea to climatise so I Dont go overboard with the packing.

I think 2-4 degrees is also bearable so long as Im not constantly outside.

I guess though I have no idea where good indoor hang out places are in Europe...Museums?

Cheers People :)

Ps. I just want to say that its Pretty much peak winter here in perth and its a Sunny day probably 13 degrees with wind chill, no wind probably 18 degrees... Its no wonder Im freaking about winter in any other place... haha.

28. Posted by haveconle (Inactive, 2 posts) 18 Jul '12 05:11

You really need to prepared for winter in Europe, and sorry, but I've seen Australians in tiny denim jackets out in minus 9 Celsius, and they just could not believe how cold it was.-snip-

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