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Old 10-15-2007, 08:31 AM   #1
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So the University of Graz's winter semester ends in January, and the summer semester doesn't begin until a few days into March. I have, along with periodic holidays (more than periodic, really, thanks to the strong presence of the Catholic church) and Christmas break, an ENTIRE FREAKING MONTH to do whatever I want.

I'm planning things out still, but there's a Hungary-Crotia-Slovenia rail pass that I'm thinking about getting. In terms of my February vacation, what I'm looking at, for the moment, is going Graz - Vienna - Budapest - Pécs - Zagreb - Ljubljana - Maribor - Graz. But since there's a lot of people on here, I'm more than willing to take other suggestions about places I should go. Let me just say that though I don't know a lick of any southeastern European languages (except some choice phrases in Serbo-Croatian that would get me trampled for my dirty mouth), I know enough German and French to get by clearly in them both and some phrases in Spanish, Italian, Czech, and Magyar. Any pointers? I'm here until the beginning of July, so I certainly intend to try and hit up as many other places as possible (revisits like Munich, Berlin, Prague, and San Sebastian, as well as some new places like Dublin, Riga, Copenhagen, and Florence). I just don't really know what's good when; for example, I know I want to see Dublin in the spring, but is it better to see a place like Zagreb now-ish, in the winter with snow-covered streets, or in the spring when everything comes into bloom?
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Old 10-15-2007, 09:01 PM   #2
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is it better to see a place like Zagreb now-ish, in the winter with snow-covered streets, or in the spring when everything comes into bloom?
I have never made it to Croatia, but in general most people prefer to see everything in Spring. I got to see Munich in both winter and spring and to be honest liked both a lot. The cold winter night strolls through the Marianplatz were really memorable.

Similarly, I got to see snow fall in Granada and that was amazing.

For really great cities, you'll love it no matter what the weather is. And keep in mind, at night, it could be the gloomiest of gloomy days and it doesn't make a difference
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