Penne Cole's thoughts on food, travel and more
Yes, I know it’s March, and I really shouldn’t be extolling the virtues of winter travel in Europe now, when spring has arrived. But you know what? It just snowed here two days ago, so to me and my tropical blood, this is still winter. It’s a dreary time to be here in France. It’s as cold and grey and drizzly as London, which I didn’t think was possible. And wouldn’t you know it, when the sun is out, I have to be in class, never mind that I only have class two days a week if I’m lucky.
But winter travel in Europe has its appeal as well. For one thing, it’s off-peak season and, as everyone knows, that means discounts. Everything from hotel rooms to airfares are cheaper, so if you’re on a budget, this is the time to be here. For another, everything will be less crowded. Unless, of course, you happen to want to visit the Vatican City around Christmas time.
Perhaps my favourite reason, especially if you’re travelling with your partner, is you’ve got the perfect excuse to cuddle. Not that you needed one, but think of it as all the joys of apres ski (which some say is the best part) without the actual skiing. There’s nothing better than snuggling together in front of a roaring fire while watching the snow fall outside.
It may be cold and dreary, but winter in Europe still has a lot going for it, so why not check it out?
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