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Google has a tool for this. it you search for a specific place, it will show you data Google has on how busy that place is on certain days and at certain times as a bar graph. Here is an example of the Louvre in Paris: https://www.google.com/search?q=louvre%20paris I believe these data are gathered from Google Maps or Android users' location. In addition, ...


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Rome is always full of tourists. The best time (IMO) to visit is September, just after the most popular summer vacation time for most people Your best bet will also be October and November to mid-December or in January, February when the weather is "less nice" Do not go to Rome if there is a Christian holiday or celebration (Christmas, Easter...) For ...


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I have written an article about seasickness, so I will give a resume. Seasickness has nothing to do with willpower. If someone accuses you of that, tell him that Horatio Nelson and Shackleton on the "James Caird" were both seasick. The exact cause of seasickness is still unknown. The "frame of reference" theory has the flaw that blind people can get seasick,...


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Here is a presentation regarding tourism in Italy. It's for 2011 and doesn't show the Colosseum specifically, but does have breakdowns per month for paid and free museum entry. For paid entry, November to February are the months with lowest visitor counts followed increasingly by March, April, May, September and October. August has the highest visitor counts ...


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The Italian Statistics bureau publishes the number of annual visitors per sight as well as the number of visitors per month divided by region (as used in the answer by @Berwyn). This means the monthly data for the colosseum does exist, even though they are not published. I contacted the office via mail and they were kind enough to send me the monthly ...


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Familiarity can certainly reduce the likelihood of sea sickness, as your body can get used to it. The usual problem is the swell - which you just don't get on lakes. Out on the ocean you have no stationary frame of reference so your brain starts to believe the boat is stationary. As it is actually moving, this confuses your brain and causes sickness. ...


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It depends. If you're talking astronomical, as MeNoTalk says, it's from the equinox (mid-March) to the solstice (mid-June). However, the temperatures don't necessarily reflect that. You can still experience cold snaps and snow in the north right through much of April as well, while to many, the south (Texas, Florida) will be nice and warm already. It's ...


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I was just reading an article on Mashable: "The FareCompare travel gurus suggest it's best to buy airplane tickets mid-day on a Tuesday or Wednesday."


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Hats It goes without saying that you'd need a proper hat, and there are some models that can protect your face as well as your frontal lobes. Here are some less common options that can provide superior protection to your gentle facial features. Beard hats Yes, I know -- they look hilarious. From second-hand experience, they work wonders (a friend of mine ...


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Yes, you can, but only via Iceland. There are no non-stop or direct flights from the US to Greenland. To Iceland: Icelandair serves several US destinations year-round from Reykjavik's Keflavik International Airport, including: Boston Denver New York-JFK Seattle Also, these destinations seasonally: Anchorage (summer) Minneapolis (summer) Washington D.C. (...


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The flow over the falls is influenced by the hydroelectric power plants in the region. However, by international treaty, the flow is maintained at a certain minimum amount: The 1950 Niagara Treaty established minimum flows over Niagara Falls for scenic purposes. Note that Niagara Falls refers to the sum of the flow over the American and Horseshoe Falls. ...


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Most roads within Yellowstone National Park are not plowed over the winter. From the National Park Service: Every year in early November, most park roads close to regular traffic as we prepare for the winter season. The only exception is the road between Mammoth Hot Springs and the northeast entrance, which is open to regular traffic all year. Once ...


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Yes, these were for the Indian festival 'Holi', the festival of colours. It is the one of the most important festival in India and is celebrated by playing with colours (people put variuos colours on each other, it is fun). Coincidently, March 17, 2014, your travel day was the day Holi fell in 2014 (The Indian festivals are mostly dependent on lunar calendar,...


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Layers. Bring several. The average temperatures you quote are very misleading. Two years ago I was there in July and, while I would concur with the average, temperatures varied between 4C and 20C. That means that I used a thin long-sleeve top and was slightly hot around noon and was quite cold with a jacket, sweater plus long-sleeve top at night. Light ...


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It is normal to see long crowds there (even Google Street View shows the queue), but google suggests it is less busy Wednesday to Friday, either around opening time (ideally get there sometime before 10 a.m. or in the late evening, around 6 p.m. maybe, last entrance time is 7:30 p.m.) Even better, the catacombs have their own statistics on best access time (...


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In my experience with flights within Asia, and also trans Atlantic and Pacific flights from North America, yes, flights are cheaper 2 weeks or more before your date. However, it is helpful to search for flights and prices for the route you are interested in way before you plan to buy. The reason for this is to get an idea about what a "base" price will be ...


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This page list all the big Christmas markets in Switzerland. I can really recommend those two that are in the main stations of Lucerne and Zurich. It sounds weird but they are really nice. As a plus next to the Christmas market in Zurich's main station, there are a lot of open air bars in the courtyard of the Landesmuseum where you can get Glühwein and ...


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The astronomical spring (Northern Hemisphere) 2014 begins on March 20 and ends on June 20, that includes USA.


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I frequently go to Edinburgh for a few weeks till the end of July because I take groups of students there for language courses. What I have learnt from these stays is that no summer is exactly the same as the previous one. Last year we had good weather, with few rainy spells (we even went to sunbathe at Portobello Beach, where I got sunburnt!). This year is ...


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There are some trees between the terrace and the river (sample photo), but they don't have any leaves on them in December and should not obstruct your view of the fireworks. I have not been there on New Year's Eve myself though.


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It would be safer and easier to find accommodation in Israel, and look for an organized ride to Bethlehem, instead of being in the PA areas on your own. Although Bethlehem is (relative to other Palestinian cities) safe for foreigners and the Palestinians are making special efforts during the Christmas season, it's better not to take extra chances. Also, the ...


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There was a flight from North America a few years ago -- Baltimore airport, to be precise -- but it was cancelled after less than a year. It seemed to me that Air Greenland had chosen poorly, since they ran the flight all through the fall and winter, but finally gave it up as too expensive in the early spring, because not enough people were booking. But ...


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According to the German Wikipedia, the park is closed from mid-September to April and the Christmas market was discontinued in 2009. The calendar on the park's website supports this - it shows the park as open every day in August, only Thrusday to Sunday in September, and only concert events (which are held on the premises while the rest of the park is ...


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So it'll depend a little on WHERE in Japan you want to go, as due to climate conditions, they bloom at slightly different times. A regularly updated forecast for this year can be found in a nice chart online: (source) The same page includes the average bloom times for each location in another chart below. The blossoms may start in April, but they're ...


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Vast majority of the attractions should still be accessible in September and October, with possibly the exception of a few remote places in the center highlands. I don't think most of the attractions would look less attractive in the Autumn. The main drawback is worse weather in general, more rain and colder and the days getting shorter. So outside ...


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A few major points: the person who did this neat little comparison - nice job by the way - looked on all different days of the week. Oct 23rd and Nov. 7th were Wednesdays, Nov. 24th was a Thursday, and Dec. 16th was a Friday. It's well-known that tickets prices change, often dramatically, during the week. They are generally lowest Tues (sometimes also ...


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There are plenty of haunted houses around the City and in surrounded areas let's start with the obvious: Times Scare Nightmare NYC And of course Jekyll & Hyde series of haunted establishments. There are also plenty of online resources that list the haunted houses as well like HauntedHouse.com in New York and New Jersey so pick your poison. :)


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