Thanks! The offseason is def something we're glad for, and my fiancee is a schoolteacher so it's her break and won't interfere with work. We're gonna end up spending Xmas in Rome, NYE in Paris, then after holiday sales in London. Our hotels are booked, our Rome hotel seems to be in a great location, very central to everything....the Paris hotel i really have no idea about other than it being recommended by our travel agent, and the London hotel is in Kensington nice to hear it won't be *that* cold....but cold enough to put some gear into use that doesnt normally see much wear, being in LA I like english pubs. Unfortunately, I haven't been to any in London. The only pubs I've been to were in Weymouth and the small village (hamlet really) my grandfather lived in.