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London and _____ for the holidays?

Eustace

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My wife is working in London for 2 months beginning December 1 and her firm agreed to fly me over as opposed to flying her back for Christmas and New Years. I'll be in Europe from December 22-Jan 2. I've never been to London so I will definitely spend a couple of days there. I was thinking Paris and Burgundy but I'm concerned that Burgundy will be too deserted with everyone taking holiday. I'm open to other suggestions if those seem less promising. Thoughts?
 

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I'd do a little research on Burgundy in December. Might be empty, might be quiet and nice.
 

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It may sound crazy but Iceland is great, probably one of the best places I've been, and relatively a short flight from London. Reykjavik and doing the golden ring is something you and your wife would enjoy as well. Along the golden circle you will find the Blue Lagoon, your wife absolutely love it, plus you would enjoy all the eye candy running amuck. You should at least give a look into. Amazing scenery too
 

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I'd do a little research on Burgundy in December. Might be empty, might be quiet and nice.

The reviews are mixed, some stating it was desolate and difficult to travel, others said it was the best time to go. I have a mutual friend who lives there that I sent an e-mail to. I hope that he is able to settle the debate.

It may sound crazy but Iceland is great, probably one of the best places I've been, and relatively a short flight from London.  Reykjavik and doing the golden ring is something you and your wife would enjoy as well.  Along the golden circle you will find the Blue Lagoon, your wife absolutely love it, plus you would enjoy all the eye candy running amuck.  You should at least give a look into.  Amazing scenery too 

Probably a tough sell since I know my wife wants to go to Paris for at least a couple of days. If I were single I'd be all about it.
 

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I'd suggest renting a car for Burgundy, but travel shouldn't be difficult. Overall, we thought Beaune and the vicinity were generally quiet areas anyways. Cool for some, not cool for others.
 

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I'd suggest renting a car for Burgundy, but travel shouldn't be difficult. Overall, we thought Beaune and the vicinity were generally quiet areas anyways. Cool for some, not cool for others.

That was the tentative plan. London -> Paris -> rent car to explore Burgundy. This is the longest vacation I'll likely take for the foreseeable future so quiet for that leg is welcomed. I'm hoping to find somewhere to eat and drink great and this is a great opportunity to visit one of my favorite wine regions. I just need to make sure that restaurants and tasting appointments will be available.
 

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if available, see if Oliver Leflaive has their big vineyard tour and tasting going on. It was very well done and very thorough.

We stayed just outside of Beaune, though you may want to consider Dijon since there's a chance that things could be closed. Dijon is bigger, has more going on, etc.
 

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if available, see if Oliver Leflaive has their big vineyard tour and tasting going on. It was very well done and very thorough.
We stayed just outside of Beaune, though you may want to consider Dijon since there's a chance that things could be closed. Dijon is bigger, has more going on, etc.

Good call. I think you can stay on the premises too. I need to read Andrew Jefford's "The New France" again. Maybe it has some tips RE: visiting other tasting rooms too.
 

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