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November 2018 Lviv, Brno, Maribor, Sofia, or Tibilisi (Lviv and Tibilisi top of list so far)

I am looking for another wonderful vacation - I will be alone during part of it and with my husband for 1/3 to 1/2 of it. I will travel approx. Nov 1 -21 in 2018.

I love PEOPLE more than history. I love FOOD of most types. I love BEAUTY. Museums are not my thing. I am not into night life, but do love restaurants. I love live theatre but the language barrier.

Most people rush through places, I enjoyed 3 full weeks in Budapest and did not get bored - did take a weekend getaway trip via train to Eger and stayed in a wonderful thermal spa. I would love a similar get away mid trip.

Lviv, Ukraine (recommended a year ago by James E)
Brno, Czech Republic (recommended on various sites)
Maribor, Slovania (recommended on various sites)
Sofia Bulgaria (Not sure?)
Tibilisi,Georgia (recommended by a real estate investor we met in Budapest as a great place to go)

I WOULD LIKE ONLY 3 MAX PLACES. - PREFER 2 WITH A DAY TRIP OR TWO.

OK - I am ready for your advice. ;)

Jette

Posted by Kaeleku
856 posts

Lviv is a great destination. Bulgaria has many charms too, especially in some of the smaller cities and countryside, Sofia less so. But I would not go to a single one of these places in November. I would be looking to Turkey, Israel, Malta, Cyprus, Greece, Sicily, Southern Spain or Northern Africa at that time of the year. Places where the weather will be beautiful, outdoor activities will be available, and also places that are typically too hot during the normal tourist months.

Take a look at my blog. The pictures of the fall hikes in Bulgaria were all taken mid-Sept to mid-Oct 2016. By November everything was ugly and brown, and it was really unpleasant. Scroll down a little more, all those pictures in Turkey were taken exactly in the time frame you are talking - the first three weeks of November. Where we went to escape the cold in Bulgaria, where by that point it was raining, sleeting and snowing. I'm sure in the more northern places you mention it was even nastier. We returned to BG for a few days at the end of November where we extremely cold and miserable, and then we went to Sicily in the first week of December to escape Bulgaria again, we literally left in the middle of a snow storm. But Sicily the weather was really nice, we had the place to ourselves.

Posted by Juliette "Jette" Ferguson OP
Monterey Coast - California
76 posts

Yes, I agree with you and thank you- your blog is amazing. Unfortunately my only business slower time is the first few weeks of November.

One question for you - you would not go to Lviv or Sofia during November, would you go to Budapest? The reason I ask is that I had an amazing 3 weeks in budapest last november and your response to that will help me.

The timing of my trip is when my business has a slow down, so if I want to see these cities, it is during the cold. I live on the monterey peninsula in California so I get plenty of great weather - I am interested in the experience and seeing the above 5 cities mentioned.

I am definitely concerned with cold, but my husband went to Finland last January and survived ;)

Budapest at this time last year was fine - I was lucky and missed a majority of the rain, but I am ok with rain - i have waterproof shoes and an umpbrella.

Is Lviv and Sofia that much more horrible than budepest weather?
Now you have me concerned. ;)
Jette

Posted by Ilja
Seattle
4163 posts

November is indeed not the best month to travel. If you are lucky then in the beginning of November you can encounter few sunny days. If you like beauty you could have made better choices. In Czech Republic: Prague, Cesky Krumlov. Brno is not ugly but it's not in the same class. The same for Bulgaria but there it would be Plovdiv instead of Sofia. In Slovenia: Ljubljana instead of Maribor. It has been long time since I was in Tbilisi, it was still in Soviet Union. I liked the city. Lviv is still waiting for my visit so cannot comment.
Your husband was in Finland in January and survived. I am sure you will survive in November, too, the question is how much you will enjoy it. I would also prefer January to November in Finland. In January you just dress enough and cold is bearable. Wind, rain, damp cold in November is worse. I agree with Chani. If I were you I would choose destinations in southern Europe. In Santorini I swam in the sea in the beginning of November. Hard to imagine in your destinations to swim outdoors - with the exception of geothermal water, for example Blue Lagoon in Iceland.

Posted by Juliette "Jette" Ferguson OP
Monterey Coast - California
76 posts

I am now remembering that I was lucky in Budapest with little rain and a lot of sun last November.

I live the idea of places everyone else is not going to- non touristy.

So it sounds like Sicily is not touristy at that time? Sicily has always been on my list.

Posted by acraven
Washington DC
8293 posts

Sicily is wonderful. Taormina will probably have many tourists even in November, but I think otherwise you will be very pleased.

Posted by Becky
seattle
992 posts

We just spent a week in Palermo in an Airbnb. We enjoyed our time and felt like there were many more places to discover. We also traveled to other places in Sicily. All in all, a great place to visit.

Posted by James E.
USA
7492 posts

I'm sitting in the lobby of the Leopolis hotel in Lviv waiting on our car to the airport for our flight to Kyiv. We are fortunate enough to have stayed in some incredible hotels over the years, but nothing has surpassed this hotel. The service, quality and kindness of each and every member of the staff has been remarkable. Oh, did I mention that we are eating the special breakfast they had waiting for us at checkout at 6am? The city in general reflected this as well. Even the smallest cafe treats their guests with efficiency, respect and kindness. From that point of view we have never been to a more wonderful town.

This is a good 4 night town. The only draw back was the quantity of tourists, but since they all appear to me Ukrainian tourists I suspect the place would be more pleasant in mid-week.

I suspect we will be back in the Fall or next spring as a starting point to visit the Carpathians to the south of here. I love the Ukrainian people.

Posted by James E.
USA
7492 posts

Kaeleku, told you what I thought of Lviv, sitting in a cafe in Kyiv now. G-d I love this city. Better the second time.