Winter Winners

Sure, it's the off-season, but London, Paris and Rome are still alluring, not to mention cheaper and less crowded

London, Paris, and Rome are the Holy Trinity of travel. They offer some of the world's finest hotels, food and culture. But during the sunny high season, lines are long, tickets are maddeningly elusive and dinner reservations--forget it. Here's my advice: Follow the smart travelers and take advantage of these destinations during the cooler weather that lies just ahead. Each of these cities has its charms during the off-season--plus bargains and breathing room. So pack your weather insurance (long johns and an umbrella) and set off on a kinder, gentler--and less expensive--European experience.

LONDON

I'm fond of London's Knightsbridge-Kensington area for convenience....

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