My family and I are going to Europe at the end of this year from our home here in temperate Melbourne. I plan to see a lot of it through my 50mm 1.4, but apart from the photography side of things I am after some advice on where to go and stay and also of more concern, what to wear! We are going in December so it will be as cold as it gets and we will be visiting Germany, Italy, France and the Netherlands. Being a family of teachers, we will be looking to stay fairly cheaply and have got some good accomodation already in Paris. I'm very interested in getting some local information about places to stay in Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Venice and Rome. Also any camera stores in those places would be useful and appreciated. And with regards to what to wear, presumably Germany is the coldest but some of you American's'd be used to cold weather too . We spent an hour in a "Columbia" shop trying on jackets and the only one that felt warm enough was $450 AUD.. on sale. What do you really wear?!? Any other general advice is greatly appreciated. Answer as much or as little as you like. Regards and thanks in advance, William.