06-03-2008 - 22:05
Hmm. I'd say you could cut down to 2 nice tops for going out in, 2 vests, one short and one long sleeved t-shirt (so you can layer up if needs be. As for the bottom half, jeans are very practical and also look nice for going out so take those. If you're waiting for trains early in the morning or at night you'll appreciate the warmth too. Although they are heavy to carry, you'll probably find you are actually wearing them for most of the travelling part so that won't be a problem.
If you're very fair skinned the linen trousers might be a better option than the small shorts to protect your skin. Apparently legs are the commonest area of the body for skin cancer to occur in British women because in our freezing climate they're well covered for most of the year and then get blasted with sun in the summer! And the sun is a lot stronger in southern europe. Depending on where you're going, the short shorts might give local men the wrong idea - or even get you thrown out of the churches and museums you want to visit! Up to you.
I found a sundress invaluable - very light to carry, looks pretty, nice and loose in hot weather.
I set off on a two month rail spree with a generous 7 pairs of knickers but they mysteriously disappeared along the way so by the end I think I had only three pairs left - but it wasn't a problem. I just washed them in the handbasin in my room each night then hung them somewhere to dry. You can easily do the same thing with little vests, the thin cotton dries quickly. Hope this helps!! x