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Dear Travelers,

I hope you will understand that because of the overwhelming number of questions received each day it is impossible for me to answer every one. I will select questions to answer based on what I believe will benefit and interest the greatest number of travelers. Also, please make your questions as specific as possible and know that I do not have the luxury of time to plan or detail personalized travel itineraries.

If your question is not selected, I sincerely apologize, as given the time, I would answer them all. If your question is selected you will be informed that it is published on our website as well as receive the answer by email.

Kindest regards,
Karen

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Category: France

Question:
Hello, my husband and I are coming over from California Aug 18-28 and weplan to drive from Paris to Annecy, to Lugano Switz, then back to Paris. Ihave never been to France, my husband has. I have been searching for map orat least a list of castles that are on our route from Paris to Annecy doe6A. Can you help? is it worth staying a night on the way down to Annecysomewhere near in a castle. I would love your help if you have time. Thankyou - Cheers 
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [Jul 31, 2015]


Answer:

In the regions of France you are traveling to enroute to the Swiss border there are not a lot of castles to visit or stay.  However, depending on your pacing and time, a few castles to consider are:

Environs of Paris:

to visit, just SE of Paris:  Vaux le Vicomte

to visit, just S of Paris:  Fontainebleu


Burgundy:

to stay west of Avallon:  Chateau de Vault de Lugny, Vault de Lugny

to stay north of Beaune:  Chateau de Gilly, Gilly

to stay north of Beaune:  Chateau-Hotel Andre Ziltener (more a manor house but a beautiful property), Chambolle Musigny 

to stay south of Beaune:  Chateau de Fleurville, Fleurville


Rhone Alps:

to stay: Chateau de Coudree, Bonnatrait

to visit: Chateau de Miolans

to visit: Chateau de Menthon St Bernard


Unfortunately, we do not have time to help with personalized trip planning or recommendations, but I hope the above recommendations help with your castle search in France!

Thank you for using our recommendations!
Kindest regards, Karen 

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Hello, my husband and I are coming over from California Aug 18-28 and weplan to drive from Paris to Annecy, to Lugano Switz, then back to Paris. Ihave never been to France, my husband has. I have been searching for map orat least a list of castles that are on our route from Paris to Annecy doe6A. Can you help? is it worth staying a night on the way down to Annecysomewhere near in a castle. I would love your help if you have time. Thankyou - Cheers Barbi
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [Jul 31, 2015]


Answer:
Dear Barbi,In the regions of France you are traveling to enroute to the Swiss border there are not a lot of castles to visit or stay.  However, depending on your pacing and time, a few castles to consider are:
Environs of Paris:to visit, just SE of Paris:  Vaux le Vicomte      to visit, just S of Paris:  Fontainebleu
Burgundy:to stay west of Avallon:  Chateau de Vault de Lugny, Vault de Lugnyto stay north of Beaune:  Chateau de Gilly, Gillyto stay north of Beaune:  Chateau-Hotel Andre Ziltener (more a manor house but a beautiful property), Chambolle Musigny 
to stay south of Beaune:  Chateau de Fleurville, Fleurville
Rhone Alps:to stay: Chateau de Coudree, Bonnatraitto visit: Chateau de Miolansto visit: Chateau de Menthon St Bernard
Unfortunately, we do not have time to help with personalized trip planning or recommendations, but I hope the above recommendations help with your castle search in France!

Thank you for using our recommendations!
Kindest regards,Karen 

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Category: General

Question:
My husband and I will be in Canale in Piedmont in 2nd half of Sept and plan to travel to Lucerne on our way to Fussen/Munich. We will only have 2 nights in Lucerne. The best train option seems to be from Turin to Lucerne but it's 6+ hours so we're considering renting a car. The drive is about 4 hrs. A car would give us more flexibility on travel times and be less hassle from not changing trains, but would like your perspective on whether it's a good option or not. We plan to have a car while in Germany as will be going up the romantic road so will keep the car through travels to Trier.
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [Jul 20, 2015]


Answer:
It is a hard choice.  Considerations:
I personally love the ease and adventure of traveling by train but, as you say, it limits your flexibility. 
Travel by train also delivers you to the heart of your chosen destination and eliminates the need and frustration of navigating int cities.  
You might want to compare pricing.  Point to point train travel is not cheap, but I would weigh the cost against a rental and gas.  To factor in, however, is the fact that a longer car rental sometimes affords lease options and/or better rates. 
To complicate further....it can be expensive and a nuisance to deal with a car and the feasibility of parking in cities.
I think I would train to Lucerne (you can easily sightsee on the lake and in the vicinity without a car), train to Munich and then pick up a car as you depart Munich to travel the Romantic Road.
Best, Karen

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Category: France

Question:
Dear Karen, I have purchased three itineraries for Bordeaux France and the Basque Country, French and Spanish side. We are a couple who plan to travel in August and would like a base to visit San Sebastian, Biarritz etc after visiting Bordeaux. We would prefer a guesthouse or rental with parking within easy reach by car of towns in this area. Which town or area would be the best base? I really need help with this
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [Jul 15, 2015]


Answer:

For convenience in terms of exploring the area, on the French side of the border, I personally love the coastal towns of St Jean de Luz, Bidart and we have a few hotels and bed & breakfasts in the area to choose from  (Hotel Parc Victoria, Chateau d'Urtubie,  La Deviniere, Hostellerie des Freres Ibarboure, Maison Tamarine...)  

Crossing over into Spain I would recommending using Hondarribia,   (Parador de Hondarribia, Hotel Obispo) or a little further west, Santillana del Mar (Casa del Marques, Parador de Santillana) as a base.  

But, HONESTLY I personally think it is hard to explore both countries with just one location as a base.  I would suggest staying in France to explore the French Basque region and then cross over into Spain and choose a location there. It would be hard and time consuming to travel back and forth.   In France, use a coastal town - or even venture up into the hilltowns (Sare, St Jean Pied de Port - towns you do not want to miss - and we have places to stay in each)  and then cross the border and settle in Santillana del Mar.

Sorry not to have a definitive answer and hope my response does not serve to confuse further!
Best, Karen 

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Category: General

Question:
A blog posted yesterday by a Rick Steves' Guidebook researcher / writer, Cameron Hewitt, about a French B&B "Moulin de Frequet" in Gramat, has the owner Gérard asking about Karen Brown. Gérard had not heard from you in some time. The blog posting is on the Rick Steves Web at: http://blog.ricksteves.com/cameron/2015/06/endearing-encounters-with-french-innkeepers/
Asked by James Carson [Jun 22, 2015]


Answer:

You are the second person to foward this on!  No worries!  Karen Brown is alive and well! AND I love the Moulin de Fresquet.  Although, Claude and Gerard might think I am there every year (and I was never there, sadly, with my entire family - wish I were), the reality is I try to visit properties every few years and to be truthful, those we love sometimes are "cut" when time runs out - since we already know they are wonderful!  We sometimes have to concentrate on any that have received "questionable reviews."  Thanks for sharing. Karen

 

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Category: General

Question:
We have a day to drive from Paris to Chamonix, and will then stay in Chamonix at the Hameau Albert per for 3 nights. For the long day drive, do you suggest driving straight thru (6 hours) or are there stops you recommend?
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [Jun 13, 2015]


Answer:

Assuming you want to be as efficient in getting to Chamonix as possible, the following suggestions would be options for stops convenient to the autoroutes:

Vezelay:  lovely hilltown, pilgrimmage site (you could also lunch at Chateau de Vault de Lugny)  Exit Avallon off the A6

Beaune:  charming historic walled city; easy to navigate and explore, lots of restaurants, wine cellars - great introduction to Burgundy. Exit A6

Although, it is most direct to travel A6 to A40, you could journey south from Macon on the A6 to Lyon and then take the A42 NE to connect back up with A40.  If you do this, Vieux Perouges is a lovely walled town off the A42.

Hope this helps!

Enjoy your journey!
Karen 

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Category: General

Question:
How can I clear my cart so I can re-order the itineraries that I want to purchase
Asked by Donna Gravely [Jun 4, 2015]


Answer:

You can simply use the "trash can" icon  to the right of each item in your shopping cart.

Also, know that ALL itineraries for a specific country are duplicated in the Ebook of that same country.  

If you continue to have problems, I can empty your cart so you can start over. Just let me know.

Thank you, Karen 

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Category: France

Question:
Could you check your website info for Hotel Cambiges in Paris? Your info says it is located in the 8th Arr. but your map contact shows it in the 5th or 6th. Also when I put in a reservation request thru your website I gorma confirmation back for the "Chambiges Élysées" which does appear to be in the 8th Arr. I assume your map location is for another one of the Chambiges group of hotels? (There appear to be two in the area of Paris.). Thank you.
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [May 30, 2015]


Answer:

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I am not sure why the location on our website was wrong. When I checked our database it is correct.  I just reloaded the map coordinates, and it now shows correctly.  However, I am concerned that it might "bounce off" again.  I will ask our web team for their thoughts as to what is causing this.  In the meantime, rather than just rely on the map, the L&L for The Hotel Chambiges (in the 8th!) are:

 48.86691676221638

 2.303652763366699 

Thank you again! Karen

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Category: General

Question:
Is the ebook the same as the itineraries or should I buy the itineraries also?
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [May 13, 2015]


Answer:

ALL the itineraries are included in the Ebook of the same destination. So if you purchase an Ebook for a given country you do NOT need to purchase the individual itineraries.  Thank you for checking and for your interest in our recommendations.

Kindest regards,

Karen 

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Category: General

Question:
We would like to visit an European destination this summer that would hold the interest of our 17 year old daughter. Any suggestions? We have up to 12 days to use on vacation. Thank you.
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [Apr 12, 2015]


Answer:

Dear Nancy,

It is hard to offer suggestions without knowing your daughter's interests. However, in general I believe teenagers prefer cities to quiet countryside towns. Depending on your itinerary you might also want to consider travel by train which is an adventure in its own right and offers a little more independence than being sequestered in the back seat.  YOu might also want to consider destinations that bring what she studied in school to life.  For example, in France: Normandy with Monet's home, Rouen - home to Jean d'Arc, Bayeux Tapestry, D-Day beaches, Mont St Michel and you could easily continue on to the Loire Valley with all the wonderful Chateaux.  Another example would be Germany and a trip on the Rhein, Castles, Romantic Road, Munich and mad King Ludwig's Castles.  If she likes the outdoors there is nothing more spectacular in scenery and setting than Switzerland:  Stein am Rhein, Lucerne, the region of Interlaken and the Jungfraujoch, St Moritz and on to the gorgeous Engadine Valley with Soglio and Guarda.  Austria is also so beautiful with some of the world's most intimate and charming cities: Vienna, Salzburg and beautiful countryside towns: Hallstatt, St Wolfgang, Innsbruck......Croatia and Slovenia are beautiful as well with Lake Bled, Lubjiana, Hvar, Dubrovnik....Or head across the channel. Everyone loves London and in the countryside you have the allure of the cotswolds, Bath, Yorkshire and you could end in Edinburgh and then take the Royal Scotsman back to London.  

Again, so many thoughts - I personally love so many destinations without some sort of focus of interest it is impossible to know what will appeal. I shared your question with my husband and his reply was "whereever there are 17 year old boys!"

Wishing you and your family a trip of cherished memories!

Karen

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