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TRAVEL QUESTIONS FOR KAREN:

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: General

Question:
Where do I find the number for the Eurocar rentals. Martha
Asked by Martha Rambaud [Feb 22, 2011]


Answer:

Dear Martha,

I assume you want the number for AutoEurope.  Their telephone number is 800-223-5555 and be sure to identify yourself as a Karen Brown Traveler for offered discounts.  The Karen Brown ID number is 99006187.

Best, Karen

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Category: Italy

Question:
I was about to order your two books on Italy, since we will be going to Sicily and Southern Italy in a couple of months and the most current ones in my travel collection are from 2002. However, since they are 2010 editions, I must ask: Are 2011 editions on the way and, if so, when will they be available?
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [Feb 21, 2011]


Answer:

I would definitely encourage you to make your plans based on our current editions. Italy, more than most of our guides changes each year in terms of what we recommend and I think you will find the current edition dramatically different from the 2002 edition.  In fact, I believe our Sicily Itinerary, which will be perfect for helping you plan your trip, was not in the 2002 book. I am not as concerned that you will miss out on our new recommendations as I am that you might select a place to stay that we no longer recommend.

In terms of which edition to purchase. The books currently available were published as 2010/2011 editions.  You can cross reference our website for any updated information.

Thank you for your interest in our guides!

Kindest regards,

Karen

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Category: Italy

Question:
My family and are planning a two week trip to Italy this April. We were planning on starting in Rome and working our way North. The last three days are April 24th Easter, April 25th Liberation Day and April 26th we fly home from Milan or Venice. Although it is an exciting time to be in Italy, I am concerned about these two holidays back to back and what will be closed on these day. Any suggestions on how to utilize these days best? thank you
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [Feb 21, 2011]


Answer:

Yes, indeed that is a particular period also because the Easter holiday is so late this year and overlaps with the April 25th holiday which coincides with the religious day after Easter "Pasquetta", ending at the May 1st holiday!

This means that the majority of Italians are on vacation (Easter week schools are closed as well).  All museums are closed on the Monday as usual and most stores are closed except for those in the very center of the ciites.

You mention that you will be in Rome at the beginning of your vacation and do not specify exactly where you will be during those last 3 days in the north. Venice is notoriously packed during that weekend as day trippers come down from the bordering countries.

Rome of course is where most of the major Easter weekend activities occur, centered around St Peter's. 

One other tip is to be careful about when you transfer from one city to the next.  Trains are preferable with advance reservation tickets.  Traffic is impossible everywhere during that weekend.

I hope I have been helpful  and wish you all the best in your travels to Italy!

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Category: France

Question:
We are planning a trip from Vienna where we have a meeting to Bordeaux, France to visit family. Any suggestions on the best way to travel? Air, train or car? We can take several days. Switzerland is hard to go from East- West. I do not want to deal with large cities like Milano in Italy. It is a long haul across to Brodeaux. Martha Rabaud
Asked by Martha Rambaud [Feb 20, 2011]


Answer:

Dear Martha,

It is quite a distance to cover traveling from Vienna to Bordeaux and would prove expensive in terms of car rental and gas if you were to drive and you would probably use up any luxury of time simply covering the miles on the autoroute. 

Point to point travel by train is also expensive, but if you were to break the journey in order to explore different regions enroute, you might want to consider a rail pass (varies depending on how many days and the countries you include) which are often a better value than a point to point ticket.  Just to give you an idea, I searched for schedule and price Vienna to Bordeaux:

Vienna to Munich: 4hr 42 minutes

Munich to Paris: 10 hr 40 minutes

Paris to Bordeaux: 3 hr 32 minutes

Price varies from second class to first class: $345 to $807 per person

A Eurail Select Pass, (for the purposes of this comparison I selected a 3 country option):

1 adult, first class 5 days in 2months: $458

1 adult, first class 6 days in 2months: $506

1 adult, first class 8 days in 2months: $598

AND if you purchase a pass before March 30 - you will earn an extra free day!

If you travel by train you could make stops in Austria, Switzerland and France with Bordeaux the final destination! (I am simply suggesting three countries-but, do know there are passes that allow the inclusion of more countries.)

You could also fly from Vienna to Bordeaux. Previously it was very expensive to fly inter-Europe, but now there are some very inexpensive/competitive routes offered by Ryan Air, Cheap Jet (not direct, but with intermediary stops) and even Air Berlin (but you could only get as far as Paris and then would have to train to Bordeaux). I would suggest you look at their routes. You might want to certain cities of interest, spend a few days and then continue on.

Hope this helps!

Enjoy your travels,

Karen

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Category: Italy

Question:
I have the "Italy Charming Inn & Itineraries" 2001. I was interested in visiting Lake Garda and did not see many of your suggested properties still listed in the current list of properties on line. Is that because they no longer have been maintained or you have just added new properties. i.e., San Vigilio, Locanda San Vigilio. I have used your guides for years and stayed at several properties, how long do the guides stay relevant? This is the first time I have joined as a member. Martha Rambaud
Asked by Martha Rambaud [Feb 20, 2011]


Answer:

Dear Martha,

I just checked and the Locanda San Vigilio DOES have a website presence on our site -  perhaps you mis-spelled it in the search?  Karen

Dear Martha,

We still proudly recommend the Locanda San Vigilio in our guides. Unfortunately, they have not opted to participate on our website for which we have a nominal fee to cover administrative costs and miss out on our ever-growing internet audience. They are lucky you found them in our printed guide, however, I apologize for the confusion it causes you.  That being said, the list of properties we recommend does change each year based on our own research trips. Properties are removed for different reasons. It is sometimes because something has changed dramatically; our readers have written in with enough (3) complaints to pull it no matter what our personal experience, or sometimes, it is simply that we have found something we feel offers better value, location, quality, welcome and charm. We tried to provide our readers with a selective listing not comprehensive so it does change when we find new properties. We want to provide recommendations for what we feel are the best for a given area. However, since the properties can't be compared "apples to apples" we also feel it our responsibility to provide a honest written appraisal so you can choose the one that best suits your preference.

If there are other properties you find in our book but not on our website and want to know if we still recommend them, please don't hesitate to ask.  At the Premier and Business class membership levels you have access on our website to all properties we currently recommend, whether or not they choose to be featured.

Thank you for using our guides and recommendations!

Kindest regards,

Karen

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Category: France

Question:
We have tried to get reservation information to 2 sites listed in your Hotel and B&B books for France, but both are not listed in your web site. Please advise how we can proceed (for instance are these facilities no longer in existence). These are L'Enclos near the town of Hautefort (page 222 map 8, and La Bastide Cabezac near the town of Bize Minervois (map 10). We picked these due to their facilities, meals, & service and because of their locations (near Cahors and Languedoc wine regions)...Thank you for your assistance as we are nearing our departure dates. Barbara Adams
Asked by Barbara Adams [Feb 17, 2011]


Answer:

Dear Barbara,

Yes, we still recommend both properties, however they currently do not participate on our website (for which there is a nominal administrative fee) and hence your question as to whether they even still exist. There is no charge to be in our guides as we don't want anything to influence our selection or editorial, but there is a fee for the website. Unfortunately, these two properties are missing out on our ever growing internet audience!

In terms of how to contact them, I will provide their email info below. We stopped publishing email addresses in our printed guides since properties kept changing them! 

 L'Enclos:  rornsteen@yahoo.com

Bastide Cabezac: contact@la-bastide-cabezac.com  (note they have new owners since 4/2010 and I have yet to meet them.)

Thank you for using our guides and recommendations!

Kindest regards,

Karen

 

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Category: Spain

Question:
We are looking for something that is either a self contained cottage or B&B in Spain. We have bought your latest book on Spain but it has hotels rather than smaller establishments. I have limited mobility but would like a pool and my husband loves his golf. We used your B&B guide for Italy a couple of years ago and it was brilliant. Thank you.
Asked by Jeanine Little [Feb 14, 2011]


Answer:

You are correct in that our guide to Spain features more hotels and inns.  However, if you can let me know the region of interest, perhaps I can recommend one of the "hotels" that best meets  your preference.

Thank you for using our guides and for you kind note-I don't think anyone has ever used "brilliant" before! Thank you!

Best, Karen

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Category: General

Question:
What is the cost and how long does it take to get from London to Edinburgh by train? Would it be cheaper to travel by plane and how much would this be? Month of travel would be September 2011
Asked by Bernadette Maguire [Feb 14, 2011]


Answer:

I researched train fares and times (you, too, can do so using our link under travel tools (blue tab) - train reservations), London to Edinburgh and it is $258 for First Class, $188 second class and the trip  takes almost 5 hours. The advantage is you can leave from the station at the heart of the city and not have to get out to an airport and enjoy the scenery as you travel north!

I then researched via the website "cheap fares from London to Edinburgh" and depending on whether you depart from London Heathro/Stansted or Gatwick, the one way fares ranged from $100 to $134 (75 to 98 Euros) and the flight is just about an hour. Definitely less expensive and more efficient. Airfares change constantly, so I would continue to research competitive fares.

Hope this helps!

Best, Karen

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Category: General

Question:
Hello Karen, I have just become aware of your website and am so excited to learn more. I am planning a trip to Europe this summer and would love your guidance. We are planning to stay three days in Bayeux (mainly to do World War II tours), three days in Paris (I think I may never leave!), and five days in London. In Bayeux we are planning to stay at the Churchill Hotel but after looking at your reviews I am inclined to possibly switch to the Hotel d'Argouges. What are your thoughts? I do think the Chateau de Sully looks beautiful but would like somewhere we can walk to around the town of Bayeux and think it looks a little further away. I would love to know what you think and cannot wait to learn more on your sight! Thank you, Lisa Henderson
Asked by Lisa Henderson [Feb 13, 2011]


Answer:

Dear Lisa,

Thank you for your sweet note!  

In terms of Bayeux, I am not familiar with the Churchill...and although, I like the d'Argouges it is not exceptional - so unless you have concerns about the Churchill, I don't know that I would bother to change.  I do agree, that it is nice to be right in town. Bayeux is an easy town to explore on foot.

Thank you for your enthusiasm about our site.  Hope it serves to help in planning your trip.

Kindest regards,

Karen 

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Category: New England

Question:
I recently Purchased your NEW ENGLAND guide. I did have it just before Christmas. Now I'm looking at it and see that you would help me with itineraries, but the date on the 'back fly' is only valid until Dec. 2010. Did I miss it? Jim.
Asked by Jim Sargent [Feb 12, 2011]


Answer:

Dear Jim,

The Preferred Membership was for the calendar year for which you purchased the guide, however, I am happy to extend it so you can take advantage of the complimentary, downloadable itinerary and the store discount.  You will need to create an account on our site.  Do this following the instructions in the book and then email me once it is set up and I will manipulate the date if need be.  My personal email is herbert@karenbrown.com.

Thank you for using our books and recommendations!

Best, Karen

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