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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:
Hi Karen, I have purchased your Dordogne guide and need some help. We are flying into Nice on April 23 and flying out of Paris on May 6 . If we hired a car in Nice, could you suggest an itinerary where we end up in Lyon to return the car on May 6 ( and then train to the airport ). We would like Fake watches to drive from Nice through to the Dordogne, changing accommodation maximum of 5 times . Basically what I am asking is which towns we should look for accommodation during the 12 days that we have. Thx for your help in anticipation Regards Hannah
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [Jun 11, 2013]


Answer:
Dear Hannah,You fly into Nice and you might want to reference for more information our itinerary Hilltowns of the French Riviera (http://www.karenbrown.com/Trip_Planning_Itinerary/France/Hilltowns_of_the_French_Riviera/27.php ) and then to bridge the distance between Nice and the region of the Lot and Dordogne River Valleys we have the Provence (http://www.karenbrown.com/Trip_Planning_Itinerary/France/Provence/28.php ) and the Gorges du Tarn (http://www.karenbrown.com/Trip_Planning_Itinerary/France/Gorges_du_Tarn/29.php ) itineraries.  I would suggest looking at these since I don't know which regions might appeal most to you in terms of allocating your precious time.  France has wonderful autoroutes so you could feasibly travel from Nice and skip over Provence to include the Tarn or go from Nice and explore Provence and then skip over the Tarn and go all the way to the Dordogne.  However, to travel back across France to Lyon is very cumbersome and time consuming. I honestly do not know how you can travel from the southeast to the midwest and then back to the mideast with just thirteen nights. I am going to assume that you can adapt your travel plans to either fly from Bordeaux to Lyon and then home or take the train (which will take you north to Paris or back to Provence and then on to Lyon) or hop on the autoroute that retraces your steps back to Provence and then north to Lyon as there is NOT a direct and fast route, point to point, from the Dordogne across to Lyon......) All that being said, and assuming you can adapt your travel plans a bit, I would suggest the following:I believe from your question you have 13 nights and since you purchased the Dordogne Itinerary I can only assume you want to spend more time there .....so....I would suggest:Nights 1, 2:  Nice - spend two nights in St Paul de Vence to explore the hilltowns and the coastNights 3, 4: Provence - perhaps stay in Les Baux de Provence (love Mas d'Oulivie) (http://www.karenbrown.com/Hotel_Guide/France/Provence_Alps_C%C3%B4te_dAzur/Les_Baux_de_Provence/Mas_de_lOulivie/5588.php ) as it is a central location for exploring the heart of Provence: Arles, Avignon, Pont du Gard and the hilltowns of Gordes, Roussillon, Bonnieux etc (all in the itin)Nights 5, 6: Travel by autoroute to Carcassonne and then I would consider staying at continue on to Cuq Toulza and one of my favorite inns, Hotel Cuq en Terrasses (http://www.karenbrown.com/Hotel_Guide/France/Midi_Pyrenees/Cuq_Toulza/H%C3%B4tel_Cuq_en_Terrasses/1588.php ) Nights 7, 8:  select a place to stay from the Lot River Valley - to visit St Cirq Lapopie, Conques, Cahors, FigeacNights 9, 10, 11, 12: select a place (or perhaps two places and split the nights) at the heart of the Dordogne (Tremolat, Domme, Lacave, Coly as examples from our recommendations) and/or select a place to stay on the northern boundaries of the Dordogne (Champagnac, Bourdeilles, Brantome)Nights 13:  a night you will need to transition back to Lyon on the eastern side of France!Hope this proves of some help!Thank you for using our recommendations.All the best, Karen   

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Category: Italy

Question:
Venice: Hotel Al Piave or Violino d'Oro??? Trying to decide which hotel for our first visit to Venice. Husband & I, in our 60's, have been to Italy several times but not Venice. We arrive via Train from Rome. We'd like a 3 star hotel, near San Marco with air conditioning & an elevator. We'll be there for 6 nights, August 29 to September 4. I have booked reservations at both of these hotels but can't decide which one to chose and would like your assistance. Both hotels receive about the same ratings on several different websites. It appears Violino d'Oro is closer to San Marco and has easier access for our arrival from the Train Station and I booked a Classic Double room. At the Al Piave I booked a Superior Double Room for just a little less. Anything you could provide to help me decide between the two would be great. Thank you!!!
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [Jun 10, 2013]


Answer:

I am not familiar with the Hotel Al Piave, it is not currently recommended in either of our titles, but, I do know you would like the Violino d'O ro-it is wonderfully located near St. Mark's Square.  I would also encourage you to cancel whichever reservation you are not going to honor as boutique hotels are small and by accepting your request they have made a commitment to you and are possibly turning away other requests.

Thank you for your interest in our recommendations!

Enjoy Italy!

Karen

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Category: Britain

Question:
Karen: What can you tell me about the Great Train Trips? Like the Orient Express?
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [May 31, 2013]


Answer:

I wish I could share information based on personal experience. I have traveled the Orient Express from Italy to London but, it was many years ago and on my wish list is to travel other luxury trains!  I would suggest you contact the Orient Express directly. Their offices are in London and the link to their site is:

http://www.orient-express.com/web/eoe/eastern_and_oriental_express.jsp

Wishing you some incredible travels!

Karen

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Category: Greece

Question:
Do you have a guide book for the Greek Islands?
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [May 31, 2013]


Answer:

I wish we did!  However, we have yet to research the Greek Isles.  I do have information on Athens and Meteora but, am still in the process of publishing it to our website.  It should be there soon if you keep watching!  The link to our content on Greece as available so far is:

http://www.karenbrown.com/Destination_Travel_Guide_Hotels/Greece/15.php

We also recommend a hotel group whose philosophy in selection is similar to ours, Yades Hotel Group. You will see their properties on our website.

As you travel and explore Greece we would welcome any discoveries and suggestions you might want to share!

Kindest regards,

Karen

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Category: France

Question:
I am using your itinerary for the Dordogne. I will be coming from Bordeaux with my 15 year old granddaughter and we will need to end up at the Charles deGaulle airport. I would like to leave a rental car and take a train there. I've looked up cities, but it seems Bordeaux and Avignon are the only cities I can find anywhere near the area. We could drive further north, but I don't know where. Thanks.
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [May 23, 2013]


Answer:
I have often trained back from the region of the Dordogne to Paris.  It is an efficient way to cover the distance and you can apply your savings on the car rental to the train tickets.  It is also so much easier to train to the airport or to Paris than navigate in by car.  The advantage to the TGV train that travels Bordeaux to CDG - is that it does go direct to Replica handbags the airport.  I have taken a train from Cahors to Paris but it goes to the Austerlitz station and it would require that you then connect out to the airport from the Gare du Nord.  I have also trained from Brive (which is just to the north of Cahors) but, I can't seem to get the Rail Europe website to generate the itinerary.  You just want to make sure when you select a car rental that you are not being penalized with a fee for the drop off location.   If you call Auto Europe* they will help you research the best car rental company based on your itinerary and needs. Enjoy your Cheap replica handbags travels with your granddaughter!Best, Karen  *Readers frequently ask our advice on car rentalcompanies. We always use AUTO EUROPE, a car rental broker thatworks with the major car rental companies to find the lowest possibleprice. They also offer motor homes and chauffeur services. AutoEurope's toll-free phone service, from every European country,connects you to their U.S.-based, 24-hour reservation center (ask for the Europe Phone NumbersCard to be mailed to you). Auto Europe offers our readers a 5% discount (cannot be combinedwith any other offers or promotions) and, occasionally, free upgrades. Be sure to use the KarenBrown ID number 12008470 to receive Replica handbags outlet your discount and any special offers. You can make yourown reservations online via their website or by phone (800-223-5555).

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Category: Italy

Question:
In the Guide "Tuscany & Umbria" there is a listing for "La Frateria di Padre Eligio" Cetona Tuscany. But I didn't see it on your website. Did I miss it somehow or is it not recommended anymore?? Thank you, Regards,
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [May 21, 2013]


Answer:

While we do not have a charge to be featured in our guides as we want nothing to influence our selection or editorial, we do have an administrative fee if a property wants to be featured on our website.  The La Frateria di Padre Eligio is most definitely a Karen Brown recommended property - it, sincerely remains a personal favorite.  They use to always be featured on our website but, have opted not to in recent years. It is sad as unless someone has a book to reference they will not know that we recommend it and more and more of our audience is website based.  I wish we did not have to have a fee - it is nominal - but, since the website is non-revenue generating the website fees help us keep it in operation. I will "turn on" their website page until the end of the month so you can see their website page and we even produced a video. 

Thank you for contacting us and for using our recommendations.

Kindest regards,

Karen

 

The link to their page is:

http://www.karenbrown.com/Hotel_Guide/Italy/Tuscany/Cetona/La_Frateria_di_Padre_Eligio/2318.php

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Category: Switzerland

Question:
Hello, I am new to your site and have found it to be an amazing site to learn about my upcoming trip for next year to Germany, Switzerland & Austria. We have 14 days. I know that it not much time to cover this much area but could you recommend a few of your Itineraries to purchase that would be most helpful in planning my trip. Many thx
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [May 20, 2013]


Answer:

I am so glad you discovered our site and very much appreciate your interest in our recommendations. It is hard to know which itineraries to recommend without knowing where you want to travel within each country and which cities will serve as your end points.  For the purposes of trying to help you I will assume a logical sequence for your itinerary based on where the countries border and that you are flying into Geneva or Zurich and returning from Vienna. If this is in fact true, I would recommend for Switzerland Geneva to Zurich via the Medieval Jewels (crossing over to Germany via the Bodensee), then for Germany  Highways & Byways of the Black Forest and Bavaria (traveling east to west along the southern border of Germany) and then crossing over to Austria at Salzburg.  In Austria you could consider the overview itinerary, Highlights of Austria or individually, Marvelous Mountains of Tyrol & Vorarlberg and then Spectacular Lakes & Mountains of Salzkammergut and then Music, Wine and Castles.

The individual itineraries are available for purchase at $2.99 each or you might simply consider (if you want to learn about all the regions) the individual E-books (which include recommendations of ALL the Places to Stay that we recommend as well as all the individual itineraries) available at $9.99 each.  Switzerland and Austria are small enough that it would be feasible to select any of the itineraries.  Germany, by contrast is much larger and so it is not as feasible with your time limits to travel to regions and consider itineraries we feature in the north.

 All our itineraries are available by country at:

http://www.karenbrown.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=101

All our E-books are available at:

http://www.karenbrown.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=173

Thank you again for using our recommendations.

Enjoy your travels!  Karen

 

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Category: Spain

Question:
Some in our party would like to attend a bullfight. We will be in Spain Sept. 8th to Sept. 25th. We will be in Madrid, Seville, Ronda, and Barcelona. Can you direct us to where we can find out where and when we might find a bullfight? Thanks so much. RBO
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [May 14, 2013]


Answer:

I understand in addition to regular seasons bullfights are often associated with local festivals. I did find a website that seems to have lots of wonderful information in addition to booking links for tickets.  They even covered bullfights in all of the cities you mention.

Bullfighting in Spain: By Region (http://gospain.about.com/od/bullfightinginspain/a/bullfightingspa.htm)
  • Bullfighting in Seville
  • Bullfighting in Madrid
  • Bullfighting in Barcelona
  • Bullfighting in Ronda
  • Bullfighting in Malaga

Enjoy your travels! Karen

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Category: Italy

Question:
We will be going to the Lake Region in Italy in September. I would like to be able to use your book and plan some trips. Is it still available? Thanks for your help. Norma
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [May 13, 2013]


Answer:

We no longer publish a printed guide but, we do have both our Italy Hotel and our Italy Bed & Breakfast available in E-book (electronic) format.  They each include all the itineraries as well as the places we recommend (respective to the title). Links within the E-Book guide facilitate navigation, and external links afford easy communication for additional information and making reservations. They are enhanced with color photos, maps that link through to interactive maps, direct website and email links. They are available through vendors such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble but, also available directly through our website store as downloadable PDF files.  Click here (http://www.karenbrown.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=173) for a direct link to our store.

Thank you for your interest in our recommendations!

Kindest regards,

Karen

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Category: General

Question:
Where do i purchase the books for the Pacific Northwest, Columbia River, Olympic peninsula? We would prefer to purchase the boos than the pdF Files. We live in Toronto and will be leaving for portland onMay replica watches for sale 25th for 16 dys. Thank you Patricia Singer
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [May 6, 2013]


Answer:
Dear Patricia,We have the printed guide available at half price through our website. The link to the page in the store is:http://www.karenbrown.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=65 .Once we receive the order it will ship within 24 hours (assuming it is not a weekend).Thank you for your interest in our guides!Best, Karen

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