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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: Switzerland

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I am planning a trip in June starting in Vienna and ending in Geneva with a 2 day visit to Basel for the art exhibition.  I was thinking about using Bern as my base home and would like to hear your thoughts about day trips, etc.  I would love to visit cities in France or open to your suggestions. The last time that we were in Basel we stayed in Zurich an trained around the area.  I would be happy to pay a fee if needed for your expert help. Please advise.  Also interested in possibly private guides to make this trip memorable for us.  thanks
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [Feb 21, 2013]


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Although, I am not certain how much time you have for your trip and how you want to divide time between Austria and Switzerland ... and whether or not you mean day trips to explore Austria with Bern as the base ..... I would recommend the following:Vienna to Salzburg via Mulberry Durnstein and St Wolfgang and Hallstatt (refer to our website and for sightseeing recommendations: Highlights of Austria by Train, Boat and Car and Spectacular Lakes of the Salzkammergut) and then assuming you want to concentrate your stay in Switzerland around Basel/Bern, for day trip recommendations I would recommend our itinerary Geneva to Zurich via Medieval Jewels, but then honestly since Switzerland is so intimate in size, destinations along  Swiss Highlights - Best of the Best would also be feasible for day trips. In terms of individual trip planning assistance - I sincerely wish I had the time to help you plan the perfect trip!  However, Marie Notot who is a contributing research editor is extremely knowledgeable and has a business to help people with personalized trip planning.  Everyone who has used her services has been thrilled. You can reach Marie at marie@elegant-europe.com  or  take a peak first at her website, www.elegant-europe.com and I think Rolex replica watches you will be impressed by the testimonials.Thank you for using your recommendations!Kindest regards,Karen

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Category: France

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We are two middle aged sisters wanting to travel to Paris this summer in late June. We would like to know a good tour that keeps us in Paris, or if not a tour, the best area and economical hotel to stay in. We have researched and the Latin Quarter comes up a lot as a nice and fun area to stay. We are not experienced with traveling without our husbands. You have been highly recommended by Kelly. Any information you can give us would be greatly appreciated.
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [Feb 18, 2013]


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Dear Friends of Kelly!

Unfortunately, I do not personally have a tour to recommend for Paris - but, it is an easy and wonderful city to explore on your own. I am working on a walking tour of Paris and perhaps will have it completed before you leave - just keep an eye on our website!

In terms of where to stay, my recommendation would be to find something very central so you can easily use it as a base for your daily explorations.  A few that I feel are well located and offer value are:

1) St Germain Left Bank Hotel

http://www.karenbrown.com/Hotel_Guide/France/%C3%8Ele_de_France/Paris/Saint_Germain_Left_Bank_H%C3%B4tel/3410.php

Well located at the heart of the left bank, nice rooms, very accommodating staff and breakfast is included.

2) Le Relais du Louvre

http://www.karenbrown.com/Hotel_Guide/France/Ile-de-France/Paris/Le_Relais_du_Louvre/2593.php

on the right bank but located just around the corner from the Louvre and easy access across bridges to both banks. Rooms vary - so definitely ask about differences between rooms available when you make your selection. Sophie is the manager and you would think she was the owner for how much she cares about the hotel and her guests!

3) Le Relais Saint Honore

http://www.karenbrown.com/Hotel_Guide/France/Ile-de-France/Paris/Le_Relais_Saint_Honore/2595.php

This is a dear little hotel located on one of Paris' most exclusive shopping streets (a bit dangerous!) But it is well located at the heart of the first arrondissement - convenient to the Louvre, Tuilleries, Notre Dame ... and it is easy to cross a bridge over to the left bank.  I just can't remember if she has any twin bedded rooms.  But if you contact this property ask Maire and she will most definitely do her best to accommodate your needs.

Enjoy your time in Paris!

Karen 

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Category: France

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Would you suggest that I stay in b&b outside the towns of Rouen and Bayeux or in inns in those towns itself? My wife and I don't speak French and we're driving a small car with GPS on some days. We plan to spend 5-6 days in Normandy/Mont St Michel following the itinerary but will take the 2-day chauffeured D-Day tour with Overlord Tours in the middle of that. Does St Malo offer a similar seaside town experience to Honfleur or Deauville/Trouville?I hear Normandy (or is it Brittany) offers the original and best crepes in the world. Which town is best to experience this treat? What other local food and drink (cider?) should we try? Many tks for your advice.
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [Feb 6, 2013]


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Not sure how best to address your many questions.....I guess I will break them into pieces and answer them individually!

1)  ...stay in b&b outside the towns of Rouen and Bayeux or in inns in those towns itself? Rouen is a large city - interesting at its heart and the old quarter but, I would not use it as a base as it is a large city. You could easily explore the city and its sights in a half to full day.  Bayeux is easy to navigate in and out of.  I would say you could easily use it as a base from which to explore the countryside towns and beaches but, it would also be easy to stay in the countryside and go into Bayeux for the day....I think the choice is yours based on y our preference of a town setting with some shops and choice of restaurants or countryside.

2) ...St Malo offer a similar seaside town experience to Honfleur or Deauville/Trouville?  Honfleur is a beautiful port and town. Very picturesque and a must-visit. Deauville and Trouville enjoy wind-swept beaches.....St Malo is in Brittany - completely different!  A scenic port town surrounded by water with restored ramparts,14th century castle and within the walls are narrow streets lined with interesting shops and small restaurants.  

3) Which town is best to experience crepes?  Crepes (sweet - offered with chocolate, butter and sugar, honey etc.) or galettes (wheat - offered with eggs, cheese, ham etc.) are found throughout Normandy and Brittany - you will find them offered at street concessions as well as most restaurants! They are delicious!

4) What other local food and drink (cider?) should we try? You are in France - EVERYTHING is a gourmet delight! But specific to these two regions: cheeses, cider, apple and orange liquors (grand marnier!), crepes, galettes, seafood and shellfish!

Hope this helps! Karen

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Category: Switzerland

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We are planning a trip and would like your help.  We would like to start in Vienna, then to Munich and end in Bern or a city close to Basel.  We do not want to stay in Zurich as we have been there before, louis vuitton replica handbags  We are interested in using the train or driving.  Can you help me plan my itinerary?  I have always used your guides and been very happy with your suggestions.
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [Feb 5, 2013]


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Thank you so much for using our Oakley sunglasses outlet guides and recommendations!Unfortunately, it is a bit hard to detail suggestions for you since I replica watches for sale don't know your time frame or preferences.  However, as a general suggestion, I would recommend the following itinerary:Begin in VIENNA       Consider a day trip by boat to Durnstein and lunch at Schloss DurnsteinContinue by train to SALZBURG       Consider excursion to St Wolfgang and on to Hallstatt - possibly stay in both towns - if you do this, I would suggest renting a car and then driving on to Munich.  If you do not include St Wolfgang or Hallstatt - continue by train to MUNICHTrain to STEIN AM RHEIN Train to BaselIf you would like personalized trip planning assistance I highly recommend Marie Notot. She is based in France and is a research editor for our guides. She has a business, Elegant Europe and people rave about her professional and detailed assistance. You can reach her at marie@elegant-europe.com. You can also visit her website to read the incredible testimonials from very Gucci outlet online enthusiastic clients.Wishing you a wonderful trip,Karen http://www.yreplicawatches.com/rolex

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Category: Switzerland

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I'm caffeine sensitive, am not fond of herbal tea, and usually carry bags of my favorite low-caff white tea with me. Will popping those out and asking for hot water on our trip to Switzerland be a serious protocol breach or otherwise offensive to restauranteurs on our trip to Switzerland this fall? Do they have decaf coffee in that region? I Love my tea, but can drink decaf coffee... Thanks for your help!
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [Jan 27, 2013]


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I think you will find decaf coffee readily available. In terms of wanting just hot water so you can use your own tea...at breakfast when beverages are often included - it is easy to simply ask for hot water without any concern of cost.  If you are at a cafe and want to use your own tea bags, you can ask what the charge would be for a pot of hot water. If others are ordering other beverages they might offer it for free - but, it will vary by establishment.Enjoy your travels!Karen http://www.yreplicawatches.com/rolex/submariner

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Category: Italy

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Ciao Karen, from the food district of Piedmont, Italy. We discovered your site because we are looking for a charming guide for our honey moon, as we actually own a XVI century relevance of old castle of Frinco in Monferrato, with B&B rooms and a self-catering apartment, we would be honoured to be a part of your selection too. Our location is in the heart of Monferrato hills, land of white truffles and great wines, the historical and special characteristics of our House is loved by our guests, as we live in an authentic XVI century House. We speak english and receive a lot of American guests with always a great pleasure. Our website address is: www.ladolceviteasti.freshcreator.com Thanks also on helping us for our honey moon choice. Have a nice day. Alberto
Asked by Alberto Alberti [Jan 20, 2013]


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Dear Alberto,Your property looks beautiful and we will definitely put it on our list of "to sees" for consideration in a future edition of our guide!  In the meantime, I would suggest you ask a guest to submit your property as a Traveler Recommendation - I would love to see it featured in advance of our visit so that more of our audience may find you.In terms of your honeymoon.....it is not clear where you want a recommendation....Italy???  Any specific region??? I will assume Italy and two that come to mind immediately are:Villa le Barone - lovely property - incredible owners!http://www.karenbrown.com/Hotel_Guide/Italy/Tuscany/Panzano_in_Chianti/Villa_Le_Barone/3934.php a link to their recent newsletter as well: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?shva=1#inbox/13cb057e302eec8d Sinalunga, Locanda dell'Amorosa - beautiful property and lovely owners, the inn is the town! http://www.karenbrown.com/Hotel_Guide/Italy/Southern_Tuscany/Sinalunga/Locanda_dellAmorosa/5535.php If you let me know more specifically where you want to go I would be happy to offer other recommendations!All the best, Karen http://www.yreplicawatches.com/rolex/daytona

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Category: Italy

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My wife and I and two friends are booked at Hotel Nerva in Rome in May. It's very close to the Colloseum/Forum, but too far to walk to my favorite neighborhoods around Piazza Navona and Campo de'Fiori etc.... if we were to move closer to those spots, but try to keep the price reasonable, what and where would you suggest? We are on our way to a music workshop on Ischia, so we have only two nights in Rome. Many thanks!
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [Jan 15, 2013]


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One of our absolute favorite places to stay in Rome and fortunately close to where you want to be is the Hotel Fontanella Borghese - it is lovely!link: http://www.karenbrown.com/Hotel_Guide/Italy/Lazio/Rome/Hotel_Fontanella_Borghese/1685.php Another recommendation would be the neighboring Hotel due Torri:http://www.karenbrown.com/Hotel_Guide/Italy/Lazio/Rome/Hotel_Due_Torri/1653.php Enjoy your few days in Rome!Best, Karen http://www.yreplicawatches.com/omega

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Category: Germany

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Hello - My boyfriend and I will be visiting friends in Paris late February this year (next month). I'm thinking we can take the direct train from Paris to Frankfurt. I've been having a hard time trying to figure out must sees in Germany and for this time of year especially. I've had difficulty finding a castle to stay in as well. We need to get to Frankfurt just to visit Rosbach, Germany for a day and then have 4 days from there to tour Germany and make it back to Paris. I'm thinking Rothenberg is a must see, but what else do you suggest for Fake watches uk this time of year? Any particularly romantic hotels (we're on a modest budget)? We're very in to history and I would love to make the most of seeing the beautiful scenery. Any ideas would be great, thank you!
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [Jan 14, 2013]


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I am so sorry but, your question was somehow posted as "answered" and so I never saw it until I was looking at the already posted Questions for Karen and saw it there without a response.   If it is NOT too late, I would recommend as must see:Rothenburg ob der Tauber - on the Romantic Road - magical anytime of year!Heidelberg - university townMunich is easy by train and it is a wonderful city!  Although, winter - I LOVE the Mosel wine region with its many charming towns and innsand as for a wonderful place to stay in a castle, most definitely Auf Schonburg in Oberwesel (even though they state they are closed - you might try!) or one that is open year round is Romantik Hotel Schloss Rheinfels in St. Goar.Another thought would be to stop in the Alsace Region of France before crossing over to Germany - it is a border that has fluctuated over the centuries between the two countries and as a result has many German characteristics. It is a very picturesque wine region with lots of timbered Mulberry replica handbags villages and Colmar (smaller and more intimate - "little Venice") and Strasbourg are both lovely cities and easily accessed by train.Again, sincere apologies in the delay in sending off recommendations. Enjoy your time in Germany!Best, Karen

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Category: France

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Bonjour, Karen, from France, in the Loire Valley. We discovered you by some of our guests , as we are actually a small chateau, with Bed & Breakfast rooms and a self-catering cottage on the property. Our guests advised us to contact you about our existence regarding to the fact that we are very well ranked in tripadvisor (#1 in Loches and #4 in all the Loire valley), ranked 5/5 with more than 175 reviews since only 3 years opening ; as we have also the great honor too, for being selected since 2 years in the famous red Michelin Guide as the only one in our town. Our location is on the old walls, and in the heart of a medieval town, in the exact middle of the Loire big and famous chateaux. The historical and special characteristics of our House is loved by our guests, as we live in a authentic Renaissance 15 & 16th century House. We should be honored to be a part of your properties selection too. NB:We speak english and receive a lot of Americans, Australians, and English guest with always a great pleasure. Our website address is : (engl.version) : www.argentier-du-roy.com/en/ Have a nice day from the "garden of France" Philippe Rimbault
Asked by Philippe Rimbault [Dec 3, 2012]


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Cher Philippe, Your property sounds wonderful and how fantastic to be right at the heart of the town in the middle of the chateau!  We will definitely include your B&B on our list of properties to visit for consideration as a Karen Brown Recommendation.  In the meantime, I will publish this on our website under Questions for Karen and hope some travelers find their way to your doorstep.  You might also want to encourage a guest to submit your property as their personal recommendation.  Our Traveler Recommendations are a very popular aspect of our website.  Then as soon as we can personally visit, I am confident having looked at your website that we would convert your property from a Traveler Recommendation to a Karen Brown Recommendation.Thank you so much for taking the time to contact us!Happy Holidays,Karen Rolex replica watches Designer replica handbags Louis vuitton handbags Replica watches uk Replica handbags uk

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Is it possible to post a review on your web site to advise your fans of a delightful B&B in the central Loire Valley that you Cheap replica watches do not show?
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [Nov 6, 2012]


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Yes!! Of course!!! We sincerely welcome traveler recommendations - they often serve as our best resource/lead for our own New Discoveries and I know the properties profit from the exposure.To submit a recommendation (if it is a property we already feature it is then possible to post a review on the existing write up):1) go to http://www.karenbrown.com/user_discovery.php2) it will be necessary to login (or create a login if you haven't already done so) so that our system can credit and reference you - you can choose to submit annonmously but, the property will receive information as to your name and Mulberry handbags dates of stay.Thank you very much for contributing to the Karen Brown World of Travel!Kindest regards, Karen.

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