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John Sappington

Carlsbad (California)


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I recently retired and having planned many trips over the years for friends and family, I decided to start a website to continue that planning for others.  I plan trips  and recommend transportation, hotels and apartments, restaurants, entertainment and things to see and do.  I have traveled to Paris and throughout France and Italy numerous times since 1989 and lived and visited all through California my entire life.

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A  June 26

San Francisco: Restaurant for anniversary dinner

Two of our favorites for apecial occassions are Acquerello and Boulevard.  Have a Happy Anniversary. See More

A  April 02

Milan to Como: How to do a train trip from Milan

Trains from Milano Centrale Railway Station​ leave every hour or two to Varenna​ and take just over an hour.  They cost about 7 euros for 2nd class and about 11 euros for second class.  I have found to be a very... See More

A  March 18

Naples: Need specific itinerary with 2 year old - we still want to have fun

I can't really help you in the Amalfi coast, but I would look at non-stop trains from Naples to Florence​ .  There are quite a few each day and the take just under 3 hours for about 40 euros per adult.  You can take wine tours from Florence... See More

A  January 21

Portofino: need hotel and sight suggestions for Portofino and Paris

You might want to take the train from Milan​ to either Santa Margherita Ligure​ or Rapallo​, and then take a ferry, bus or taxi to Portofino​.  It takes about 15 minutes... See More

A  July 07, 2018

Oakland: Oakland airport to downtown San Fran

BART and then a cab when you get to San Francisco. See More

A  January 30, 2018

France: Self drive itinerary Lyon - Menton

I would add Villefranche-sur-Mer​ as a base to see the towns and cities between Antibes​ and Menton​.  It sits on a magnificent bay and waterfront, and the Welcome Hotel​ is a great small hotel... See More

A  October 17, 2017

Paris: A question about Left Bank Neighborhoods

I think Christopher hit it on the head.  The area around Shakespeare and Company​ is more central and closer to the major tourist attractions, but it has something of a party feel, especially as you get over to the Place Saint-Michel​ ... See More

A  August 02, 2017

Las Vegas: Teenagers in Vegas

Las Vegas is one of the worst places to take kids. The US has so many better places to visit.  See More

A  July 17, 2017

San Francisco to Anaheim: Needing route to SF from Anaheim CA

Lisa, I-5 is definitely the fastest way from Anaheim​(between 6.5 and 7.5 hours of driving time depending the time of day you leave and how fast you want to drive), but there is nothing of interest along the way and it is a very boring drive unless... See More

A  June 16, 2017

Paris: safe travel within Paris @ night

Yes it's safe.  Take the RER B from the Gare du Nord​ station one stop to the Châtelet - Les Halles​ Station. See More

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