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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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AItaly: 5 Nights in Italy

As Mary noted, Lake Como​  is a very convenient choice and you don't need a car.  You can ferry around the lake to the various towns, and it is a very relaxing stay.  We stayed in Bologna​ two years ago,... See More

ASan Francisco: Restaurant for anniversary dinner

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

AMilan 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

ANaples: 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

APortofino: 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

AOakland: Oakland airport to downtown San Fran

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

AFrance: 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

AParis: 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

ALas 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

ASan 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

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