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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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AFrance: Debit card for a teen in France

I'm guessing you are in the US, because you said your son was flying abroad.  If not, you should probably disregard my answer.  I think it's great your son is traveling by himself to Bordeaux.  It's a beautiful city, and I'm sure he will have... See More


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 trainline.com 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


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