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November 25, 2008

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We're planning a trip to South Africa in January, and we plan to visit Victoria Falls. Our travel agent says it's safe to stay at the Victoria Falls Hotel in Zimbabwe. With the current troubles in that country, we'd like a second opinion about safety.
Thanks

I need an appartment or bed and breakfast for 6 nights in Venice, Italy. Do you have any recommendations? What is the best way to travel from Pisa to Perugia and then on to Venice?

In the March, 2006 edition of CN Traveler, there was a feature in the Word of Mouth section entitled Open Houses. It was there stated that the Villa Mauresque, former home of W. Somerset Maugham in St. Raphael, France, was being opened to the public as a small hotel. I was delighted by this news as I have been a devoted fan of Maugham all my life and looked forward to the day I could make a pilgrimage.

Now that I am finally in a position to do so, however, I am dismayed and confused by the realization that the Villa Mauresque where Maugham made his home until his death in 1965 was actually located in St. Jean, Cap Ferrat, some considerable distance away, but there is, in fact, a Villa Mauresque accepting guests in St.Raphael.

Can you clarify this for me? Thanks-

Your avid reader, Susan Ekholm

It is a confusing state of affairs
when a hotel decides to use the name of a storied private residence as it's own and hopes to benifit from
the name association. Sadly it is the case with "La Villa Mauresque", a hotel down the coast from the former residence of W.Somerset Maugham in St. Jean/Cap Ferrat. Maugham's Villa Mauresque, originally built by king Leopold on his large estate to house his confessor in residence, was bought and refurbushed by Maugham in the late 20's. He made it his home for the next 38 years,vacating it on
his death in 1965 at the age of 91.
It was then bought, and as far as I know kept as a rental property, most recently rented by the notorious socialite Lynn Wyatt and her oil
Corporateer husband. They rented habitally for 30 years. In 2007 Wyatt
was indited and sent to prison for
scamming the "Oil for Food" program.
(A wealth of Maugham story material here.)
I don't know if the Wyatts have come up for air and continued their rental, or if the Villa Mauresque has
been rented instead to a more (with any luck) savory inhabitant. An inquiry made to the St. Jean /Cap Ferrat chamber of commerce may provide the name of the estate agent,
if there is one. Hope this helps.

I would like some references for good information on traveling to Ukraine. Any suggestions? Thanks!

Paul

Be in London,UK, 25 Sept.-4 Oct.2009...Would like to know about "must try" restaurants(any cuisine) & night life/`mix & mingle' clubs/bars in Victoria/Westminster/
Chelsea areas... plus pubs serving traditional British food where locals go/hang out???

Could someone recommend a couple of reasonably priced B&Bs or farmhouses in Tuscany, preferably near San Gimignano? We are traveling in early October. Thanks!!

Hello
I'm planning on spending my Honeymoon in Thailand.
I was looking for a peaceful hotel in a paradisiac white sand / clear blue water beach - that was not too crowded (as most beaches are in this area). I'm willing to spend a little more for "peace".
Which beaches / resorts would you suggest for a Honeymoon?
Thank you, Luciana

Hello
I'm planning on spending my Honeymoon in Thailand.
I was looking for a peaceful hotel in a paradisiac white sand / clear blue water beach - that was not too crowded (as most beaches are in this area). I'm willing to spend a little more for "peace".
Which beaches / resorts would you suggest for a Honeymoon?
Thank you, Luciana

Hi,
I was about to book a trip to Maroma hotel in Mexico and found out the exec chef Guillermo Gomez is no longer at the hotel. I have terrible food allergies and he always was able to deal with them. Any idea where he went?

I am in the process of booking a two-week trip to Athens and Santorini with True Greece Transfers, a company that boasts it was selected by Conde Naste Traveler 2008-2009 Top Traveler Specialist for Greece. Is this true? I have tried to Google this reference to no avail.

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