Celtic Horizons tours, 27 Locks Hill, Frome BA 11 1 NA, Somerset; 011-44-137-346-1784, www.celtichorizons.com. "A definite highlight of a recent trip through England was Celtic Horizons, a personal tour service. Alan Peters, the owner and our tour guide, was interesting. He had many surprises along the way that we would not have been able to see otherwise. He was reasonable in cost, and you can make arrangements by e-mail." Tours, by the day or the hour, run about $36 per hour.
Rancho Palos Verdes
Four Gables B&B, Oaks Lane, Boston Spa, Wethersby, West Yorkshire, LS23 6DS; 011-44-19-37-845-592, www.fourgables.co.uk. "Charming Victorian, with award-winning gourmet breakfasts. It has lovely grounds, a Zen garden and croquet lawn. Our stay exceeded expectations, and we left reluctantly." Doubles from $106.
Helen Jaskoski and Dan Brown
The Old George House, Leafield Village, Oxfordshire, OX29 9NP; 011-44-1993-878-632. "A very old home beautifully furnished overlooking a village green in this charming Cotswold village. Breakfast is served in the sunny conservatory looking onto the lovely landscaped garden full of rare plants and with stunning views. A gourmet village pub is a short walk away, and Oxford only 25 minutes. It's a one-hour train ride from London." Doubles from $130.
Le Clos des Lys, 28 Rue de Perpasse 37150 Chisseaux; 011-33-2-47-23-83-54, www.leclosdeslys.com. "We found a gem in the Loire Valley of France, a B&B at a delightful couple's home in the center of château country. We had a two-room suite with bath, with an absolutely delicious breakfast included. The owners, Andre and Catherine Bessou (she speaks English quite well), are charming and friendly." Doubles from $83.
Corona del Mar
Chez Gramond Restaurant, 5 Rue de Fleurus, 75006 Paris; 011-33-1-42-22-2889. "On my morning walks in Paris [in June], which took me from our hotel on Place San Placide ... to Luxembourg Gardens, I often passed a small restaurant, Chez Gramond, and exchanged 'bonjour' with the proprietor as he prepared for the day's business. The restaurant looked small and expensive, but on our last night in Paris we walked over for dinner. It was a good decision. The menu was country French, varied and handwritten, of course, in French, which proved not to be a problem as the proprietor's wife assisted us, and we ordered a lamb stew. The setting was warm and intimate, the service personal and perfect and the food excellent. The cost for the two of us was about $90."
William and Beverly Webster
Chateau de Roussan, 13210 Saint-Remy-de-Provence; 011-33-490-92-1163, www.chateau-de-roussan.com. "My wife, Kris, and I spent four very restful and quiet days at the chateau. It's about a mile and a half from Saint Remy, an ideal location for touring Provence. We stayed in the Nostradamus room (in the 16th century, Nostradamus owned the land), and it was wonderful — large and clean, with a great view of the tree-lined drive. It was easy to imagine Nostradamus living there." Doubles from $79.