australia Forest backdrop "We recently returned from a three-month trip to Australia. The Hawke Brook Chalets were our favorite stay. The chalets [above, a view from a chalet] are on 40 acres adjacent to the majestic Karri Forest."
Hawke Brook Chalets, Hawke Road, Pemberton, Australia 6260; 011-61-8-9776-1188, www.hawkebrook.com.au
Doubles from $106.
Diane Zaepfel, Pasadena
armenia Mind-opening "I would highly recommend a vacation in Armenia [above, an ancient Armenian church]. What a beautiful country. I used Adven Tour. They meet you at the airport and offer seven- and 14-day tours with lots of Christian history. The hospitality is great."
Adven Tour, 39 Pushkin St., Yerevan, Armenia, 375002; 011-374-10-53-9609, www.armeniaexplorer.com. Tours from around $1,000.
Robert Paul, Woodland Hills