Readers recommend

France: Papa's place

Closerie des Lilas, 171 Boulevard de Montparnasse, 75006, Paris; 011-33-1-40-51-34-50. "This charming, historic Paris restaurant was such a longtime favorite of Ernest Hemingway that it found its way into his memoir 'A Moveable Feast.' In the American bar there are brass plaques memorializing former patrons such as Hemingway, Albert Camus and Simone de Beauvoir. The food is all right, but you don't really go for the food. You go for the wonderful historic ambience." Lunch from $12; dinner from $19.

William Webster


Alaska: Coupon clipper

Great Alaskan Toursaver 2004, P.O. Box 104859, Anchorage, AK 99510; (907) 278-7600, . "This coupon book, full of two-for-one deals, saved us hundreds last summer on an Alaska trip. We took a glacier cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park and a train trip to Mt. McKinley and saved $450; we also used a hotel coupon to stay two nights for the price of one. There are deals for activities, tours and lodging all over the state." $99.95.

Gary Blakely

Sherman Oaks

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