Traveller's Comments

 

Hi Robin,
Manifesto has arrived. It looks fabulous. Thank you for the map. I love the personal nature in which your prepare these itineraries. It feels as though I have a personal guide going with me! Love it!!!

Fondly,
 
J and L Maddux
Camarillo, CA


Hi Robin,
 
Thank you for everything. I appreciate all your help, suggestions and planning. You are certainly a wealth of knowledge in this industry. I will let you know when the manifesto arrives.

Laurie

J and L Maddux
Camarillo, CA


Hi Robin,
Got the manifesto today. Just starting to look through it. Will get back with any questions.
Thank you!

Priscilla
R and P Wagner
Manhattan Beach, CA


Robin,

I want to express my thanks to you for a job very well done on our
travel itinerary. Our trip went off without a hitch. It may have been the
best family vacation we've ever had, and we've gone to some fun places
through the years. We had a special time with our kids, and it was fun for
Lugene and me to experience England and Scotland with them given that the 2
of us had done essentially the same trip 24 years ago before they were
born. You did a great job of pulling this together on short notice and in
being responsive to our requests and needs. Let me know if you ever need
any references.

N. Vincent
Dallas, TX


Robin,
I just wanted to thank you for all your help with the trip to England and Scotland.  We had a great time and everything was so organized. The drivers were such a treat...like local travel agents giving so much history and an eye into the local life. The hotels were beautiful and, surprisingly, the food was much better.  It will definitely be a wonderful family memory. We could not have done it without you.  

N and L Vincent
Dallas, Texas


Robin,
 
Had a great trip. Thank you for your help.
 
Paul
P.Barry
Hartford, CT


Robin - Great! I think that is all of the hotel choices, right? I am so happy with all of them. Great job!!!

L. Vincent
Dallas, TX

We got it (the manifesto/trip-plan) and it looks terrific!!
S. Sullivan
Dallas, TX
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Good Morning Robin,
All is well in Europe!  The kids had a great time in Munich, weather was awful, but it did not slow them down. They did everything they set out to do.   ITALY......they ADORED Florence.  Ate 4 meals a day and claimed to have had “the best meal of their entire lies, bar none”!!! Found Gelato and fell in love with Italy.  They did Uffitzi, The David, climbed to the top of Duomo, sat by river and watched sun go down, etc...They are now in Cinque Terre/Monterossa.  I had a quick note from them..they love the little towns. Think Monterossa area is gorgeous!  Gone off to do the hiking trail and end up on the beach later today.  WOW!  They are having a blast!  
Wish we were there!!!!!!
Thanks for making this all “do able”
Sarah

S. Johnson
Southern Pines, NC

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Good Morning Robin,
The kids are having a grand time!  They adored Prague!  Loved Budapest as well.  Hotel in Budapest was wonderful!!!   They used the concierge for several bookings and help. They did Budapest from one side to the other!  Even did a dinner/river cruise! They are people watching and enjoying the World Cup frenzy........loving it all! I got an early morning blackberry message that they were on the train and headed to Munich.  2 very happy children. They are exhausted and will probably sleep all the way to Munich!
Thanks  for all the help!  Talk to you soon:)
Sarah

S. Johnson
Southern Pines, NC

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Hi Saint Robin,
Amsterdam went well and the children have made their way to Prague. Were able to get right into a room at 9:30 am this morning. Another great room (triple). Very nice english speaking woman gave them this room @ double rate to get them in a room.  Have already done walking tour, old town, new town and jewish quarter. Having a ball @ a cafe in old town square w/huge tv  watching world cup and all the people. They are THRILLED again with the location of their hotel!!!  

Forever indebted,
Sarah
S. Johnson
Southern Pines, NC
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Hi Robin,
Lauren and Douglass loved London and the Hart House. They had a HUGE triple room for the price you quoted!  They did so much there it made my feet hurt! Euro star to Brussels this am. Now in Amsterdam @ Hotel Agora on the top floor. They walked to Hotel from train station. Very nice man that spoke excellent english checked them in.
They love the trains!
Stay tuned. Thanks for all your help!! I can actually sleep at night....I still worry plenty, but at least I know they are at safe hotels!
Need a bill!!!!!!!
Peace,
Sarah

S. Johnson
Southern Pines, NC

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Robin,
You are incredible!  AND  you work fast!  Do you sleep?  God must have wanted these children to do this trip, because you were at home to do it!  I am crying again....EESSHHH! So unattractive!  They would never have been able to book these.  I feel SOOOOO much better about the whole thing .They are off the charts  excited about all of it.   I told them both to go  to your websites and read EVERY word. Wish I had overruled them sooner and called you .......

I am still very uneasy about the logistics of getting from point  to point, language barriers (they are both fluent in French only) and trying to cram so much into so little time in each city.  I know I already owe you a new car$$$$ by now..........but any additional info/ tips in your brain that might help them out?   I CAN HEAR YOU SWEARING RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!

Peace,
Sarah

S. Johnson
Southern Pines, NC
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Hi Robin:  Just wanted to thank you for setting up a great trip.  We had a wonderful time.  It was very relaxing  - all of your prep work was great and that allowed us to really enjoy ourselves.  Thank you also for all the last minute changes and effort you made for Steve; he made it and did really well in Paris!

The worst part of traveling is the reality of coming home.  Also, missing French food - oh how it pains me to eat substitutes!!!

All the best,
K. Farrington

Playa del Mar, CA

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You continue to be the best...I have told so many people about you...they are all ready to call with their future trips!

K. Farrington
Playa del Rey, CA

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Robin - Just got it!!  It's beautiful.  And, thank you for the cook book!  You have done a wonderful job and I can't thank you enough - please use me as a reference anytime!  We will look through everything and let you know if we have any questions.  We may have you make a few reservations for dinner - but that's probably all.

Thank you!!!!  
Merci!

K. Farrington
Playa del Rey, CA

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Got it - ok - done!  You are awesome by the way - best customer service i think I've ever had!!!

K. Farrington
Playa del Rey, CA
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Bonjour, Mlle-
Just a big, quick MERCI for all your support and suggestions...as ever, we leave today at 6:40pm for Paris, Provence and the Cote d'Azur!  We'll reais a glass to you Robin with love and joy!  Ooh la la!

 
K. Willette, K. Goodrich, E. Wilson
Boston, MA
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Robin,
 
We are about to leave for the airport.  Thank you for all your help.  We've scoured our manifesto and are amazed at the level of detail.  You out did yourself.  We'll be in touch.  Take care and Thanks again.

T. Rader
Florida
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Hi Robin!

I received the manifesto. My mom is coming by Friday to look at it with me... You are really too sweet. THANK YOU, it's amazing!
 
J. Romanski
Massachusetts
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Thanks Robin - I can't tell you how much I appreciate you working on the trip on such short notice and with all of the hurricane problems.  I'm sure you had more important things in your life to deal with.  The Manifesto was just delivered and looks really great!
 
W and J Roy
Los Angeles, CA

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It was a fabulous trip to Spain!  Thanks so much for your help.  We'll send you a full report later when we have some time.
 
W & J Roy
Los Angeles, CA

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I keep meaning to email you - I started going through it last night. You did a fantastic job!!! It's like a personalized travel guide. Thank you so much!

Whitney Jones & Jeff Roy
Los Angeles, CA
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Robin,

Steve and I returned from France on Sunday.  Without question, it was an amazing trip.  Thank you so much for the time and effort (twice over) that you devoted.  With the exception of our flight home from Paris (Air France overbooked all of its flights and bumped us off), every moment was perfect.  Honestly, I cannot imagine a more impeccably planned trip.  Your manifesto was invaluable!  We ate so much that I think I may be almost made out of cheese and wine.        
 
In particular, your restaurant reservations were phenomenal.  The restaurant at Moulin Mougins was indescribable.  There was a thunder storm that started after we arrived and ended before we left, but we ate dinner in the solarium and had a lovely view of the lightning.  We ate some of the most amazing food I have ever tasted that evening.  Another of my favorite meals was at Les Romarins in Gordes.  The hotel served Guinea Fowl that was delicious.           

I wanted to let you know that we loved every second of our trip.  Thank you again for making it possible. 

Sincerely, Melissa Hughes
Los Angeles, CA
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Robin,

I just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for booking our trip to France. Jeff and I had a wonderful time. You did a great job! Chateau d'Yquem was one of the highlights of the trip.

Better yet, Jeff proposed at the Eiffel Tower on our last night! Very romantic. I couldn't have asked for a better trip. Thank you so much.

Love, Whitney Jones
Los Angeles, CA
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Robin,

What can I say, after 2 months of traveling Europe by train visiting Munich, Berlin, Prague, London, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Bristol, Cardiff, nothing compares to France and the journey you planned for us. Paris is Paris and it is a city everyone should visit. However, to have the opportunity to visit the real France, the countryside and little villages, was absolutely amazing. To see how the French have preserved their culture and heritage in a world that is forever moving on and forgetting where they came from was an unbelievable privilege. We were there in late November and the weather was great, crisp with bright blue skies. The people of France were an absolute pleasure. When we spoke to them they were so happy that Americans were visiting their country - we were even given gifts and food by some. Restaurants would open just for our reservations, talk about service. One of the most touching things I saw in every village was the care taken at the cemeteries - each grave had fresh flowers. We visited vineyards and cellars and got private tours for just the two of us. If I talked about the wine and cheese I would keep you reading all day. Drinking fresh cold water out of the streams on our picnics - just couldn't be beat. All you need to enjoy the French countryside is an open mind, a smile and good music - okay, maybe a good traveling companion too. Thank you.

John Mortensen
Houston, Texas
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Hi, Robin,
We met today in Accessories at Nordstrom. We spoke about your hotel recommendations, without my realizing this is what you do for a living. What a great job! I can hardly wait to sit in my first sidewalk café and watch the Paris world go by. I'm also looking forward to visiting the market at Rue Cler and partaking in the vin, fromage, pain, et fruite of the Parisians.

As I told you this afternoon, we wish to stay in a hotel that is more
traditional French, rather than an austere glass and metal building. We are going with the absolute mindset of enjoying everything we do and everyone we meet. Obviously, the traditional tourist attractions are on our agenda, La Tour Eiffel, the Louvre, Musee D'Orsay, Notre Dame, St. Chappelle, L'Arc de Triomphe, perhaps a quick trip to Versailles. I would like a stroll through Montmarte, a boatride on the Seine, etc. We are only going for a short time and we are quite flexible, and will drop "must sees" off our list should something like an extremely long lunch/dinner or other form of entertainment enter the picture.

We would prefer to stay in a hotel that is close to everything and that does not cost an arm and a leg. You mentioned the Bretonnerie in the Marais District. That or any other place you can think of will be most appreciated. We are leaving for Paris via Air France on March 3 and returning March 9 (not long enough, but I'll take what I can get).

It was such a pleasure to speak with you today. Your enthusiasm has increased my already high exuberance and excitement for this trip. You have to know that my husband thinks leaving Clear Lake for Houston is a big trip, so when he said make reservations for Paris, I jumped at it.

Thank you so much for the encouraging words about the French being able to separate politics from personality. We just want to go soak in theessence of Paris, not change the French. We are a guest in their country and that is how we intend to travel. Actually, it is the same attitude we adopt when we travel anywhere. Any advice re a hotel that is centrally located, and might provide a non-smoking room will begreat. Restaurant advice will be most appreciated, as well.

Again, thank you so much for joining the conversation today and for your offer of assistance. I'm looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you for taking an interest and for your advice.

May your upcoming trip to Paris be the best yet.

Bonnie Lindell
Houston, Texas
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Robin,
I just got in and am beginning to go through the information. You are the greatest! I appreciate your assistance so much. We do have houseguests at the moment, so I can’t take all the time I would like to review the web sites and info for a couple of days. I will get back with you and let you know what we’ve decided.
Thank you so much; you will be hearing from me. I can’t quite remember when you said your next trip is; but, I know it is soon and I wish you a safe and happy journey.

Bonnie Lindell
Houston, Texas
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Dear Robin -
We received the documents today. Thanks for all the information!! It looks very exciting.
Thanks for all your help.

Sincerely,

Beth Shulman
Hastings-On-Hudson, New York
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Robin,

Received the manifest this morning. I've taken a quick look at it and it seems to be packed with useful information.
Thanks again.

Lori McNulty
Rowayton, CT
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Robin,

Thanks so much for the book. It's beautiful. I haven't worked my way through the manifesto yet but on brief inspection it looks good.

Thanks again,

Paula Nelson
Tarrytown, NY
(third trip with www.takeoffitaly.com/www.takeofffrance.com)
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Robin -

Just wanted to let you know that Carol and I just returned from Spain and had a GREAT trip. Thanks for your good, hard work. Here is some feedback for other travelers:

Madrid - just great - museums and Royal Palace were great. We added in the Navy museum which is by the Prado - free and very nice with short hours - 1000- 1400. The hotel Victoria4 was terrific - just off the Puerto del Sol and refurbished last year. They upgraded us to a suite.

Toledo - Hotel Cigaral (Silken chain) was 5 star but a little far from down town. We found a great local luncheon spot and had a real Spanish 3 hour lunch - with enough drinks.

Merida - Great stop. The ruins were terrific - we went to 5 sites. The hotel Melia Merida was 5 star and very nice - perfect location on the main square -- they were having a festival on the Sunday that we arrived

Zafra - Hotel Plaza Grande very nice - more that the 1 star implied. The town is not meant for more than one night. Nice convent on the main street where a invisible nuns at the convent sell cookies from behind a revolving door.

Seville - Hotel Cervantes very nice with good location (if you can find it). Cathedral , Alcazar and church with Macarena were all nice. We caught Flamenco for 12 Euros and ended up in the front row.

Ronda - what a treat. views and town were idyllic. Hotel - Reina Victoria was great - built in 1912 with absolutely great romantic balconies. Ronda is a can't miss.

Granada - we loved it. Great feel and the Alhambra was great. Hotel Saray was a real fin - great location and first class 4 star. Nice walking distance from the downtown. Had street parking available.

Chinchon - super last night town. Hotel - Condesa de Chinchon was first rate with 6 Euro parking. Their restaurant Iberia was great and they give you 10% off when you stay at the hotel. Good shopping - very nice.

We loved the trip. The weather was very nice peaking at 76. Thanks again.

Right on! I would suggest a stop in Jerez de la Frontera--the land of sherry! I have been there before and enjoyed the tours of the bodegas--sherry cellars. Jim and I got lucky with a little shop in Ronda that let us taste a few types of sherry. We bought a liter of very nice sherry for under 4 Euros. Lovely! As always, a small car is best!

Thanks, Robin, for all your great help! It was fun to talk with you before we went.... All the best, Carol

Jim and Carol
Maryland
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Hi Robin,

I cannot thank you enough for helping with our trip. I have finally returned (sadly, though as I hated coming home). I would have stayed longer had it not been for Dahlia!!!

I love the south of France! I understand why you hold this place very dear to your heart!I am sending you photos of our view in St. Tropez...it was divine. We literally would roll out of our bed in the morning and roll onto our private terrace where we had breakfast served. It was heavenly. This was much needed after our hectic and crazy work pace after the Cannes Film Festival.

I will be sending you a more formal thank you but I just wanted you to know how much we enjoyed our trip (and dinners!!!) thanks to you!

Much love,
D. Ladner Fink

P. S. Don't you just love the proprietors of Riboto de Taven....My favorite restaurant!!!
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Hey lady,

Got my package today. I love my beautiful vacation binder and I can't wait to read it. I will probably have some questions for you so I'll be in touch. Thank you! Thank you! Talk to you before I go!

D. Chestnutt
Durham, NC
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Hi Robin,
 
We received the manifesto Friday.   It's giving us lots to think about and plan.  Thanks so much.  Ann and I have recently watched a couple of travel shows on TV where two hotels in Positano were profiled that are also on your website.  Can you tell us if Le Sirenuse or Il San Pietro would be available for our trip in March of 2007 and what their rates would be?  Since they are luxury, they may be more than we want to spend, but they look fabulous and we may decide to splurge since we are likely not to travel to the Amalfi  Coast twice.   I apologize if you already sent us the information and now I'm asking you to do it again.  Hope it's not too much trouble.  By the way, also hope and pray that they relax some of the newly imposed carry-on restrictions based on the foiled terrorist plot in London.
 
Thanks,
 
Don and Ann
Potomac, Maryland

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Hi Robin,

I just wanted to say THANK YOU for your help with our trip.  IT WAS WONDERFUL. I hit the ground running when I landed in Baltimore- the nursing home my mom is in called and they had dropped my mom and fractured her hip...and then Maggie had to be taken to college 5 days later and and and...etc. So I apologize for not writing sooner but life happened big.

Because of your suggestions, the trip could not have been better. Your tips made our trip anxiety free and we just had fun! Hotel Rue Monge was beautiful - great bath- great view and a.c.!!  We were very comfortable and the staff very helpful.  We walked miles everyday and took 700 pictures and lots of video.  I Loved The Montana in London and highly recommend both these places for travelers.  The staff were friendly and very accommodating to our needs.  The family room was good size with a great bath (and a.c.)  Locations were good - we tubed
everywhere and saw two shows while we were there - Mary Poppins and Les Mis! My favorite!!  The kids had a great time!

When you are in town next, I hope you will call. I would love to get together with you and Laurie to share a bottle of wine and pics! Let me know!

Take care and thanks again!
Deb
D. Chestnutt
Durham, NC
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Hi Robin,
 
We're back....rested, relaxed, but not tan!  We had rainy days, but nothing could dampen the beauty of Chenonceau, Azay le-Rideau, Chambord, Usse and Chinon.  The sun came out for our return where we toured Villandry and were amazed at the gardens.  Thanks for all your help.  It was a wonderful trip.  By the way, we bought the Limoge canape plates from the store you recommended in Paris...a great find indeed.  Au Revoir,  Ann & Don
 
Maryland
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HEY ROBIN, WE WANT TO TELL YOU IN PERSON ALL ABOUT OUR TRIP TO FRANCE...SO WHEN YOU GET BACK IN TOWN, I WANT YOU TO CALL ME SO WE CAN GO TO DINNER!

ALL IM GOING TO SAY (RIGHT NOW) IS THAT IT WAS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!!!!!!

L. PEREZ
HOUSTON, TX

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Silly me I should have known that it would be in there knowing you!  Sorry to brother you on it.


I am giving your name to everyone I know and telling them how thrilled I am about your services.  Not sure anyone is going to Europe anytime soon, but if they are they will be contacting you.
 
M. Covington
Houston, TX

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Robin,
I have been meaning to write this email for a few days now.  I apologize for the belated note.

We really enjoyed our trip to Paris!  What a wonderful, beautiful city.  The tours and people were absolutely delightful.  They were all so kind to the kids, and very informative.  Please send my regards and thanks to Jeremy, especially a thank you for being so patient with us trying to sort out the subway mess(we were usually a little late to the tours!).

Thank you for all of your help and organization.  I have been bragging to everyone about you.

Hope you received our invitation to our Mix and Mingle on the 22nd.  We would love to have you there.  We sent one to Jennifer also.  We would love for her to join us as well.  Wouldn't that be fun!

M. Covington
Houston, TX

 

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