The links below are from companies and individuals whom we know personally and whom we can recommend highly.  – This is the home page of our associate René Langer in Berlin. You will find all the services his company offers, as well as other information about Berlin on this page. Tel. Office 011 49 333 1647 20501 or mobile 011 49 1792 046371  – If you would like to have an authentic hand carved Nutcracker but can’t travel to Germany, you can buy one right herein USA. Click on the link and you will find a great selection of beautiful original hand carved Nutcrackers, smokers, and many other hand carved wooden items.


The Frame Workshop is the next best solution to traveling in Europe to shop for hand crafted Christmas gifts. The Frame Workshop carries a large selection of unique gifts including Christmas Ornaments, Nutcrackers, wood carved folkart from the Erzgebirge reagion in Saxony, Christmas Cards that can be made into ornaments and many other items. Go to: to brouwse their selections.

Manoir de Savigny – Normandy France – If you spend a few days in Normandy this beautiful, upscale B&B is a great place to base yourself. Just north of Utah Beach, it is located outside the small town of Solognes. The rooms in this old renovated stone manor are lovely and the reasonable rates betray how stylish they are, befitting a four-star hotel. The manor is located in the open countryside which makes for a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. The fish market restaurant in the town to St. Vaast  on the coast, some 20 miles from the manor, is a fabulous place for fresh seafood since the market turns into a restaurant in the evening. You couldn’t be in better hands than with the congenial owners Eric and Corinne Bonnifet. Eric speaks perfect English, you can contact him at: or call (011)33.7096.95

Chocolate Indulgence Tour in Los Angeles –  If you are you planning to visit Los Angeles and want to discover the city as a foodie, a chocolate lover or a movie buff, Tourific Escapes, a local tour company is just what the doctor ordered. Their Sites and Bites Tour is a highlight for any foodie, the Chocolate Indulgence Tour will thrill any chocolate addict, and their Celebrity Insider Movie Locations Tour is a highlight of any movie fan visiting Los Angeles. For more information contact Trish Procetto at the address shown in the web site above or phone 424.248.8687 Fly fishing tours to the Bohemian region of the Czech Republic. Good fishing in streams and lakes in one of the most scenic region of the Czech Republic bordering on Bavaria. The trips can be combined with visits to breweries, or extend a few days in Prague. US contact: