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Trip Coach: Feb. 21, 2006

Budget Travel Editors answered your questions

Budget Travel Editors: Thanks for joining us this week. Let's get to your questions!

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Melbourne, Florida: We are planning a trip to Rome in May and would like
to visit the Borghese Galleries without standing inline for a long time. How can we get tickets in advance using e-mail and a secure website for credit
card information?

Budget Travel Editors: Only 360 visitors can enter the immensely popular Galleria Borghese, galleriaborghese.it, every two hours, and advance tickets (8.50 euros each) are required. You can make a reservation for a date and time slot through the official website, by calling 011+39-06-32810, or stopping by at least one day before your preferred date of visit. You must collect your reserved tickets in person at least 30 minutes before your scheduled admittance time. Entry times are 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm, and the Galleria is open every day except Monday.

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Scarborough, Maine: We are thinking about making a trip to Ireland this summer. Where are the best sites for getting information on cottage or small home rentals? Are there packages that might also include car rental as well? Any tips welcome! Thank you.

Budget Travel Editors: One of the best and easiest ways to explore Ireland is through travel packages that combine airfare, a car rental, and a week's worth of bed & breakfast vouchers, valid at over 1,400 B&Bs across the country. Several companies offer competitive packages, including Ireland.com, Brian Moore Internataionl Tours (bmit.com), Dooley Vacations (dooleyvacations.com), Celtic Tours (celtictours.com), Sceptre Tours (sceptretours.com) and EuropeASAP (europeasap.com). You can read Budget Travel's December/January feature article about a traveler's experience using one of these Irish B&B voucher packages, Every Day is a Winding Road.

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Syracuse, New York: Traveling to Paris weekend of Mar 2, 2006. Can you recommend a nice French restauarnt on left bank for lunch. Thinking of Allard but have read "good and bad." Merci!

Budget Travel Editors: Part of the magic of visiting Paris is wandering around different arrondissements, which is why it is particularly fitting that Budget Travel's city guides (including one for Paris) list great restaurants, shops, and activities neighborhood by neighborhood. Just download our Paris Snap Guide from the website (it's free!) and pull it out for suggestions when you find yourself on the Left Bank getting a little hungry.

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Mahopac, NY: What is the best time of year to visit Australia and New Zealand? For a three week trip what would be the best destinations at both of these?

Budget Travel Editors: Being in the southern hemisphere, the seasons of Australia and New Zealand are the exact opposite of North America. That means their high season (and highest prices)is during their summer and our winter. If you don't want to pay top dollar, try for the shoulder seasons of September--early December and late February--April. Qantas Airlines sells an Airpass (starting at $999)that includes international airfare from L.A. or Honolulu, and three flights within Australia. Destinations are grouped by price zones, so you can hit Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or Adelaide and still stay within the lowest price zone. (Check Australia.com for details and prices.) Another option is to take Air New Zealand from L.A. and catch its new nonstop flight from Auckland to Adelaide, where you can easily rent a car and explore South Australia on your own.

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Chicago, IL : My husband and I are looking for a quickie European getaway this April or May. We'd like to stay 4-5 nights. I recently saw a package for $550 from Chicago to either Nice or Cannes, but couldn't get the tour company to call me back. Does this sound too good to be true? I have never been to the French Riviera, and wonder, should we save this trip for the summer months or it is nice to go off-season? Is this area "dead" during April/May, or is there still a fair amount of hussle/bussle? What is there to do in these towns if its not warm enough for beaches? Any suggestions on where to find good air/hotel packages for this trip?

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