Subject: Re: Karen Brown guides
Actually, I have used both of her guides for Italy, and found the Bed And Breakfast Guide to be much better than the one featuring Inns and small

hotels, which was similar to many other books that I've seen, and offered the same, expensive, obvious places that everyone else was recommending. Nothing wrong with the recommendations, but for more unusual, and economical places, the Country Bed and Breakfast Book was much better. For example, Nicole Franchinni - the Karen Brown author, (or something like that) was the only place I could ever find recommending La Fenice in Positano when I first went there in 1991 or 1992. It still is the most delightful place, a real find and a bargain, but now everyone knows about it, thanks to a Frommers or is it Fodors (?) picture book on the Amalfi coast which highlights Fenice and recommends it heavily. Anyway, it still is only something like $125 (US) per night, which is an incredible bargain.

Jonathan Chimene Chicago