Subject: New Member from Middle East
Forwarded by Moderator - Welcome Cecile!

Greetings, I am an American Foreign Service officer currently serving in the Middle East. Because of the stress involved in living here, I travel to Europe every few months. In the last two years, I've visited Italy, London, Amsterdam, Prague, and Budapest.

My other overseas tours include northern Thailand, where I lived in the mid-90s, and Calgary, where I served in the early 90s. My favorite country for tourism is Italy. I've spent several months there over the years. I know Israel well.

Because I travel alone, security is a big concern of mine. I prefer small, well located hotels in cities and family-run places in the country. I'm also a big fan of the Marriot chain, which I use as a fall back when I can't find a more intimate hotel. One of the reasons I would like to join this web group is to find more hotels of the type I like and to share my findings with others.

I look forward to sharing travel experiences with you!