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September 28, 2003

California: Spirited B&B

The Victorian Rose, 896 E. Main St., Ventura 93001; (805) 641-1888; "Victorian Gothic church built in the late 1800s has been restored and renovated into a unique five-bedroom B&B. Fantastic rooms decorated with antiques and large stained-glass windows. Innkeepers bought the church and spent two years restoring it themselves. Great out-of-the-ordinary getaway." Doubles start at $99.

Mark and Leslie Bellegia

Diamond Bar


France: Haute cuisine

Gerard Besson, 5 Rue Coq Heron, 75001 Paris; 011-33-1-42-33-14-74, e-mail "Elegant decor, wonderful wine list and immaculate service at this Paris restaurant near the Palais Royale. Our prix fixe lunch was $60 and included perfectly sauteed scallops, poached John Dory fillets and an incredible cheese tray and dessert selection. A perfect way to remember Paris."

Fran Russell


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