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This item appears on page 83 of the February 2009 issue.

From MUNICH, Germany, Dec. 12, 2008. . .

A delicious find in Munich was Zum Franziskaner (Perusastraße 5, Residenzstraße 9, 80333, Munich; phone 089 23 18 12 0,, centrally located one block from the Marienplatz in the Old Town.

The restaurant, owned by the Reinbold family, is famous for Bavarian specialties. We enjoyed tomato crème soup, a main dish of veal schnitzel with potato, cucumber salad and another main of assorted sausages with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. For dessert we shared a decadent apple strudel in custard sauce. Including local wine and beer, our dinner for two cost €56 (about $67).

Waitresses outfitted in colorful, traditional dress provided swift and excellent service. Menus in English were available. Open from 9 a.m. (a traditional Bavarian breakfast is served) until midnight.

— Dr. Bernard Goodhead, La Jolla, CA

On the UNITED KINGDOM, September ’08. . .

The Smugglers Restaurant with Rooms (Newlyn Harbour; e-mail or visit — a bed-and-breakfast in a historic house right on the harbor front.

When we were unable to get accommodation in Penzance, we traveled on to nearby Newlyn Harbour and found this little treasure.

Not only was the double room with facilities en suite very clean and comfortable, the owner was the chef, who lived on the premises. We thoroughly enjoyed the full English breakfast while also enjoying the wonderful harbor view. £65 (near $97) per room.

Braeside Guest House (113 Derby Rd., Risely, Derbyshire DE72 3SS, UK; phone 01159 395885, e-mail bookings@braesideguest or visit www.braeside

The Braeside B&B would be ideal for independent travelers. It is close to the East Midland airport and only eight miles from Derby or Nottingham.

Sarah, the owner, was most welcoming, and the beautiful detached cottage was spotlessly clean, with facilities en suite. We booked the room online for £65.

An English breakfast was served in a centrally heated conservatory, and a hotel with a restaurant was available within a few yards for other meals.

— Katrina Donnelly, Tauranga, New Zealand

From KATHMANDU, Nepal, Nov. 20, 2008. . .

Hotel Shanker (Lazimpat, Kathmandu) is a 100-year-old palace situated in the heart of Kathmandu and facing the north side of the Royal Palace. It is a 5-minute walk from Thamel, the heart of the city.

The building is reminiscent of the days of the British Raj in India. There are many extras, including vast gardens, an outdoor pool, three gift shops, a restaurant, bar, etc. $72 single, $84 double and $100 for a suite.

— Ed Lifset, Oceanside, CA