Versailles or chateau/wine-tasting tour?

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Published Mar 24, 2013 at 05:00AM

Q: We’re going to Paris this summer and have one day for either Versailles or a chateau/wine-tasting tour. We haven’t been to France previously, and my teenage daughter has never traveled abroad. Do you have an opinion? Does it matter that Versailles’s furnishings aren’t original?

A: I was bowled over by Versailles — as well as by Marie Antoinette’s Petit Trianon and the hameau, the little country village she had built nearby where she and her ladies-in-waiting played at being milkmaids. It’s like a little doll town to wander through. I’d think your daughter would love it. The furnishings in Versailles may not be original, but the palace is, and it’s quite spectacular, as are the grounds. And it’s big enough that even with hundreds of tourists crawling around, you don’t feel crowded.

— Zofia Smardz

Q: My family is planning a trip to Europe this summer. Is it necessary to get a chip-and-PIN Visa to travel easily there?

A: Yes, you may have some trouble using your American card in Europe. Check with your bank to see if it has a chip-and-PIN option, and if possible, get one before you leave.

— Christopher Elliott

Q: My husband turns 50 in August, and I’d like to take him and our 14-year-old son somewhere fabulous. We only have seven days. What do you think of Iceland?

A: Any reader who has ever responded to a question about Iceland has only said great things about it. So if that appeals, go! A week would be perfect, because you could spend a few days in Reykjavik and then a few more exploring the country’s Ring Road. You probably won’t want to miss the Blue Lagoon.

— Becky Krystal