CREATE MEMORIES WHILE YOU TRAVEL -- writes Pam in Boulder, USA -- When I travelled with my Mom, I would send her a postcard everyday telling about all the things we did. Sometimes I had to really sneak it into the mail, but she never caught me. It was a wonderful thing for her when she got home because she could share with her friends. Eventually she would give them back to me. And I got to relive my trip again. I still have the pile from my year of living in France in 1976-77. P.S. I have a niece who is off on her own in September to study in Wales. Lots of your tips and things from Journeywoman have made their way to her. Thank you.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a great tip, Pam. You can do the same with young travel partners. Though they won't know how you will be using the cards, they can help you pick out their favorites from the souvenir store. I'm sure they will love getting these surprises when they are back at home.
WOMAN-CENTERED MYSTERY THAT TAKES PLACE IN ENGLAND -- writes Evelyn in Toronto, Canada - Since I've just visited the World War One battlefields of Flanders I especially appreciated this mystery written by Jacqueline Winspear. The title is, 'Birds of a Feather,' the detective is Maisie Dobbs and the story involves events that took place during The Great War 1914-1918. I found this story especially timely as this year marks the 100th anniversary of WWl. If you like mysteries that are well written and not gory, this book is for you.
NEIGHBOURHOOD RESTAURANTS IN BUENOS AIRES -- writes Alejandra in Buenos Aires, Argentina - In Buenos Aires there's a lot of neighborhood restaurants which are really interesting for women. During daylight all these places are located in what are considered safe areas of the city. In my own neighborhood of Las Canitas, I recommend Las Cholas (Arce 306. Tel: 054 11 4899-0094), a bustling place that gathers young people and also families -- where you can appreciate 'criollas' specialties and grilled meats at fair prices. There are also good sandwiches, sausage (choripan), regional stews and empanadas on offer. Open noon - close (usually very late) Mon-Sun.
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WALK ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT -- writes Marie-Claude in Bristol, USA - If you are into lovely walks on an island with miles of interesting trails, the Isle of Wight (UK) is perfect. I just spent a week there during the island's walking festival. Shanklin Villa Apartments is a perfect place to stay. The apartments are modern, have dishwasher and washer/dryer, the rooms are large and well equipped. The price is much better than hotels. It is one block from the ocean and one block from the Old Town of Shanklin. There is parking, a grocery store and plenty of restaurants in Old Town. And, best of all, after a long day's hike there are relaxing hot tubs. Ahhhh...
QUEEN ELIZABETH'S CHILDHOOD TOYS AND MORE -- writes Adele in London, England - From well-loved toys and treasured family gifts to tiny childhood outfits, a special exhibition at Buckingham Palace will give Journey Women a glimpse into life as a young member of the royal family growing up at Buckingham Palace. The exhibit is called, 'Royal Childhood' and it goes back 250 years in British history. It showcases objects from the Royal Collection, the Royal Archives and the private collections of members of the Royal Family, as well as previously unseen photographs and film footage. Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to purchase toys and gifts for children inspired by the collection on show. July 28 - September 2014. Website: www.royalcollection.org.uk/exhibitions/royal-childhood
EDITOR'S NOTE: Heading to London? Check out where the posh and not so posh afternoon teas are served. There's something for every budget.
CARRY A SHAWL AND SOCKS IN ISTANBUL -- writes Heidi in Rochester, USA - I was recently in Istanbul for business. Our group had unexpected free time, so we found ourselves at the Blue Mosque ahead of schedule. This meant that some of the women in our group left the hotel without our scarves or shawls. As it turns out, at this and some other mosques, scarves are loaned to female visitors at the entrance (no cost). It's also important to note that footwear is not allowed inside, so bring socks if you don't enjoy walking barefoot in a very busy, public space.
RECOMMENDED HOTEL IN ISTANBUL -- writes Sally in Boston, USA -- Istanbul is packed with accommodations from the most luxe to humble hostels. For first or second time visitors the Old City, Sultanahmet, is a great choice to base yourself. There is so much to see, do and experience within an easy walk or tram ride in this vibrant neighborhood. One very good, centrally located, moderately priced choice is the intimate Hotel Djem with only twelve rooms and a lovely manager and staff. The Djemis a boutique hotel installed in a recently renovated wooden house just behind the Blue Mosque. The family that runs the hotel has been in the Carpet and Kilim business for years and the hotel is beautifully decorated with textiles. www.hoteldjem.com
EDITOR'S NOTE: Here's 25 other things women travelling to Turkey should know. Click here.
MUSEUM OF CHOCOLATE IN BARCELONA SPAIN -- Is there a woman in the world who doesn't love chocolate? This Barcelona chocolate museum is located in a former Sant Agusti monastery and it takes visitors on a journey through the origins of chocolate, its arrival in Europe, its medicinal properties and its nutritional value (but thankfully, talks little about calories). You can expect to see intricate chocolate sculptures, an assortment of antique chocolate-making equipment, a shop (yum) and on-site chocolate workshops for you, your girlfriends and any kiddies you have with you. Sounds like great fun to Journeywoman! Website: http://www.museuxocolata.cat/?lang=en.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Here's nine other museums in the world that women especially will love.
LOOKING AHEAD TO WINTER -- writes Marjorie in Los Angeles, USA - Looking for a cheap and fun trip to do this winter? Consider visiting Yosemite National Park. My boyfriend and I visited Yosemite during Christmas and it was a fabulous trip. Hotels were cheap. We stayed at the historic Wawona Hotel for two nights. Other lodging options in the Park had great discounts too. Because there were less people around, we got to experience the park in more of its natural, snow-filled state. Yosemite in the winter is gorgeous! We went on a free snow-shoeing tour with the park ranger (snow-shoes provided). The ski resort was opened too. So look out for special deals. I suggest signing up for email updates from the official Yosemite Park website (not the National Park Service site).
EDITOR'S NOTE: Here's another love story that takes place over Christmas. This time in Italy. Click here.
GREAT GUIDE IN ISRAEL -- writes Elane in Melbourne, Australia - I recently returned from a short visit to Israel where I hired a wonderful guide, Zel Lederman from Israel Travel Company. Everything was sorted out by email before we arrived, and since he is originally from Australia, there are no issues with English (other than the Aussie accent!), and he is fluent in Hebrew. His knowledge of Israel, its history, geography, flora and fauna, is excellent. And he was able to accommodate changes along the way. He was fantastic in so many ways that I just have to recommend him to other Journeywomen, whether travelling alone, with friends or family. He can be contacted by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, and website: www.israeltravelcompany.com.
MY FAVORITE HOTEL IN PARIS -- writes Lorraine in Belleair, USA - Grand Hotel De Champaigne is my favorite hotel in Paris. Its just off Rue de Rivoli and near the Seine in the 1st arrondissement. It is just steps away from three metro stops. An easy walk to the Louvre, Notre Dame and the Left Bank. There is everything you would need to meet your needs within minutes. This hotel is not easily found, but it is worth seeking it out. It is hidden behind the major avenues. I prefer a balcony room where I can sit and look out on the rooftops of Paris. Their breakfast is a little pricey. Within steps are much less expensive options.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Who can resist an article called, 'Paris - A haven for chocolate lovers.'
GLUTEN FREE IN NAPA, CALIFORNIA, USA -- writes Louise in USA -- If your travels take you to Northern California, and to Napa, I must recommend the Inn on Randolph. It is totally gluten free -- no chance of cross contamination -- and most guests would never guess! The food is spectacular! This inn is so beautifully restored and is right in Downtown Napa; walking distance to many restaurants and tasting rooms. The owner, Karen, is so engaging and helpful. They really know the Valley and can help you with anything -- hiking, biking, or wine tasting. And, if you are Celiac or gluten intolerant, they will send you off for the day with gluten free snacks! Website: www.innonrandolph.com
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