1. AN INN IN WINCHESTER, ENGLAND -- writes Bonnie in Hamilton, Canada -- I want to tell other JourneyWomen about the Old Vine, a most wonderful 18th century inn in Winchester. There are only five rooms, each one large, beautifully decorated and very clean. As a solo traveler I am always concerned about security. The rooms are all on the second and third floors, the pub and restaurant are on the main floor. A security number is required to get into the inn portion and then of course you have your individual room key. The food in the restaurant is outstanding. They have won awards for their dishes which are well deserved. The Old Vine is directly across the street from Winchester Cathedral and steps away from shopping and more restaurants. I only stayed one night but wished I could have stayed longer. I also visited the Café in the Crypt in London which was recommended in an earlier Journeywoman edition. I am glad I did!
EDITOR'S NOTE -- The restaurant Bonnie is referring to is in a great article called, '25 Things Women Should Know About London'
2. PACK AN EXTENSION CORD -- writes Lisa in Deerfield, ISA -- My tip is short, sweet and very practical. With all the electronic aids and gadgets we now travel with, I also always pack a small, light extension cord in my bag. I find that electrical outlets are often located behind furniture in hotel rooms and at times inconveniently located at the airport. The extension cord allows you to plug in multiple items easily. If you are travelling with a partner who has their own gadgets, etc, this cord is almost an imperative.
3. SAVE ON VAPORETTO TICKETS IN VENICE -- writes Sue in London, England -- When in Venice be sure to buy a Vaporetto (Boat) Pass. They are available for set time periods depending on how long you will be there. With your pass there is no more queuing or last-minute dashes. It's excellent for getting around to all the famous stops, or just floating along the Grand Canal up and down, taking in the sights and mixing with the locals. Check this link for all the transportation options. Some passes include transportation from the airport. Read instructions carefully. For some, in order to get a discount you must purchase online at least one week before. Click here for more information.
4. BIKE SHARING IN CHICAGO -- writes Emmy in Chicago, USA -- In case you don't already know this, Chicago has a new 'Divvy' bike sharing system, with 3,000 bikes and 300 stations across the city. Divvy is a program created by the Chicago Department of Transportation and their mission is to keep the city's commuters and visitors safe and to offer an environmentally way for folks to get around the city. For a rundown of biking events, maps, and trails visit www.bikechicago.us before your Chicago visit.
5. PACK A TOWEL -- writes Terri in Nanaimo, Canada -- Being of a certain age I usually get a fresh colour on my hair before travelling. However, the dye, even salon dye, tends to take a few weeks to completely wash out, I pack a small microfiber towel for drying my hair when I get out of the shower. Most hotels overseas will charge you if you have stained their towels, and even if they don't, why not show your good manners and protect them just the same. My hair towel is a turban style and takes up no space at all in my suitcase. I just wrap my wet hair, and let it soak up the water (and colour). It dries in a couple hours and because it is the turban style, it has a loop and button closure that can be hooked to the back of your hotel bathroom door. Plus it doubles as a facecloth, or in a pinch a body towel.
6. GREAT VIEW PLUS A HISTORY LESSON IN BRUSSELS -- writes Astrid in Oslo, Norway -- I am a Norwegian woman just moved home after five years in Brussels. During my stay there was one place I always brought my visiting friends: Parlamentarium. Parlamentarium is located at Place Luxembourg, actually inside the European Parliament. Parlamentarium is an interactive, very interesting exhibition showing the history/story of EU from the start until today. Not to be missed. An other place I brought my friends is to the roof of the Triumphal Arch in Parc Cenquantenaire. You need to enter through the Military Museum. The view is fantastic!
7. EXCELLENT LITTLE SHOP IN MUMBAI, INDIA -- writes Susan in Toronto, Canada -- I want to recommend a shop in Mumbai that I think other JourneyWomen will love. A flight attendant told me about it. It's called Impressions and it's located in the New Oberoi Shopping Arcade (shop #11). If you love extraordinary pashminas and scarves in every color of the rainbow, this woman-centered spot is for you. P.S. The manager is a female and she gave me advice on everything from what is appropriate for a woman to wear in India to how to find the closest bathroom.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Check out 'Shopping in India - 10 Things to Buy for Friends Back Home' Click here
8. WONDERFUL B&B IN KENMARE, IRELAND -- writes Ann in Bobcaygeon, Canada -- I want to share this B&B with other women in our Network. We stayed at 2 Mile Lodge near Kenmare, Ireland, aptly named because it was just two miles outside the town. The rooms were immaculate, large, with lovely views. We had nice big showers and closets with lots of towels, and toiletries. We were in the front room, overlooking the garden. Breakfast was delicious, with everything you could want or need. Pat was a marvellous host, and couldn't have been more helpful. She gave us all kinds of tips for the best way to see the Ring of Kerry. Her best advice to us was to drive the Ring anti-clockwise, then we wouldn't get stuck behind one of the many coaches, which always drive clockwise. She was right about that. A real Irish welcome was given to us, and if we ever go back we'll certainly visit 2 Mile Lodge again.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Heading to Dublin? Click here for 20 things women visitors should know.
9. INCREASE IN PURSE SNATCHING IN KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA -- writes Janet in Hong Kong -- On a recent trip to Kuala Lumpur, the friends we visited pointed out some rather ugly chain link fences that are popping up on road sides, They look like they're there to stop jay walkers but that is not the reason. Apparently there has been such an increase in motorcycle drive by bag-snatching, that the fences are an attempt to stop it. I believe that Kuala Lumpur is otherwise a very safe city, however hang on to your bags, ladies.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Did you know that there is fabulous shopping in Kuala Lumpur? Click here to read all about it.
10. BREAKFAST IN AMSTERDAM -- writes Evelyn in Toronto, Canada -- If you fancy a bagel rather than a croissant .... If you are looking for an American style breakfast or brunch .... Then you will be very comfortable at the low key chain called, Bagels and Beans. When I was there with my travelling pals we were the only tourists in the place and it was great fun chatting with all the locals. There are loads of these cafes around town. I recommend you don't seek out the ones right in the center of the city but look for the ones in residential neighbourhoods. I'm enclosing a link to their website (in Dutch) with all their locations . Don't worry, addresses are easy to read in both languages. When you get there everybody will speak English and offer you an English menu if you need it. We really enjoyed it. P.S. We were there in the summer and since our location was beside a canal we sat at tables outside. Lovely! Website: www.bagelsbeans.nl/ P.S. They're also on Twitter so you can connect that way.
11. FISH RESTAURANT IN TEL AVIV, ISRAEL -- writes Rosie in Toronto, Canada -- I would like to recommend Barbunya, a no-frills outdoor eatery serving a delicious fixed-price meal of fish and seafood, with the choices dependent on the daily catch. It's our go to place the night we arrive in Israel when we want a taste of Israel but we're not really looking for a fancy dining experience. The meal includes a dozen or so all you can eat mezzes (appetizers) which are included with the meal. Israelis love this place so it can get very busy here. Address: 163 Ben Yehuda located on a bus line that runs frequently.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Visit the photo exhibit called, 'Israel - The People Make the Place.' Click here.
12. SUDDEN DEATH IN BRUSSELS -- writes Laya in Tel Aviv, Israel -- The name of this wonderful brasserie, 'La Mort Subit' sounds scary when translated into English (Sudden Death) but I was there and it's a great little place. It has an old and comfy interior that besides serving good basic food (salads, omelets, cheese plates, sandwiches) has their own featured 'house beer' as well as an enormous variety of others. I ordered a few snacky things and tasted their house beer as well as one that had a really interesting cherry flavour. It was a perfect slice of 'life in Brussels.' Website: www.alamortsubite.com/ENG/info.html
EDITOR'S NOTE: We've just added a new article in our City Sites section. It's about Belgium and it has many more juicy tips in it. Click here.
BONUS TIP: Even if you never travel to India, I recommend the film, 'The Lunch Box.' Saajan, a Mumbai office worker nearing retirement, is delivered the wrong lunch by a dabbawala. Young housewife Ila had intended it for her emotionally indifferent husband. Not only is the story a lovely one but you get to see Mumbai in the background and learn more about 'dabbawalas', the men who deliver these home cooked meals from Indian wives to their worker husbands.
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