1. MUSEUM OF THE MIDDLE AGES IN PARIS -- writes Diane in El Cerrito, USA -- While Paris has nearly countless museums to visit, I would like to point Journeywomen to the Museum of the Middle Ages (also known as the Musee de Cluny). Here you can step into Paris' medieval past, seeing the original Unicorn Tapestries and other treasures in the Gothic former townhouse of the Abbots of Cluny. The site also features the ruins of a Roman bath, on which the Abbey was partially built, and a restful medieval-inspired garden which includes footprints of the animals in the tapestries. Go and see for yourself!
2. FEMALE AUTHOR SETS HER MYSTERIES IN FLORENCE, ITALY -- writes Susan In Florence, Italy -- I'd like to let others know about Lucretia Grindle who has created a series of three mysteries set in Florence and starring Italian Inspector Palliotti. I especially enjoyed the one called, 'Villa Triste' with a connection to the second World War, Firenze (Florence) and Nazi Germany.
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3. BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN ANGKOR, SIEM RIEP -- writes Dolly in Melbourne, Australia -- I happily recommend Pavillon d'orient Boutique Hotel in Angkor, road 60, Siem Riep. Positioned away from the hurly burley and more expensive hotels, this place provides comfortable, clean accommodation, friendly smiling staff, and great ambience. PLUS a dedicated tuk tuk driver for your entire stay included in the price. The tuk tuk drivers are knowledgeable and the reception staff will arrange guides for any or all of the fabulous temples and other sights. The two pools are lovely to come back to after a hard days sightseeing, or just to lounge by whenever. A half an hour Khmer massage is free, which I expanded to an hour, plus a facial. Great indulgence! My lovely daughter who lives in Pnomh Penh arranged it for me on my recent visit which made me love her even more.
4. AWESOME SECOND HAND CLOTHING SHOP IN STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN -- writes Shelly in Asheville, USA -- I just got back from Stockholm where I picked up four sweaters - one of them cashmere - at Emmaus second hand clothing store, behind the Hilton (Slussen) Hotel. Their address is: Peter Myndes backe 8, 118 46 Stockholm, Sweden. They also have a great selection of textiles. The first time I was there I bought a set of coffee mugs from Portugal. I love this store. You never know what you're going to find.
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5. EAT WITH OTHERS AT THIS RESTAURANT IN UBUD, BALI -- writes Cathy in Calgary, Canada - Bali is not only a beautiful, magical island with the most humble and kind people but it has absolutely incredible food and restaurants. They offer everything from road side food stalls to 5 star gourmet restaurants. One of my favorite restaurants is Bridges, which is in Ubud - almost the center of Bali and where so many of the cultural activities and experiences are offered. Every Saturday night, Bridges offers a 'bridging table' that seats 8 people. If you are travelling by yourself (or even with a friend) this is a great opportunity to meet new people, share travel stories and savour a delicious meal. I just enjoyed this experience when I was in Bali and I can say it was one of my best nights of the trip. The others at my table were so interesting and well-travelled - much nicer than dining alone. Website: www.bridgesbali.com/bridging-table
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6. DINNER ALONE IN A STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN FOOD HALL -- writes Ulla in Stockholm, Sweden -- Eating dinner alone in a restaurant can be boring, a pleasant alternative to that in central Stockholm is to visit the food hall in the department store of NK. At the place where they sell cheese by the kilo one can also sit down and have a meal and a glass of wine. Select from the menu or choose samples (cheese, ham, etc) from the disk. I sometimes eat there myself after work when I am too tired to shop and cook at home. For visitors to our city I recommend this as a perfect way to do some wonderful people watching. Have fun, everybody!
7. TRAVEL BOOKSTORE IN LONDON, UK -- writes Sue from London, England -- 12-14 Long Acre in the Covent Garden shopping district is the home of Stanfords, an Aladdin's cave for travellers. Not only does the company sell a really wide range of travel books, from the classics to the latest guides, it still sells an exceptional range of maps, and charts, etc. At the time of its founding in 1853, Stanfords was the only retailer of maps and charts in London. A great place for browsing, with knowledgable and helpful staff, it is probably the biggest travel bookshop in the world. I've never come out without buying more than I had intended!
8. A CHARMING GUEST HOUSE IN SALISBURY, ENGLAND -- writes Robyn from Melbourne, Australia -- I want to make other JourneyWomen readers aware of this lovely B & B. The Old House guesthouse is in truth an old house, with some of the internal walls showing the original 16th century beams, and has beautifully maintained historic features complemented by all the appropriate modern fittings. The rooms are comfortably furnished and have en-suite bathrooms. I had a delightful suite of 3 small rooms tucked into the attic space, that once were the servants' quarters, with views in three directions. The hostess, Mrs M was welcoming, knowledgeable about local history and a good ambassador for the city of Salisbury. One morning she invited me into the large back garden to see a pair of hedgehogs that were travelling through, animals I had only ever seen in storybooks. She serves a great breakfast, there is a comfortable guest lounge and off-street parking space in front of the house. The Old House is on the A36, a comfortable walk to the city centre and about 30 minutes' drive to Stone Henge. Address: 161 Wilton Road, Salisbury SP2 7JQ, England. Website: www.theold-house.co.uk/
9. WE REALLY ENJOYED THIS RESTAURANT IN SORRENTO, ITALY -- writes Donna from Newbury, USA -- This past Fall, I enjoyed a wonderful trip to Sorrento and the Amalfi coast. While there I dined at Tasso several times. This is a lovely little restaurant one block off busy Tasso Square. Once inside we were greeted by an attentive staff and a quiet atmosphere. The menu offers many choices and some complete meal selections with delicious desserts. Each item is well-priced for a tourist area. The wait staff is professional, accommodating, and separate checks for diners sharing tables are easy to arrange. The entire group of travelers rated this restaurant very highly. Try it, ladies. Website: www.ristorantetasso.com/en/
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10. MY FAVORITE SQUARE IN PARIS -- writes Rosa in Montevideo, Paraguay -- My favorite square in Paris is Place Dauphine on the Ile de la Cite. It's almost an enclosed triangle, peaceful, and best of all, there are a few nice cafés/restaurants there like La Rose de France, with outdoor seating, and a nice affordable hotel, the Henry IV. Since it is quite secluded, you reach it when walking across the Pont Neuf towards the Rive Gauche, turning left on rue Robert. I think you will enjoy it.
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11. OUTSTANDING PLACE TO STAY IN HOLLAND, THE NETHERLANDS -- writes Kathleen in Spokane, USA -- The Hotel Estherea on the Singel Canal in Amsterdam is an outstanding place to stay for singles or anyone. A long-time family owned boutique-style hotel in the heart of the city, the whole of the facility is lovely with beautiful rooms -- public and private, a lavish buffet breakfast offered & a staff that treats you like family. A resident cat and a very large aquarium in the elegant yet homey lobby add interest to one's stay. Loved it!
12. BOOKSTORE AND CAFE IN DELHI, INDIA -- writes Julie in Delhi, India - If you are in Delhi's Khan Market and hungry for something good to read as well as something good to eat I suggest a stop at Cut Circle Books for the latest publications and then go on to their second floor for a small café called, Turtle. You can eat inside or out on their rooftop. Try their coffee and baked goods for a snack or enjoy mains like quiche or Greek Salad. Address: Store #23. Open: 9:30am to 9:30pm. Cute place!
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BONUS TIP VALENTINES DAY IN ROME -- writes Susan in Rome, Italy -- I wasn't particularly thrilled about Valentine's Day by myself in Rome. Anyhow, since I was staying near the Ponte Sisto, I decided to go to da Checco (Checco er Carrettiere) in Trastevere. I ordered some really good things, some nice wine and just people watched (always fun in Rome). Ended up in a great conversation with a young couple next to me, got some pasta (with the best Amatriciana that I've ever eaten) AND dessert from my waiter as "gifts" and then some limoncello and a sconto on the bill. I was so tickled and decided maybe it's better to spend it alone! Then when I left he gave me one of the restaurant's aprons. Underscores how you can really have more fun traveling alone!
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