mecca in Vietnam -- writes Mei Yin Tao from Vietnam
-- I recently spent a few days in a wonderful little town called
Hoi An in the middle of Vietnam. They have an amazing number of
seamstresses there who have cloth shops. A great shop with a friendly
staff, modern designs and professional work is Khoi Cloth Shop,
134 Tran Phu Street, Hoi An, Vietnam, Tel: 0510 861113. I got five
pairs of pants made and three dresses and it cost me $68US. A great
deal. They take all your measurements so the clothes fit perfectly.
If you want them to make changes, they'll do it at no extra charge.
They'll work in your time frame, either having the clothes made
that day or the day after. These good businesspeople also gave me
a lantern and a purse as a gift. Very hard to resist and a fun experience!
serve wonderful low fat breakfasts -- writes Brenda
of Vancouver, Canada -- The Manor Guest House is an Edwardian
mansion right in the heart of the city of Vancouver, on the southeastern
edge of downtown, in a safe, elegant neighborhood, walking distance
or easy access to everything you'll want to do. Beautifully furnished
large bedrooms with private bath and TV. One block to public transit
and all amenities. Helpful hosts. Great low fat breakfasts. Visit
our site at www.manorguesthouse.com.
for further information.
an insider in Melbourne -- writes Leonie Loveday from
Australia -- If visiting Journey women enjoy Indian curries,
the best value-for-money is the quirkily named "Indian Trendy Restaurant"
in Johnson Street, Collingwood. This is not one of the most fashionable
inner suburbs of Melbourne but it's interesting, and close to lots
of other eating places you might like to try. P.S. Don't worry.
Collingwood is not far from the city (or downtown) district.
a Mecca for NY singles -- writes Cynthia from New
York City, USA -- Afternoon tea, or coffee anytime, a terrific
place for being on your own or with girlfriends is "Drip", located
on Amsterdam between 85 and 87 or so. This is a funky dating service
well disguised as a coffee bar. You come in, buy some coffee (regular
or spiked), and browse the loose-leaf notebooks of prospective Mr.
or Ms rights. Profiles have no personal info, so all first dates
are arranged by "Drip" and you must have them there where you can
be chaperoned. This very chatty place is also a very safe place
to be. My best friend and I often stop by even though we are both
married, either to giggle over the notebooks, gaze sneakily at the
couples being introduced to each other by the Drip staff, or just
to have an intimate conversation on their big couches. It's mostly
an under 40 crowd, but I did on one occasion notice two 60+ ladies
having coffee and chatting away.
great guide in Morocco -- writes Rosemary Sheel in
Camarillo, USA -- I'd like to recommend a reliable, honest and
knowledgeable driver/guide for those women who plan a trip to the
south of Morocco. I have used Ali Mouni (fax 05 57 79 50, phone
from U.S. 011 212 1 56 36 11) for four photography trips, plus a
couple of sight seeing trips with friends. We have traveled through
the Middle Atlas, Taroudant/Tafroute region, and especially the
sands of the Erg Chebbi. In addition to Moroccan Arabic, Berber
and French, Ali speaks fluent Spanish, good English, and good German.
Ali will transport you and your friends, loads of luggage and, of
course, all of your shopping 'find's in a Land Rover 4WD. For more
information, you can contact Ali in Erfoud through his fax or phone
or you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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for every woman in Brussels -- writes Alison Li from
Toronto, Canada -- A recent visit to Brussels revealed that
it is full of charming, sometimes quirky, little museums. They cover
what seems like every conceivable subject, from chocolate to beer
to the history of Freemasonry. There's even a museum on the Belgian
endive! A stop at one of these little museums can reveal some lovely
little surprises and won't be overwhelming like a visit to a huge
museum can sometimes be. Of course, don't forget to be ready to
sample the subject matter, especially in the chocolate museum!