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WELL PRICED GOOD MEAL IN NICE ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA -- writes Marlys in Menton, France -- If you have been to Vieux Nice (Old Nice) in the French Riviera as a tourist, you'll know how difficult it is to find and choose a good restaurant. So, here's my tip: go to Chez Palmyre, where the ambiance is great, service is good and the food is best! With a lunch menu at €17 (starter, main and dessert) you can't go wrong. In France, they serve you a pitcher of water for free if you care to ask for it. But their house wine is not ruinously priced either. Be there not later than 12 pm as it's a small place and gets full quickly. Don't bother waiting if you do arrive late as they allow for a leisurely lunch for their clients so they serve only one batch of 24 people. When you do go back, remember to reserve or be there earlier. They're open only on weekdays, for lunch and dinner. If you only go to one place to eat in Nice, this has to be it! Chez Palmyre, 5, Rue Droite, Nice, France.
EXPLORE BLOOR STREET IN TORONTO AND IT COSTS NOTHING -- writes Evelyn in Toronto, Canada -- Begin your journey at the corner of Yonge and Bloor. Walking west along Bloor Street you will enjoy posh window shopping akin to Chicago's Miracle Mile and New York's Fifth Avenue. Keep walking and you will hit the Royal Ontario Museum, the University of Toronto campus, the red-bricked Royal Conservatory of Music, and the St. George Subway Station. Continue further and you'll now find many examples of less expensive shops, food markets and multi ethnic eateries along the way. Many professors, writers, and folks working in the Arts live in this particular neighborhood called the Annex. It's a very interesting area to explore. Spend a few hours window shopping and locating interesting restaurants you might want to come back to.
HIGH FASHION BUT CHEAP IN PARIS, FRANCE -- writes Kate in Toronto, Canada -- For high fashion at a bargain price, shop where the savvy Parisians do: at a Monoprix store (their version of the old Woolworths stores). For a store locater or online shopping: www.monoprix.fr. Also, Soldes means On Sale (not sold!), and there are two sales periods in France, one in summer starting in June, and one in January. They both last for at least a month -- and sometimes longer.
MANAGE YOUR FOOD BUDGET IN VENICE -- writes Jessica in Portland, Oregon -- The best way to eat well in Venice (or anywhere on earth) is to eat what's local, and in Venice that means seafood. Take a spin through the Rialto fish market in the morning to see what the fishermen have brought in that morning, and then you have a better idea of what to look for on menus that night. Venice's famous cicchetti- small plates and bite-sized nibbles, sort of Venetian tapas - aren't usually enough to satisfy someone for dinner, but a cicchetti lunch is ideal. Look for cicchetti bars away from the main tourist route (it's even better if the bar is full of locals).
MANAGE YOUR FOOD BUDGET IN NEW YORK CITY -- writes Gina in New York City -- I'd like to recommend Mamoun's to other Journeywoman travellers. Established in 1971 when I was in middle school, this Middle-Eastern treasure gets better and better. It's hands down, the best falafel in all of New York City, including my Lower East Side neighborhood. The original Mamoun's is still on MacDougal Street in the West Village. The newest Manhattan location is St. Mark's Place in the East Village. Their classic falafel sandwich was $1.50 when I was in college. Now it's $3.00. Still a great deal. Website: mamouns.com
ARE YOU A WOMAN OVER 60? -- writes Evelyn in Toronto, Canada -- If you are visiting Israel, at 60+ you are considered a senior. That means you are entitled to lots of discounts. Public transportation is one of those privileges. The magic Hebrew word you need is 'vah-teak' (senior) as you hand the bus driver your three shekels (about 75 cents U.S.). That's about half of full fare. P.S. Sorry, if you are a fellow of 60 in Israel, you have to wait until you are 65 to be considered an 'older adult.'
LONG LAYOVER IN TORONTO PEARSON AIRPORT? -- writes Irene in Toronto, Canada -- Be an urban explorer. First free yourself by storing your carryon bags at the airport Samsonite store. Then grab an UP Union Pearson Express that will take you right downtown for up to six hours of shopping, sightseeing and meandering. Get back in time to catch the next portion of your flight. Tickets can be purchased in Terminal One. If you arrive in another terminal take the free Terminal Link transportation to Terminal One. Fee: Canadian $12 return for the Long Layover return ticket.
DRINK LOCAL BREWS -- When out for the evening drink like a local. When choosing alcoholic beverages, choose the local beers and wines. They're fun to try and you will pay far less than if you order the special imported brands you drink at home.
IF STAYING AT A HOSTEL BE AN INVENTIVE COOK! -- Be an inventive cook -- Pack an easy recipe and cook dinner at a hostel. Tuna casserole is a cinch to make, the ingredients are inexpensive and the finished product can be shared with new travel friends. You'll not only save money you'll be the star of the hostel.
AFFORDABLE FEMALE HOSTEL ACCOMMODATIONS IN AMSTERDAM -- writes Lisa in Indianapolis, USA -- When in Amsterdam, I book at an all female hostel called Hostelle. It is on the Biljmer Arena Metro stop. Off season prices are as low as 23 US dollars in a dorm with eight beds - an absolute bargain in this city. The facilities are nicer than some upscale hotels I have stayed at and the proprietor, Bianca is just wonderful. It is rarely fully booked. P.S. There are even several two-person suites with adjoining washrooms at this all-female accommodation. Website: hostelle.com.
A HOSTEL IN PAMPLONA, SPAIN -- writes Meiling in Nottingham, England -- I've just been in Pamplona, Spain and would like to recommend Aloha Hostel as a great option for accommodation in that city. It has dorm rooms, double rooms and apartments available, and for the first two, breakfast in included in their prices. The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful, and the cleanliness of the place is outstanding (bathrooms are cleaned twice a day!). It took me less than five minutes to walk to the bus station (countrywide destinations), and it's about 10 minutes into the heart of the old town, with its cathedral and pintxos bars. Also, it's about 10 minutes walk to find the Camino de Santiago trail from there.
BRING HOME A FREE TRAVEL MEMORY -- writes Vivienne in London, England -- I suggest that nothing can be cheaper than this idea to provide a memento of countries and places you have visited. On each journey I pick up a stone and write the year and the name of the place where I found it. After much travelling, I have a large container of stones of all shapes and sizes from all over the world. My grandchildren can select one and ask for a story about its origin. At no intrinsic cost this provides a lesson for the young ones and a trip down memory lane for me. In all, the experience is priceless.
POPCORN AND CHEAP MOVIES IN TORONTO, CANADA -- Magic Lantern Carleton Cinema is located at 20 Carlton Street. Leave large movie houses behind and instead head to this tiny art house cinema in downtown Toronto. They feature small screening rooms and large servings of popcorn. You can expect excellent films that have already hit the major theaters. You'll love their $5.00 Tuesdays and $6.00 entry for seniors every day. Click!
LOOKING FOR A WELL-PRICED MANICURIST IN NYC? -- writes Joyce in New York, USA -- For a good manicure that's inexpensive, try Spa Nail at 18th St & Seventh Ave.
INEXPENSIVE HOTEL IN PARIS, FRANCE -- writes Sue in Niamey, Niger -- There is an inexpensive hotel on Rue Lepic called Hotel LePic, which is just up the street from Pigalle. I was with a friend and she had stayed there before and suggested it. It's a modest hotel in a good location. The first night our single beds were made up as a double bed but the next morning they separated them. I believe breakfast was included. There is wi-fi at the hotel. I didn't have the right kind of plug and the receptionist found one for me. Right next door there is a really cheap souvenir store. Good restaurants (where it was OK to go as a single woman) right around the corner. Accomodating staff.
AFFORDABLE AND SAFE LODGING IN LONDON, ENGLAND -- writes Christine in Burnaby, Canada - If you want an inexpensive, safe, clean, centrally located place to stay in London England, Pax Lodge accepts bookings from the public for women, men, youth, and families. Run by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) it offers hostel style accommodation (twin rooms with en suite bathroom are available too) close to pubs, restaurants, hospital, churches, buses, and the underground (Camden station). The staff comprise women from all over the world, working or volunteering at this iconic WAGGGS World Centre. Prices start at approximately $40.00 per person per night, which is a steal for this area of London. For more information, click here.
SAVE NOTE PADS FROM HOTELS AND GIFT THEM TO CHILDREN -- writes Lorraine in Wellington, New Zealand -- Lots of women who travel save the shampoo and soaps from their hotel stays and offer them to charities that collect and regift them. I suggest that you save the note pad and pens left for your use in your hotel room. I give these to the village children I meet when travelling in Cambodia and they seem to like them and make good use of them.
BUDGET WISE IN ICELAND -- writes Ceridwyn in Eugene, USA -- Everyone knows that Iceland is an expensive place to travel. To keep food costs down you can sample the local hot dog, the plysur, for just a few dollars. Surprisingly, they are delicious (not the mystery meat variety) especially if you order one with the spicy mustard and crispy onions. If hot dogs are not sounding good, head to a grocery store. Our favorite was the Bónus - (look for the piggy bank logo). If you are hitting the road, you can load up on all sorts of tasty snacks (my favorite was the dark chocolate dusted licorice, or lakkris) including fresh fruit and vegetables which notably are inexpensive due to geothermic greenhouses in the Hveragerði region. Don't forget the skyr (Icelandic yogurt)--a healthy, protein-filled snack!

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