Little Black Book of Shops...
Folke and Meltzer
on P.C. Hoofstraat is a tasteful housewares boutique
worth a visit for their wide range of Dutch Delftware.
Prinsengraght is the women's bookstore in Amsterdam.
A great place to pick up a selection of humorous
women-friendly postcards. Package a few creatively
and voila -- a fun present.
When it comes
to black opaque panty hose, the French are tops.
And you don't have to spend a fortune. Shop well
at any department store and even the least expensive
pair will look great once you have them on.
La Photo Factory
is an intriguing shop that offers newly framed,
reasonably priced, black and white versions of old
press photographs. Browse to your hearts content.
One of our favorite stops! (21, rue du Renard).
Want to see
how German women set their tables? Drop into Kustermann
located at Viktualienmarkt 8. The variety of dishes
in this shop is astounding.
leather gloves in every size, style, color and shade
possible? Try Madova in central Florence. Once you're
a customer, they'll send you your gloves by mail
and will even repair your old favorites for you.
You'll find this little gem at Via Guicciardini
the small town a short city bus ride away from the
heart of Florence, check out Bonelli's leather goods.
Last time we were there, the prices and quality
were outstanding. Via Portigiani 4.
our supermarket of choice. They offer a lovely selection
of teas, cookies and small jars of jams. Sample
their chocolate-covered tea biscuits once and you're
a captive forever.
our favorite aromatherapy shower gel contains blended
essential oils of geranium and rosewood -- very
modestly priced and so divine to use.
Book of Kells at Trinity College? Stop into the
gift shop in that building. It's nicely stocked
and their bargain book selection is a cut above
Thanh Ha is
the proprietress of the tiny Salon D'Art next door
to the Aeroflot office on Quang Trung Street. She
keeps a sharp eye on the market and has a very nice
collection of different styles of Vietnamese art.
fakes of all the fancy labels we know and love,
check out Li Yuen Street East and West. Casual streetside
stalls offer imitation everything. Ditto for the
Women's Market on Tung Choi Street and the Temple
Night Market near the Jordan MTR Station in Kowloon.
recordings that are oldies but goodies? Second hand
music stores in this country seem to specialize
in vintage compact discs from America and the U.K.
Bet you'll find some of your favorites for no more
than $8 - $10, each.
In New Delhi
there are two shops that all the expat women simply
a stunning selection of cotton tablecloths, napkins
and placemats. Expect to pay at least a half of
what you spend at home. Perfect present potential!
Their address is 14 'N' Block Market, Greater Kailash-1,
32 Khan Market, New Delhi, Journeywoman found the
best selection of cotton fashions at very reasonable
prices. However,... while their t-shirts wear beautifully,
they should definitely be handwashed in order to
keep their shape.