Travel Tips from Twitter Gal Pals...
in Paris and Rome!...
As a wine
lover who travels on a budget, I often order a half-carafe
of house wine when I travel to France or Italy (a quarter-carafe
if I go solo). It's much cheaper than cocktails or soda,
often from local vines and I've yet to be disappointed by
any selection. On the occasion when I purchase a bottle
to drink, or sample something extra special by the glass,
I often take a photo of the label, so that I can look for
it easily when I return home.
I also seek
out my favorite wine bars or enotecas for meals. The atmosphere
tends to be fun and casual, the hours are longer, the food
is of very good quality and the prices are reasonable. Their
large wine selections make it easy to sample just a glass
of an otherwise expensive bottle, without blowing your budget.
Two of my
favorites are the Taverne
Henri IV in Paris and Cul
de Sac in Rome.
Robin Locker is a freelance writer and
travel consultant on France and Italy. Website: www.mymelange.com
Lake District is perfect for the solo traveller...
holidays are a wonderful way to unwind from the frenzy of
everyday life, but, as a solo traveler, I won’t go
walking (or hiking) just anywhere. Many trails in North
America are through forest and lightly used so that if something
should happen to me, I might not be found easily. However,
I can highly recommend the Lake District in the UK. It is
perfect for the solo walker. In addition to the beauty,
the paths are well maintained by volunteers and well travelled
– you will meet someone along the path every five
to ten minutes. To make it extra safe, it seems that there
is often cell phone service from most points along the way
and, should something happen, they have a very efficient
Mountain Patrol to take you off the mountain. In the Lake
District you can walk solo in relative safety.
Janice Waugh is the editor of Solo
Traveler Twitter: http//:twitter.com/solotraveler
with a group of friends?...
a city trip more interesting my girlfriends came up with
this idea. Each pal on the trip picks out a monument or
historic building located in the city you're about to visit.
Then she does a bit of research on the internet or from
books. On the actual city trip, when you’re visiting
the building or monument, that person becomes the tour guide
and tells everybody else a bit about her landmark. If you're
with a group of girlfriends this can work really well (and
lots of fun as you tease them about their presentations).
Isabelle Kenis is the woman behind Isabelle's
Travel Guide Twitter: http://twitter.com/IsabellesTravel
love Granville Island in Vancouver...
no one explanation of Granville Island. For some it is market
with garden-fresh produce, freshly caught seafood, exotic
herbs and spices and an array of meat and cheeses. For others
it is an artist’s haven, teeming with galleries, workshops
and theatre companies. And then again it’s a piece
of Vancouver’s industrial history and a site for community
gatherings. It is a boat yard and culinary destination.
It is an island oasis.
This is the
perfect place to spend some quality “me” time.
Start with a fresh cup of coffee and a delicious crepe from
the Public Market. Stroll the stalls and stands before you
head off for a drop in yoga session. Wander the galleries,
take in a play and treat yourself to a fabulous freshly
caught seafood dinner. Don’t worry if you forgot your
umbrella, hat, book or necklace; there are many shops that
can help you. Website: www.granvilleisland.com
Heather Lochner blogs about family travel
your homework and reap rewards...
overseas? Enrich your trip by doing a bit of advance homework.
Read local magazines and newspapers online, or listen to
online newscasts, to find out what team is about to win
a championship, what celebrity is embroiled in scandal or
what movie has everyone talking. Once you land, you'll be
able to break the ice with the locals. Check out World
Newspapers for websites of English-language magazines
and newspapers, or try Live
365 for online radio stations.
Laura Byrne Paquet is a freelance writer
and editor of Facing
the Street Twitter: http://twitter.com/FacingTheStreet
can feel at home in this Dublin pub...
Maguire restaurant in Dublin was one of my favorite places
in the city. Located on the iconic O’Connell Street
Bridge, the female-friendly microbrewery is the perfect
place to stop in for a pint before exploring the city centre.
There’s something quintessentially Irish about the
pub, with its multiple floors and cozy seating areas, that
made me feel right at home and miles away at the same time.
Next time I’m back in Dublin, I know exactly where
to find the best craic. Website: www.messrsmaguire.ie
Jaclyn Liechti is the Assistant Editor
||BONUS TIP -- Her
culturally correct dining...
advice on business entertaining and dining in Asia and the
Feeling full: Placing the lid on top of
your rice basket is considered a polite way of indicating
you have had enough food.
No left hands, please: Never use your
left hand for eating or passing food. The left hand is used
for bodily hygiene and is considered unclean.
No odd numbers, please: If you invite
Singaporeans to dinner, ideally have an even number present
at the table to ensure good fortune.
For men only: Wives rarely accompany their
husbands to a business dinner.