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this spot in Barbados...
For one of the most
spectacular views in Barbados, head to Naniki
Restaurant. High on a hill overlooking rolling woodlands,
with breakers crashing on the Atlantic shore beyond, it offers a
wonderful alternative to the island’s beachfront restaurants.
Even on a hot day, there’s usually a cool breeze. The menu
features authentic Caribbean dishes--don't miss the spicy pepperpot
stew. The restaurant is expanding to include holiday cottages and
a spa, so come before the crowds discover this gem. As of April
2006, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; also Sunday brunch.
Suriname, St. Joseph, (246) 433-1300. Website: http://www.lushlife.bb.
Laura Byrne Paquet
is a Canadian freelance travel writer and author. Website: http://www.LauraByrnePaquet.com/travel
Just ten rooms
located for the Accademia, where a newly-restored David awaits you,
the Morandi alla Crocetta
hotel at 10, Via Laura in Florence, is a rare find. Just ten rooms,
and an established reputation mean that advanced reservations are
essential, though. Stairs lead to the reception area on the first
floor, where all the rooms are located. Three overlook the courtyard,
while the rest are on the street. All are double-glazed, however,
so there is no problem with road noise. Each of the rooms is furnished
in a different style. Two have terraces, while Room 29 has a frescoed
wall. Some of the bathrooms might be described as a little compact.
There is no night porter. If you go out, you take the keys with you.
A very civilized way of behaving, if you ask me. Prices are 110 euro
a night (about $US134) for a single, and 177 euro for a double, including
tax, but excluding breakfast. For more info, contact 055 2344747/fax:
055 2480954/ Email: email@example.com
-- is a Freelance journalist, living
in Florence, Milan, Website: www.initaly.com/ads/roberta.htm
wine home safely...
to a wonderful wine region, it’s a foregone conclusion that
the maximum quantity of vino Customs will allow (two bottles for Canada)
will find its way into my luggage. For that reason I never leave home
without packing materials for the return trip - a pair of airline
tube socks, two thin sheets of bubble wrap, two plastic grocery bags
and enough tape to seal it up. This way, my wine bottles are safe
in a carry-on or even in a checked bag if wrapped further in soft
clothing and packed so tightly in the middle of the bag they can’t
Hobbs is a Toronto Star
columnist and an Ontario freelance journalist with
a passion for wine.
a walking tour. The best way to see the most interesting sights and
get to know any city, including your home town, is on your own two
feet. If you take to the streets and walk, you’ll discover things
you’d never notice from a car or a bus. You can choose to simply
wander around neighborhoods that interest you, take a self-guided
walking tour following a map and directions, or sign on for an organized
tour with a guide to lead the way. I vote for guided tours, although
there is usually a fee, because you’ll get the most information
in the most digestible form. Check the tourist office to ask what’s
available. For example, San Francisco has tours of Haight-Ashbury
and Golden Gate Park, among others; in New York you can find a tour
through every neighborhood in town such as the Lower East Side, Harlem,
Greenwich Village; in Chicago, try an architectural tour of the early
skyscrapers or an exploration of The Loop downtown.
Heilman lives in New York State and is the author
of 'Unbelievably Good Deals & Great
Adventures That You Absolutely Can't Get Unless You're over 50'
Keep your luggage
safe on the bus...
through South America for six months, I spent many long, bumpy hours
travelling by local bus. I kept hearing stories from other travellers
of thefts on board while passengers were asleep, so I bought a cheap
chain and key rings from a local hardware store. Although it¹s
fiddly having to string the zipper tabs through the key rings every
time you want to open or close your daypack, it¹s a great way
to stop someone from pilfering your belongings. I used the chain
to attach the bag to my chair frame and always made sure it was
on my lap or at my feet (never on the shelf overhead). I don¹t
know whether it was this simple precaution (or just the kindness
of my fellow passengers) but over more than fifty bus rides, I wasn¹t
P.S. My travel essentials
are: zip-lock bags (for packing), a sarong (as a towel, sheet, shawl
and skirt) and charcoal grey eyeliner (for painting the town red).
is the Senior Editor of ELLE
Go. To. Newfoundland.
to Newfoundland, Canada. Now. It is stunningly beautiful, with fjords,
UNESCO World Heritage Sites and an area with the highest density of
moose in the world. The people are great, it is cheap and safe, and
there is culture oozing out of every person on the island. Meeting
one of the toughest, smartest, nicest women in tourism, Barb Genge,
owner of Tuckamore Lodge
alone is worth the trip. And, while there, go to Labrador: stark,
touching, real. Go. Now. Before all the Europeans tourists -- who
seem to know better than fellow Canucks (Canadians) -- completely
is a Travel Columnist,
Toronto Star. Website: http://www.cleopaskal.com.
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