Writers Worldwide Share Travel Secrets 2006
always fun to have a day of shopping in foreign destinations. Whenever
I travel I give myself a challenge -- to seek out interesting stocking
stuffers as I browse the local shops. Over the years I've found packages
of lovely rice paper and envelopes ($2.00 in Korea), gorgeous, sophisticated
scarves ($4.00 in Shanghai), decorated zipper pulls for children's
sweaters ($2.00 in London) and tulip bulbs ($2.00) in Holland. All
were easy to pack and then store in my 'goodie cupboard' back home.
By the time holiday gift giving time rolls around I am prepared with
unique gifts that didn't cost me a fortune.
Hannon, editor of Journeywoman.com
lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
restaurants in Shanghai...
Shanghai I like the fast food court in the basement of the Grand
Hyatt Hotel in Pudong. The Hyatt supervises it so
the food should be reliable. It doesn't always have Cantonese food
but when it does, you can get decent duck and pork barbecue with rice
in the Y25 range. This restaurant is in the Jin Mao Building where
you can also get a wonderful view of Shanghai from its roof. Of course
the food in the Hyatt itself is great and much fancier, but it is
also considerably more expensive.
Wherever I go in
China, I try to eat in the Dong Bei
Restaurant chain, mainly because its restaurants
are so lively and fun, and the food is good. But don't go there
for a quiet romantic lunch. Wait staff greet you sing-song fashion
and scurry around in brightly coloured costumes. You can get disposable
gloves so you can eat your deep-fried pork hocks by hand. The food
in northeast Chinese style is cheap and these restaurants are usually
packed so get there early. There's a branch in Shanghai near the
City Hotel on Shanxi Nan Road. From here you can walk off a heavy
meal along streets of cheap boutiques with the latest women's fashions
all the way to the Xiangyang Market
(for inexpensive knock-offs).
For upmarket food,
my favourite is M on the Bund,
not just for the food, but for the view from its balcony of the
Bund at dusk when the lights come on. I've eaten there twice (when
a friend on an expense account was paying), but for the price of
a drink, I have sat on the balcony before restaurant patrons arrive,
and enjoyed the view. There are other Bund-side restaurants in this
area too, but I find them too flossy. M on the Bund is on the 7th
floor at No. 5, The Bund, entrance on Guangdong Road. Tel. 63509988.
Ruth Lor Malloy is
a travel writer with an expertise in China who lives in Toronto,
Canada. She is the author of China
and Ruth Lor Malloy's Beijing.
restaurant in Paris...
highly recommend a small Mediteranean cuisine restaurant in my lively
immigrant neighborhood of Paris. It's called Coq
Kabab, 2 rue l'Olive, Paris, Metro Marx Dormoy on
the line 12. Not only is the food freshly made and cheap (a Greek
sandwish costs 4 E), but you get to meet Momo, a neighborhood pillar
who has created a small haven on a pedestrian shopping street near
one of the covered markets or Paris. If you speak French, don't miss
conversing with opinionated and elegant Momo. Closed Mondays.
Feldman is the author of the shopping guide, ‘Best
Buys and Bargains in Paris’. She leads Discovery
Shopping Tours of Paris, is an intercultural trainer/coach
and Paris resident since 1991. Website: http://www.jeanne-feldman.com
in airplanes a dream...
favorite slumber mask is lightweight and comfortable with foam to
fit around your eyes, blocking out all light. I never travel without
this; it's perfect to use for sleeping on overnight flights. It's
just $12.99 by Hearos
and can be found in kit form in many drug stores and online at http://hearos.com/products-00507.htm.
P.S. Hearos also
includes a relaxing Aromatherapy lotion with essential oils for calming
and soothing senses and a free pair of Ear Filters and Storage Case.
Sweet dreams, everybody!
Wingler lives in Atlanta, USA. She is a flight attendant
and the creator of the website: http://www.TravelAloneandLoveIt.com
in a good quality ultra-light head torch (lamp). My favourite is
one with a pull out strap that is so compact and light to carry,
it slips into a pocket or small purse. Great for reading in bed
at night in dorm rooms, walking along dark roads at night (hopefully
not alone), rainforest night walks, caving and other adventure activities.
The model is called, Zipka.
It's made by Petzl which I think is an international brand. I found
mine on an Aussie website called, http://www.spelean.com.au/index_a.html
but I'm sure JourneyWomen would be able to google it and find a
source in their own country.
P.S. This item makes
a great bon voyage gift for any traveller.
Janet McGarry is a
travel journalist living in Australia. She is the Managing Editor
of Backpacker Essentials.
A World of
Christmas Reflections in Montreal, Canada...
year since 1981, St. Joseph's Oratory
Museum atop Mount Royal in Montreal, Quebec has showcased
its growing collection of colorful, creative nativity scenes with
a remarkable global perspective. Initially, the exhibition featured
25 nativity scenes from five countries; by 2005 there were 290 contributions
with the cultural eyeglasses of 110 countries. From life-size to miniature,
from traditional woodcarvings from Malawi to exquisite silk-clad Korean
nativity figures to Lladro porcelain human and animal figures from
Spain, all are beautifully lit and uniquely presented in every showcase.
The exhibition from mid-November to the end of February is an inspiring
visitor pilgrimage worth several hours of enjoyment no matter what
your religious persuasion. Entry by donation.
is a Canadian travel journalist, editor of Travel
with a Challenge. Website: www.travelwithachallenge.com
and author of 'Travel Unlimited: Uncommon
Adventures for the Mature Traveler'.
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