1. BED AND BREAKFAST IN PROVENCE -- writes Alison in Toronto, Canada -- I want to recommend a gorgeous B&B in Provence called "Une Campagne en Provence" that is run by a lovely family, the Fussler's. The B&B is on a historic estate that once was home to Templar knights in the 12th century. The rooms are charming and the setting incredible. It is also a short drive from many beautiful places, including Aix-en-Provence. Imagine breakfast on a sun-soaked terrace with fresh local breads and jams, followed by a ramble through a field of poppies, and a dip in the pool....ummm! Website: http://www.provence4u.com/
2. ANOTHER FEMALE MYSTERY WRITER TO RECOMMEND -- writes Sandy in Safety Harbour, USA - Journeywoman, your list of books set in foreign places must include Dana Stabenow. She is a mystery writer who sets her stories in Alaska. They are best sellers that are available in print and audio books. Try to read them in the order in which they were published. You can find out more about Dana at: www.stabenow.com
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3. FABULOUS SHOPPING IN DUBAI, UAE -- writes Helen in Montreal, Canada -- If you have only a short time in Dubai, the one place not to miss is the Dubai Mall. With its approximately 1200 stores, it's the largest mall in the world, and you can literally shop 'til you drop! But even if you're not a shopper, it's worth a visit to see the multi-storey aquarium and underwater zoo. And when you're at the mall you're also at the foot of Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. But the best part of the mall is the outdoors Dubai Fountains which are choreographed to soundtracks. Daily performances begin at dusk and are free. Dubai Mall is directly accessible by the safe, clean metro.
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4. ORGANIZE YOUR TRAVEL RECEIPTS -- writes Terri in Nanaimo, Canada -- At the Dollar Store I picked up a small 'cheque file' (the plastic ones with an elastic closure that are the size of a chequebook). They have individual pockets and are great for keeping receipts in order. I use a seperate pocket for receipts of items to declare; credit card receipts for meals, etc., and one for miscellaneous expenses while I am in the country. The little file also holds a pen, a small notebook and a credit card size calculator. I can pop it into my carry on, and that way calculate what I need to declare at customs as well as having my receipts handy to compare credit card charges with. Plus by keeping a tally of miscellaneous expenses, I can better budget for the next trip. I also store my leftover foreign currency in there until the next trip.
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5. GREAT HOTEL IN ROME, ITALY -- writes Anna-Marie in Kampala, Uganda -- Recently I was in Rome for business and stayed in one of the most welcoming hotels that I have ever experienced. Capo d'Africa Hotel is located very close to the Colliseum (many other special places are also close by). Plus, there were some other really outstanding things about it that make me want to recommend it. The lovely breakfast buffet and entire breakfast room were made outstanding by the wonderful lady who 'presides' over the dining room. Who could withstand the charm of her bright greeting of "buon giorno" every morning? As someone who must not eat gluten, you cannot imagine my surprise when she volunteered the information that the hotel offers gluten-free bread rolls that I could enjoy (I've yet to experience that in North America). The service of the hotel in facilitating taxis and umbrellas and problem solving (during the days of absolute deluge), right down to the complimentary coffee as I sat drying out after being soaked was outstanding. Yes, Capo d'Africa Hotel won my allegiance!
6. WOMEN WEARING SNEAKERS IN LONDON, ENGLAND -- writes Reverend Dr. Susan in London, England - For once, in the spring-summer 2014 fashion season, trainers (sneakers) are allowed! Despite all the advice to Americans counselling against them, British women are following the catwalk trend and wearing Nikes in unusual colours (not white) with their floral printed frocks, and even with tie-dyed light denim jeans. Check out the look in Vogue or Bazaar before you come. It'll be gone in the autumn, but for the next six months you're in style and comfortable.
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7. OUTDOOR ART TOUR IN PARIS -- writes Bonnie in Chicago, USA -- Do something different! For those JourneyWomen who want a unique experience (away from the usual tourist tours and walks), check out the group and website, Undergroundparis.org. They are dedicated to making the street art scene a bonafide art experience. This is not random graffiti painted hurriedly on a wall. This art tour is outstanding, lead by street artists themselves or someone closely associated with the genre. You will see street art from a totally new perspective after this tour.
8. TURKISH FOOD AND THE BALLET IN LONDON, ENGLAND -- writes Deborah outside of London, England -- I live near London and go often to enjoy ballet at the Sadlers Wells theatre. Close by there's a good restaurant offering great value pre-theatre Turkish/Mediterranean food - express menu starts at £9.95 for two courses with vegetarian options as well. It's called Sade and is in Exmouth Market, about a five minutes walk from the theatre. Website: www.saderestaurant.com
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9. CLEAN HOME STAY IN COCHIN, INDIA -- writes Maud in Stockholm, Sweden -- At the beginning of this year I spent two weeks in a newly constructed, B&B home stay in Cochin, Kerala in South India. Their name is Aroma Home stay. The service is excellent. I enjoyed BIG Kerala breakfasts in the morning with really good service. The rooms were clean rooms and I always had hot water. If you want to take an Ayurveda massage, it is a two minutes walk from the hotel. Everything I needed/wanted was within walking distance of this home away from home. I highly recommend Aroma Home Stay. Website: www.aromahomestay.com.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Also of interest is 'She Packs for India,' Click here.
10. WOMAN FRIENDLY HOTEL AT IGAUZU FALLS, ARGENTINA -- writes Darice in La Grange Park, USA -- Journey Woman has been very helpful to me in past world ventures, so I couldn't wait to finally share this great one. I just got back from a fabulous nine-day journey to Argentina. I stayed at Hotel Amerian Portal del Iguazu at Igauzu Falls and it was marvelous. Perfect for a woman traveler - excellent help at the reception (English speaking), wonderful pools, fantastic food, very clean rooms with nice amenities, and a gorgeous spa. Priced very reasonably with easy taxi transportation to and from the town/shopping and short way away from a large casino with an excellent restaurant and tango show. Beautiful view of three countries on the Iguazu River (Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina). Highly recommended; I couldn't have asked for a more relaxing time. Website: portaldeliguazu.com/eng/
11. WELL PRICED HOTEL IN SAN FRANCISCO -- writes Claudia in Los Angeles, USA -- I'm a San Francisco area native who dwells in SoCal but I go back as often as possible. On my last sojourn I found a new hotel I'd like to recommend. Part of the Joie de Vivre hotel chain (a group I love), the Hotel Carlton is a winner. Deals can be had online, so do your homework. My friend and I got a room with two double beds for $143.00 before taxes. Looking at the bill, the grand total was $166.44. Shared between two folks, not bad for a room in San Francisco. The neighborhood is going through gentrification so what was once considered unsafe is now becoming hip. The hotel staff are fantastic, there is a restaurant which we didn't try as we had reservations elsewhere. But when we returned the place was packed. I believe our room was #510 and it was perfect. Nice view, flat screen TV, great shower, and comfortable beds. The lobby is gorgeous and relaxing BUT the absolute best part is a coffee shop that I've been going to for over 20 years for breakfast is two blocks away. Total neighborhood place, tiny, but with stellar breakfasts at inexpensive prices. You must try The Golden Coffee Shop located at 901 Sutter Street.
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12. WHAT IS PROPER DRESS IN ITALY? -- writes Lisa in Florence, Italy -- When packing for a trip to Italy remember that first and foremost is to not offend, and in Italy, skin is not shown a lot. Shoulders and knees need to be covered to duck into churches, and it is the acceptable wear of women in general. I have found dresses, skirts and great walking boots are so comfortable, give enough coverage, and keep you looking put together. Also, women in Italy do not leave the house without being "dressed"...no flip flops, sweats, or sloppy wear of any kind here. It doesn't have to be over the top (because I certainly can't compete with the designer wear fashionistas!), but your appearance will make a difference in your experience. You may want to argue if that's fair or not, but that is an absolute in Italy! Appearance counts. I wear a lot of black, interchanging pieces, always keep a light sweater in my purse, and let the scarves accent and change up the outfits. Loud patterns and bright colors are not seen on women...maybe teenagers, but not older than that. Keep it classic, and classy!
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