where Chelsea Clinton shops in India -- writes Shannon
from Calgary, Canada -- I wanted other JourneyWomen to know
that New Delhi has some excellent tailors at very reasonable prices.
Grover Cloth House (47-1 Khan Market - near the McDonald's) is where
Chelsea Clinton had clothes made when she was in India. At the store
there is a big picture of Chelsea with the tailor, and her visit
was written up in the newspaper (the article is on display). The
people who work there love to share the story of her visit - she
apparently brought one of Hilary's suits with her so that they could
make a bunch of copies. I, too, had a beautiful wool/silk suit made
(jacket with hidden buttons and pants) for around $250 (Canadian)
and it was made in less than 48 hours. They will also copy any clothes
that you bring in, often in less than a day turn around time. The
tailors are very friendly and helpful, and as a woman travelling
alone I felt very comfortable being there.
Ed. note: Journeywoman has many, many more helpful
tips from women who've travelled to India.
Eat well for less in Sydney --
writes Christa from DownUnder -- I live here and can offer
you a tip that few tourists would ever know about. A convenient
and delicious place for lunch if you're sightseeing near Macquarie
Street in Central Sydney is the Courtyard cafe situated right in
the courtyard of Sydney Hospital. They serve great pasta and other
Italian specialties, all in heaping servings, all reasonably priced
and brought to your table with an Aussie smile. Enjoy, everybody!
Ed. note: This excellent tip is just one of many found
in our GirlTalk
a hot water bottle -- writes Melody from Grand Rapids,
USA -- Everyone laughs at me, but ever since I was a child I
have owned a hot water bottle. I travel to Europe all the time and
no matter where I go I always take my trusty pal. It came in handy
when it was cold and damp in Scotland and also in Ireland where
the heat source is by fireplace and is not always in the room where
you sleep. It really came in handy in Hong Kong in the month of
May when the hotel had their air conditioning on full force and
I couldn't change the temperature gauge. A hot water bottle is flat
and doesn't take up much space in your suitcase. Many of my friends
have taken my advice, and now they, too, are very cozy travellers.
for moderately priced Italian underwear in Rome? -- asks
Laura from Rome -- The cheapest underwear, believe it or
not, is bought on the street at vendor's stalls and an especially
popular shopping place for this is Viale Trastevere. It's also available
in the Sunday flea market at Porta Portese. However, if you'd like
a big splurge there's a limitless number of underwear shops in Rome.
Someone once told me that the only thing Rome has more of than churches
is underwear stores. I guess we could say that, (in my city) there's
underwear on every corner.
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for hundreds of tips.
a lot of bubbles -- writes Barbara from Chicago, USA
-- As an Asian art historian, I often travel to India and other
countries where child beggars have become a way of life. I don't
want to ignore these little people nor do I like to support their
begging habits, either. Instead, I pack bottles of soap bubbles
which solves my problem beautifully. Believe me, nothing is more
fun than to share this bubble-blowing activity with village children.
They have a great time, we all have nice memories and sometimes
I get the best photographs while we play.
Ed. note: For many more ideas about dealing with begging
children in other cultures, click here.
women and chocolate -- writes Laura
from Northampton, USA -- It was clever marketing to set up a
chocolate shop in the heart of Boston's Radcliffe campus, the Ivy
League women's college. Isn't it a scientifically proven fact that
women need chocolate to live? The stylish cafe/shop, L.A. Burdick
(52 Brattle Street, Cambridge, 617-491-4340) serves hot chocolate
-- sumptuous, rich, intense, thick -- as well as pastries and handmade
chocolates. The mostly-female patrons at this den of chocolate iniquity
sit at tiny tables sipping from white bowls and nibbling on tarts,
heedless of the clanging that emanates from the kitchen. Burdick's
candies sell for $12 a pound. Choose a solid ingot or an assortment
of bonbons, such as a boxed set of the company's adorable chocolate