children well hydrated when you travel -- writes
Jan from Beijing, China -- It goes without saying
that we should encourage our kiddies to drink lots of water during
hot seasons. They don't always want to drink bottled water so I
suggest the following. Bring along their favorite powdered drink
mix and put that into bottled water. Now you have pink lemonade
or other favorite familiar flavors from home during your travel
treks. Bet your touring toddlers, tweens or teens will be less cranky
if they are well hydrated. Downside? Lots more bathroom stops!
Bug Buttons -- writes Rosalie from Oregon,
USA -- When I travelled to India and Nepal I wore 'Bug
Buttons' -- little, round, yellow plastic discs containing three
oils -- Citronella Oil, Philippine Geranium Oil, Indonesian Lemon
Grass Oil. These discs have pins on the back to attach to clothes,
hat, etc. Mosquitoes would hover but never land. I took no other
mosquito repellent along and was never bitten. Ditto for my traveling
companion who said that she always attracts mosquitoes within a
five mile radius. Directions on the package state that these buttons
should be changed every 60 hours. P.S. A humorous part of all of
this was the constant inquiries from those in India who asked what
club we belonged to when they saw our little "yellow" pins.
Ed. note: And, I always
suggest that JourneyWomen check with their local travel clinic about
any products recommended in this newsletter or at the website.
female cabbie in Mexico City -- writes Lisa
from USA and Lidia in Mexico -- Please be aware that flagging
green cabs on the streets of Mexico City is very, very risky. That's
why I strongly recommend that women visiting Mexico City hire Gloria
Rodriguez, a competent female cabbie for the Super Sitio radio cab
service. My friends and I hired Gloria on several occasions and
each time her service was not only reliable but pleasant and we
arrived at our destination safely. To reach this driver, simply
contact: Super Sitio 160, A.C. Radio Taxis las 24 hrs. at any of
these numbers: 5271 - 9146, 9058 or 8972, then request Gloria, Placas
(License) 396 LNK, Unidad (Car) M-7, P.S.
Gloria speaks only Spanish so if necessary have someone at your
hotel write down your destination or anything else you need for
her to know. Stay protected, everybody!
nifty New York Tea Room -- writes Ellen
from New York, USA -- I want to recommend a fabulous place
in New York City that women will love. It's called Wild Lily Tea
Room in the heart of the new art gallery district in NYC. This very
small Japanese tea room complete with miniature goldfish pond is
pure zen. The food is a mix of Asia and England -- the set tea served
all day is around $20. One can also order a pot of tea and other
tidbits for less, although I enjoyed the set menu with its sandwiches,
wonderful house-baked scones and yummy desserts (including a piece
of dense, rich fudge cake). Wild Lily is a real find and from the
looks of their guest book, women from all over the world have already
enjoyed it. Address: 511 West 22nd Street, between 10th and 11th
Avenues. Their telephone number is: 212.598.9097.
spa in the Himalayas -- writes Maureen in
Brooklyn, USA --This is a great tip for women who will
be travelling to India. I flew to Delhi and stayed overnight before
catching a train north to Haridwar, in the state of Uttaranchal.
From there, I headed to Ananda Spa in the Himalayas, named one of
the top 10 spas in the world by Conde Nast Traveler magazine. Opened
in 2000, it's situated on a Maharaja's former estate and specializes
in a combination of Western and Ayurvedic treatments. Surrounded
by misty foothills and overlooking the Ganges River valley, this
is a magical place. Rich with culture, filled with treasures of
history, and steeped in ancient wisdom, Ananda Spa is a place I
could return to many times. I was truly thankful for my experiences
there and the opportunity to see such a different way of life. To
find out more about Ananda Spa, you can visit their website at:
Ed. note: You can read
Maureen's full spa story at: www.journeywoman.com/herspastop/himalayas.html
family favourite in Paris, France -- writes Veronique
from Paris -- Since I was a little girl, we've been going
to this amazingly delicious place. The owner has been there with
the same dress, same hairdo (no kidding!) forever. My mom said she
went to that restaurant as a young girl and that woman has not changed
at all. There is always a big line up. There is (Halleluiah) a non-smoking
room all by itself upstairs. It's real
name is "Le Relais de Venise". However, most Parisians gave it the
name of "L'Entrec�te" and refer to it as such. When you come in,
no need to choose. After sitting down, the waitress will ask you:
"Saignant? (rare) � point? (medium) Bien cuit? (well-done)", as
here the menu has always been the same -- steak thinly sliced in
an amazing sauce and served with delicate fries. Desserts are a
dream -- all of them, and then, you are free to choose. Le Relais
de Venise (no reservations) Address: 271, boulevard Pereire, right
at the Porte Maillot.
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.
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