TWO HOTEL TIPS FOR ITALY -- writes Sunny from Tel Aviv, Israel -- I've just returned from two weeks in Tuscany and Venice and have some practical advice for other Journeywoman readers. (1) When you're choosing your hotel remember to request rooms that are not facing a busy, noisy street. In one case we booked a reasonably priced place near the train station but didn't ask about our room's actual location. Big mistake. To put it mildly, we didn't enjoy the noise that continued most of the night. (2) As you can imagine hotels in Venice can be very expensive so we got off the train at Mestre - a train stop before Venice. We found a lovely little hotel called Ariston priced at one quarter of the price of a comparable hotel in Venice. Each day we took a twenty minute bus ride into Venice for only one euro. We saved a considerable amount of money that way and it was really quite easy to do. Website: www.hotelaristonvenezia.it Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I FOUND A GORGEOUS HANDCRAFTED DOLL IN ANTIGUA -- writes Evelyn from Toronto, Canada -- This is a Grandma alert! On a Caribbean cruise ship stop in Antigua I found a gorgeous doll for my granddaughter's collection. Different from the ones I saw in the markets, this cloth doll named 'Lady Bug' is made by hand and the $25.00 price tag reflected the work needed to finish this souvenir so beautifully. Complete with braids and colorful beads in her hair, this little creation has a spunky Caribbean personality that any kid (and her grandma) would love. I found 'Ms. Lady Bug' (part of the Rainbow People collection) at Best Gallery, Redcliffe, St. John's Antigua. Tel: 268.462.9758
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WHICH CRUISE LINE HAS THE BEST BATHROOMS AFLOAT? -- According to Linda Coffman, the author of Fodor's 'Complete Guide to Caribbean Cruises' it's the Silversea Line that takes top honours. Their 'double vanities, marble-clad showers, separate tubs, and fluffy oversized towels are luxurious appointments, even in standard suites.' Want to know more? Linda (creator of Cruisediva.com), is also a member of our Journeywoman Network. She has cruise packing secrets and other tidbits posted in our brand new section: A Journeywoman Guide to Packing. Enjoy, everybody!
EATING OUT IN STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN -- writes Ulla in Stockholm, Sweden -- Eating dinner alone in a restaurant can be boring, a pleasant alternative to that in central Stockholm is to visit the food hall in the department store of NK. At the place where they sell cheese by the kilo one can also sit down and have a meal and a glass of wine. Select from the menu or choose samples (cheese, ham, etc) from the disk. I sometimes eat there myself after work when I am too tired to shop and cook at home. For visitors to our city I recommend this as a perfect way to do some wonderful people watching. Have fun, everybody!
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A LOVELY MUSEUM CAFE IN LONDON, ENGLAND -- writes Clare from London, England -- I must recommend The Cafe at the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington to other Journeywoman readers. It's just a 10 minute walk from Harrods. They serve wonderful food, reasonably priced, in a fantastic setting. According to their website, 'The Cafe is located in the V&A's original refreshment rooms, the Morris, Gamble and Poynter Rooms. These three rooms formed the first museum restaurant in the world and were intended as a showpiece of modern design, craftsmanship and manufacturing.' Their gift shop offering over 2000 items is also well worth a visit. I was there last year at this time and there were already plenty of Christmas decorations for sale.
P.S. Wear comfortable shoes -- this museum goes on and on and on. Museum website: http://www.vam.ac.uk/
COMMUNITY RESTAURANT IN LONDON -- writes Maggie in London, England -- Here's a good suggestion for your Journeywoman readers. I've enjoyed several meals at this communally run vegetarian restaurant, 'Bonnington Cafe' with its long tradition of exceptional food served in a laid back, Bohemian atmosphere. The chefs, mainly residents from Bonnington Square, work on a rotation system. They open for lunch and supper. A 3-course meal is a bit under $10.00 including tea or coffee. Alcohol is not sold but you can take your own or, if you forget, buy from the off-license shop opposite the restaurant. Check their site to see which local resident is cooking each day and for enquiries or reservations. This is a great example of communal living. 11 Vauxhall Grove, SW8 1TD. TUBE: Vauxhall, 2 minutes walk. Website: http://www.bonningtoncafe.co.uk/
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LIKE THIS PARIS HOTEL -- writes Jean
in Montreal, Canada -- My niece and I recently visited
Paris, France for the first time and based on a recommendation
I found on your JW web site we stayed at the two-star, Hotel
des 3 Colleges. We were really pleased with the warm and friendly
staff, the cleanliness of the rooms and hotel, and most of all,
the wonderful location on the Left Bank (opposite the Sorbonne,
in the heart of the Latin Quarter). We loved the fact we could
find great restaurants, many major attractions, shopping and
transportation close by. I highly recommend this hotel to all
of your readers who seek good, affordable accommodation in Paris.
I would definitely stay there again. Website: http://www.3colleges.com
P.S. I found your Journeywoman newsletter and web site extremely helpful when planning my vacation this year. Your hard work in compiling and maintaining this travel information is greatly appreciated!
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