HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE BOURBON AND CORN FLAKES ICE CREAM IN SAN FRANCISCO? -- writes Carole from San Francisco, USA -- I think one of the hottest neighborhoods in San Francisco is the Mission District. Take the BART train and get off at the 24th Street stop. You'll find the best Mexican and Central American food and bakeries (try La Victoria, 2937 24th Street for their wonderful pastry selection), artisan coffee shops, Dynamo Donuts (2760 24th Street) and the incredible Humphrey Slocombe ice cream parlour (2790 Harrison St) known for its wild flavors like 'Secret Breakfast' (bourbon and corn flakes flavour). You can also walk over to Mission Street where you'll see many more excellent and reasonable restaurants and cafes. At 2990 Mission Street there is a wonderful store called, Samiramis Imports. They carry a huge selection of Middle Eastern products, bulk Middle Eastern spices, several kinds of Halvah, and fresh Pita bread. Have fun, everybody!
10 TIPS FOR ENJOYING PARIS -- From where to find the creamiest, richest hot chocolate to the best-priced river cruise in town to a centrally located, affordable two-star hotel this advice will help you get the most out of your travel stay. Oh-la-la! Click here!
WIRELESS IS FREE IN THIS AMSTERDAM HOTEL -- writes Laura in Ottawa, Canada -- The Avenue Hotel in Amsterdam is a brisk five-minute walk from the main train station. It's not fancy and the rooms are small, but it's spotless, the staff is friendly, and the included breakfast is generous. And despite its location on a busy street, it's surprisingly quiet (ask for a room at the back if you're worried about noise). Prices are reasonable for central Amsterdam and wireless is free, which is a bonus. I've enjoyed it twice.
PASHMINAS GALORE IN SINGAPORE -- writes Tess in London, UK -- Having just returned from Singapore, I'd like to add one thing to the Pashmina discussion and that is: buy one there! I think Singapore is virtually the capital of pashminas and you can get everything from cheapo three-for-ten-dollars wool-and-silk versions in the street markets (try Temple street area) to gorgeous handmade cashmere in any colour under the sun. Just leave enough room in your case to take the other dozen home for friends!
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AN INEXPENSIVE RESTAURANT IN PARIS -- writes Suzanne in Kelowna, Canada -- My daughter and I found an inexpensive restaurant called Café Med in Paris. It's located in the 4th at 77 Rue St. Louis-en-L'Ile near Notre Dame Cathedral. Lucky us, we found it quite by accident in our wanderings. It has about 12 tables and each time we go there it's the same lady serving everyone. For 13 euros or 19 euros, you can get a three course meal consisting of salad, main course and then dessert (wine is extra, of course). The food is excellent and after a day of touring the ambiance is restive and interesting. If you get there early and miss the busier times of the evening the wait to get inside is not too long. We are going to Paris again this September and I can hardly wait to eat at this café again!
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BE SURE TO PACK A SARONG -- writes Connie in Hoi An, Vietnam -- Add a sarong to your packing essentials list. It's a handy and useful item to have on your travels; it's lightweight, folds flat and won't take up much room in your suitcase or backpack. Use your sarong as a beach cover-up, a light blanket if you get chilled in between destinations, a makeshift pillow (just roll it up), an impromptu change room, and if you learn how to tie it, it magically transforms into various articles of clothing like a dress, skirt or top.
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GIVING BACK DURING YOUR TIME IN INDIA -- writes Susan in Dunnville, Canada -- In Jaipur, India on a little back street sits a center for street children called Ladli Jaipur. About 60 girls attend Girls Ladli. They specialise in learning jewellery-making. Stop by and the organizers will provide tea and a tour. The street children will offer you their kindness. Everything they make in this center is for sale - the best souvenirs and gifts possible and everything goes to this charity. Ladli is a project of the small, independent, non-profit organisation I-India. As such, it relies entirely on the generous support of customers, volunteers and donors. Their web site is www.ladli.org.
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LOOK THROUGH COLLEGE ALUMNI MAGAZINES FOR LODGING -- writes Alexa in Harrisburg, USA -- I found a listing placed by a professor at my alma mater advertising his apartment in Rome available for rent during the school year (while he's in New York teaching). I rented the apartment with bath, kitchen, washing machine and TV for three weeks for 1000 Euros in total, a better rate than I'd ever have gotten at a hotel. P.S. While there I discovered the Open Door Bookshop (Via della Lungaretta 23) in Trestevere. It's a wonderful, awesome, fantastic bookshop owned by a native English speaker who has a free book basket as well as a one euro bookshelf. Website: http://www.books-in-italy.com
Create a language lesson for your kiddies...
a Spanish to English vocabulary sheet for my young children
to take on our trip to the Dominican Republic. In
it I incorporated phrases for my child who is old enough
to have reading skills as well as cartoons for my pre-reader.
This type of 'play sheet' makes for a fun airplane activity
and also helps the kiddies get comfortable with the
culture and signage that they'll see at their destination.
This sheet probably also makes them think they know
more Spanish than Dora the Explorer! To see what this
sheet looks like, click
here. I hope the idea is useful for other moms and
grandmoms in the Journeywoman Network. Safe journeys,
Ladies, pack a compass...
Are you always getting lost as you make your way from point A to point B? All you need is a tiny, inexpensive compass when you're exploring a new city. Then if you're digitally-challenged like I am, you won't be left wondering when someone says turn north at the next cross roads or go south at the big supermarket. Makes sense, doesn't it?
If you haven't already read, 'Best
25 Things to Carry in Your Packpack' you'll find
it very helpful.