hotel value in London -- writes Margo Classe in Los
Angeles, USA -- I want other Journeywomen to know that The Rhodes
Hotel (five floors, no elevator) in Paddington is great value for
the money. It's a charming, newly refurbished two buildings-in-one
modern, pretty hotel located in a noisy, vibrant neighbourhood.
I paid 55 British Pounds (about $US78) for a nice size single room
including private toilet, bath, minibar, tea/coffee maker, TV and
telephone. This rate was a 10 Pound reduction because I stayed in
the hotel annex which wasn't air-conditioned and I had to walk to
the main building for my continental buffet breakfast (both certainly
not hardships and perfect if you are on a budget). Bonus: It was
a 5 minute walk to Paddington Station where Journeywomen can catch
the Heathrow Express back to the airport. Website: www.rhodeshotel.com
to be in Paris? -- asks Catherine S. in Ottawa, Canada
-- You might want to be in touch with Patricia Laplante-Collins
who hosts soirees at her Paris home. For 100 FF, Pat serves you
dinner, gives you a glass of wine, and entertains you with a guest
performer -- perhaps a writer or academic, painter, singer, or dancer.
It's always an excellent way to meet other English speakers in a
safe environment. I met people in Pat's apartment who became good
friends of mine when I lived in Paris. Pat is African-American and
many of her featured guests focus on African-American-Parisian culture.
A wonderful evening especially if you are a solo traveller. P.S.
Reservations are a must. Tel: (33) 1 43 26 12 88 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
found a wonderful guide in Costa Rica -- writes Karen
from Toronto, Canada -- My roommates and I just returned from
Costa Rica and wanted to pass on contact information for a great
guide we met in our travels. Juano Marin was born near the Manuel
Antonio national park and spent most of his formative years chasing
snakes in the bush. He's translated that background into 14 great
years as a freelance guide, splitting his time between his native
Costa Rica -- where he treks around the bush and teaches surfing
-- and guiding for a company in Vancouver, where he teaches skiing
and snowboarding. He's got a great attitude toward guiding, makes
learning about the country fun and entertaining, loves meeting new
people and is an incredible encyclopedia on all things Costa Rican
and anything with scales. Plus, at 32, he's not too hard on the
eyes. Contact him at email@example.com
and arrange a daily rate that will include transportation, food,
fuel, gear and the answers to any of your questions.
your film wisely -- writes Ginny in Lakewood, Colorado
-- When taking travel photos it's fun to pick a theme that you'd
like to explore rather than taking random shots. This heightens
your perception of the world around you, it's an interesting activity
when travelling solo, and you have a wonderful body of work when
you get home. When I travelled in China, one of my themes was, "The
Things the Chinese Carry on Bicycles." Guaranteed your friends
will look forward to sharing your themed photos when you return.
charitable hotel in Cusco, Peru -- writes Kelly in
Toronto, Canada -- When I travelled in Peru, I met Jolanda van
den Berg and Titus Bovenberg, a couple who run the Hotel Ninos in
Cusco (located a 10 minute walk from the centre square). The hotel
rooms were lovely and showers hot. Guests felt like part of their
big family; their cafe served very nice cakes and coffees, all with
terrific jazz playing in the background. It was, for this female
traveler, an oasis in the city and I recommend it highly. But the
best part of this place is that money earned at the hotel goes to
the Nin's Unidos Peruanos Foundation founded by Yolanda to support
street children in Cusco. To learn more about the foundation or
to reserve a room, visit their website: www.targetfound.nl/ninos
delicious designer clothes at delectable prices -- writes
Roberta Kedzierski from Milan, Italy. This is a tip most
visitors to Milan would not know about. In my city of Italian fashion,
the best designer outlet spot has to be Salvagente. Let's face it,
getting that top-name designer gem in your size, in your color,
exactly when you want it, is not an everyday occurrence -- but it
does happen here sometimes. And, if you end up not finding the Versace
of your dreams, console yourself with keenly-priced boutique-level
clothes. You can't go wrong at this spot. Via Bronzetti 16 (tel:
02 76110328) on the 60 bus route. Open 10-12.30, 15.00-1900 Tuesday,
Thursday, Friday; Wednesday and Saturday 10-1900, Closed Monday
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