Women-friendly in Jamaica
We'd like journey women around the world
to know that we organize wonderful, exhilirating walking tours/hikes
into the lush countryside of the Rio Grande Valley where one is escorted
by guides who share their knowledge of flora, fauna and "bush" medicine
(herbal medicine) that they have inherited with great enthusiasm from
their ancestors . We also encourage visits to the local women's community
project, where they make handmade paper. Barbara herself is an artist
and gives classes in sculpting and drawing - ideal for people who
want to explore their creativity in these beautiful surroundings.
We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara and Shireen, Port Antonio, Jamaica.
Amsterdam Hotel Advice Via Munich
Take note of this hotel. It's small,
inexpensive, breakfast is included and it is near the flower market
in a relaxed Amsterdam neighbourhood. Refurbished rooms are bright,
pleasant and fair-sized. Staff is smiling and helpful. Book well in
advance as not all rooms have ensuite facilities. A wonderful find!
Hotel Agora, Singel 462, 1017 AW Amsterdam.
Cornelia G., Munich, Germany
Tam Tam Femme in Africa
Tam Tam Femme/Congo is a network of women
in various African countries. We give practical information and support
to women moving to an African country for a long period of time,with
particular regard to women travelling with their children. However,
our data bank includes information (such as security, doctors, communications,
etc.) that might be of help to any woman traveller. We welcome journey
women. It is free to join our organization. You can reach us at Tel/fax
(00242) 81 02 15 .
Claudia L., Brazzaville, Congo
Your Hairdresser or Your Husband?
Here's an item that I saw in the Detroit
Fress Press and thought it was fun. Amex platinum card holders were
asked what they most wished to take with them when travelling on business.
Men said: their spouse 26%, personal items 14.9% and their computer
4.9%. On the other hand, women said: personal items: 15.7%, computer
10.5% and spouse...only 5.2%!
Pamela A., Toronto, Canada
Low-cal French Food
Yes, there is such a thing! In Paris,
look for Country Life Restaurant. It's located in back of a
diet food shop and it serves low fat, low cholesterol sometimes vegeterian
fare. You'll find it in the second arrondissement at 6 Rue Daunou
(not far from Galeries Lafeyette). Prices moderate and higher.
Florence M, Toronto, Canada
A Historic Pub Site
Just a little bit of trivia for JW history
buffs. When you visit London, stop in at the Mayflower Pub
at 117 Rotherhithe St. SE16. That's where the Pilgrim Fathers set
sail for America.
Maggie D, At Home in London, United Kingdom
Budget Travel Tip
As a B&B operator, I pass the following
hints on to you. In Canada, if the B&B you choose operates less than
four bedrooms, you will not have to pay sales tax or GST. Also, when
checking room rates, ask about discounts for seniors, reduced rates
for longer stays or advance bookings. Remember B&B's are privately
operated and the operators can alter the price at their discretion.
So ask, ask, ask!
Gail H, Gravenhurst, Canada
Pension in Istanbul
My favourite pension in Istanbul is a
series of Ottoman era townhouses that have been updated with modern
bathrooms. The rooms are full of antiques and Turkish carpets. From
your window you can almost touch the minarets of the thousand year
old Santa Sophia and the fabulous Topkapi Palace is just over the
Contact: Ayasofya Pansiyonlari (513-3660) Sogukcesme
Wendy Mesley, Toronto, Canada
Riding in Canada
A couple of summers ago, I had the pleasure
of enjoying a riding holiday with Warner Guiding and Outfitters Ltd.
in Banff, Alberta. Along with 15 other guests, I spent six days exploring
the Rockies-- all on horseback. Our guides were real cowboys who really
spoilt us.. We stayed at three different campsites. Our bags were
delivered by pack mules and we enjoyed hearty homecooked meals. If
you choose to do this trip, then bring a good sleeping bag. It gets
mighty cold at night.
Contact: Box 2280, Banff, Alberta, T0L 0C0 Tel: (403) 762-4551.
Erica Ehm, Toronto, Canada
Womens Rights Museum
I love your women-centered travel information
and cant resist passing on to you a tip about the fabulous Womens
Rights Museum in upstate New York at Seneca Falls - the only feminist
museum Ive ever visited - generous, accesssible and exciting.
Definitely not for feminists only!
Contact: the National Womens Hall of Fame, 76 Fall Street, Box
335, Seneca Falls, NY 13148.
Michele Landsberg, Toronto, Canada
Small Hotel in Paris
Re: request from Roz in California for
a small Left Bank hotel in Paris (JW-Spring 96), I always use
the well-priced and friendly, family, Eugenie Hotel, 31 Rue St. Andre
des Arts, 75006, Paris. Its in the Latin Quarter within walking
distance to Musee DOrsay, Les Halles, Louvre, St. Germain des
Pres and, lots more.
Tel: 33-1-43-26-2903. Fax: 33-1-43-29-7560.
Helene C, Edmonton, Canada
Ed. note: Hurrah
for networking! Remember, any JW can post their personal networking
requests free of charge in our magazines classifieds -- a perfect
way to get female-friendly travel tips or to find a travelling partner.
Posh London Hotel
(Re: Female in London - JW Winter issue
1995-6) "22 Jermyn Street" is an exclusive hotel in London
that caters to its guests every wish which includes such diverse
services as a resident manager (female) who jogs with guests, and
supplying bird food for guests who want to feed the birds in nearby
St. James Park....I have stayed there many times myself and as a female
business traveler I appreciate their security measures and sensitivity
to women travelling alone.
Dana C, Miami, USA
Ed. note: This
is an award winning First Class hotel. For rates tel: 071-734-2353
or fax: 071-734-0750.
When travelling, use common sense and
trust your vibes about the hearts and intentions of people you meet.
As you would at home, accept invitations of true hospitality and offer
something in return: news, opinions, honesty, English lessons, etc.
Linda H, East Berlin, USA
Bagels in Stockholm
If youre a homesick tourist in
Stockholm,we have North American places to "cure" you. Grays
Bagels serves bagels (what else) and deli guaranteed to please. Youll
find this spot at Jarlsg. 39.
Kirstin D, Hagersten, Sweden
In one of your recent issues you asked
about interesting cooking courses. A company called Bolder Adventures
(303) 443-6789 arranges 4 day Thai cooking courses in Bangkok. The
cost is $US100 per day and that includes classes, lodging and your
Lynda G, Westmount, Canada
Ed. note: We were
able to find their address: P.O. Box 1279, Boulder, Colo. 80306.
Thought your readers would enjoy this one! In
April of this year, Linda Orr and Michelle Brown opened Teaism,
an Asian teahouse at 2009 R Street, NW in Washington D.C. (just off
Conn. Ave, NW) They offer a large selection of Asian teas in brewed
and leaf form plus, tandoori dishes for eating in or taking-away.
Moderately priced. Great place for lunch. Its also the spot
to shop for tea-related merchandise.
Franceline R, Cultural Tours, Washinton
Re: Female-friendly Arizona - Spring
96,we submit this tip. The Arizona Resort Inn is a smart address.
Their Audabon Lounge piano bar is "oh so casually chic"
and always an inviting spot for Happy Hour or a light evening snack.
We recommendtheir Veggie Burger at $5.95 or the Grilled Chicken Salad
in the under $10 category. (2200 E.Elm)
Alison & Barb, Flagstaff,USA
Fun in Phoenix
Re: Female-friendly Arizona -Spring 96,
I love Ed Debevics in Phoenix. This 1950s style diner with lots
of memorabilia and full service bar is a burger joint with attitude.
Dont be surprised to see staff climb on to a table to perform
their rendition of Y.M.C.A. Whether youre eating alone or with
friends, you cant help but have fun. Prices are moderate. (2102
Highland Ave E.)
Lisa R, Phoenix, USA
Did you know that Calgary, Canada is
a child-friendly city ? Teams of Calgary youth evaluate attractions,
restaurants and hotels and rate them according to their child-friendliness
. So if you are coming here for a convention or business, bring the
kids along. They can have "breakfast with the elephants"
at the Calgary Zoo or explore the outer reaches of space at the Alberta
Science Centre. The possibilities are endless! Further info on Child
Friendly is available from Penny Hume at
(403) 266 5448.
Maura H, Calgary, Canada
2 Tips - Picked up in Passing
If you are a traveller on a special diet,
get someone at your hotel to write your special needs on a paper in
the local language. Phrases such as no salt, low sugar, no dairy will
help your waiter understand better what he can serve you.
Have Book will Travel
In Wilton, Connecticut is a company that boasts a data base of over
5000 travel books. Need special information? Theyll locate the
book(s) titles that will be helpful and even sell the book to you
at a 10% discount.
Call (203) 761-0604.
Womens Travel Club Newsletter, Miami, USA
Re: Your JW call for bicycle organizations
- The Cross Canada Cycle Tour Society is a wonderfully energetic and
creative organization for the mature set. Ive tracked their
activities for years. Membership fees: single -$25; couple$35. Write
6943 Antrim Ave., Burnaby, BC, Canada V5J 4M5.
Alison G, Victoria, Canada.
Be Battery Smart
Never go abroad with a new camera unless
you really check what kind of batteries it takes. Better still, never
leave home without spares. Ive just returned from Gaza without
photos because my new camera had battery problems!
Sonya G, Jura, Switzerland.
I spent 5 weeks travelling around Australia
as an independent traveler and celebrated my 50th birthday south of
Perth. I found people kind, courteous and friendly. I must say that
I had not even one awkward experience. When visiting Sydney my tip
to women is not to stay in the Kings Cross area or even go into
it alone at night. I stayed in Darling Harbour and liked being on
Rena B, Edmonton, Canada
Check Prague Taxis
I just returned from Prague and want
to tell other readers to beware of cab drivers. They usually try to
pull the wool over your eyes. Take care by either agreeing on a price
before gettnig into the cab, be prepared to haggle or make sure that
their meter is switched on to tarif 1. Drivers have different tarifs
and Im personally under the impression that they use certain
ones for the people who look well off or like tourists.
Jan H, Amsterdam, Holland
Ed. note: Thanks,
Jan. Also in the spring issue of JW, we listed the numbers of several
supposedly reputable Prague cab companies.
Girls of Ipanema
My daughter and I visited Rio de Janeiro
over the New Year. (lovely Reveillon on the beach Dec. 31st--music,
dancing, throwing flowers into the sea to Yemanja, the sea goddess).
We rented an apartment in Urca, a lovely district with luscious vegetation,
old style houses, some apartments, very quiet and no violence. We
found a nice bookshop called Dazibao in Ipanema and enjoyed a wondeful
Sunday morning hippy market with all sorts of handicrafts.
For safe and good eating, we recommend Rio Sul, the biggest shopping
center with plenty of different restaurants, shops, bookstores and
cinemas. But, always watch your purse!
Sara P, Rome, Italy
Ed. note: Sara
has sent us the name and address of the woman who provided the rental
in Urca. Want it? Contact the JW office.
N.Y. - What a Bargain!
Ive just stayed at the European
style Wentworth Hotel which is well situated on 46th St. between 5th
and 6th.--close to Times Square and Rockefeller Center. Its
newly renovated, rooms are small but very clean and staff is helpful.
All this for $89 double which in N.Y.is a real steal! My only complaint
- the elevators are very slow. Stay on a lower floor so you can walk
the stairs if necessary.
Marilyn B, Montreal, Canada
Want to know where the Queen buys her
bras in London? I didn't see her there myself but the word is...at
a shop called Rigby and Peller at 2 Hans Road close to Harrod's. You're
sure to find your fit here. Sizing goes from 32AA to 46FF. But,talk
about posh prices for underwear...WOW!
Les M, London, England
Leave your purse at home!
A tourist carrying a fancy purse is an
easy mark, especially when you are dressed like a tourist. Instead
use a zippered tote that can hide a wallet, carry an umbrella, a bottle
of water and your camera. Carry it on your shoulder with the zipper
end facing the front of you. Your possessions will be safe!
Roxanne S, Minneapolis, USA
Ed. note: Here's
another item for your bag. If you are travelling solo in a non-English
speaking country, remember to pack a section of your hometown newspaper.
In restaurants, keep it on the table beside you. You'll be surprised
at the number of people who stop to chat because they want to practice
their English or they recognise the paper, etc.
Florida Feline Resort
Living in the Miami area and own a cat?
When you go on your holiday, she can stay at A Country Cat House,
the luxury vacation hotel for cats. Their brochure promises aquarium
views, no barking dogs, soft music, and picture windows for kitty's
bird watching. Write 12006 SW 64th St., Miami, 33183.
The Women's Travel Club Newsletter, Miami, USA.
When in London last summer, I stayed
at The Penn Club, 21 Bedford Place, London WC1B 5JH. It's a
great place, located in the heart of Bloomsbury and run by a Quaker
society. The rooms are clean if not exceptionally cosy; staff friendly,
breakfasts filling and good and they have tons of info on London Walks
and other tourist and leisure options. I seem to remember paying around
30(lbs)/night. Tel: 0171-636-4718.
Francis B, Hong Kong
Save all of your old underwear for when
you travel. Then throw them away as you use them. That means very
little laundering en route.
Joan S, Yarmouth, Canada
Terrific Travel Toothbrush
When I was in Paris, I found a wonderful
travelling toothbrush (about $US4.00) at the pharmacy. It's called
Naturelles Fluocaril. The funky design and case makes for great
drainage. Perfect for packing! Also a lovely gift to bring for friends!
Deranna N, London, England
A Dentist's Travel Tip
Remember that toothaches only get worse
when the pressure decreases. i.e. in airplanes or on the ski slopes.
So, if a tooth feels uncomfortable prior to a holiday, make sure to
visit your dentist at least one day before you take off. You'll be
glad if you do and sorry if you don't!
Dr. Judy S, Toronto, Canada
I thought your readers might like to
know about our woman-owned, New Dawn Guest House on the unspoiled
island of Vieques. The main house was built for outdoor living by
women participating in carpentry courses in '86. Set on 5 acres dotted
with hibiscus and with horses grazing, this retreat offers an environment
of natural beauty. Rates as low as $10 per night in tents to $40 in
a room. Come by yourself or bring a friend. Write to: P.O. Box 1512,
Vieques, PR 00765
Paige W, Vieques, Puerto Rico