From the United Kingdom Share their Tips
When I travel
I always enjoy chatting with the locals and getting their
woman-friendly recommendations on food, drink, shops and things
to do. How lucky we are to have the Journeywoman Network that
allows us to exchange local advice via the internet. Here
are ten insiders tips submitted by women who live in the United
Kingdom. I loved reading them. I hope you will, too. Have
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woman-friendly pub in Cambridge...
live in Cambridge and there is a wonderful, non-threatening,
pub called The Cambridge Blue that is very
welcoming to women on their own. In fact, staff are encouraged
to speak to customers who are there alone. Cambridge Blue
is in Gwydir Street, near the railway station. It's a very
traditional English pub with a variety of beers and wines
as well as a wide variety of non-alcoholic drinks. The food
it serves is excellent pub fare. There's a non-smoking policy
and there's also a 50p fine (for charity) if your mobile
phone goes off. The landlady, Debbie, is from Maine, USA
which might have something to do with the great atmosphere
here. During the winter Cambridge Blue has lovely fires
in the two bars, and for those wonderful long English summer
evenings there is a great big garden at the back. C'mon
and join us. Website: http://www.colc.co.uk/cambridge/gwydir/blue/
Andy, Cambridge, England
transport in London...
in London is very challenging to say the least, and the
easiest way to get around is by public transport. Payment
by Oyster card is by far the cheapest way
to pay for single journeys on Tubes, buses, DLR and trams
in London (bus journeys are half the price using a card
than with cash). Get a card on arrival and ‘top-up’
as you need to. You can pick one up at most Tube stations,
and Oyster Ticket stops (in newsagents). Key points to note
are: when you first get your Oyster card, you will need
to pay a refundable £3 deposit if you are only adding
cash to pay as you go. Oyster will always automatically
calculate the cheapest fare for the journeys you make in
a single day. Oyster single fares are always cheaper than
cash. Any other info you might need you can get from the
Transport for London. Website: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/
Marie, London, England
spa in Bath...
out on a morning of pure indulgence with a session in Thermae
Bath Spa. The
natural hot water springs have been enjoyed since the Roman
times in the City of Bath in Somerset, in south-west UK.
You can visit the crusty old Roman baths in the museum and
just look. Or, for just £20 you get two hours to enjoy
the roof top pool, the aromatherapy steam rooms and the
whirlpools and massage jets in the Minerva pool of this
brand new complex. The naturally heated water is just the
right temperature and as enriched with minerals as it was
when the Romans enjoyed them. If the brand new modern surrounds
don’t suit try a session in the Cross Bath where the
open air pool of healing warm waters is enclosed by the
oval Georgian Grade One listed building -- move over Jane
Austen. Contact 01225 331234 or email@example.com
to book. If you are going solo -- just turn up on the day
from Monday to Friday. Changing rooms are mixed, but there
are private little cubicles to change in, and don’t
forget we’re British and not good at nudity, so it’s
swimming costumes on. Website: http://www.thermaebathspa.com
Liz, Bath, England
top buses in Edinburgh...
would highly recommend when visiting Edinburgh, Scotland
to take a tour on the open top tourist buses.
an incredibly touristy thing to do someone recommended it
to me when I first moved to the city. It was a great way
to learn about Edinburgh's history as well as get to know
the 'lay of the land' so to speak. Edinburgh is a relatively
small city so once you get your bearings on the bus tour
you can then start walking.
a hop on-hop off so if you see something you like you can
jump off, have a look then back on the bus all included
in the cost of your ticket. Go to Waverley bridge by the
main train station (in the heart of the city centre) and
buy a ticket from the booth. It costs approx $25 and is
valid for 24 hours. It's a fascinating trip. Amongst other
interesting pieces of Edinburgh history I learnt where the
saying 'daylight robbery' comes from.
Helen, Edinburgh, Scotland
suggestions for Oxford...
best B & B in Oxford is, without a doubt, Orchard
House; all the glowing reports are absolutely true
and Paul's breakfasts are to die for. You can check details
for yourselves on: www.theorchardhouseoxford.co.uk
if you are a woman travelling on your own and are looking
for a safe, central location to stay, I would definitely
recommend Rewley House. Rewley House is
run by Oxford University's School of Continuing Education
and offers basic, but cheerful, comfortable and clean accommodation
in the heart of Oxford in Wellington Square. You
are not only within walking distance of all of Oxford's
sights and shops, you are also on top of Oxford's trendy
Jericho district where there is a great choice of restaurants.
There is also a super deli just round the corner where you
can buy yourself some gorgeous French cheeses and a piece
of quiche to eat in your room if you don't feel like going
out. Breakfast is also included in the price and there is
a great choice, including cooked English breakfast (if you
can face it in the morning!). The only downside is that
you can't enjoy a lie-in (sleep in), as breakfast has to
be taken before 9.00 am, however if you want to get out
and see the sights, that's not a problem. Rewley House is
a five-minute walk from the bus station in Gloucester Green,
so no expensive taxis necessary either.
a Londoner married to an Italian, living in Venice and with
a daughter studying in Oxford, so if I find a last-minute
low-cost flight, I'll pop over to Oxford on my own to see
my daughter and do a bit of 'English' shopping (Marks and
Spencers underwear, for example). I regularly stay at Rewley
House and can assure all you Journeywomen that not only
is it excellent value for money, you will definitely feel
comfortable and at ease there.
Rewley House has an agreement with laterooms.com.
Room rates are often even cheaper when booked through them.
Or to contact them direct: Telephone: 01865 270362 (+44
1865 270362) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suzanna, Venice, Italy