Best Travel Tips From Around the World -- Fall 2002
usual, your many female-friendly bits of advice continue
to inform, inspire and amuse. From travellin' women in the
U.S. and Canada to those in Italy, Japan, Holland and Brazil,
here are this Fall Issue's top terrific travel tips. We
hope reading them will make you smile. We also hope that
reading these bits and pieces will inspire other women to
share their female-friendly travel goodies.
a great woman's travel tip?
There are really no
rules for what makes a terrific female-friendly tip. At
Journeywoman we believe it's simply intuition -- something
about a restaurant, small hotel, lovely park, intriguing
shop that you've really enjoyed and can't wait to tell your
best girlfriend about. Sometimes it's a safety tip or packing
ploy you've picked up along the way and think to yourself...'This
one I will remember'. Please let us know about these women-friendly
goodies -- we consider every tip important enough to review.
And always remember
that what is common knowledge to a New York JW is
not common knowledge to a woman living in London, England
or Vancouver, Canada. Tell us about your favorite
neighbourhood haunts. These pieces of advice will
prove invaluable to a Journeywoman travelling to
your part of the world.
Submit your thoughts
and put the words "JW Travel Tip" or "My
Neighbourhood Favorite" in the subject line. We always
look forward to hearing from you.
Safe journeys and happy
Evelyn Hannon, Editor
great travel read...
A while ago I read in one of your newsletters about a book
called, "Dear Exile." Then recently I was in the
library and on the shelf there it was. The title just jumped
out at me. I want to thank you for referring such a wonderfully
entertaining read and urge other women to look for it as
well. I so enjoyed the real life correspondence of the two
friends: one in NYC; the other in the Peace Corps in Africa.
In fact, "Dear Exile" reminded me so much of Journeywoman:
smart....fun... informative and femme fantastic.
Nancy, JW in New York and Paris
Ed. note: Thanks
for the kind words, Nancy. It's always a treat to hear that
others agree with our recommendations. More about "Dear
Exile" can be found at: http://www.randomhouse.com/vintage/read/dearexile/
recipe from a JW reader in Venice...
I'd like to share my Pesto alla Genovese recipe with other
Journeywoman around the world. My family loves it and you'll
see how easy it is to make.
Ingredients per 500g of pre-cooked pasta:
50g basil leaves
8 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons pine nuts
2 cloves garlic
salt to taste
6 tablespoons finely grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons finely grated Roman pecorino (similar to parmesan,
but stronger in flavour)
Put all the ingredients except for the cheeses into a pestle
& mortar or a blender. Blend until the basil leaves are
well shredded and all the ingredients are well mixed together.
At this stage you can freeze the basil and it will keep
well for several months, otherwise mix the two cheeses in
to form a nice paste. Good-luck and buon appetito!
Michelle, Florence, Italy
I'd like to add something to your GirlTalk
Guide to Japan. There's a bookstore (which has a huge
discount section outside) called Tokyo Random Walk on the
road between Roppongi and Azabu-Juban in Tokyo. All books
are new and 500 yen (about $4 US). I have bought all kinds
of English books there -- Nalo Hopkinson, Vonnegut, a collection
of Ibsen plays, Joyce Carol Oates. Highly recommended!
Kathleen, an expat & JW who spent almost 5 years in Japan.
Metropolitan Museum of Art...
This is a tiny tip but it might save you extra stress when
visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Once you've completed
your time at the museum always leave yourself about 15-20
minutes extra for picking up your belongings from the checkroom.
This excellent museum is always crowded and the checkroom
line often moves very slowly. Be prepared for this delay and
you won't need to worry about being late for your next appointment.
Linda, Toronto, Canada
amazing Mexican food in Arizona...
If you can't make it all the way to Mexico, then stop by Mezcal
(one of my favorites) the next time you're in our part of
the world (North Scottsdale). The Oaxacan-style food served
here is as authentic as it gets using fresh ingredients, rich
flavors and enough spice to keep you on your toes. They have
several specialty dishes with mole (a sweet, but spicy sauce).
And for desert, you've got to try the Banana-Pepitas, which
comes with a toasted coconut sauce. Amazing! ( 7122 E. Greenway
Parkway, tel: 480-556-0770 )
Rachel, Scottsdale Convention
& Visitors Bureau, USA
I call ahead...
My mother and I love to travel around the world together.
I have a great sense of direction and usually act as our "team
navigator". However, we've discovered that sometimes the maps
given out at the tourist office do not always portray the
streets properly. This has led to many wild goose chases looking
for restaurants. We found that the best way to avoid getting
lost in a new city is to call the restaurant (or shop or attraction
or whatever) in advance and get specific directions in English
before leaving the hotel. Not only will this keep a Journeywoman
from making wrong turns or ending up on dead-end streets,
but sometimes the person giving directions knows a shortcut
which we undoubtedly benefit from.
Meridith and Mom,
New York, USA
hotel in Paris...
When a hotel I booked in Paris turned out to be a dump, I
found Hotel des Arts et M�tiers at 4 rue Borda in the third
arrondissement. It is located across the street from the Arts
et M�tiers museum as well as the metro stop. For about US$45.00
a night (in June) I got a lovely room, clean and bright with
beautiful tile work on the floor and private bath, which had
a nice shower and fluffy towel. There was TV with remote,
large, comfy bed, and a very courteous, eager-to-please family
reception. They take credit cards, too. Phone: 01.48.87.73.89.
P.S. I suggest you skip
breakfast, which is extra, and not very reasonable. You can
do much better at a cafe in the neighbourhood.
plug and jar opener...
A very useful item to take with you when travelling is a large,
flat, universal plug. Rubbermaid makes one that is a circle
about 5 1/2 inches across. It's perfect for use in hotel sinks
or bathtubs (since they inevitably don't seem to have their
stopper). I learned this one after trying to do laundry with
a pair of socks stuffed into the drain to try and hold the
water in place!!
Dawn-Marie, Edmonton, Canada
Ed. note: Some models of
these stoppers are also great as jar openers and can come
in handy in picnic situations. They help to grip and twist
those covers that are so tightly put on that it's difficult
to make them budge.
AUSTRALIA -- I'd like to tell you about a
woman-friendly B&B. I live in Sydney and I have had
overseas friends stay at this B&B and they raved about
it. Bondi Beach Homestay is a sweet little place with
very welcoming and friendly hosts. It's located 10 minutes
out of the hustle and bustle of the city but still within
easy reach by public transport bus. You can take long
relaxing walks along the beach and there are loads of
interesting cafes & restaurants nearby. Good value for
your money and you get to enjoy one of Sydney's most
Karen, Sydney, Australia
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