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 email@example.com
Barbara and Shireen, Port Antonio, Jamaica.
Amsterdam Hotel Advice
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
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
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
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 back wall
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.
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 meals.
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
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
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
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 the water.
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
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
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
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
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,
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