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You will find updates, hints+tips and all sorts of travel related stuff.

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Rome Swimming Center Closed-Villa Borghese

Rome Swimming Center Closed

Villa Borghese

Are you looking for the swimming pool/sports center in the Villa Borghese? Well unfortunately it has closed(bankruptcy)in July 2014.There are a lot of unhappy people celebrities & members alike.

For the Formula 1 boffins the Sports centers were opened by Eddie Cheevers father.Theres a blast from the past!

NB: The Carrefour supermarket in the Villa Borghese has also closed.I did hear rumours that the Mafia had been involved in the shopping centre that was in there & that it was part of the mayors clean up policy...all unsubstantiated rumours 

Read about the sports centre here 

Friday, 5 June 2015

Paris Public Transport Sexual Harassment

       Paris Public Transport Sexual Harassment


Something to think about 
when using Public Transport in Paris

Paris is an extraordinary place. The civilized beauty of it's gardens and architecture can lead the visitor to feeling a false sense of security as they travel throughout the city. Street crime has been steadily growing over the past few years with pickpockets, street scammers and snatch and grabs leading the way. Another insidious crime has also been increasing; sexual harassment on Public Transport.

Interestingly, studies have shown that harassment does not usually take place on the Metro or RER late at night but rather on buses and school buses between 10.00 and 16.00.  Groping, verbal harassment and intimidation have all been reported as regular occurrences. Experiencing this type of abuse is upsetting and challenging for all women but female visitors to the city may feel particularly confronted and helpless, especially if they do not speak French.

If you find yourself the victim of sexual harassment on Public Transport in Paris, move away from your abuser as calmly as possible. If you are travelling by bus, tell the bus driver, using sign language if necessary. You can report harassment at any police station across the city. Reporting this type of abuse is empowering and can help you cope with the feelings of vulnerability that often follows this type of situation.

Indeed, The High Council for Equality Between Women and Men has decided to establish a large national action plan to "Stop gender harassment and sexual violence across the board." in France. Billboards condemning harassment and stating penalties, emergency numbers to call for help, and new rules for bus drivers allowing them to stop close to a woman's home if she feels at risk are underway.

We will continue to update as this plan unfolds. The next news should be in mid to late June.

English link to prefecture of police information etc

Complete listings + maps of Police Stations across the city

Full newspaper report Liberation


Sunday, 17 May 2015

Asian Grocery Stores Esquiline Rome

Asian Grocery Stores


A classic hotel room low cost meal has always been a version of the two minute noodle. Fast and hot, packed with goodness knows what, it has long been a staple of budget conscious travelers worldwide. Sometimes we just crave this naughty indulgence even when we are in a foodie paradise like Rome. 

Xin-Shi and the Pacific Trading Company sell these noodle quickies and all types of Asian delights along with bowls etc for only a few Euros. 

Xin Shi

Via Carlo Alberto 10/b
Tel: 06 44702163
Hours: Mon-Sun 8.30-19.30
Disabled Access: Possible
Products Include: Beer,noodles,bamboo shoots etc etc

Alimentari Casalinghi

& Western Grocery Store
Via Carlo Alberto, 55/57
Tel: 06 4466550
Fax: 06 4466550
Hours: Mon-Sat 8.00-20.00
           Sun        12.00-19.00
Disabled Access: No
Languages: Thai,Vietnamese & Chinese etc

Korean Market



Japanese & Korean Grocery Store
Via Cavour 84
Tel: 06 488 5060
       06 488  5280
Hours: Mon-Sun 9.30-19.30

Pacific Trading Co

Asian Dept Store and Groceries
Via Principe Eugenio 17-21
Tel: 06 4468406
Fax: 06 4468405
Hours: Mon-Sun  9.00-20.00
Languages: Chinese
Disabled Access: No
Products Include: China, Japan, the Philippines, Korea and Indonesia

Asia Supermarket

Via Ricasoli, 20
Tel: 06 4463839
Hours: Mon-Sat 8.30-20.00
Closed: Sun

Alimentari Ye Xin

Chinese & Japanese grocery store
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, 34
Tel: 06 44341096
Hours: Mon-Sat 8.30 - 20.00
            Sun        11.30-19.30

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Japanese & Korean Grocery Stores-Paris

Japanese & Korean Grocery Stores

You will find all manner Chinese Groceries in the 13e & 19e,but in the heart of Paris you will find Japanese & Korean.In the small triangle of Rue Sainte Anne across to Rue Saint Augustin and Avenue de l'Opera you will discover.......


Japanese& Korean Grocery Store & Fastfood
8 Rue Sainte Anne
Tel: 01 58 62 49 09
Hours:  Mon-Sun 10.00-21.00

Juyi Ya

Japanese Epicerie Fine & Fastfood

46 Rue Sainte Anne
Tel: 01 42 86 02 22
Hours: Mon-Sat 10.00-22.00                                                 Sun     10.00-21.00
Email: otodoke@orange.fr

Facebook: https://fr-fr.facebook.com/pages/JUJI-YA/229846370387029



Ace Market

Japanese& Korean Grocery Store & Fastfood

63 Rue Sainte Anne
Tel: 01 42 97 56 80
Hours: Mon-Sun 11.00-22.00


Ace Opera

Japanese Grocery Store
43 Rue Saint Augustin
Tel:01 40 07 93 57
Hours: Mon-Sat 10.00-20.00                                     Closed: Sun


Japanese Grocery Store
46 Rue des Petits Champs
Tel: 01 40 15 62 06
     01 42 61 33 65
Hours:  Tue-Sat 10.00-20.00                                                 Sun 11.00-20.00                                             Closed: Mon
Products Include: Organic products


Website http://www.kioko.fr

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Magasin.KIOKO.Alimentation.Japonaise

Twitter: https://twitter.com/__KIOKO__

and just outside in the 1er a Cheese shop with Japanese flair.

Hisada Fromagerie

Cheese Shop & Cafe
47 Rue de Richelieu
Tel: 01 42 60 78 48

Hours: Tue-Sat  Shop  11.30-20.00                                                   Cafe    12.00-18.30                                 Closed: Sun & Mon                                                   Annually From Last week in July to 2nd week Aug

NB: Kosher products available

Website: http://www.hisada.fr/news/fr/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FromagerieHisada


Are any of these places good? Well,they all have been around for years & they are always busy!


Thursday, 2 April 2015

Sabbah & Selim Orientale-Paris

Sabbah & Selim Orientale
Alimentation Generale

Sabbah(Sabah)& Selim Orientale are both well known specialist grocery stores in Paris. They are well stocked, have reasonable prices & are great value.Products come from Nth Africa,Lebanon, Turkey,Greece,Tunisia,Israel.........

Stock includes pistachios,olive oils,cous cous,drinks,breads,sweets, truly the list is endless

These stores are normally packed with a quick turn around of grocery items.Which basically means...its fresh! It is hard to pin down hours,they are flexible,but as a rule of thumb Mon-Sat & Sun mornings.Always double check week end hours to avoid disappointment  & remember some stores will close for Islamic & Jewish holidays 

Locations across Paris 

19 arr                                                                     

PS: They stock both Halal & Kosher products



NB: The"Orientale" area is roughly Turkey to Iraq,Jordan across to Egypt.All rules are of course meant to be broken,so expect to see some Nth African & Israeli products in store.It really depends upon the local population


Saturday, 21 March 2015

Green Boat-Ste Maxime-St Tropez

Bateau Verts
Ste Maxime-St Tropez


Good news if you are heading to either Sainte Maxime or Saint Tropez this summer. Between July & August the Bateau Verts (Green Boats) will be running 24/7
Image result for bateaux verts st tropez

Anyone who has endured the interminable drive into & out of St Tropez in the height of the season will appreciate this service.
It is also part of a road safety campaign to keep the roads safe from drink drivers!

If you are travelling on to Plage de Pampelone you can book a TukTuk thru  sainttropeztourismeLocated in Golfe de Saint-Tropez these TukTuks seat 6 and make it the perfect option to get in & out quickly & dont want to catch a bus. Ore-books essential
Tél. : +33 (0)6 41 760 760
Mail : tuktuk.saint.tropez@gmail.com

Image result for varlib bus

If you are more laid back & have good luck with public transport (unlike me) then take the bus

Get on to the 7705
Cost: Single E 3.00
      Return E 5.00
Book of 10 tickets E21.00
Tickets can be purchased at the bus terminal or on board
see "Tarification" for further details

Bus Timetable

Use where it says "Ligne-Line"

NB: Vers = To

So either vers/to Ramatuelle ie Plage de Pampelonne

or coming back
vers/to St Tropez

From here you can check the timetable
Basically March-April weekends only
May- Oct everyday


Check under Visiter

Les horaires des bus Varib
Pdf is changed yearly 

Map of St Tropez Beaches & other info

A shout out thank you to http://www.sttropezholidays.com/ for the heads up about the new boat hours

Gondolas for the Disabled Traveller

Gondolas for the Disabled Traveler
1st March 2015

What seems to be impossible has been made possible.If you are disabled you will soon be able to enjoy a ride around Venice in a Gondola.Scheduled to start in July 2015,the non profit organisation 
http://www.gondolas4all.com/ will start operating from the Piazzale Roma,in between The Papadopoli Bridge & Tre Bridge.
The new jetty has been made of recycled plastic & is able to move up & down with the tide. The person in the wheelchair will be assisted by specially trained operators. The new Gondolas will be specially fitted out for your total security and you will be happy to note that there will be no direct contact & manipulation between you & the operator

(Virtual Picture)
This idea was the brainchild of Alessandro Dalla Pieta ,Enrico Greifenberg & the  gondoliers association.All the money raised has come from charitable donations & crowd sourcing funded the specially designed Indiegogo platform 
To access this service you will need to join, Registration & Contact  The initial fee is E 20.00,the cost of a ride. From here you can select your day,time & the path you would like to go.You will receive an email confirmation & cancellation must be 24 hrs before departure.
The website at the moment is all in Italian,but the Google translation reads fairly clearly.( Bing reads strangely) I am sure there will be teething problems to start with,but what a revelation
A. ( As usual my sister will re-edit to fix my appalling grammar & spelling!!)