Travel Tips for the Sophisticated Woman

Laura Vestanen’s book TRAVEL TIPS FOR THE SOPHISTICATED WOMAN was published in 2001 by Xlibris corporation. It is a heavy softcover, with many statues from Greece and Rome depicting women.


So you will understand that this is an unusual book. Quirky and charming it has chapters on chocolate (where to find the absolute best chocolate, and the word chocolate in several languages), lists of favorite museums, sections on dining alone, manners, and tipping.


To my mind, the most valuable part of the book is the beginning, especially section one on planning, and section two on packing. But there is one caveat. The great drawback of this book is that the website Ms. Vestanen repeatedly refers us to, her own no longer exists. This is a great pity, because I understand that it is packed with resources for the woman traveler.  If nothing else, this shows the pitfalls of using your book to point your reader to your website. If your website is non-existent, your reader will be frustrated. Far better to write out everything in your book, so that your reader has something valuable to enjoy for years to come.

–Cynthia Haggard writes historical novels.  She has two completed manuscripts that will be published in the coming year. THWARTED QUEEN  is a portrait of a woman trapped by power, a marriage undone by betrayal, and a King brought down by fear.FAMILY SPLINTERS is  a novel about identity, forbidden love and family secrets. (c) 2011. All rights reserved.

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