Friday, May 14, 2004

Travel Tips 

Having shared my experiences at the schools, I thought I'd pass on some other details for fellow travellers.

Places to Stay

Priceline (in the US) or Priceline (in the UK) – I’ve used them on numerous occasions and never failed to get a great deal for a good hotel.
Hilton London Paddington – if you’re flying into / out of Heathrow and want a hotel with easy access to the airport this is a great option.
The Belvedere, NYC – tourist hotel a block or so from Times Square, nothing flash but clean and comfortable
Hotel Metro, NYC – a few more facilities than the Belvedere and has a roof-top bar with a great view of the Empire State Building, but on the whole I think I preferred the Belvedere.
The Westin, Palo Alto – everything you’d expect from a Westin, and very convenient for Stanford.
Hilton Garden Inn, Evanston – relatively basic, but comfortable enough and walking distance to Kellogg

Places to Eat

Frere Jacques (East 37th Street, between 4th and 5th Avenues, NYC) -a really friendly ‘local’ French restaurant
Pigalle (8th Avenue at 48th Street, NYC) – not particularly awe inspiring, but they serve breakfast from 6am, which can be useful if jet lag is getting you up early.
Eli’s, The Place for Steak (Chicago)– didn’t try the steak, but the cheesecake is to die for and they do a wicked green apple martini
Panera Bread – don’t know how widespread this chain is, but the Evanston branch is a good spot for breakfast.

Getting Around

Virgin Atlantic is my international carrier of choice (although they have a relatively small number of routes). V-flyer is a consumer site with useful information on them.
Heathrow Express - the quickest route between Heathrow Airport and central London.
Supershuttle was very impressive in San Francisco, less so in New York.

Bits & Bobs

Eve Lom Rescue Mask – a wonderful pick-me-up for post-air-travel skin. The rest of her range is really good too.
The Boy from Oz – not world-changing theatre, but a very impressive performance from Hugh Jackman
Stanford Theatre – a real gem of a cinema in Palo Alto, specialising in films from Hollywood’s ‘Golden Era’
Second City – great comedy
Grayline – did their bus tours of both NYC and Chicago – quite an effective way top see a city in a short space of time.


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