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T+L 2006 Women's Travel Special

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Who Michele Paquette, 41.
Home Base Hoboken, New Jersey.
Destination Paris, for 10 days, to visit friends.
Proud Of Renting an apartment in advance on the Île St.-Louis through VilleetVillage.com. "It'll be like when I was studying French there years ago."
First Stop Rodin Museum. (Second stop: a patisserie.)
Side Trip Deauville, in Normandy—a friend is a furniture maker there.
Big Question "I'm hoping my ATM card will work."

Who Kristen Michaud, 18; Elise McManemin, "edging 80"; and Denise Michaud, 51 (three generations of one family).
Home Base Bergen County, New Jersey.
Destination St. John's, Newfoundland, where Elise grew up.
On the Agenda Looking for icebergs carried along the Labrador Current from Baffin Bay. "We are going to Signal Hill," Elise says. "You can see the whole town and the narrows going out to sea."
First Meal on Arrival Freshly caught lobster and deep-fried cod tongues, a local delicacy.
Looking Forward To "Going out on sailboats in the bay," Kristen says.

Who Marianne O'Brien, age 81.
Home Base New York City.
Destination Paris.
Length of Stay Five weeks.
Reason for Trip Every year since her husband died in 1994, Marianne visits her brother-in-law there.
Her Other Annual Tradition Taking a side trip. "My favorite was Venice—I loved wandering the canals." This year, she's going to Brittany.
Priority Number One Sending postcards. "I'll mail the first one to my two-year-old great-granddaughter."
Travel Weakness "I want to look stylish, so I usually pack too much."

Who Sarla Tandon, 63.
Home Base Brooklyn, New York.
Destination Delhi, India.
Length of Flight Fourteen hours.
How She'll Pass the Time Sleeping and watching Indian films.
Reason for Trip Visiting family. "I have hundreds of relatives who still live in India, and I try to go back to see them regularly."
Looking Forward To "My flight arrives at 8 p.m., so I'll be ready for dinner. We'll probably have homemade roti [traditional Indian flatbread cooked on a griddle and brushed with ghee] and lots of vegetables."

Who Fatima Jonsson, 34.
Home Base Stockholm.
Destination San Francisco Bay Area, for a two-week trip to see a friend she met while working as an au pair in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 15 years ago.
Looking Forward To Visiting the wineries in Napa Valley, going to the beach, and checking out Berkeley.
What's in Her Carry-On Passport, return ticket, Wrigley's Extra spearmint chewing gum, wallet, and peanuts from her last flight.
Reading Material No Man Is an Island by Thomas Merton (in Swedish).

Who Angela Ficarrotta, 34; Jacqueline Ficarrotta, 23; Pamela Zapf, 23; Suzanne DiPasquale, 23; Meghan Mahoney, 23; Lee Cozzolino, 23.
Home Base Franklin Square, New York.
On the Agenda Ten days staying in bed-and-breakfasts throughout London and Ireland (Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Dublin).
Looking Forward To "Diana, Princess of Wales," a photography exhibition by Mario Testino at Kensington Palace.
Who Packed the Most "I would say Suzanne, but Jacque is a close second," Angela says.

Who Katie Anderson, 22.
Home Base Birmingham, England.
Destination Panama, where her boyfriend, Nicholas Nickson, runs an eco-lodge, Eco Venao, set in a reforestation project in Playa Venado, on Panama's Pacific Coast.
Her Companion The teddy bear is a gift for a young girl in need.
Funniest Event En Route A customs agent in England asked that the bear be named after him (Richard).
Most Recent Purchase The beaded gold bag that she got at the Cours Saleya market in old town, Nice, France.

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