What we're about

.Women Sharing Cultures is a group for women who want to meet women of other cultures - whether it's around the world, other parts of the country, or in the amazing diversity of our own city. They love to travel too but want a deeper experience than just looking at the sights and believe that meeting people is one of the best parts of traveling. Age is irrelevant, marital status doesn't matter, but a healthy curiosity about how others live their lives is a must.

There will be trips - two in the works already:

Louisiana Bayou and New Orleans (February 15-21) and Fall in Love with Japan (November 1-13) with more planned for 2019.

But there will be local Women Sharing Cultures Events as well, offering chances to meet women of different faiths, ages, ethnicities, cultures, sub-cultures, and abilities. Los Angeles is an amazing, diverse city but it's easy to get insulated and miss out on opportunities to meet those who aren't just like us. Join us to expand your cultural literacy!

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Fall in Love with Japan POSTPONED TO 2021

Japan

Japan is a wonderful place to visit – but it’s not an easy place to break away from tourist to traveler. Thanks to our great guides and the opportunity to meet with local women, we will be able to do just that! IN TOKYO Visit Asakusa and Sensho-Ji Temple, the city’s most famous shrine Visit an amazing, interactive art experience Experience the Chrysanthemum Festival at Yushima Shrine Learn about the art of indigo dying and make a sample to take home Experience a fun puppet-show - no language skills needed! Have our minds blown at an interactive art exhibit in futuristic Odaiba Eat lots of great food! Have not one, but TWO, wonderful, English-speaking private guides Meet a group of fun Japanese women who are English teachers! IN HAKONE Ride a pirate ship across Lake Ashi Take a cable car and funicular over the mountains Visit the magical Venetian glass museum with its glittering crystal trees Enjoy the whimsical sculptures of the Open Air Museum Soak in the naturally-milky water of the local hot spring without leaving our hotel IN OSAKA Take a canal ride down the Dotombori Canal Take a French-Japanese cooking class with a French chef Get to know some great Japanese and ex-pat ladies Sample the Osaka night life in the exciting Namba district IN HIROSHIMA Pay our respects at the Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome Visit the nearby island of Miajima, full of natural beauty, great shops, and an Owl Cafe! Check out the great street food in the town - but beware the greedy, free-roaming deer! IN KYOTO Visit impressive Kiyumisu Temple Experience wearing kimono in Kyoto’s Geisha district Stroll through thousands of scarlet Tori gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine Soak in the peace at Arashiama's Bamboo Forest "We shared many hearty laughs, inside jokes, broken wine glasses, dramamine, tiny bathhouses, photo bombs, and weird foods together. Through it all, I couldn't have asked for a better group of friends to explore Japan. I'm so thankful for all these wonderful memories and all the beautiful people I got to share them with." Jessica K. on the 2019 tour $6,699 — Early bird special until May 31, 2020. Last year's tour was filled so we've opened up a couple more spaces. We expect the 2020 tour to fill so book early! If you book with a friend, you each save an additional $75. Tour includes: *14 nights’ SINGLE accommodation at a charming hotel (each hotel has its own soaking spa!) 21 meals (14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners) Fun Japanese guides and translators plus a dedicated American tour manager Travel on the world-famous bullet train, the Shinkansen All ground transportation, group admissions, and experiences Opportunities to get to know local women and meet some ex-pats too! International airfare from Los Angeles IS included. (We will fly into Haneda-Tokyo and return from Kansai-Osaka.) Alcohol is not included; travel insurance is recommended but not included.

Christmastime in London POSTPONED TO 2021

London

Christmastime in London is MAGICAL! *View the ‘Changing of the Guard’ at Buckingham Palace then visit the huge Christmas tree at Trafalgar Square. *Cruise down the Thames past Big Ben, the Tower of London, iconic bridges and all the way to Greenwich. *Marvel at massive London department stores like Harrods, Selfridges, and Liberty all decked out in their Christmas finery. *Get groovy at Carnaby Street. *Stroll (and shop!) the Christmas Markets at Covent Garden, Greenwich Village, and the stalls set up along the Thames. *Take a special Christmas tour of Charles Dickens’ house and a silent walk through the home of a 17th Century Huguenot family all ready for the holidays. *Wander through a magical wonderland at Kew Gardens (with over 1 million twinkling lights!). *Have a guided tour of iconic Westminster Abbey and go to Evensong at St. Paul’s Cathedral. *We’ll also see special Christmas exhibits at the Museum of London, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and Kensington Palace. **You even get a free day to do your own London thing but I’ll always be available for ideas and provide assistance. Food is always a special part of the holidays. We will feast on traditional meat pies and mulled wine. We will enjoy a holiday afternoon tea and have a pint at a pub done up like like a giant Christmas tree. We will eat lunch in a church’s crypt and savor dinner at Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant. Professional photographer, April Bielefeldt will be on hand for those who want to up their photography game, whether you use your phone or have a ‘real camera’. She’ll lead special morning and evening jaunts to catch the sunrise over the Thames and evenings ablaze with Christmas lights. (These special excursions are included in the price!) Last but not least, we will experience a real Christmas Panto. A Pantomime is a musical comedy stage production full of comedy and audience participation. I really can’t explain it – but it’s a very British holiday tradition and very fun! THE EARLY BIRD PRICE OF $2799 IS GOOD UNTIL JULY 31ST WHICH SAVES YOU $100 OFF THE REGULAR PRICE OF $2899. Book with a friend and you each save another $75! This tour includes eight nights’ accommodation (no extra charge for your own room!), all ground transportation, all group admissions, eight breakfasts and one special dinner. It does NOT include international airfare or alcohol. Travel insurance isn’t included either, but highly recommended. There will be no more than 10 people on this tour. We travel like Londoners by Tube, cute black taxi, and red double-decker buses. The pace is leisurely, and you have free time to explore on your own. As much as possible, we stay at small hotels and eat at local restaurants to keep the money in the community. This is a Britain Your Way Tour and listed in multiple locations. Call or e-mail Sheila Stone with any questions or to reserve YOUR space! ([masked];[masked]

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