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Restaurant Name: Goddard's Pie House, Greenwich

Description: The staple diet of East Londoners, of which I am one. Great Pie and Mash at a bargain price. I love the place but the food may not be to everyone's taste.

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Favorite Dish: Double pie and mash swimming in liquor and covered with lots of pepper and vinegar. Mmmmmm . . .

-- VirtualTourist.com

But unless you're visiting a popular destination, prepare to be disappointed. When I punched "Turin" into the IgoUgo search window, the results were meager: a couple of brief journals and a few categorized items, and no restaurant or hotel recommendations. On the plus side, there were links to IgoUgo members who live in Turin and surrounding areas. For gleaning specific advice and meeting locals, this is a nifty feature. (Just be sure to use caution and common sense when e-talking to strangers.)

Other sites, meanwhile, don't get much further than sorting long prose postings by destination. That's a lot of reading just to find an all-night laundromat in Lima. But backpackers, for example, may be well served by the lonnnnng dispatches from others willing to sleep with chickens on 19-hour bus rides in pursuit of the most remote villages. Lonely Planet's authors (www.lonelyplanet.com/journeys) are among those who file regular reports from their research trips, like this from Matt Phillips in India:

Earlier this week, after spending a few days in the lovely remote hill stations of Lava and Kaffer, I headed back to Kalimpong through misty, moss-laden forests on a drive made slightly more eventful by leeches during the bathroom breaks.

-- Lonely Planet

On TravelPod.com (www.travelpod.com), visitors can trace bloggers' journeys on clickable maps that take you right to the entries about that particular destination. Now here's a valuable warning to travelers who've been wearing the same pair of socks for 83 days:

Milan is like the Beverly Hills of Italy. Very rich and very fashionable. This is no good when you are a backpacker and your nicest pants are a pair of jeans and your nicest shirt has a Nutella stain on it and smells like B.O.


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