Women’s History Month is observed every March in the United States, Australia, and many countries throughout Europe. In the spirit of this observance, we are showcasing several notable women and the cities where they made their mark!
Have a young Girl Scout or adventurer in the family? Take a leisurely stroll around Savannah’s historic district and you’ll find the “Wayne-Gordon House,” the original Girl Scouts Headquarters founded by Juliette Gordon Low. The modern organization continues Low’s original mission of preparing young girls to become independent, compassionate and community-focused adults—not to mention intrepid travelers!
While in Savannah, we recommend taking a day trip to nearby Tybee Island to enjoy the beautiful beaches and diverse ecosystems around this charming Southern city.
Where to stay: Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Savannah Midtown, GA is a wonderful place to rest after a scenic road trip!
We’re going far, far south in our next entry to celebrate the Mary Poppins series author P.L. Travers! Growing up an imaginative child in Queensland, Australia, Travers was a lover of reading and fantasy, often dreaming of far away fantastic places. As she grew up, the author traveled the world, eventually relocating to London to pursue her dream of acting and writing. Travers later went on to write the Mary Poppins book series that was transformed by Disney into the hugely popular 1964 movie.
If you’re a big Mary Poppins fan, you’ll want to take a trip to Maryborough, Queensland Australia during the last week of June. Each year, the town throws a week long Mary Poppins festival for fans of all ages to celebrate the Mary Poppins stories and the incredible woman who created them. After the festival, you can take a drive down the Australian coast to Sydney, where you can stroll down George Street, the oldest street in Australia, to explore popular boutique shops and gorgeous historic buildings!
Where to stay: Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney is located in a beautiful, vintage building in the heart of Sydney that fantasy and history lovers alike are sure to love!
Love a fresh Peach Melba in summertime? Prepare to give a standing ovation to Australian opera singer (and dessert honoree), Dame Nellie Melba! Originally hailing from Richmond, Victoria, Nellie went on to become one of the most famous operatic sopranos of the late Victorian era. Despite traveling the world, the singer always felt a strong affinity for Melbourne. She loved the city so much that Nellie went on to adopt the pseudonym “Melba” as a way to honor her favorite city!
When you’re in Melbourne, explore the programming at the Arts Center Melbourne. Dessert and coffee lovers, be sure to head north across the Yarra River to explore the Central Business District’s patisseries and coffee shops for a sweet encore.
Where to stay: Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne is a great place for visitors to rest in Melbourne, especially if they’re hoping to get insider tips on places to visit and things to do while in the city!
Journey back across the pond to visit the monument of one of history’s most infamous women, Joan of Arc. As a teenager in the 15th Century, Joan led the French armies against the British in the Hundreds Years’ War, lifting the siege over the Orleans city. To commemorate all that she did for the country, a golden statue of Joan riding a horse was created by Daniel Fremiet in honor of Joan, their country’s only female Saint. The statue is located in the Place des Pyramides in Paris and is a definite must see.
Where to stay: Radisson Blu Hotel Champs Elysees, Paris is a boutique hotel in the heart of Paris’s Golden Triangle, minutes from the city’s most famous sights.
We’ll end our list on a great note (pun intended) with this music fact: Johnny Cash cited Sister Rosetta Tharpe as his favorite singer as a child when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Born just an hour away from Memphis, Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a huge part of Memphis’ blues scene, and is recognized by famous blues and rock and roll musicians alike as one of their favorite muses.
Sister Rosetta was a music pioneer; playing rock n’ roll guitar when it was considered more “appropriate” for men to play the instrument and outshining the best in jam-offs at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre. When in Memphis, be sure to visit the Blues Hall of Fame, where Sister Rosetta is still recognized as one of the country’s most celebrated musical pioneers.
Where to stay: Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Wolfchase-Memphis, TN is a cozy hotel option perfect for the traveling musician or music lover.