Travel Briefs

At the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen, Germany, a life-size reconstruction of a 33-meter section of the LZ 129 “Hindenburg” can be explored. The museum houses the world’s largest collection on the history of the airships.

€7.50 ($10) adult, €6.50 senior. Gift shop, restaurant. The Zeppelin Museum (Seestraße 22, D-88045 Friedrichshafen, Germany; phone +49 7541 3801 0, fax 3801 81).

At Baird Bay in South Australia, you can swim with sea lions in their wild habitat.

Four-hour boat tours are offered daily, Sept. 1-May 30. It leaves at 9:30 a.m., with a second tour at 2 p.m. if the morning tour is full. Participants need not be strong swimmers. Children 12 and under must be with a parent/guardian while in the water.

Through March 31, 2008, Aus$100 (near US$82) adult, Aus$50 child 6-15, with kids under six free. Prices include wetsuit and snorkel gear and are...


What looks simply like a series of concrete steps descending into the Adriatic Sea at Zadar, Croatia, is actually a pipe organ that is played by the waves and wind. Located in the city’s Riva section, along Istarska Obala street, the 230-foot-long Sea Organ (morske orgulje) incorporates seven groups of five polyurethane pipes tuned to two chords and opening onto the sidewalk. There is no cost to visit.

The list below shows the current and planned policies regarding smoking in public in various countries in Europe. Note that in many, various versions of legislation are still being debated and challenged in courts. In general, however, most countries in Europe still allow smoking in bars and restaurants but require separate smoking and nonsmoking sections.

Currently, smokers will be most at home in Austria, Germany, Greece and Portugal because their laws do not yet entirely ban...


South Korean and North Korean officials have agreed to open two cross-border roads (the Seoul-Sinuiju road and one in the east) and to make test runs on the linked sections of two railways no later than October 2004.

They also are working on a joint industrial park project, with garment plants and other labor-intensive businesses, to be run by the South Koreans.

North Korea will be provided with a loan of 400,000 tons of rice “out of brotherly love and the principle of mutual...


Three cabin crew members saved the life of a pasenger who had become seriously ill with chest pains while on a British Midland Airways (bmi) flight from Chicago, Illinois, to Manchester, England, in February.

They used a system called Tempus 2000 Telemedicine to contact the Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, where staff have special training in airborne emergency medical management.

It was the first time ever that someone’s electrocardiogram (ECG) was transmitted live...


Grand Bahama Island opened its $30 million international airport terminal on June 2, 2004.

Facilities include 12 Customs booths, advanced luggage-scanning machines and 22 ticket counters plus shops, Internet kiosks and restaurants. The 11,000-foot-long runway can accommodate the largest planes now in service. The Westin and Sheraton at Our Lucaya will offer a VIP reception lounge and other guest services.

The world’s first major museum dedicated to the life of British statesman and wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill will open in London in February 2005. The museum’s completion will coincide with the 40th anniversary of his death and the 60th of the end of World War II.

Including items from the Imperial War Museum and the Churchill Archives Centre at Churchill College in Cambridge, the permanent attraction is to be housed in the Cabinet War Rooms, the top-secret underground...