Travel Briefs

Aarhus, Denmark, is home to ARoS, a new 10-story art museum in the city center. ARoS houses art from the 1700s to the present day along with the personal sketches, letters and notebooks of Danish painter Per Kirkeby. For info, visit

Reach the Danish Tourist Board at 212/885-9700.

Four people were killed when a 98-foot section of a departure lounge roof collapsed in Terminal 2E at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport on May 23 at about 7 a.m.

Concrete dust had been seen coming from the concrete, steel and glass roof about a half hour beforehand, and police were in the process of closing the area.

The new Air France terminal, completed less than a year before in June, was evacuated, and French authorities are contemplating tearing it down. The terminal...


On Jan. 21, 2004, Burma (Myanmar) began offering online visas, one of the few countries in the world to do so. Visit There are instructions in English. Most applications are approved and returned via e-mail within 24 hours. Travelers show a printout and pay the fee once they reach Burma.

Visitors to Kuwait from the U.S., Western Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand now can obtain entry visas upon arrival rather than have to secure them in advance.

According to government figures released May 3, a total of 317 people were kidnapped in Colombia in the first three months of 2004. That’s a decrease of 46% compared to the same period in 2003.

However, the number of successful rescue attempts is lower this year, with only 56 hostages rescued against 151 in the same period last year. The ministry of defense says 5,343 people are still being held hostage in Colombia.

And, unlike previously, the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias...


In its third incarnation, having emerged from bankruptcy, PanAm debuted in spring with scheduled service from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Port of Spain, Trinidad; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. It already was offering charters to Port of Spain.

The Universal Forum of Culture is taking place in Barcelona, Spain, until Sept. 26, 2004. The 4½-month international festival is presenting 423 concerts and 170 musical groups plus street performances, circus, art exhibitions (including Terra Cotta Warriors of Xi’an), international markets, dance, theater and a nightly celebration. Conferences and debates will be open to the public, many with audience question-and-answer sessions. Translation services are available.

It is taking...


In Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the Neerlandia Building (part of the 17th-century Amstelhof building) is the first phase of the master plan for the Hermitage Amsterdam, which in six galleries will present small, temporary exhibitions drawn from the collection of The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Each exhibition will be on view for about five months.

To be shown Sept. 18, 2004-Feb. 13, 2005, will be “Nicholas & Alexandra,” featuring personal possessions,...