Travel Briefs

The complete oeuvre of Carel Fabritius (1622-1654), a pupil of Rembrandt, is on display in the Mauritshuis, The Hague, Netherlands, Sept. 23, 2004-Jan. 9, 2005.

This 17th-century Dutch painter had a decisive influence on Johannes Vermeer, Pieter de Hooch and Emanuel de Witte. The explosion of the municipal arsenal in Delft in 1654 not only took his life but destroyed many of his works.

Call the Netherlands Board of Tourism at 212/557-3500, e-mail or visit www...


Taking Web surfing to new heights, Lufthansa soon will offer its passengers aboard jumbo jets the opportunity to browse the Internet and access their e-mail with FlyNet. Anything that can be accomplished over the Internet on the ground with a wireless laptop, passengers will be able to do at 30,000 feet.

FlyNet, the first commercially available wireless Internet and Intranet service, will be available in all cabin classes. Passengers will pay a flat fee of $30 for unlimited access...

CONTINUE READING » offers travelers departing from 65 airports throughout the U.S. and Canada the ability to make advance, guaranteed reservations for long-term parking.

The lots are secure, and most offer complimentary luggage assistance and free shuttle buses to and from the terminals. Some operators even offer oil changes or interior/exterior detailing services for an additional fee.

Look online or call a toll-free number to review the prices and the options...


Luggagefree, Inc., ships luggage anywhere in the U.S. as well as to Canada and Europe. The company picks up luggage at a designated time from the traveler’s home or office, wraps it in heavy plastic, ships it to the destination, tracks it along the way and notifies the owner via e-mail, fax or phone when the bags have been delivered. At the end of the stay, it ships the luggage back.

The company ships standard luggage as well as skis, bikes, cribs and other bulky items.



At Kibaale National Park in western Uganda, near the municipality of Fort Portal, visitors can join a guided trip to observe chimpanzees in the wild. For groups of, currently, not more than four members per day, the primates’ denesting in the morning and the nesting in the late afternoon can be observed at close quarters.

The special guided trip commences at 5:00 in the morning and ends as late as 9 at night, offering complete insight into the primates’ behavior from daybreak until...


Over 5,000 years ago, a man climbed up to the Schnalstal glacier in what is now Italy’s Dolomites and died. He was found by two hikers in 1991, with his clothes and equipment, mummified and frozen. Since March 1998, the “Iceman” has been on exhibit at the Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano.

The exhibit is structured chronologically, documenting the entire history of Alto Adige/Suedtirol from the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Age (15000 B.C.) to the Carolingian period (around A.D. 800)....


A number of parades, salutes and rituals are coming up in which traditional ceremonies will be held at the Tower of London. April 21 — at 1 p.m. a 62-gun salute for HM The Queen’s birthday. June 2 — at 1 p.m. a 62-gun salute for the anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. June 10 — at 1 p.m. a 62-gun salute for HRH Prince Philip’s birthday. June 4 — at 1 p.m. a 62-gun salute for HM The Queen’s official birthday.

A Brazilian judge in early January ordered police to stop fingerprinting and photographing U.S. visitors to Rio de Janeiro, arguing the practice might hurt tourism in the city. The judge, in Brasilia, overturned a Dec. 29 order by a judge in northwestern Brazil to retaliate for U.S. fingerprinting and photographing of visitors. (In January, the U.S. began taking digital photographs and inkless fingerprints of visitors from countries that require visas, part of a program intended to thwart...