Travel Briefs

Through 2019 in Prague, the exhibit "Parades of Glass: 1958-2018" features glass sculptures from Czech artists at the Museum of Decorative Arts, or Uměleckoprůmyslové museum (17 listopadu 2, 110 00 Praha 1, Czechia; phone +420 778 543 900, Many pieces then will go on permanent display.

Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Sun. and 10-8 Tues. CZK150 (near $7), adult, or CZK80, senior.

Travelers age 60 and over now get a 10 percent senior discount on first- and second-class Eurail Global Passes and Eurail One Country Passes purchased from Rail Europe.

Eurail Global Passes offer unlimited train travel within and between 31 countries in Europe, including, added in 2019, Great Britain (excluding Northern Ireland), Lithuania and Macedonia. The passes can be purchased for a minimum of three days of travel within one month up to a maximum of three months of continuous...


Running from east to west, the Gambia River is completely encompassed by the country of The Gambia, which is in turn surrounded by Senegal except along its western Atlantic coast. Situated roughly in the center of The Gambia and near the city of Farafenni, the Senegambia Bridge, spanning the Gambia River, opened to traffic on Jan. 23 after seven years of construction, greatly reducing the travel time between northwestern and southwestern Senegal.

The journey from Dakar, on Senegal...


Located in Al Mujarrah Park, on Corniche Street in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, the Rain Room art installation features a constant downpour of rain that you can walk through without ever getting wet. As you walk across the room, tracking cameras follow your progress, and the water is shut off in a 6-foot radius above you. The facility's 2,500 gallons of water is filtered and recycled.

The Rain Room is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat.-Thurs. and 4-11 p.m. on Fri. Entry, AED25 (near $7)....


A commercial court in Brussels, Belgium, declared on Jan. 3 that the activities of the ride-sharing company Uber were illegal. The court determined that only drivers with taxi licenses driving for approved taxi companies could be hired for rides in the city.

Belgium's government is split between two semiautonomous sides: the French-speaking southern half and the Dutch-speaking northern half. Due to the split, the court's ruling only affects Uber in the Dutch areas of the...


Liechtenstein celebrates its National Day, Staatsfeiertag, each August 15th, and it's even more special in 2019, as it is the 300th anniversary of the country's independence.

National Day begins with a proclamation by the prince and the president in front of Vaduz Castle, followed by a reception in the castle's garden, which everyone present is invited to. (It is the only day of the year the garden is open to the public.) A day-long fair in Vaduz ends in a fireworks...


A Skyhour gift card can be purchased in hour and half-hour increments at $1 per minute (one hour costs $60 and a half-hour, $30). The card can then be used to book flights of equivalent time through the Skyhour website on any of the more than 350 participating airlines.

For example, a 12-hour flight can be booked with 720 Skyhours ($720) on any airline flying a chosen route.

All major US airlines and many international airlines, such as British Air, Emirates, Lufthansa and...


• In Japan, as of Jan. 7, 2019, a departure tax of ¥1,000 (near $9) is being charged to any traveler departing the country by air or sea.

• As of January, each passenger arriving in Amsterdam, Netherlands, by cruise ship is being taxed €6 (near $7) for a one-day visit or, for an overnight stay, even if it's on the ship, €8 per day, starting on the day of the ship's arrival. This tax is included in the cruise fare.

Due to the tax, MSC Cruises and...