Travel Briefs

The Frank A. Perret Museum in Saint-Pierre, Martinique, commemorates the volcanic eruption of May 8, 1902, that buried much of the city and killed more than 30,000 people, leaving only three residents alive. Closed for five months for expansion, the museum reopened in May 2019 as the Mémorial de la Catastrophe de 1902 (169 rue Victor-Hugo; phone +222 05 96 78 15 19, www.memorial1902.org [in French only]). It displays more than 400 artifacts recovered from the buried city plus exhibits on...

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In Cornwall, United Kingdom, a footbridge over a rocky chasm now connects the ruins of Tintagel Castle, on a land-tied island, with the mainland. Opened on Aug. 7, the bridge restores a medieval crossing that fell into the ocean centuries ago. Before the opening of the 223-foot bridge, visitors had to walk down a steep flight of steps on one side of the chasm, cross a shorter footbridge and then climb up stairs on the other side. Tintagel Castle, which dates to the 13th century, has long...

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For almost 500 years, the city of Alkmaar, Netherlands, has held a cheese market, in recent years each Friday morning in season. In 2020, the cheese market will be held 10 a.m.-1 p.m. each Friday, March 27-Sept. 25. New in 2020, there will also be an evening cheese market (7-9 p.m.) every Tuesday in July and August.

Vendors will carry hundreds of wheels of cheese into the Waagplein (the square in front of the Waag building), where, under the watchful eyes of the “cheese father,...

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Travelers with smartphones can take walking tours of more than 150 cities and locales using the app VoiceMap (free on Apple and Android). 

GPS on the phones track the walkers, and VoiceMap’s prerecorded guides tell them what they’re looking at and where to go next, alerting them if they’ve gone off track. Each tour must be downloaded separately and, once downloaded, can be used without a network connection. 

Some touars cost money, but many are free...

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At Yok Don National Park in central Vietnam, “Elephant Experience” day tours allow visitors to observe elephants without encroaching on their personal space. The four elephants, once ridden by park visitors, now roam freely. With an English-speaking guide, up to five tour members will ride mountain bikes or motor bikes, then hike in search of the elephants and watch and learn about them from a distance. 

A full-day tour costs $60 per person and a half-day (2-2...

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Visitors to Singapore can tour the city in an open-air sidecar attached to a restored vintage Vespa, with Singapore Sidecars (www.sideways.sg).

Three day tours and two night tours are scheduled daily, with stops at historic sites, architectural marvels and trendy restaurants. Tours can be booked for one to three hours and cost SGD160 (near $117) per hour. Pickup is not included; the vehicle and guide must be met at the location specified for the tour.

Scuba divers in Fiji may see up to eight species of sharks on “The Shark Dive” with Beqa Adventure Divers (Lagoon Resort, Fairway Place, Pacific Harbour, Fiji; phone +679 3450911, fijisharkdive.com). 

On the 2-part dive, divers first descend to a maximum depth of 100 feet, where they may see bull sharks, before ascending to shallower waters to view smaller species. After snacking in the boat while heading to the next site, divers then reach a depth of 55 feet to feed...

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Visitors can tour the Corum watch factory in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Neuchâtel, Switzerland. With audio guides in four languages, including English, the group of up to eight, led by a French-speaking guide, passes an exhibit on the art of watchmaking before entering the factory floor to see watches being made by hand. 

The 2-hour tour starts at 9:30 a.m. each Tuesday. CHF20 (near $20). Must book in advance through Tourisme Neuchâtelois (Hôtel des Postes, Neuchâtel; phone +41 32 889 68...

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