Travel Briefs

In the town of Tarnowskie Góry, Upper Silesia, Poland, a silver mine with sections dating back to the 15th century is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visits can be made only on a guided 90-minute tour (available in English).

Starting in the mining museum, tour members are taken 133 feet underground down the Angel shaft, then continue walking on a mile-long path (partly in a corridor with a 4½-foot-high ceiling) between the Angel, Viper and God Bless shafts, taking a boat ride...


Visitors to Bogotá can take a private-group, guided walking tour of the city’s largest market, Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao, with Foodies (Bogotá, Colombia; phone +57 321 5160483,

Members of the 3- to 4-hour “Savoring Paloquemao” tour can try fresh fruits and other produce plus breads and cheeses and see the flower and crafts markets. Tour members then take a cooking class to make ajiaco (chicken-and-potato stew).

For two to 20 people, the...


Visitors can take a culinary walking tour in the historic port city of Falmouth, Jamaica, with Jamaica Culinary Tours (Kingston, Jamaica; phone +1 876 586 1817,

Scheduled to start at 11 a.m. each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the 2½-hour tour ($55 per person) will include at least five food tastings, possibly including in a private home. Vegetarian options are available.

Designed jointly with Falmouth Heritage Walks, the tour also...


In Dorset, England, visitors can stay in a restored Victorian train car, the High Cross Camping Coach (Whitecross, Netherbury, Bridport, Dorset; phone +44 1308 488701,, located in the garden of High Cross Cottage.

The coach, which sleeps two, has a full kitchen, a dining area with wood-burning stove, and a bathroom. It can be booked for up to seven nights (£620), with a minimum 2-night stay during the week (£210 [near $270]) and 3-night stay over the...


At The City of Manchester Distillery (21 Red Bank Parade, Manchester, England;, visitors can join a 3-hour “Gin Experience.”

After being provided with bespoke cocktails, guests will hear about the history of gin and the distillery before taking a tour of the production facility and learning the art of crafting high-quality gin. Guests then craft their own gin to take home, using any of 50-plus botanicals for flavoring.



More than 130 pinball machines that visitors can play, some dating back to the 1930s, stand in the Flipper Museum (Radnóti Miklós utca 18, Budapest;, housed in the basement of a 19th-century building in central Budapest, Hungary. It is the largest such collection in Europe.

The entry fee of HUF3,500 (near $11.50) grants a visitor unlimited play time on any available machine. Open 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Wed.-Fri., 2-12 Sat. and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.

With multiple tiny cityscapes — real and fictional — across 8,000 square meters on four floors, Small Worlds Tokyo (Ariake Butsuryu Center, 1-3-33;, the world’s largest miniatures “theme park,” opens April 25. Open daily, 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. ¥2,700 (near $25). Buy a ticket and book a time slot in advance.


The London Metropolitan Police announced on Jan. 24 that parts of the city would be outfitted with facial-recognition cameras, with rollout expected to be completed by the end of February.

According to the police, signs will be posted at all cameras indicating that they are facial-recognition cameras, and they will be operated five to six hours at a time. The software used compares the faces on camera only with faces of wanted criminals; it does not identify all individuals scanned....