Travel Briefs

The free guide “Stay on a Farm 2004” lists more than 1,100 farms in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland offering bed and a hearty breakfast at an average cost of £25 (near $46) per person per night. The majority have en-suite bathrooms, and many provide an evening meal.

The 162-page guide has photographs and details of each property plus information on farms with self-catering accommodation or caravan and camping facilities. It is available from VisitBritain overseas offices...


The resort Gleneagles is celebrating its 80th birthday in 2004 with “Classic Scottish Sojourns,” in which guests can explore Scotland via private chauffeur-guided tours.

The 3-night/4-day program costs $1,800 (guaranteed in U.S. dollars), based on double occupancy, and includes accommodation, full Scottish breakfast daily, one full-day tour OR two half-day tours and 17.5% VAT. Also included are one round of golf, one whisky tasting and one massage for each guest.



VisitBritain has a new brochure on beautiful and historic gardens of Britain. It includes info on events and festivals (2004 is the “Year of Gardening” in Britain); insider tips from head gardeners; garden tours and holidays; courses throughout Britain, and seasonal information on which gardens to see and when.

The brochure is available free from VisitBritain’s Travel Center, 551 Fifth Ave., Ste. 701, New York, NY 10176-0799; phone 877/899-8391 or e-mail

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of D-Day, The Orangery restaurant at Kensington Palace and the New Armouries restaurant at HM Tower of London will feature, for one year only beginning June 2004, special World War II menus. The wartime menus, using limited amounts of ingredients as in times of rationing, will be available alongside the more modern menus.

The 2-course War Time Lunch Menu costs £11.50 (near $21) and the 3-course, £14.50 ($26.50), comprising lettuce, parsley and...


The visa fee for American citizens wishing to travel to Turkey was reduced on April 1, 2004, to $20, down 80% from its previous cost of $100.

Application forms can be found on the Internet at, or travelers can obtain a tourist visa upon arrival in Turkey or at any of the five Turkish Consulates in the U.S. (Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Houston or Los Angeles). For info on Turkey, call 877-FOR-TURKEY.

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...