Travel Briefs

In October 2003, a man who had been working in a rural village in Haiti returned to Pennsylvania and was admitted to a hospital with a severe sore throat and respiratory distress. He was diagnosed with respiratory diphtheria and died. The clinical efficacy of the diphtheria vaccine is 97%, but the man had never been immunized.

Diphtheria is contracted by inhaling the bacteria directly from an infected person. It can lead to heart failure, paralysis and coma. Even death can occur in as...

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Scheduled to open in Berlin in June 2004 is an exhibition of works by photographer Helmut Newton, who presented 1,000 of his photographs to the city in October ’03.

Newton was born in the German capital in 1920 and studied photography there before he left Nazi Germany in 1938. He died in a car crash on Jan. 23, 2004, in Los Angeles, where he spent winters away from his summer home of Monte Carlo.

Newton was known for his fashion and nude photographs. His works are on long-term...

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2004 marks the bicentenary of the Royal Horticultural Society, and Britain is celebrating with the Year of Gardening. Marking the occasion, the 2004 edition of a garden-visiting guide has increased the number of gardens featured to 1,250 and reduced its price to £12.99. In the 672-page paperback “The Daily Telegraph Good Gardens Guide” (2004, Frances Lincoln, Ltd., ISBN 0711222622 — 672 pp., $24.95), all the places featured are open to the public.

Pakistan and India have agreed to continue cross-border bus service for five years. The resumption follows the restoration of regular airline service in early January. Train service between the two countries also was restored, and the weekly train is running between Lahore in Pakistan and Attari in India.

The air and ground links were suspended after India accused Pakistan of an attack on its Parliament two years ago. Pakistan continues to deny any involvement in the attack.

LanChile’s Visit Chile airpass program allows passengers to purchase an airpass, valid for travel to 15 Chilean destinations, at up to 70% savings compared to the cost of purchasing separate tickets for each segment of a trip. And, for the first time, the airpass includes Easter Island.

The program includes up to three airpass coupons for $285 when passengers purchase their international round-trip ticket with LanChile. Additional coupons, up to a maximum of three, may be purchased...

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An approaching comet designated Q4 (NEAT) is expected to be more than 2½ times brighter than Halley’s Comet. It will be brightest May 5-15, 2004, and the Seabourn Legend is making a 7-day Mediterranean cruise in May to provide ideal viewing conditions. On board to give expert commentary will be astro-journalist Dan Benedict, founder of the Eye On The Sky news service.

The all-suite, ultraluxury, 208-guest ship will sail from Rome on May 9, calling at Sardinia, Tunis, Sicily, Sorrento...

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On Jan. 20, two boats with explorers and film crews set off from Kampala, Uganda, on a journey that will cover 6,690 kilometers from the source of the Nile to the river’s mouth in Alexandria, Egypt. The river connects East Africa with the Mediterranean Sea.

Their progress can be followed at the websites www.settlethenile.com and www.thewhitenile.com.

Being celebrated in England as “Drama & Debate,” 2004 marks the 400th anniversary of two auspicious events in King James I’s court of 1604: Shakespeare’s debut performance before the King in the Great Hall, and the Hampton Court Conference which led to the commissioning of the first King James Bible. With that in mind, every weekend from April 9 to May 31, 2004, the Great Kitchens of Hampton Court Palace will demonstrate Jacobean Cookery.

Costumed food historians will prepare...

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