Travel Briefs

The Royal Oak Foundation is the American membership affiliate of Britain’s National Trust. The National Trust owns and operates over 200 historic houses, gardens, castles and sites in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Royal Oak members enter these properties free of charge, saving on admission fees. The Royal Oak membership card is also honored at over 100 properties of the National Trust for Scotland.

Royal Oak individual and family memberships cost $50 and $75, respectively, and...


The Canterbury Festival takes place this year Oct. 9-23. There will be concerts in Canterbury Cathedral and opera, dance and drama in the Marlowe and Gulbenkian theaters, not to mention a range of jazz and folk music, street theater and children’s events, plus exhibitions, walks and talks.

For festival info, phone (01227) 452853, fax (01227) 781830 or e-mail

For Canterbury bookings, contact Canterbury Information Centre, 12-13 Sun St., The...


Walkers are invited to join a 7-day walk in the steps of 18th-century Scottish cattle drovers from Spean Bridge to Crieff. It is part of the Crieff and Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst hill walking festival, Oct. 9-16, 2004. Various shorter walks are also planned, along with street theater, live music, ceilidh, pipe bands and a farmers’ market.

For info, call 01764 652578 or visit

The chefs of some of London’s finest restaurants are passing on their knowledge at a series of master classes arranged by Tasting Places. They are being held at a designer kitchen in Holland Park and at several restaurants.

The morning sessions in Holland Park cost from £100 (near $179) per person, with a 2-hour hands-on master class followed by lunch with fine wines.

The master classes in restaurants are mainly limited to seven to 12 people and start at £140 ($250) per person...


Aarhus, Denmark, is home to ARoS, a new 10-story art museum in the city center. ARoS houses art from the 1700s to the present day along with the personal sketches, letters and notebooks of Danish painter Per Kirkeby. For info, visit

Reach the Danish Tourist Board at 212/885-9700.

Four people were killed when a 98-foot section of a departure lounge roof collapsed in Terminal 2E at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport on May 23 at about 7 a.m.

Concrete dust had been seen coming from the concrete, steel and glass roof about a half hour beforehand, and police were in the process of closing the area.

The new Air France terminal, completed less than a year before in June, was evacuated, and French authorities are contemplating tearing it down. The terminal...


On Jan. 21, 2004, Burma (Myanmar) began offering online visas, one of the few countries in the world to do so. Visit There are instructions in English. Most applications are approved and returned via e-mail within 24 hours. Travelers show a printout and pay the fee once they reach Burma.

Visitors to Kuwait from the U.S., Western Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand now can obtain entry visas upon arrival rather than have to secure them in advance.