Travel Briefs

A new animal-welfare law on the Greek island of Santorini limits donkey rides to people weighing under 100 kilograms (220 pounds). Visitors often ride donkeys up the steep stairways from the port to the town of Fira, atop the island's caldera at 1,300 feet.

The law was instituted after images were shared of donkeys with serious saddle sores that were at least partly caused by the animals' having to carry particularly heavy tourists.

Fira can also be accessed via cable...


The 4,000- year-old tomb of Mehu, located at the necropolis in Saqqara, south of Cairo, opened to the public on Sept. 17 after years of restoration work.

First discovered in 1940 and inaccessible to the public until now, the tomb has a colorful entryway that includes scenes of everyday life in ancient Egypt, depicting hunting, fishing, farming and dancing. Mehu was a high-ranking official under Pharaoh Pepi I. His son and grandson also were buried in the tomb.

The entry fee of...


Any traveler entering New Zealand, if asked by a Customs officer to hand over his cell phone and pass code, must do so, according to a law (the Customs and Excise Act 2018) that went into effect on Oct. 1. Anyone refusing to do so will have his phone confiscated, be fined NZD5,000 (near $3,330) and face arrest and/or deportation.

Customs officials say officers must have "reasonable cause" to suspect a device or its owner before asking to view the contents of a phone, so not all...


The largest butterfly enclosure in Italy, Casa delle Farfalle (via Canada 5, 33010 Bordano [UD], Italy; phone +39 0432 1636175,, is located in Bordano in the northeast.

Three greenhouses replicate the conditions of jungles in Africa, the Amazon and Asia/Australia, with butterflies from each region flying freely as visitors walk among them.

House of Butterflies is open daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., March 1-Sept. 30. €8 (near $9.10), adult, or €6, senior...


Located on Norway's southernmost tip, Europe's first underwater restaurant, Under (Lindesnes, Norway;, began taking reservations on Oct. 10. It's scheduled to open in April 2019.

Guests will descend via a walkway 5½ meters to the sea floor and be seated in a glass-walled dining room. Lights, sounds and smells will be used in the surrounding waters to lure sea life such as fish and seals to the windows.

A set, 18-course tasting menu will...


Located in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, southwest of Lyon, France, is a memorial and museum to the citizens of the small town who risked their lives to save more than 3,000 Jews from the Holocaust during World War II.

Exhibits at the Lieu de Mémoire (23 Route du Mazet, 43400 Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France; phone +33 4 71 56 56 65, include audio and video testimonies of those who helped hide Jewish refugees from the Vichy Republic, which had been tasked by Nazi...


The National Museum of Brazil, located on the campus of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, was gutted by a fire on Sept. 3, with almost a complete loss of the more than 20 million items in its collections. No one was hurt in the fire, which occurred after closing time when no one was in the building.

The museum did not have a fire-prevention or -suppression system. Investigations into the cause of the fire were ongoing at press time.

The building, dating back to when...


Pakyong Airport (PYG), the first airport in Sikkim, an eastern Himalayan state in India that borders Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet (China), began operation on Oct. 8. The single-runway airport is located on a mountainside at an elevation of 4,500 feet.

At press time, SpiceJet (Gurgaon, India; offered flights to Pakyong from Kolkata and Guwahati, India. Drukair Royal Bhutan Airlines (Paro, Bhutan; is scheduled to begin service from Paro, Bhutan, in...