Travel Briefs

On a seaside track on the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire, visitors can each race a 3-wheeled landsailing cart (in Dutch, blokart) powered by the same type of sail used on small sailboats.

Blokart speeds average 18-25 mph but can reach 38 mph in strong winds. Less speedy blokarts are available.

Each guest is given safety instructions and lessons before entering the track, with instructors positioned to assist. The experience costs $30 for 30 minutes or $50 for an hour.


Jet Airways, India’s second-largest airline, suspended all future flights on April 17 after being unable to secure funding to pay debts. Though not out of business as of press time, the airline had not said when it would begin offering flights again.


Ramon International Airport (ETM) began operating in southern Israel, near the city of Eilat, on March 4. It is Israel’s second international airport, after Ben Gurion (TLV) in Tel Aviv. At press time, it was serviced internationally only by Ryanair flights from Europe.

Ramon is the first civilian airport built in Israel, as Ben Gurion was originally a British RAF base, though it has since been greatly expanded.


A new airport terminal known as Jewel (Terminal 4) began operation at Changi Airport, Singapore, on April 17. The terminal provides service for 26 airlines, has more than 280 shops and restaurants and is anchored by a 131-foot-tall atrium featuring thousands of tropical plants in a 5-story garden plus the world’s largest indoor waterfall, cascading from the center of the roof.


Designed to resemble a sprawling desert rose, the National Museum of Qatar (Museum Park Street; opened on March 28.

Along 1.5 kilometers of corridors, visitors explore the natural and anthropological history of the Qatar peninsula. Also on the grounds is the restored palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim al-Thani, the son of the founder of modern Qatar.

Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Wed., 10-9 Thurs. and 1:30-7 Fri. QAR50 (near $14).

A portion of Abu Dhabi’s presidential palace, the Qasr Al Watan (Al Ras Al Akdhar; phone +971 600 544 442,, opened to visitors in March. The section reflects traditional Arabic architecture, with high domes covered in geometric designs plus floors covered with handmade carpets.

In the palace, visitors can see a collection of diplomatic gifts, the House of Knowledge (housing rare manuscripts and maps) and the Qasr Al Watan library, with over 50,000 books....


On Odaiba island in Tokyo Bay, Tokyo, the Mori Building Digital Art Museum (Odaiba Palette Town, 1-3-8 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan; phone +61 03 6406 3949, opened in June 2018. Using more than 500 computers and 400 projectors, the museum’s 10,000-square-meter space is turned into one giant exhibit, where the projected art mingles and interacts along the floors, walls and ceilings and with guests.

Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. & Sun. and 10-9 Fri.-...


A fire caused the roof and central spire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, to collapse on April 15. It is believed the fire was caused by an electrical fault associated with ongoing restoration work. Many of the cathedral’s treasures, including a relic of the crown of thorns, were saved. Sixteen historic bronze statues had been removed from the spire four days before the fire and are intact.

The stone structure of the cathedral (including much of the interior ceiling...