Travel Briefs

In a reversal of a plan that would have completely outlawed guided group tours in Amsterdam’s Red Light District (May ’19, pg. 4), the Dutch city announced in mid-February 2020 that guided group tours could still visit the neighborhood, but they could not include visits to the area’s display windows where sex workers pose for potential clients.

The sex workers’ union asked the city to allow tours to continue, saying that tour guides helped keep them safe by...


The South American airline conglomerate LATAM is leaving the airline alliance oneworld on May 1. Due to separately negotiated bilateral agreements, LATAM will continue to allow passengers to redeem miles from most oneworld airlines for LATAM flights, as well as allow members of those mileage programs to earn miles for flights purchased from LATAM.

American Airlines, the only US-based member of oneworld, does not have an agreement with LATAM, so American Airlines’ mileage-program...


More than 4.5 kilometers of boardwalk meander through a saltwater mangrove forest environment — home to numerous bird and aquatic species — in Jubail Mangrove Park (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; phone +971 56 303 2423,, which opened in January 2020 on the north shore of al-Jubail Island in the city of Abu Dhabi.

Points of interest along the boardwalk include a viewing tower; a floating platform on which visitors can walk on netting above the water...


In four submarine bays on a former submarine base in Bordeaux, France, works of famous artists are projected on the water and on walls 39 feet high in the digital art space Bassins de Lumières (Impasse Brown de Colstoun, Bordeaux;, which opened April 17.

Artists featured until Jan. 3, 2021, are Gustav Klimt and Paul Klee. Visitors access gangways and quays over water for the immersive experience created by 90 video projectors and 80 speakers. A separate...


Elvas, in eastern Portugal, has a long history of preserving plums in syrup. The town’s oldest operating plum-processing factory is Frutas Doces (Rua Martim Mendes, 17A; phone +351 268 628 364,, founded in 1919, and visitors to its museum can watch workers prepare greengage plums using traditional methods.

Also on display are items from the factory’s 100 years, including tools, advertising and packaging. Open daily, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-6 p.m. Entry is...


In the town of Tarnowskie Góry, Upper Silesia, Poland, a silver mine with sections dating back to the 15th century is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visits can be made only on a guided 90-minute tour (available in English).

Starting in the mining museum, tour members are taken 133 feet underground down the Angel shaft, then continue walking on a mile-long path (partly in a corridor with a 4½-foot-high ceiling) between the Angel, Viper and God Bless shafts, taking a boat ride...


Visitors to Bogotá can take a private-group, guided walking tour of the city’s largest market, Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao, with Foodies (Bogotá, Colombia; phone +57 321 5160483,

Members of the 3- to 4-hour “Savoring Paloquemao” tour can try fresh fruits and other produce plus breads and cheeses and see the flower and crafts markets. Tour members then take a cooking class to make ajiaco (chicken-and-potato stew).

For two to 20 people, the...


Visitors can take a culinary walking tour in the historic port city of Falmouth, Jamaica, with Jamaica Culinary Tours (Kingston, Jamaica; phone +1 876 586 1817,

Scheduled to start at 11 a.m. each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the 2½-hour tour ($55 per person) will include at least five food tastings, possibly including in a private home. Vegetarian options are available.

Designed jointly with Falmouth Heritage Walks, the tour also...