Travel Briefs

Months after agreeing in principle to accept its neighboring nation's name change (Aug. '18, pg. 4), on Jan. 25 Greece's parliament narrowly approved an official endorsement of North Macedonia (Severna Makedonija) as the new name chosen for the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia, despite resistance from many Greek citizens.

Greece has long argued that the name Macedonia was inappropriate, since the country did not have any relation to the Greek region of Macedonia...


As of Jan. 1, in order to tackle overcrowding at the Incan-citadel archaeological site of Machu Picchu in Peru, tickets are now being sold for specific entry times, with visits limited to four hours. Entry times, printed on each ticket, are hourly from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. No one will be admitted at any time other than the one on his ticket.

An entry ticket costs PEN152 (near $46) and can be purchased in advance at or at the tourism office in nearby Aguas...


On its website, travel-guide publisher Rough Guides now can help travelers customize and book trips to numerous countries (including Iceland, India and Vietnam) with the help of experts local to the destinations. Visit

In Dakar, Senegal, the Museum of Black Civilization, or Musée des Civilisations noires (Autoroute prolongée x Place de la gare, Dakar; phone +221 33 959 19 21, [in French only]), opened in December. It displays art from across Africa as well as from the African diaspora in the New World, with works in its opening exhibits from Mali, Burkina Faso, Cuba and Haiti.

Designed to resemble a traditional West African circular home, the 4-story building can hold more than 18,000...


Through 2019 in Prague, the exhibit "Parades of Glass: 1958-2018" features glass sculptures from Czech artists at the Museum of Decorative Arts, or Uměleckoprůmyslové museum (17 listopadu 2, 110 00 Praha 1, Czechia; phone +420 778 543 900, Many pieces then will go on permanent display.

Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Sun. and 10-8 Tues. CZK150 (near $7), adult, or CZK80, senior.

Travelers age 60 and over now get a 10 percent senior discount on first- and second-class Eurail Global Passes and Eurail One Country Passes purchased from Rail Europe.

Eurail Global Passes offer unlimited train travel within and between 31 countries in Europe, including, added in 2019, Great Britain (excluding Northern Ireland), Lithuania and Macedonia. The passes can be purchased for a minimum of three days of travel within one month up to a maximum of three months of continuous...


Running from east to west, the Gambia River is completely encompassed by the country of The Gambia, which is in turn surrounded by Senegal except along its western Atlantic coast. Situated roughly in the center of The Gambia and near the city of Farafenni, the Senegambia Bridge, spanning the Gambia River, opened to traffic on Jan. 23 after seven years of construction, greatly reducing the travel time between northwestern and southwestern Senegal.

The journey from Dakar, on Senegal...


Located in Al Mujarrah Park, on Corniche Street in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, the Rain Room art installation features a constant downpour of rain that you can walk through without ever getting wet. As you walk across the room, tracking cameras follow your progress, and the water is shut off in a 6-foot radius above you. The facility's 2,500 gallons of water is filtered and recycled.

The Rain Room is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat.-Thurs. and 4-11 p.m. on Fri. Entry, AED25 (near $7)....