Travel Briefs

Guernsey, one of Britain’s Channel Islands, was occupied by Nazi Germany from June 1940 to May 1945. Those years are commemorated by artifacts and dioramas at the Occupation Museum (Les Houards, Forest, GY8 0BG, Guernsey; phone +44 01481 238205,

At the museum, you can see what life was like under German occupation as well as examples of artillery, a 4-wheel enigma encryption machine and even a horse gas mask.

The museum is open daily, 10...


Visitors in Rome can book the 3-hour “Rome Catacombs Tour with Capuchin Crypts” with The Roman Guy (in the US, 888/290-5595,

The Domitilla Catacombs, relics of some of the earliest Christian traditions in Rome, contain skeletal remains of up to 150,000 people in tunnels built as early as the 2nd century AD, while the five Capuchin Crypts are elaborately decorated with the bones of about 3,700 friars. Tour members also walk part of the ancient Appian Way...


Japanese tour company Omakase ( offers private one-day tours for travelers in wheelchairs in Tokyo (“Barrier-free Tokyo”) and Osaka (“Barrier-free Osaka”).

The 7-hour Tokyo tour visits Asakusa shrines, Sensoji Temple and Sumida Park, then the neighborhoods of Shibuya, Harajuku and Omotesando. ¥24,000 (near $222)for a single wheelchair member or ¥16,000 per wheelchair member and ¥14,000 per accompanying non-wheelchair member....


Helsinki Biennial 2020, the inaugural art festival of what is expected to become a yearly event, will be held June 12-Sept. 27, 2020, on a former military base on the island of Vallisaari in Helsinki, Finland.

At least 35 Finnish and international artists will exhibit on the theme of “The Same Sea,” the notion that everything is interdependent. At least 80% of the art exhibited will be new works, with many pieces being site-based. Visit


A law banning smoking in restaurants, cafés and bars in Austria — initially planned to go into effect in May 2018 (Nov. ’17, pg. 48) before being scrapped by a new government (Feb. ’18, pg. 5) that was, itself, later scrapped due to scandal — was finally instituted on Nov. 1, 2019, with little fanfare.


On a walking tour with Free Tours By Foot (, YOU get to decide how much you pay for the experience. Free Tours By Foot’s volunteer guides lead thematic tours in eight major European cities and have partnered with other companies to offer free tours in Europe, the UAE, India and the Americas.

Available tours include an East London food tour, a tour of medieval Barcelona and a Berlin Wall tour. The “free” tour includes only the guide; any food...


On the 4½-hour, guided “Culinary Bike Tour,” offered by Foods of Copenhagen (Skraa, Baggesensgade 4C, Copenhagen; phone +45 20 16 15 19,, bikers visit five restaurants in neighborhoods such as historic Christiana, semiautonomous Freetown and hip Refshaleøen.

Leisurely paced tours, round trip from St. Andrew’s Church, begin at 11:30 a.m. and cover 6 miles (with no hills) in the Danish city. DKK1,200 (near $178) includes bike and safety...


In the West End of London, England, the world’s first cheese conveyor belt restaurant, Pick & Cheese (Seven Dials Market, 35 Earlham St., London;, opened in September.

A conveyor belt carries glass-dome-covered plates of English cheese past seated diners, who are charged per number of plates they take, with prices, ranging from £2.95 to £5.25 (near $4-$7) per plate, based on plate color. Items also can be individually ordered off a menu....