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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thurtday, April LETMBRIDOE HEHALD-ll Herald Travel Japan details Expo exhibit SPOKANE Japan will take a "social studies approach" in its exhibit. Mut- suo Okabayashi, exhibit designer, explained his country's plans: "In the central area (of the pavilion) will be a huge scale Trail in footprints of Bay packers HOPE. B.C. Mile by mile, a group of hikers has been tracking history through a wilderness corner of British Columbia since 1967. Members of the Okanagan- Similkameen Parks Society have been following the faint traces of the Hudson's bay Brigade .Trailfrom this south- western B.C. community to Tulameen, on which pack horses plodded with their loads 100 years ago. The hikers have located and marked all but four or five miles of the "winding trail, which has not been used com- mercially since 1860. Retired civil engineer Harley Hatfield of Penticton. a member of the society, plans to organize hiking trips through the area this summer. The society has failed in at- tempts to have the B.C. government extend the boundaries of Manning Provincial Park to preserve the rediscovered 50-mile trail. relief map of Japan. It will be illuminated and in the background will be someone telling about Japan. "In another area, displays will show different en- vironments, from big cities to very old cities. We may show types of farming. We may show all the smoke billowing out of our industrial areas." In yet another area, "we will show how closely we live with nature." The exhibit will also include a three-screen, multiple pro- jection theatre, a lending library of books and films, and displays of leisure activities. Traditional Japan will be represented, with a land- scaped garden between the foot pavilion and the Spokane River's edge. Cost of Japan's participa- tion was described by Expo President King F. Cole as "in the area of broad grins more than a million dollars." Town marks anniversary Hexham, the old market town 282 miles north of London and three miles from Hadrian's Wall, celebrates the 1300th anniversary of its abbey this year. The original Saxon abbey was founded by St. Wilfrid in 674 and parts of it still exist; the bulk of the abbey dates from the twelfth century. Celebrations include special services through 1974, plays, concerts and exhibitions. NOMINATIONS ARE INVITED from Alberta citizens for two places on the Committee on the Articulation of High School and Post-Secondary Educational Institutions Persons selected for this committee may hold office for a period of two years and the appointment may be renewed. Duties of the committee are as follows: (a) The committee shall be advisory to the Minister of Education and the Minister of Advanced Education. (b) The committee shall concern itself with problems related to the standards for admission from Alberta high schools to provincial post-Secondary educational institutions. (c) The committee shall concern itself with provincial high school accreditation procedures. (d) The committee shall have the authority to enact such bylaws as are necessary for the conduct of its business. Organizations or individuals wishing to nominate a person to a place on this committee should send the name of the individual and supporting information to: Dr. J. S. Hrabi, Associate Deputy Minister, Alberta Education, 9th Floor, Executive Building, 10105 109 Street, EDMONTON, Alberta before April 30. ADVANCED EDUCATION Britain's no longer "bargain basement' Untouched by modernization Berne retains much of its medieval flavor City of the bear' Berne's a charmer BERNE (CP) This Swiss capital probably is less well known than Lucerne, L'au- sanne, Geneva or Interlaken, with its trip up the Jungfrau mountain. But don't overlook Berne. It's a charmer. Superficially, you can see everything in a couple of days. But Berne deserves a more detailed visit. Modernization has not really touched the city with its old cobbled streets and arcaded walkways, basically unchanged since they were rebuilt in the 16th and 17th centuries. Berne was founded 783 years ago by Berchtold V, Duke of Zahringer and ruler of what later became Switzer- land. He needed a fortification on one border and chose a nar- row peninsula formed by the River Aare. There was a castle there and the duke built a small walled settlement around it. Legend says the settlement was called Berne, which means bear, on Berchtold's decision to name it after the first animal he killed on a hunt. BEAR STATUE FAMOUS One of Berne's famous foun- tain statues is the Zahringer, erected in 1542 in the duke's honor. The figure atop the column is a bear standing erect encased in armor. Be- tween its legs sits a small bear eating grapes. Nearby is the city's main tourist attraction, the ani- mated clock tower which was built in 1530 and still works. At five minutes to the hour, a jester rings bells and a procession appears consisting of armed bears, a horseman, a strutting crowned bear and his guard of honor. A cock crows. Then, at the top of the tower, a huge golden-armored figure hammers the hour on a great bell. The most unusual fountain has a statue of an ogre eating a child while several others try to escape from a sack be- side him. There is a theory that it was erected to scare children away from a nearby moat. On the same square is the Kornhauskeller (Granary Cellar) restaurant with some of the city's best and cheapest food. The cellar was built in 1716 to store grain and wine and one of the original vats, with a gallon capacity, is at one end of the restaurant. One of the most charming fountains is The Bagpiper, the figure freely copied from a well-known copperplate by the great German engraver AL- brecht Duerer. The piper, wearing the red-and-white liv- ery of the city, leans against a tree trunk on which perches a monkey. A young goose leans against him. The bear pits are a tourist must, a circular well about 22 yards in diameter. The bears are skilled moochers and signs advise what food can be bought nearby and thrown to them. Wave your hand in a circle at a bear below and he does a clumsy dance on his hind feet. Wave the hand outwards and he lies on his back and somehow manages to catch the thrown titbit. The esplanade in front of the houses of parliament com- mands a fine view of an arm of the Aare River and curving streets of red-topped roofs. Beside it is the Bellevue Ho- tel, one of the delightful early 20th-century hostelries that Dublin DUBLIN When it comes to fishing. Irishmen consider their capital to be unique. The salmon season here opened, as usual, on Jan. 1. The first salmon caught weighed 11 pounds and the next one eight. Both were caught by Dublin men within the city limits. dot Europe. It was rebuilt just before the Second World War and played host to kings Albert of Belgium, Carol of Romania and Boris of Bul- garia. Arcaded sheltered walk- ways were a feature of me- dieval Europe and Berne's five-mile stretch must be the longest still in use. They line the main street. Shop along the arcades and see the few remaining cellar vaults that open onto the street, not into the stores. One now is a restaurant, the Mis- tral, with a pleasant atmos- phere and open until 1 a.m. LONDON (CP) -Vistors from North America who haven't crossed the Atlantic for some time are in for a few shocks to their pocketbooks in springtime England. Despite its floating pound and favorable exchange rate, Britain is no longer the bargain basement of Europe. The big increase in prices has come in the last year. Almost everything is up, from train fares to theatre tickets, steak to sandwiches. Inflation has played its part here as elsewhere, of course-Britain's cost of living rose by 12 per cent during 1973, compared with 7.6 per cent in Canada. But the culprit, in many eyes, is the European-style sales tax known as VAT-value- added tax-which over-night last year lifted the cost of such things as a hotel room and a restaurant meal by 10 per cent. VAT replaced' a complicated .structure of existing sales taxes-thus actually making a few things cheaper, but mainly in the luxury market. Its impact on previously untaxed services was sudden and severe. HIGHER THAN MONTREAL In a survey, The Financial Times estimated higher than Montreal the cost ,of an evening for four persons at in London, compared with in Montreal. This included in both cities a three- course meal at a fashionable restaurant, accompanied by aperitifs and two bottles of vintage wine; a visit to a nightclub with a bottle of champagne and a five-mile taxi ride home. Christopher Driver, editor of The Good Food Guide, an annual publication, says in the 1974 edition that if the government had wanted to sabotage Britain's highly profitable tourist industry it could hardly have done better than introduce VAT, which came as a result of jioning the European Common Market. Driver thinks the cost of eating in London has risen by as much as 20 per cent in the last year. It's difficult, he said in an interview, to eat a meal of quality in central London for less than 5 a head. This would include a half- bottle of wine, service, cover charges and VAT. As for Londoners, he says, the only places they can afford to eat are Chinese and Indian restaurants, where "if you hunt around you should be able to get a good tummyfull lor 1.50. or so Canadians generally find drinks cheap-but small. Even Mazadan. two glorious weeks in Mazatlan with Sun- flight from (price per person double oc- Leave Saturdays weekly, via Pacific- Western Airlines. Many other Sunflight vacations! to choose from. Price Includes Fuel Surcharge. Sunlli-ht Drop in. or phone, luilav. A.M.A. World Travel Service. 608 Sth Ave. South Phone 328-7921 Ample Free Parking at Rear of Building the natives have been heard to describe the English pub's single whiskey or brandy-well under an ounce-as "just a dirty glass." The measures are more generous in Scotland and better still an Ireland, where you can actually get more than three sips out of a single. "I order triples now." said one Canadian, disillusioned with London measures. Pubs aren't supposed to serve a double and a single is all most in practice will. Another Canadian was shocked at paying 29 pence, 67 cents for a miniscule chicken sandwich and 20 pence, 46 cents for a "medicine glass" of cheap wine. That was at the Strand Palace, a big, centrally-located hotel otherwise known for reasonable value, with single rooms at less than 8. a night. Hotel rooms have zoomed with VAT and ever-rising staff costs. Don't count on finding one in central London under is quite common. But tourists .on package trips enjoy a considerable advantage over the go-it-alone adventurer, paying roughly one-third the normal room charge. VAT has also hit theatre tickets, once almost a giveaway by Broadway standards. At prices hovering around 13, for best seats at a West End show, they still strike North Americans as a good buy, but hard on the British pocket. Three new theatres are to re-emerge from their longtime disguise as cinemas, including the Kilburn Empire in west London be renamed the the Regent in Regent Street, scene of London's first "bioscope" shows in 1895. The tourist trade generally has taken a bruising with the power crisis and last year's spate of terrorist bombing in the West End. Gasoline panics were another tourist-deterent. but the threat of gasoline rationing now has receded. Petrol prices rose to 50 pence a gallon, but are still the lowest in Europe except for Ireland. Some traditional bargains remain. Chain-store clothing, says The Financial Times survey, is considerably cheaper than in than half the price for women's wear the famous Marks and Spencer shops remain a prime toarist magnet. Coming to MEDICINE HAT Stop at the.. FRONTIER MOTEL Excellent Accommodations. Reasonable Rales Also Weekly and Commercial Rates. Reserve Collect at 527-2266 THE FINEST RETIREMENT AND RECREATIONAL COMMUNITY Blind Bay. B.C., 50 miles.east of Kamloops on Trans Canada. Please mail me a free brochure. NAME ADDRESS PHONE...................................... LH ALASKA'S MIDNIGHT sun A WAITS you.. 22-DAY MOTORCOACH TOUR to ALASKA Departs Edmonton the 13th of July, 1974 TOUR INCLUDES Motorcoach and Escort Accommodation and Sightseeing as per Itinerary in First Class Hotels Baggage handling of one suitcase per person Travel Bag Final Dinner at Jasper Admission Charges and Sightseeing Alaska State Ferry (not a Cruise Ship) Ji Deposit of SI 00 per person at time of booking For further information-and reservations contact 2 A.M.A. WORLD TRAVEL SERVICE 608 Sth Ave. S. Phone 328-7921 Ample free parking at rear of building JB Hawaii. Spend two glorious weeks in Hawaii with Sunflight from (price per person, double Bi-weekly Sunday departure, via Pacific Western Airlines. (April Many other Sunflight Vacations to choose from. Price includes Fuel Surcharge. Sunflight Drop in, or phone, today. P. LAWSON TRAVEL LTD Marquis Hotal Bldg. 328-3000 Home off the range. The next time you're heading for Calgary, call our toll-free reservation number first. Zenith 6-6014. Or ask your travel agent to reserve a room. Then come on home to friends. Downtown Calgary. 9th Ave. 1st St., next to the CP Hotels 14 ;