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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, April 26, 1974 THE LETHBRIPG6 HERALD- Youth hostel movement reversing trend WINNIPEG (CP) International leaders of the youth hostel movement say a flood of trans-Atlantic youth travel is beginning to reverse Gardens bonus in Barbados BATHSHEBA, Barbados (CP) If gardening is the most popular outdoor activity, Andromeda Gardens should be the most visited spot on Barbados. Yet holidayers who come here every year have never visited them. Andromeda is known to or- chid growers from South America and as far away as Malaysia, to directors of bot- anical gardens around the world and to professional pho- tographers and painters. The gardens are on the wild east coast of Barbados, where the surf barrels in from Af- rica in mighty rolls. Here the beaches are studded with huge rocks and the hilly terrain has a grandeur that is lacking on the placid Caribbean coast. The land, which has been in the family of Iris Bannochie for almost 300 years, had been an eyesore. A hurricane demolished the family home 150 years ago and the estate had deteriorated into a weedy, boulder-strewn rubbish dump called "rat land" by the locals. Today this wild tract has become a series of outdoor garden rooms linked by a brick path which winds beside a tumbling stream, down to a lily pond and over rustic wooden bridges The gardens are a series of intimate re- treats, alive with perfume, the sounds of running water and birdsong. Mrs Bannochie's husband John confesses he is no horti- culturalist and doesn't know the botanical names of most of the exotic plants. But he master-minded the planning of Andromeda from an engi- neering viewpoint in the mid- 1950s and did much of the construction of railings, bridges, rock gardens and walks and by pressing leaves and ferns into wet concrete has made decorative steps. A high limestone ridge and bamboo plantings shelter the gardens from strong Atlantic winds but salt must be scraped from garden railings and they must be kept painted like those of a ship at sea. Andromeda lies only a half- hour from Bridgetown, the capital, on the cross-island Highway 3, but most visitors take the coastal road, stop- ping to snap pictures of fish- ing boats and seascapes along the way and to have a look at Sam Lord's Castle and other hotels en route. Many plants have travelled farther than most visitors to reach Andromeda. Among them are an aloe from France, a dwarf po- megranate and pure" yellow frangipani from Honolulu, eu- calyptus from Australia, dwarf kumquat from Hong Kong, palms from Ceylon and southern Spain, a scarlet vine from New Guinea and pine- apple ginger from the Mo- lucca Islands bearing cones that look as though they were carved from wax. Most memorable blossoms are those of the jade plant- hanging like bunches of trans- lucent, lustrous, luminous grapes, the jade flowers drop- ping in three-foot racemes. Even in the year-long sum- mer of the Caribbean, most trees, shrubs and flowers have their dormant periods. direction, and Canada isn't ready for the change Dr. Anton Grassl of Munich, West Germany, president of the International Hostelling Federation, said in an interview here this week Canadians spent "bed- nights" in youth hostels abroad last year. But he said Canada's 58 hostels put up foreign travellers to the extent of only bed- nights in the same period. Internationally, youth hostels provided 27 million bed-nights in 1973. Wladyslaw Czepulis of Warsaw, president of the Polish Youth Hostel Society, said he felt Canada is the country of the future for tourism, but it needs a larger network of hostels. He said young people like to travel, qnd the hostels provide cheap, clean and supervised accommodation for a tenth the cost of staying at a hotel. Dr. Grassl said Canada's large distances make it more difficult to establish a hostel network. But he added with improved transportation, Canadian hostels do not need to be within walking distance of each other as they were when the hostel movement started in Europe. Dennis Lewis of Ottawa, executive director of the Canadian Youth Hostel Association, said Canadian governments "don't recognize the significance of this kind of market. At the federal level we're not breaking through." Mr. Lewis added: "We have the organization, but we need the facilities. Unless governments, or the private sector, or the tourism industry, support it in a real way, development will be very slow The two international hostel leaders were in Winnipeg returning from a tour of Jap- anese facilities. Cycle trip through the Rockies The Canadian Youth Hostels Association is once more offering its adventure holidays program this year. Emphasis will be on three two-week cycling trips through the Canadian Rockies. The trips start in Jasper and extend the length of the Banff-Jasper Highway. The excursions will begin July 1, July 29 and Aug. 18. Young people wishing to take part may write the Canadian Youth Hostels Association, Mountain Region, 455 12th St. N.W., Calgary. As exotic, faraway place Timbuctoo unchallenged By BERNARD EDINGER TIMBUCTOO, Mali (Reuter) This fabled Forbidden City of the Sahara desert today stands almost untouched by the 20th century, one of the last legendary faraway places where ex- oticism still reigns unchal- lenged. Tucked in the sands of the southern Sahara, Timbuctoo's rhythmic and magical name is still a powerful magnet for lovers of the mysterious and the unknown As recently as the start of the 19th century, no westerner had penetrated its narrow, dusty streets still bordered today by windowless grey mudbnck walls. The first to do so, British In- dian Army Major Alexander Gordon Lamg. paid with his life Disguised as a nomad, he remained in the town for a month in 1826. A plaque to his memory, put up by the Royal African Society, can be seen on the house where he stayed. The first European to come out of Timbuctoo alive and tell about it was Frenchman Rene Caillie whose nearly two-year stay in 1827-1828 and that later of German explorer Heinrich Barth, were to spread the myth of Timbuctoo and fire imaginations around the world Until the end of the 16th cen- tury, Timbuctoo had been a city of great wealth, a commercial centre and a high place of Islamic learning. To prevent nomads from looting the town's riches, entrance to what was then referred to as the Pearl of the Desert, was barred to foreigners and remained so long after Timbuctoo's decline. Today most of the townspeople are black Songhai Moslems whose economy of trading and small businesses has been hard hit U.S. fuel pinch eases, summer shortage feared Schitzophrenic hotel LA CURE, Switzerland (AP) The man without a country would have been dismayed to learn about the abundance of the Hotel Franco-Suisse. The es- tablishment, located in this village of La Cure, has two nationalities. The schizophrenic hotel is situated on the border between Switzerland and France, making it one of the few known places a person can cross the international boundary without a passport. The dividing line cuts across the middle of the hotel and through many bedrooms, even the double bed in the honeymoon suite If a husband and wife should quarrel, they can retreat to different countries merely by moving to opposite sides of the bed. And if they want to make up they must lean across the border to kiss The border also runs through the reception desk. A guest often has one foot in France and the other in Switzerland. Climbing the stairs to his room, the guest goes from Switzerland to France. Halfway up the stairs, he is in Switzerland again. The hotel has a dual phone system, one provided by the Swiss, the other by the French. The cost of a call depends on which phone is used. What happens if a guest begins to leave without paying his bill? Call the police, of course. But which one depends on whether he left by the front or back door. The hotel was built during the era of Napoleon when the frontier was being shifted. A crafty Swiss accurately predicted the boundary line and built the hotel. By AL COLLETTI NEW YORK (CP) It's business as usual for millions of motorists m the United States now that the Arab oil embargo has ended. While the U.S is not floating in gasoline, supplies generally are ample in most parts of the country But some state and federal officials fear over- consumption could lead to gasoline shortages again this summer Canadian tourism officials expect a banner season and are keeping their fingers crossed that U S gasoline supplies hold up Washington is stressing con- servation. "There is very little we can do in the next three years" to bring in substantial new sup- plies of energy, says John Sawhill, the new head of the federal energy office (FEO) "That's why conservation is so important." Sawhill wants the public to observe the current-country- wide 55-mile-an-hour speed limit, reduce unnecessary driving, and use car pools and Passport Photos Candid Weddingt Picture Framing Photo Supplies A. E. CROSS STUDIO Saipan braces for new invasion [Phone 328-0111 7103rdAve.S. Phone 328-0222 Hawaii. By JON ANDERSON SAIPAN (Reuter) The tiny Pacific island of Saipan is bracing for a tourist boom as new hotels shoot up and work continues on an airstrip capable of taking the biggest intercontinental jets. The first new multi-million- dollar hotel, constructed by Continental Airlines on a lovely beach overlooking a cobalt-blue lagoon, has already opened some of its 184 rooms. The seven-storey hotel, the tallest building in the scattered islands of Micronesia in the far western Pacific, will have its grand opening July 1. It is by far the most luxurious and expensive yet in an area where tourism is just starting to emerge as a major industry. Right alongside the Saipan spend two glorious weeks in Hawaii with Sunfhght from. (price per person, double occupancy) Bi-weekly Sunday departure via Pacific Western Airlines Many other Sunlhght vacations to choose from Price includes Fuel Surcharge Sunflight THE FINEST RETIREMENT AND RECREATIONAL COMMUNITY Drop in. 01 phone, loclav A.M.A. World Travel Service k 6M Slk Avr Soilh Phm BMBR A Ampler ree Parking at Rear or Building Blind Bay, B.C., 50 miles east of Kamloops on Trans Canada. Please mail me a free brochure. NAME ADDRESS PHONE LH Continental Hotel, ground has been broken for a beach inn of about 100 rooms financed by Pan-American Airlines. Several other hotels are under construction or planned for the 47 square-mile island. But hotel owners and tour operators looking forward to a tourist boom, particularly from Japan, also have their problems. LABOR SCARCE For the residents of Saipan in general, the hotel industry 'means more more precisely, more choice of jobs. The latest census figures show that the island has residents and for all who want to work there are already sev- eral jobs available. Saipan is the headquarters of the Uniled States- administered trust territory of Micronesia, and several hundred people work for the government. Others are employed by existing hotels and restaurants, by a variety of retail establishments, or in construction trades that are in increasing need of workers since the hotel boom began. Thus the Continental Hotel found that many of the people it hired came from other jobs, leaving gaps elsewhere in the employment picture. Worse from the hotel's point of view, it was unable to fill several key positions with local staff and may be forced to go outside the trust territory for labor. This in turn is likely to create social tension on the island. Local leaders are already worried about problems with the large influx of construction workers from South Korea and the Phil- ippines. One planning official has estimated that if all the hotels' now under construction or planned are opened, the need for oMlsulc labor will become so great that the Saipanese will become a minority on their own island. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES PRICES EFFECTIVE TILL CLOSING SATURDAY, APRIL 27th, 1974 GOVERNMENT INSPECTED Whole or slunk hill public transportation whenever possible. But public over-confidence, growing since the end of the Arab embargo last month, is one of the major problems Sawhill faces. The FEO says unless con- servation continues, gasoline supplies could be four-to six- per-cent short this summer. It continues to allocate gasoline to each state, dipping into re- serves to boost supplies until Arab imports return to the levels of last October. Motorists, however, are paying the price for their freedom on the 3.5 million miles of U.S. roads. Gasoline prices have jumped from the pre-embargo 35-to-43-cent range to between 50 and 60 cents for a U.S. gallon, four-fifths its Canadian counterpart Last year, motorists in the U S used 100 billion gallons of gasoline. At that rate, a 15- cent increase means billion in extra charges for gasoline alone Even at higher prices, the demand for gasoline remains high. GOVERNMENT INSPECTED CANADA GRADE 'A' BEEF PRIME RIB ROAST 135 "The King ol Hoists" Trimmed for easy carving. Lb. GOVERNMENT INSPECTED BEEF SAUSAGE Economy Pik 5 Ib. box GOVERNMENT INSPECTED CHOICE ALBERTA PORK 99 SIDE SPARERIBS Small meaty .sides. Lb. SWEET and JUICY GRAPEFRUIT TEXAS GROWN RED 10i88 ;