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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, August 23, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Medieval German towns fascinating WUERZBURG, Germany (CP) If romantic medieval towns are your dish, head for Germany's Romantic Road where there is a series of such towns between Frankfurt and Munich. But don't gobble up too many too quickly. Plan to spend at least three days in Rothenburg ob der Tauber for it's the most romantic of them all, and it's small enough to walk everywhere. Wuerzburg is the first of the towns en route from a Frank- furt landing via Air Canada or Lufthansa. But to create a really quick romantic mood, take a detour first to a renais- sance chateau. Turn off the autobahn at Mespelbrunn and follow the schloss (castle) sign. The castle is a gem with a lake-like moat. Some scenes from Sound of Music were filmed here. Wuerzburg population more than years old. The Celts had a secret place on the hill where later the Prince-Bishops built their fortress-castle of Marienberg. In 1525 the peasants attacked it but foundered in the moat. It was captured in the religious war and Napoleon took it three times. But there it still stands sufficiently grim and medieval for any romantic heart. Down below, a bridge with religious statues crosses the river, reminiscent of the stat- ued bridge in Prague. The cathedral has romance, too. The original one was dedicated in 788 by Charle- magne. The present one is the second largest in Germany, with standing room for Nearby is the old rathaus (town hall) with a 1706- erected fountain in the square in front. The Ratsbierstube is an excellent place to eat. Just along the street in a delightful rococo building is the tourist office. But the real romance of Wuerzburg is its residenz. The Prince-Bishops lived in the fortress until early in the 18th century when a modest castle was built down in the town. But that didn't satisfy a new Prince-Bishop and in 1710 he ordered a new grand resi- dence. The palace took 25 years to build. There's a fantastic staircase that divides with a balcony effect. The ceiling, painted in 1750, is the largest no-support ceiling in the world. It represents the four continents (Australia is not there) and took the artist Tiepolo IVz years. Next on the Romantic Road comes Rothenburg ob der Tauber, meaning it is on a hill above the Tauber River. It has fortified tower walls on which you can walk part way; a town square right out of medieval times, with a performing me- chanical clock; 1572-built Re- naissance town hall with a 1250-erected Gothic tower and the master builder's house with two rows of female fig- ures on the facade, the seven virtues and the seven voices. St. James's church has hand- painted windows and an up- stairs altar of the Holy Sup- per carved in one piece of linden wood, with only Judas standing separate. You can hire a carnage and horses and drive along the valley for a panoramic view of the battlements and towers There's a puppet show nightly during the summer and Hans Sachs' medieval plays are performed in the town hall The pantomine in both the puppet and plays is so good you can follow the plots. Tours replace debates in chambers Artist's house object of restoration drive Stepping into the past one of many medieval sights on Germany's Romantic Road between Frankfurt and Munich. Price of winter suntan to increase this year Vacationers will have to pay more for their suntans this winter, says the manager of a world travel service which opened a Lethbridge office two weeks ago. Gayle Jensen, manager of Thomas Cook Travel Service, says the cost of package tours will probably go up 25 per cent by winter. Hotels in popular vacation spots like Hawaii have not yet released prices for this winter Canadian airlines, anxious to get air fare hikes by winter, are warning tour companies of possible price increases by Nov 1. Mr. Jensen, who works out of Good's 5th Street S. office with travel consultants Joan Jensen and Scott Riddall, says package tours like Suntours and Funseekers have not yet published tour rates for this winter. He says a two week Hawaii tour which cost last winter will probably cost this year The 30 year old travel agent, a native of Taber, has worked for Cook agencies in Australia, Europe and the Far East. -The Herald Tra vel AMSTERDAM (AP) The Rembrandt House, one of Am- sterdam's foremost tourist at- tractions, is settling through its foundations and an all-out campaign is under way to raise funds for its restoration. The 1606 structure, built in the year of the great Dutch painter's birth, sits on soft, sandy ground along the edge of a street which urban renewal turned into a major thoroughfare a few years ago. The house was Rembrandt's home from 1639 to 1658. It was there he painted the famous Nightwatch, there that his son Titus was born in 1641 and there that his wife Saskia died the following year. In 1658 Rembrandt was forc- ed to sell the house, having come upon hard times. Construction experts say the structure has subsided by a foot and traffic threatens to accelerate decay. New cracks are appearing on the facade with increasing regularity. Almost half the money needed for restora- tion estimated at guilders, or about being provided by the national government's monument fund, the city of Amsterdam, the province of Motorcycle riding thieves prey on tourists in Italy Autumn. Bright fresh colorful. The perfect time of year to travel. No crowds to fight, lots of choice accommodations. And with Greyhound, you ride in comfort aboard an air- conditioned, restroom-equipped Scenicruiser. A super way to explore Canada in the fall. Calgary Edmonton Vancouver 6 trips per day 6 trips per day 3 trips per day via Calgary 2 trips per day via Crowsnest 5.00 Fall schedule changes effective September 4. Contact your Greyhound agent for complete details. PHONE 327-1551 Greyhound the super travel value !035 ROME (Reuter) As the Italian holiday season reaches its peak dozens of tourists are falling victim to violent crimi- nals on motorcycles who grab bags, coats or glasses and speed off into the traffic. As well as tourists, old ladies and other Italians are also attacked by the "scip- patori." But local people have learned defence methods against the thieves, and tourists are usually more un- witting victims. The technique of the "scip- po" is highly developed and extremely difficult to prevent. The "scippatori" usually work in teams of four, travell- ing on two motorscooters. Once the victim is chosen there are two techniques. In the more common the scooter slowly sidles alongside the victim and its passenger makes a grab for some booty. The driver then accelerates away. The motorscooters are specially tuned to give max- imum acceleration. Any at- tempts to hold on to a bag against the thief's powerful grab and the acceleration of the scooter usually results in the victim being dragged along the street. The other technique in- volves one of the thieves descending from the scooter to grab the bag while his driver speeds away. The se- cond scooter is waiting around a corner to pick up the thief. In many cases fighting back ends in injury to the victim, either from being dragged along the road or being beaten up by an accomplice. After a clean grab, pursuit is difficult or impossible. The scooters are too powerful to be caught on foot and pursuit by car is difficult. The second scooter's function is to con- fuse pursuers. North Holland and the Rembrandt House Foun- dation. To help come up with the re- mainder, 300 tiles from the original house which will not be used in the restoration are being put on sale for 250 guil- ders (nearly each. The Rembrandt House draws hundreds of visitors a day all year round. Among its attractions is an exhibition of Rembrandt's complete etchings, which number 250, and six original drawings by the great Dutch master. If all goes well, restoration will be completed by February 1975. OTTAWA (CP) The poli- ticians have scattered for summer vacations but Parlia- ment Hill is busier now than when the Commons and Sen- ate are in full session. The reason is the annual summer influx of tourists. The flow hits a peak in July and August when up to visitors a day file through the main doors of the Centre Block for guided tours of the building, including the Com- mons and Senate chambers and the Peace Tower. Neither House is in session this summer and there is little to see but the empty rows of polished desks. But it doesn't seem to matter. Most visitors, trailing in groups of 40 after tour guides, are happy just to get a look at Cabinet tours EDMONTON (CP) The provincial cabinet will visit 36 communities in northwestern Alberta during a two-day tour beginning Sept. 9. Premier Peter Lougheed and his cabinet ministers will split up into six groups on the tour, travelling as far north as Athabasca and Slave Lake, and as far west as Fox Creek and Hinton. the place where the prime minister sits and the head- lines are made. The tours, which take about half an hour and are free, in- clude visits to both chambers of Parliament and a look at the circular parliamentary li- brary, where an estimated books are filed. Afterward tourists may take the two elevator rides needed to climb the Peace Tower, which reaches more than 300 feet into the sky above Parliament Hill. There, through screen safe- ty barriers, they can survey the 29-acre plot of land that became "the Hill" after it was bought by the govern- ment for in 1859. It's book value today is 5 million but, as one govern- ment publication notes, "the site is priceless." It includes three Gothic-style the Centre, East and West Blocks. The latter two are original buildings constructed a century ago but the Centre Block was rebuilt in an en- larged design after the origi- nal was destroyed by fire in 1916. More than one million vis- itors filed into the Centre Block in 1967 when Canada was celebrating the 100th an- niversary of Confederation That was a record but the to- tals still run high More than half a million visitors have been recorded officially each year since 1967 The 1973 total was 881.712 and the flow is about the same so far this vear. THE PASSPORT FACTORY 5 min Service on Passport, Citizenship, I.D. and Visa PHOTOS Upstairs Suite E 303-5th So. 328-9344 Passport Photos Candid Weddings Picture Framing Photo Supplies A. E. CROSS STUDIO Phone 328-0111 710 3rd Ave. S. Phone 328-0222 111 Bon Voyage, Vancouver." On October 15, bid your friends bon voyage and get ready to enjoy a fun-filled 14-day cruise from Vancouver to Acapulco, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan. With a delightful stopover in San Francisco. Throughout your entire cruise you'll luxuriate in the kind of warm personal service that the British are famous for. Your every wish from breakfast in bed to a call home is handled quickly and courteously. At the end of 14 days you'll return to San Francisco, and connect with your jet flight October 15 is your only chance this year to sail directly from Vancouver to Mexico on the Spirit of London. to Vancouver. Prices start rrom per person, including air fare San Francisco to Vancouver. And one ticket buys it all. Grand travel. Superb dining. Entertainment, shows, bands, movies and sports. Your cabin aboard the British-registered Spirit of London. Plus 322 officers and crew dedicated to serving you in the best tradition of British hospitality. See AMA Travel Agency for reservations or call 328-7921. Then get ready for a vacation of a lifetime, because the fun never stops on the Spirit of London. Discover the Spirit of London. It's more than a cruise to Mexico. It's a way of life. There's a new spirit at Complete Travel Arrangements AVAILABLE AT AMA TRAVEL AGENCY 328-1181 or 328-7921 608 5th Ave. South Lethbridge ;