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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 26 - THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD - Friday, February 23, 1973 Best new tourist enterprise Participating Welsh caverns win trophy;peHod banquets new Irish plan LONDON - Hauled by battery-operated locomotives, specially designed passenger cars take visitors into the heart of a mountain in North Wales. They are on their way to the Llechwedd Slate Caverns, which have just been awarded the British Tourist Authority's 'Come to Britain' trophy for the best new tourist enterprise of 1972. The Llechwedd Slate Caverns are part of the Llechwedd Slate Mines at the northern e n d of Blaenau Ffestiniog in the Snowdonia National Park. In this area the veins of slate run deep underground and mining, rather than open cast quarrying, has been the most economic method of extracting it. The underground workings extend to a depth of 900 feet and consist of 25 miles of tunnels connecting the vast chambers from which the slate has been removed. The section now opened to visitors is part of the origin n\ level opened in 1846. The train makes a round trip of half a mile through the caverns, emerging into daylight three times during the tour. At the halfway stage is a reconstruction of a 19th century worki'ace. The quarries are now full of modern devices, but at one point the light is switched off and the reconstruction is illuminated by candle power - the quarry until 1946, when elec-->.ity was first installed. After seeing how work was carried oi'.t below thn surface 100 years ago, the visitors return to daylight and contemporary activities, such as a demonstration of slate splitting - even trying this for themselves. It is possible to complete the visit by travelling to Portma-doc using the same means of transport which took the slate down to the harbor - on the Passport Photos Candid Weddings - Picture Framing - Photo Supplies a. e; cross studio Phone 328-0111 710 3rd Ave. S. Phone 328-0222 Ffestiniog narrow - gauge railway, through some of the most beautiful scenery in Britain. U.S. Travel prints new brochure TORONTO - The tallest buildings in the world, a wild pony round-up and the sea coast where summer stock theatre began are all to be found in the northeast region of the United States. Outlining these and other vacation attractions is the U.S.A. Northeast Travel Guide, a new, full-color 47-page brochure released by the United States Travel Service, the national tourism agency of the U.S. Government. From museums that pay tribute to grist mills and duck decoys, to fun gatherings that number a Bean Soup Festival and Horse Pulling Contest, the Northeast's 550 by 1,200 miles enclose some of the most varied vacation possibilities in the entire U.S. The booklet is available in English and French through Canadian travel agents only. DUBLIN - Period banquets seating up to 200 people are planned for Castletown House, the 80-room stately home at Celbridge in Ireland's Co. Kil-dare. Agreement has been reached between the Castletown Trust, the group which maintains the mansion, and the British-based E1 i z abethan Rooms Organization, which for the past 20 years has successfully staged Elizabethan nights in a London West End hotel. The Castletown banquets, at around $7 a head, will get under way next June. The idea is that tourists and visitors will be taken on a tour of the mansion, which stands in 580 acres bordered by the river Liffey. They will then sit down to a Georgian meal in a wing of the house and be served by footmen and maids in period costume. Entertainment under the plan will be provided by a minstrel, but the emphasis will be on visitor participation. Guests will be permitted to sing, tell stories, or recite poetry, the object being to create a gay and convivial atmosphere. Castletown is the former seat of Lord Carew, and was in the f a m i 1 y's possession for 236 years until sold in 1965 to Lon don businessman, Julian de Lisle, for �166,000 (about $400,-000). For the next two years it was unused. Later the Georgian Society took it over and a substantial amount was spent renovating and furnishing the rambling building. Period banquets, it should be noted, are already a major tourist attraction in Ireland, notably the mediaeval banquets in Bunratty Castle and Knappogue Castle, Co. Clare, Dunguaire Castle in Co. Gal-way, and the 18th Century Ban quet in Robertstown, Co. Kil-dare. DOG-SLED RACES The Nordic dog-sled championship will take place in Nordmarka near Oslo on March 2-4, when the finest teams from all the Scandinavian countries will particioate. The Norwegians say they have the best dogs - and the best skiers T0NITE until 9 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ANY ONE OF THESE CAN BE YOURS FOR AS LOW AS Fred Story Down Don't be surprised when you step into a Celica ST. You may think it's a very expensive high performance car. Certainly its overhead cam 2 litre engine has the power to flatten hills, and its 4-speed synchromesh transmission is an open invitation to run through the gears on a winding road. But for all its good looks and performance, the Celica ST is priced more like a family car. Let Ingle ^1 Pete Alexander *" 1 ar s Con Barrett Cayle Johnson The Toyota Hi-Lux is strong. Its' 2000 c.c, 110 h.p. (gross) engine provides ample power to move any load. The tough chassis and sturdy cargo deck will stand up to the hardest work. The luxurious, comfortable interior makes light of the heaviest going. And it's easy to handle, economical to operate. The Toyota Hi-Lux half-ton pickup . . . small on price, big on value. It makes so much sense. Avaliable in 4 speed or automatic transmission. 5 SPEED TRANSMISSION The new Corona 2 litre five-door Station Wagon. Here's the latest addition to the Corona line. Tough and durable. Powered to haul loads of shopping or vacation luggage. Beautifully styled and luxuriously appointed, the Corona 2 litre Wagon combines comfort with spaciousness for people or cargo. The fifth door swings up and out of your way for easy loading. The other four doors lead lo spocious comfort and luxury, as you would expect in a Corona 2 litre. Seats are deep and richly covered, contoured to fake the ache out of long trips, proportioned to give you perfect comfort and space. This Corona 2 litre Wagon is built to match your pocket book. For all its standard equipment features, it has a beautifully low price tag. And that makes it even more practical. A popular sight for tourists to Czechoslovakia Largest of kind in Europe Bohemian sandstone bridge DECIN - The Pravcice Brana of northern Fohemia, a natural sandstone bridge that is the largest of its kind in Europe, is one of the major tourist attractions of this region of Czechoslovakia which lies close to the East German border straight north of Prague. The area is known as the Czech-Switzerland. The arch of the bridge is 65 feet high and 100 feet across, and the span itself is 10 feet thick. Northern Bohemia also Vacation habits of Mid. people have changed! By JAMES H. HUSSY CP Correspondent ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. (CP) -It has been said that whatever part of the world one travels there's always a Newfounder there and today Newfoundlanders are roaming the world as never before. Thousands sojourn in the south each' winter to escape freezing temperatures, snow banks, biting winds and chill factors. Especially during the last two or three years, there's been a revolution in the vacation habits of the island's inhabitants. They want to see other parts of the world and a lot of them have the money to do it. No longer is it only the privileged few who go south when winter's winds howl over the homeland. With rising wages and ready cash available, the sunny south and other places are travel and vacation grounds for Newfoundlanders from all walks of life. They leave the island daily by air, sea and land routes. Some travel more in a month than their parents did in a lifetime. MORE GO ABROAD Figures aren't available for the province but a spokesman for a St. John's travel agency said in mid-February clerics were busy accepting bookings for March and April. Agency spokesman reported: "There is definitely an increase over last year in the number cf Newfoundlanders travelling down south and to Europe." One agency reported international travel among Newfoundlanders is up about 51 per cent over the previous to a record crowd leaving the island for a couple of weeks, a mouth or even longer. A big factor in the increase Is the longer vacation periods most Newfoundlanders are getting. Not so long ago a vacation of one to two weeks was all the average worker could expect each year. Today's vacations are at least three to four weeks long and permits some to have both winter and summer vacations. A lot of the younger people now travel south in the winter to spend time on the beaches of Bermuda, or Barbados and other Caribbean islands. Older people appear to prefer more sedate resting places such as St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa on the western Florida coast. TRAVEL EASIER Compared to today's age of quick travel, islanders once were without close proximity to faraway vacations. Travel for recreation, or even a visit to relatives and friends, wa� limited to the rick Time was almost as inhibiting a factor as cost. A trip to even such a near geographical point as Sydney, N.S., could well take a week of travel. Toronto was even farther away, a long way "upalong" and Boston, for instance, was "the foreign states." Today airports dot the island in strategic places and give easy access to departing vacationers. The terminals are crowded with' Newfoundlanders on the move. Better highways and ferries allow others to drive to ferry terminals and cross to the mainland of Canada for the long drive to Florida and other places. While greater prosperity is the chief factor in promoting this increased movement of people, the relative cheapness and convenience of private car travel and the speed of air transport contribute to the revolution. boasts a "stone organ," with hundreds of "pipes" - hexagonal basalt prisms up to 80 feet high - presenting an astonishing spectacle. And if the tourist heads Into western Bohemia, he can see still another curious grouping of rocks - the Svatos Rocks-very much like a petrified wed-riip-i ;^ocession. Folk tale^ r*. the region say that a scorned vruter nymph tool, revenge upon her treacherous lover and his bride by turning them to stone along with all the wedding guests. Near Melnik, In an area noted for its wine, the human hand has assisted nature by producing the largest open-air sandstone portraits in Europe. They were carved to sandstone by a 19th century sculptor, Vaclav Levy. As interesting as any of these Bohemian attractions are the Vltavins, named after Czechoslovakia's Vltava River. There are bottle-green pebbles which are much valued and sought after. According to one theory they were produced by the melting of silicon elements on the earth's surface upon the impact of hot meteorites. Correct or not, Bohemia is the only place where they are found. Europe, Britain and Ireland Information & Brochures from SEE YOUR TRAVEL AGENT FRAMES'-established 1881 Have You Booked or Registered for your HOLIDAY FLIGHT TO EUROPE? Book now and avoid disappointment! A.M.A. WORLD TRAVEL SERVICE is your agent for the following tour Operators in Europe . . . Global Cooks Trafalgar Frames American Express Fourways Horizon Southdown We will handle all your travel arrangements remember ... "A.M.A. WORLD TRAVEL is appointed Agent for all MAJOR AIRLINES and STEAMSHIPS "For the Best in Travel ... ALL-WAYS" Call or Visit . . . A.M.A. World Travel Service 608 5th Ave. S. - Phone 328-7921 or 328-1181 - All enquiries welcome Office open Monday thru Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ample free parking at rear of building ;