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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 15, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Friday, January 15, 1971 Gold rush town lures tourists FLY AWAY TO FUN IN THE SUN - Southern Albertans, suffering in the current deep-freeze would love to get away from the snow and cold and join the couple in the photo to relax in the island of Antigua in the Caribbean. - Air Canada Photo Superb beaches of Antigua entice visitors from north By GEORGE BUCHAN ST. JOHN'S - This island of Antigua, one of the favorites with Canadians who holiday in Repeat travellers can join society of mariners To honor its repeat cruise and transatlantic passengers, Holland America Line has announced the creation of a new club aboard its vessels called the "Society of Honorary Mariners." Membership in the society is open to all passengers who have completed at least two cruises or transatlantic crossings. After becoming members, participants then advance through various ranks, receiving certificates and awards, until they reach the highest rank, that of Grand Mariner. This title is granted to those passengers who have completed 10 voyages and carries with it an award of a gold pendant and necklace for women, a pair of gold cuff links for men. the eastern Caribbean, could just as easily be called Beach Island, for by actual count, according to the island tourist board, it has enough beaches to provide sun, sand and sea worshippers with a different one each day of the year. It was Columbus who gave Antigua its name-in 1493-after the Church of Santa Maria la Antigua, in Seville, Spain. This winter's holidayer seeking escape here from northern snows will find that most resort hotels (about two-thirds of them) are quoting rates uncharged from $1 to $3 a day more than a year ago, while one, the 60-room Half Moon Bay Hotel on a beautiful crescent-shaped beach, has lowered its rates by $5 to $10 per room per day, single or double. All rates are quoted in U.S. funds and most of them on an MAP (breakfast and dinner included) basis. Overall, and including guest houses, daily rates this winter run from about $10 per person up to a high of $60 single and $80 double, MAP. A few hotels � � 13 NIGHTS From . . $349 (CAtGARY) Weekly Sunday Departures  Non-Stop Direct Jet Service  Guaranteed Accommodation in Hawaii  Aloha Welcome 9 Baggage Transfers-Hawaiian Barbecue Beach Party  Fun Seekers Hawaii Hosts and much, much morel BOOK NOW Phone 328-7921 or 328-1771 ALL INQUIRIES WELCOMEI Pick Up Your Free Ticket at: AM A WORLD TRAVEL or THE YATES CENTRE for the 16 mm Film Showing "GLIMPSES ABROAD" Monday, Jan. 25th, 7:30 p.m. YATES CENTRE A.M.A. Travel Service Office open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 903 3rd Ave. S. - LETHBRIDGE FREE PARKING AT REAR OF BUILDING quote third-person-to-a-room rates and these run from $6 to $35 a day. The other major cost of holidaying in the Caribbean is air fare and Air Canada, which services Antigua regularly out of Montreal and Toronto, quotes the cost of a round-trip 21-day economy excursion out of either city to the island at $224 Cana dian or $207 U.S. The differ-ence at current exchange rates is a net saving of roughly $12 if you pay for your ticket in U.S. fluids. These fares are effective until March 31. On April 1 a whole new system of air fares goes into effect on Caribbean routes In 1969 (the figures for 1970 are not available at time of writing) Antigua drew 7,536 Canadian holidayers to its shores, slightly higher than the year before. The appeal of the island, apart from its beaches - many of which can quiete deservedly be called superb - is its dry sunny climate and the ease with which it can be reached by Canadians (it's the first stop on Air Canada's run down the eastern Caribbean). Scenically and historically, Antigua hasn't too much to offer-after you've visited Ad miral Nelson's famous dockyard at English Harbor, that is, and have explored the ruins on Shirley Heights and feasted your eyes on some fine views from that vantage point. This is a beach island, as I've said and once you've settled down at the hotel of your choice and learned how to relax, the best way to vary the time is to head for a different beach and lunch at a different hotel each day Sailing, of course, is a big thing here and there is an abundance of yachts at varying charter rates to choose from Golf, tennis, deep sea fishing and the usual Caribbean water activities are all available, and enter tainment is reasonably good, too - not up to what is presented on the more developed islands, admittedly, but well above what is offered on most islands in the West Indies. More than anything, however, Antigua has a way of leaving the holidayer alone, to do pretty much as he wants to do even if that means absolutely nothing. For '. ie island hopper it is an ideal place to end up in, for several days rest before head ing for home. Surprisingly, by the way, St, John's, the capital, provides some notable shopping opportunities, including straw handicrafts and ceramic pottery. On certain imported items - cam eras, Swiss watches and clocks French perfumes, and a variety of other articles - the entire island is a duty-free shop And liquor, man, is probably the cheapest in the Caribbean -$1.25 U.S. for English gin. Scotch for from $1.75 to $2.20 a bottle; wines from 50 cents to $M.70; rum from 65 cents to $1 a bottle. You'd have to go some in most duty-free shops to get even close to these prices. Early in this century, Arltun-ga was a thriving goldmining town in Australia's Northern Territory but the gold ran out and the miners left in search of new diggings. For many years, only an occasional visitor broke the silence which surrounds the slowly decaying ruins of Arltunga. Then tourists discovered the rugged beauty of central Australia and increasing numbers arrived at Alice Springs each year. It was not long before they discovered Arltunga, tucked away among some hills 70 miles east of Alice Springs. The ghost town's pioneer and historical links', together with the splendor of the surrounding scenery, made Arltunga a natural choice for tourists visiting central Australia. Modern-day visitors make the one-day round trip from Alice Springs in air - conditioned coaches, or in four-wheel-drive vehicles. Today, Arltunga gives visitors a rare insight into life during the early gold rush days of central Australia. The crumbling shells of old buildings were once a police station, a church, a general store and a public hall. Rusted machinery lies beside empty mineshafts, and the tombstones in the cemetery still bear the names of pioneers who once tried their luck on the Arltunga goldfields. 15 new cruises to Wesl Indies June to Nov. Holland America Line has distributed a new brochure to travel agents and passengers that provides details- on the line's 15 new cruises to the West Indies - a number of which have been tailored ideally to span a full weeks vacation-that will depart from New York on the s. s. Rotterdam from June through November, 1971. Passengers wishing to use only one week of their vacation for a cruise should find attractive any one of three six day cruises that depart on Oct. 16, Oct. 30 and Nov. 13. Orchestras and bands A true orchestra is made up mainly of stringed instruments, with fewer wind and percussion instruments; a band usually has only one wind and percus sion instrument. Spain's Coast of The Sun lias charisma all its own Just as charisma is the magic "in-word" of today's conversation, the "in-place" for winter sunshine is Spain's Costa del Sol - the spellbinding Coast of the Sun. Sunseek-ers the world over flock to this fascinating stretch of Mediterranean coastline to escape the snow and zero temperatures of winter. Here you can sit on a rugged rock in the sun and watch a b i k i n i-clad Scandinavian beauty, or a Dutch gretchen, or a petite Parisienne bask on golden sands washed smooth by millions of Mediterranean waves. Or, you can gaze out to sea to catch a glimpse of a shimmering sun dancing on rippling blue waters. But sun and sand and pulchritude are not the only charms of this magical sun resort. Keystone of the area is the .ancient city of Malaga where your aircraft will land from Madrid. A rock-strewn coast, spotted with bold headlands and smooth curves of sandy beaches, stretch endlessly in both directions, while behind tower the often snow-capped Sierra Nevadas. The inimitable charm of this region, however) lies in the An-dalusian people and their nat- ural way of life which makes the Costa del Sol a memorable holiday resort. The Phoenicians founded Malaga in the twelfth century B.C. and they were followed successively by the Greeks, the Romans and the Arabs who brought their culture and their customs here in the seventh century A.D. The result, which is evident even today in the folklore of the people and in the architectural richness of the surroundings, has been a unique blending of these ancient civilizations. Come to the Costa del Sol in January and you will become a part of the gay, spectacular Winter Festival which features graceful folk dancing, including its version of the traditional Spanish flamenco. In addition, there is a variety of sporting events such as golf championships, regattas and horse races. The Holy Week celebrations are regarded among the most beautiful in all Spain, rivalling in fact, the magnificent Holy Week Fiesta of Seville. Malaga, too, is one of the few places in Spain where bullfights are held throughout the year. Throughout this culturally-rich setting one of the Mediterranean's most fashionable and fascinating holiday resorts has been developed. Modern, luxurious hotels .cluster around favored beaches and attractive coves, creating havens of relaxation and holiday enjoyment in what were, but a few years ago, secluded villages. Yet in spite of the rise of large hotels and holiday playgrounds, the traditional life of the villages goes on unconcerned, providing contrast and ir-restible charm. First of these villages to reach fame in the tourist world was Torremolinos, no more than a dozen kilometres from Malaga. Now Benalmadena, Fuengirola and Marbella have joined in the development of the Costa del Sol. Further inland, up a spectacular, winding road over the Sierra de las Nieves, lies Ronda, noted for its steep little cobblestoned streets and ancient whitewashed houses perched precariously on the very brink of deep, wooded cliffs. Fly CP Air from Toronto or Montreal to Madrid, connecting with domestic flights to Malaga. Or, you can take a CP Air flight to Lisbon, then a motorcoach tour through southern Portugal to Seville and over the sierras to Malaga. Plymouth'/ 9#nfici qetchci with an automatic transmission at no extra charge! Buy a specially-equipped vflunmr and you get a Torquef lite Automatic Transmission FREE! Now, for a limited time only, your Plymouth dealer comes through with a "Free Automatic Transmission Special" on the brand-new 71 compact Valiant Scamp. When you buy this low-priced 2-door hardtop specially-equipped with a package of popular options-options you would almost certainly order anyway-you get a Torqueflite3-speedAutomaticTransmissionatnoextra cost! Get full details on this Valiant Scamp "Free Automatic Transmission Special" from any participating Plymouth dealer. Ask him about the great values on all the 71 Plymouth line of cars...the all-new Plymouth Satellites, the sporty Plymouth Barracudas and the'Free Automatic Transmission Special on Plymouth Fury models, too. Vlymoutli chrysler CANADA LTD. Valiant Scamp 2-door Hardtop Plymouth9/ gonna getcha with Valiant... Canada's best-selling compact. SEE YOUR NEARBY PLYMOUTH DEALER Farqa Ttucks CHRYSLER &8k*�< fife ;