Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 8, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Friday, Juni 1973 THE IETHMIDCE HttAlD Dracula buffs' delight This 15th Century castle is the highlight of "Dracula Tours" organized by the Romanian tourist It was built by Romanian Prince Vlad Dracula, on whom the vampire villain character of Count Dracula is said to be based. The imposing edifice is located about TOO miles north of Bucharest. Since they began last year, the Dracula Tours have attracted foreigner. 'Draeula Tours' pay dividends omama CASTLE DRACULA, Ro- mania (AP) The Romanian tourist organization has taken a hint from a film-maker who titled a recent horror epic Diacula Has Risen from the Can't Keep a Good Man Down. As part of their aggressive campaign for the tourist dol- lar, the Romanians have or- ganized Dracula Tours, which so far have attracted foreigners. The tours started last year. High point of the tours is Castle Dracula, 800 feet above a stream running through the Carpathian Mountains 100 miles noith of Bucharest. It Tras built by a 15th-cen- tury Romanian prince, Vlad Dracula, known historically as Vlad the Impaler. The character of Count Dracula, vampire villain of the per- ennial best seller by Bram Stoker, is said to be based on Vlad. The Romanian tourist 01- ganization has pushed the tours emphasizing Draculean horrors, despite the fact that they are casting slurs on a national hero. Romanian heros are judged primarily on how well they foupht against the Turks. Vlad was one of the best. When two Turkish emissar- ies came to his court demand- ing tribute they failed to re- move their turbans saving it was not their custom Let's; make that permanent, Vlad is reported to have said His sol- diers nailed the turbans to the Turks' heads. Vlad spent two years ramp- aging the Dauja Valley defying the empire- building Turks Mohammed 11, conqueror of Con- stantinople set out in 1462 h 250 CM ticcps to lake ic- vcnge. When Uie Turkish sul- tan arrived at Tirgovisle, Vlad's capital, he got a shock. Vlad had performed his spe- cialty on thousands of prison- ers and Tirgoviste was ringed with tall, sharp stakes, each one decorated with an im- paled Turk. Outnumbered, Vlad fled here to his mountain hideout and later to 14 years of exile in Hungary. The Turks finally killed Vlad and sent his head to Is- tanbul to be displayed on a pole showing that the man the Turks knew as Kazikh Bey- Sir no more. Passport Photos Widdlngt Picture Framing Supplta L CROSS STUDIO 321-0111 710 3rd Avr S. Phone 321-0222 THE FINEST RETIREMENT AND RECREATIONAL COMMUNITY Blind Boy. 8 C. Holfwcy btlwttn Cot-cry and Vancouvtr Tremt'Conario Pleajti moil mi a frtt brachuic. Nqmt Tiny Austrian province little known to tourists By MARGARET NESS EISENSTADT, Austria (CP) Burgenland is Aus- tria's smallest province and probably its least-known tour- ist attraction. Yet it has a va- riety of attractions and its capital, Eisenstadt, is only some 50 minutes away from Vienna by car or bus. The long, narrow province borders on Hungary. In fact, much of the territory be- longed to that country before the breakup of the Austro-, Hungarian Empire after the First World War. Even today, tne northeastern section re- tains a decidedly Hungarian flavor. Here, too, is an unusual lake, Neusiedler-See, the fourth-largest in Europe. It is about seven feet deep at its deepest point and after a few days of steady wind the water piles up at one end. The shore in most places is extremely reedy and the reeds provide one of the district's industries. On the lake is the town of Rust, summer home of some 30 storks. They sit on their chimney nests, oblivious of the snapping cameras. Nearby is the Hungarian bor- der with its fence and watch towers The lake has a lot of good camping sites. TURK WAS TARDY A short drive from Eisen- sladt is Neusiedl am See with an excellent beach and a mu- seum of local birds and ani- mals. On the way is the wine- producing town of Purbach with its Sign of the Turk on the mam street. It is a statue of a cibzen pointing at a nearby chimney which houses another statue of the upper portion of a Turk. The story goes that the Turks, retreating after being defeated in an assault on Vi- enna in 1683, discovered Bur- genland wina in the cellars of Purbach and one of them ov- erindulged. Awakened by the approach of the returning citi- zens, he tried to escape through the chimney but was caught. He became a Chris- tian and stayed in the town. Eisenstadt is dominated by the Esterhazy castle, built in 1622 by the nobls family for which Franz Josef Haydn was court musician. The composer is buried in a white marble tomb in the Bergkirche The castle is rented by the government from the last of the Esterhazy princes, who lives in Switzerland, and houses the department of Countdown for Expo '74 has started SPOKANE With 364 days, 21 hours, 30 minutes and 0 seconds to go until the gates open on the 1974 World's Fair, Spokane Mayor David H Rodgers at the telephoned command from Washington State Governor Daniel J. Evans started the official coutdown clock. The chronometer, built by Pacific Northwest bell in 1958, has marked time for every World's Fair on the North American continent since the 1972 World's Fair in Seattle. The unit was brought out of retirement from the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, where it has rested since Expo '67 in Montreal. It now sits in the reception lobby of Expo '74 headquart- ers, Spokane. Giza pyramids sole survivor Seven Wonders The gi-oup of three pyra- mids of Giza, Egypt, just out- side of modern Cairo, is the oldest and only surviving "wonder" of the original "Seven Wonders of the World." According to the ation, the six "wonders" which have since disappeared are: the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Temple of Diana and Ephesus, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the sus of Rhodes, and the Lighthouse of Alexandria. _ tourism. Concerts are still held in the Haydnsaal, where the composer performed his music. A series of stone faces can bs seen just under the castle's projecting roof. During the absence of one of the Esterha- zys while the castle was being restored early in the 18th cen- tury, his servants refused to give the workers enough food. The workers retaliated by making gargoyle portraits of the servants. When the outraged servants complained to their master on his return, Esterhazy investi- gated. His first impulse was to hang the servants On sec- ond thought, he decided to hang their effigies. Also in Burgenland is Bern- stein, the only place in Eu- lope where jade is to be found in quantity. It is darker than the Chinese variety. Raiding is the birthplace of another composer, Franz Liszt, whose father was an ad- ministrator of sheep for the Esterhazys. The neclc family helped the boy in his studies, sending him to Paris at the age of 11. More ships in service By JAMES H. HUSSEY Canadian Press Correspondent ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. (CP) Fifteen years ago Newfound- land got its first real island-to- mainland ferry system when the passenger vehicle ferry William Carson was put on the Cabot Strait run between Port aux Basques, Nfld. and North Sydney, N.S. This year seven ships will make crossings to bring people and cars to and from this his- toric island between two points. Another vessel will make the longer crossing between North Sydney and Argentia, Canadian National's eastern terminal GO miles west of St. John's. CN, operator of the year- round service, will increase sail- ings between June 15 and Sept. 8 to handle what is expected to be the biggest influx of visitors on record. Last year an estimated tourists and vehi- cles used the CN's Cabot Strait route, a 12.7-per-cent increase in passengers and 22.2-p e r -c e n t jump in vehicles over 1971. Another visitors came via the Argentia route, 17.5 per cent above 1971. PREDICT MORE TRAVEL R. J. Tingley, CN area man- ager for Newfoundland, says projections indicate a 40-per- cent increase in passengers can be expected during the peak pe- riod of July and 20-per-cent in- ci eases in June and August. The new CN schedule features four sailings daily for the Cabot Strait and five daily on most weekends. During the peak weekends July 14-15 and 21-22 there will be six sailings a day. The North Sydney-Argentia sailings will be three a week with tha 18-hour open-sea cruise ending Oct. 2. The service to Argentia, begun in 1968, was supposed to be year-round but traffic on the route after September is so low the venture is not feasible. The Ambrose Shea carried only an average of 73 passengers for three crossings although she has a capacity for 310 passengers Enjoy a Carefree Sunflight Holiday IWEEKSSJI FROM 21 Fly on P.W.A. private jets. Relax and enjoy your complimentary in-flight meals and bar. Choose from the Hacienda. Cammo Real, Las Flores, DeCima Hotels, all air-conditioned. Featuring spectacular Mexican fiestas with loca1 food and entertainment. Departures. Sun Apr 29. May 13, 27. June 10 24. July 8 22, Aug 5, 19. Sept 2, 16. 30, Oct 14. 28 Nov. 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