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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 12, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 - TBI UTHiRIDOl HERALD - FrUay, March 18, 1971 if AW] i. CRUISING GERMANY'S SCENIC RHINE Snow-capped Alps to Baltic beaches Germany: land of contrasts New hotel opened in Stockholm Sheraton-Stockholm Hotel - Scandinavia's biggest hotel with 476 rooms - has opened its doors to guests from all over the world. Built in partnership with Scandinavian Airlines, the new hotel rises 100 floors above downtown Stockholm,. Just across the channel from the City Hall. The 476 rooms -i. all fully air-conditioned and furnished in Scandinavian style - provide accommodations for 920 persons. Tlir $13 million hotel has three restaurants, two lounges, a cocktail bar and four confer-ence rooms with complete facilities for business meetings. In the vast, marble lobby are also a bank, an SAS ticket office and car rental facilities. Temples dating back 5,000 years among attractions of tiny Germany is a land of con-, trasts, a land of "infinite variety," as Mark Twain phrased it. Tourists visiting only one or two plaices get merely the faintest idea of what lies just over the horizon. Scenery varies from the jagged snow-capped Alps in the south to the endless beaches along the Baltic and North Seas. Germany is the castle-crowded Rhine, but also the moody moors of the Lueneburg Heath, the glitter of Berlin and the peace of medieval towns like Rothenburg. This is the true character of Germany - the swift change from a fairy-tale past to the vital present. Visitors may explore the. Frisian Islands with their gay beach resorts, and then head over to Schleswig-Holstein, gentle land of dairies and flower nurseries. Berlin is an easy, excursion from Hamburg, ' and Hannover is just as accessible from Berlin. Air service is in- expensive. The great middle part of West Germany is a rolling region of quiet ancient towns, country resorts and spas. Continuing south into Franconia, the tourist can visit walled villages and climb their romantic towers. Music fans enjoy-festivals in Wiesbaden, Bayreuth, Wuerzburg and other centres, while art lovers have a field day in cities like Nuernburg and Augsburg. Munich opens up the wonderful world of the Alps. Germany's south includes charming Lake Constance, an inland sea whose shores are green with vineyards and orchards, dotted with inviting resorts. Streamers provide excellent connections from point to point, also to the tropical island of Mainau. Heading back north, the tourist penetrates the fabled Black Forest, an area endowed with spas like elegant Baden-Baden and countless inns serving delicious country meals. Moving into the valley of the Rhine, visitors usually proceed through Heidelberg and Frankfurt, first stop, in fact, for many North Americans arriving in Germany by plane. The storied Rhine could be traveled one way by river streamer, and it's a good idea to do part of it by road, too, sampling wines and villages at leisure The taste for good wines lures many Canadians into the valley of the Moselle, lined with tiny settlements known all over the world for their fine vintages. Trier is a living monument to Roman days. Not to be missed either are cities like 2,000-year-old Mainz, Koblenz, Cologne, Duesseldorf and Essen, Stuttgart and Ulm or Bamberg and Regensburg. Rewarding regions include the Muensterland as well as the Harz, the Swabian Alb and the Upper Palatinate Forest. Since there is frequent trans-Atlantic jet service from North American cities to all parts of Germany, off-the-beaten path regions can easily be reached. Air Canada sells tickets for Olympics Air Canada has been appoint-' ed as the national sales agency for sale within Canada of all admission tickets and ac-commodation for the 1972 Olympic Summer Gaines to be held in Munich and Kiel from August 26 to September 10. The actual sale of tickets and accommodation will not commence until April 1, 1971. Air Canada offices throughout the country will accept and hold all requests for information, tickets and accommodation. Interested parties are invited to contact their nearest Air Canada office or their travel agent as soon as possible. Information regarding ticket prices and the program of events is available from the German National Tourist Office, 47 Fundy, Place Bonaven-ture, Montreal 114, P.Q. England's picturesque canals becoming silted and stagnant By JOHN LeBLANC LONDON (CP) - The navvies and the canals are vanishing. For many generations pick-and-shovel men in England were known as navvies, taking their names from the rough-and-ready crews that did the man-killing job of digging Britain's 2,400 miles of navigation canals about 200 years ago. Now nobody hears of a navvy. The bulldozer and the steam shovel have taken over. And the canals themselves are getting silted in and stagnant, and in places are little more than muddy rubbish heaps. Summer and autumn of this year brought the final loads of coal from the Midlands to Crox-ley and Southall over one of these canals in the last working example of the long, slim boats built to fit them. TRANSPORT CHEAP When the canals were built in the 1700s, they were the wonder of Britain. They could transport bulk goods c h e a p 1 y -i f not quickly-by an intricate network of waterways and locks. But a lock width of seven feet doomed them for this century. By GERALD WILLIAMS VALLETTA - Malta, 95 square miles, smaller than Antigua, not much more than half the size of Barbados, is one of the world's most interesting islands for the tourist. Hannibal is said to have been born in Malta and St. Paul was shipwrecked here in 60 A.D. on the way to his trial in Rome. He introduced Christianity during his three-month stay, converting the Roman governor of the day, Publius, who later became the first Bishop of Malta. Malta has been a habitat of man for at least 6,000 years and has been occupied by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, the' French and the British. In 1964 it became an independent member of the British Commonwealth. The island can easily be reached out of Canada daily-flying Air Canada to London and switching thare to British European Airways. The direct London-Valletta flight by Trident takes 2 hours, 50 minutes. Anyone who likes to try his hand at aerial photography should get a window seat on the right side of his plane when boarding in London. The island is noted for its clear, smog-free air and the descent into Luqa airport is just right for some perfect shots of the island capital of Valletta and the magnificent Grand Harbor, widely regarded as Europe's finest natural port. Although Malta is only one of five Maltese Islands (in total they cover 122 square miles, half the size of Metropolitan Toronto, it is the main one and by far the largest. The others are Gozo, 26 square miles, Comino, almost one square mile, and two uninhabited rocks, Cominotto and Filfia. The islands lie almost in the dead centre of the Mediterranean, 140 miles from mainland Europe (less than 60 from Si- cily), 180 from Africa, more than 1,100 miles east of Gibraltar and almost as many west of Suez. Valletta, the chief attraction with tourists, was built by the Knights of St. John (now usually known as the Knights of Malta, and to the Maltese simply as "the Knights") after they had repulsed the Turks in I a bitter siege of the island in' 1565. It was named after the Knights' Grand Master of that time, Jean Parisot de La Valette. The Knights ruled Malta and contributed materially to its wealth and culture untilr 1798, when they were ousted by Napoleon. This put an end to their rule but the organization, presently headquartered in Rome, is represented on the island today by an ambassador. The British came in when the Maltese appealed to Admiral Nelson for help in getting rid of Napoleon's soldiers. Valletta is built on a mile-long promontory rising out of deep water and is flanked by Grand Harbor on one side and by Marsamuscetto or Mars-amxett Harbor on the other. This is a well-planned town, possessing some interesting shops and a number of buildings that are very much worth seeing, including the Co-Cathedral of St. John, the most important edifice on the islarnd; the National Museum, and the restored Manoel Theatre which was originally built as a court theatre by the Knights in 1731. Today it is one of the oldest theatres in Europe. Operas plays, ballets and concerts are staged there from October through to May. But Valletta is by no means all of Malta and there is much to see-and do-outside of the Charter-trains, Boost for travel Continental canal builders were shrewder. Architects left room for widening and deepening, which is still going on. In Britain the only way to get the canals commercially useful again would be to spend astronomical sums. There's no question of that being done. But the 2,000 miles of canal left are a problem. To fill them in would be as expensive as dredging them out. If nothing is done they will be a danger to drainage and health. The British Waterways Board is allowed a picayune amount for dredging and can do little more than try to keep pace with the decay. TOURISTS ONLY USERS The only business on the canals to speak of consists of sightseers chugging along in narrow boats and muscling their way through the locks by hand. A couple of families will pile into a 40-footer and cruise through the Grand Canal for a few weeks, with plenty of waterside pub stops at the locks. The Romans seem to have started the canals, as they did many other enterprises in Britain. They are believed to have set up the Caerdyke, a great cut from the River Nene at Peterborough to the Witham at Lincoln, and its continuation, the Fossdyke from Lincoln to the Trent River. Certainly the Fossdyke was cleaned out by a Bishop Atwa-ter in the reign of Henry I (1068-1135) and then used for navigation. But the real canal age apparently opened when the third Duke of Bridgewater-a big mine owner-decided to build a waterway to carry coal from his Lancashire collieries to the Mersey River. Barges used to come up the Fleet River into the heart of London near Fleet Street and discharge coal from the northern canals into an alley called Seacoal Lane. Now the Fleet River is underground-little more than a sewer-and the S'un Life Assurance Company of Canada is erecting a huge office building alongside Seacoal Lane. A new era in rail tourism has been ushered in by popular demand. This is the opinion of such well - known German travel organizations as Touropa, Scharnow, Hummel and Dr. Tigges who have learned within the last half year that charter  trains are in the up-trend. Moreover,, charter - trains are the perfect' means to generate new business as it seems that increasing numbers of tourists leave their automobiles at home. Working within the framework of the International Tourist Union, the German travel organizat ions, had chartered Germanrail's Inter - city trains for their Winter - Vacation-by-Oharter-Train programs. Even before the season opened, the travel organizations were faced with unexpectedly heavy bookings. To their satisfaction, and to the satisfaction of their clients, they found not only that Germanrail let them charter additional trains from this group heretofore used exclusively in its Trans - Europe-Express network, but that they were also able to cut the surcharge for these trains by almost fifty per cent. The price - cut in charter-train travel was achieved in the face of an overall increase in train fares. P & O Lines offer summer safaris to South Africa Modern safaris (it's an Arabic word meaning "go travel") employ every means of transportation available - from ships, to planes, to helicopters to buses and jeeps and two P and O Lines' South African Safaris will depart from Vancouver in July and August. The July holiday, aboard the 30,000-ton liner Arcadia, sails from Vancouver for Honolulu, Pago Pago, Suva, Auckland, Sydney, Singapore, Colombo and Durban where those on safari leave the ship and fly first to Cape Town, then to Johannesburg, deep in South Africa's gold country. There are visists to Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls, and to native villages and bush country in South Africa and Rhodesia. For the August safari, P and O's 29,000-ton Orsova is the ship. Ports of call include four Australian cities - Sydney, capital. Among the other attractions are the archaeological sights which include an underground temple three storeys deep that is believed to have been built around 2,400 B.C., and the remains megalithic temples dating back to the third millennium B.C. Animal remains have been found showing that the island was once the home of dwarf elephants the size of Shetland ponies, giant land tortoises, and birds that have been extinct for 170,000 years. Other interesting sights include the old island capital of Mdina that was first built in 700 B.C., St. Paul's Cathedral in Mdina, the grotto where St, Paul lived during his brief stay here, the fishing fleet at Mars- axlokk, the Blue Grotto which many visitors consider to be superior to the one in Capri, and the famous Church', of Mosta with its dome that is larger than that of St. .Paul's in London. A German bomb pierced the dome during the last war but miraculously' failed to explode. Malta is a sunny island, averaging five hours of sunshine a day in December and.January and 12V4 a day in July. Average daily high temperature runs from 63 in January to 92 in July, and monthly rainfall from virtually nil lit July to a mcdest 3.81 inches in December. Yearly precipitation is about the same as that of Winnipeg. Most of the larger hotels are equipped with swimming pools and one, the 160-room Corinthia Palace next door to the governor-general's residence at St. Anton, has a diving .pool. separate from Hie swimming pool. Much of the sea around) Malta is fine for swimming from May through October. The island is well-equipped with hotels and guest houses, the tourist board list showing about a hundred on the main island, 10 on Gozo and one on Comino. In size they range from four bedrooms to the 214-room Mellieha Bay and include a 204-room Hilton and a 200-room Sheraton. Rates run from $1 to $11 per person per day European Plan on a two-to-a-room basis, and from $3 to $18 per day with all meals included. About half the hotels add 10 per cent service charge to bills in lieu of tips. The currency here is British, and Maltese, English and Italian are widely spoken on the island. Toppling Bahamas black govt, threatened Trouble in Paradise Melbourne, Adelaide, and Fre mantle plus Honolulu, Suva Auckland, Durban and Cape Town. This land tour takes in only South Africa, but both safaris end with flights from Johannesburg to Rio de Janeiro and back to Canada. All the shooting on these two adventures will be done by cameras. The trophies? Photos and films of dozens of different animals native to the African continent - giraffes, zebras, impalas, buffaloes, lions and hordes of elephants that bush-wise guides tempt to the water holes and clearings with their favorite fruit, the orange. Reservations for a P and O African Safari may be made through a travel agent or any P and O Lines office. By KAY BARTLETT NASSAU, The Bahamas (AP) - For the tourist, this beautiful archipelago of islands is a paradise playground of goombay and limbo, conch chowder and straw, hats, crystal clear waters bursting with beautiful reefs and teeming with tropical fish, gambling casinos and a chance to buy duty-free rum and perfumes. Four years ago, The Bahamas looked like it might become a paradise for the Bahamian, too, when a black government, in a country 80 per cent black, took power for the first time in a 300-year history. Many who danced in the streets that January night four years ago are better off today with better jobs, better housing and a chance for more education for their children. A few, employed then, are now out of work. Some, instrumental in the victory of the black party, the progressive Liberal party, would like to see the country's first black leader, Prime Minister Lynden O. Pindling, toppled. The Bahamians came to power with dreams of finding the better life for their people They also came with little experience in the business of running a government and a coun try. They quickly replaced the men who had kept the mechanism running smoothly, the efficient English civil servant, the kind who probably would stand in line in the rain to pay his taxes. A Bahamian businessman of mixed racial ancestry assessed the change this way: 'RUINED THE ISLANDS' "They've ruined the islands. I have a small business here, two floors. The executives are on the second floor, the workmen on the first floor. How do you think this business wuld run if I suddenly put the workmen up here in charge and the executives downstairs? That's exactly what has happened in The Bahamas. . . ." | The inefficiency found in The Bahamas amused many a tourist and frustrated many a/high-powered foreign businessman long before the Pindling government took of fide. But some say it's gotten worse. How much of this is responsible for the downturn in tourism impossible to say. But, for is . the first time in the history of this winter vacationland for the rich and summer playground for the middle class, tourism was down in 1970-by slightly less than two per cent. The bad turnout in 1970 seemed even more serious since 1969 showed the highest tourism climb in the history of the islands. The vital tourist industry accounts for 70 per cent of the gross national product, 60 per cent of government revenue and two-thirds of the jobs in a country of about 170,000 population. There now is also unemployment in a country of traditional full employment. The government figure is 2.5 per cent, but critics claim it is higher. . Foreign investment has dropped off, slowing down construction sharply in Freeport and to a lesser extent in Nassau, the capital and home of 60 per cent of the population of this chain of 700 islands that fan out from Florida over 100,000 square miles in the Atlantic. The 1970 budget fell 12 per cent lower than projected. Bahamas Airways Ltd. folded. Other airlines servicing the islands have cut their routes. Apartments and condominiums in the miracle boomtown of Freeport are sitting empty. Money is tight Savings and loan associations say withdrawals have exceeded deposits for the last 18 months. Critics put the bulk of the blame for these problems on the Pindling government. They charge he has lost "investor confidence." His supporters charge the sagging economy is simply a result of recession in the United States. His opponents predict they will topple Pindling in the next election, rumored by some to be called in April. Pindling is confident of victory, and he will be hard to beat, particularly among the "over-the-hill" Bahamian, poor and largely uneducated. He is their first black leader, a man who emerges with the combined best qualities of Moses, Abraham Lincoln and perhaps Martin Luther King Jr. Souvenir licence plates for Sask. A colorful souvenir licence plate, welcoming visitors to Saskatchewan Homecoming '71, will soon be available to Saskatchewan motorists. The plates were unveiled in Regina when a formal presentation of the first commemorative plate was made to Homecoming director, J. W. Gardiner. Retail price for the plate is $1.50. They may be attached to existing plates on both front and rear of any vehicle. Get in and GO! CaDT ALL-TERRAIN VEHKLES Just name the conditions - muskeg, sand, rocky terrain, lake country - and COOT will get you through! Great for hunting, fishing or just sports driving. Industrial advantages too. Action four-wheel drive and articulating sturdy steel "twist - action" hulls. Amphibious. Just get in and go! CONTACT CANADA'S EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR A Division of Ace Explosives Ltd. HOME OFFICE: 6026 - 5th STREET S.E., CALGARY 27, ALTA. PHONE: 252-8156 (AREA CODE 403) Plus* Indicate In reply 'Dtiler* or 'Pcrtoiul' interest. CHARTER For Those Travelling On Group and Charter Flights to Britain and Europe in 19711 A.M.A. World Travel are Agents for the following tour companies:  Car hire In Britain/Ireland  Eurail Pat*  British Rail  Wallace Arnold  Europabus For Further Information Contact Ustl Book Now . . . Phone 328-7921 or 328-1771 Southdown and Glenton Cook* Frames Trafalgar Tour Pleasant Scandinavia ALL INQUIRIES WELCOMEI A.M.A. WORLD TRAVEL SERVICE Office open Monday thru Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 903 3rd AVE. S. - LETHBRIDGE FREE PARKING AT REAR OF BUILDING ;