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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 8, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THS 15THBRIDGE HEJUID Friday, May 1970 Holiday In West Berlin At Reasonable Prices CHANGING OF THE GUARD Tourists watch goose-stepping guard before memorial to victims of Hitler in East Berlm. -Jack N. Oldhom Photo Resort Operators Up In Arms PARIS (Reuters) Holiday resort operators on the French Riviera and others on the north coast are upset about charges that their beaches are unsafe and could even prove fatal. A magazine published by the National Consumers Union has claimed that France's coastal waters are so heavily polluted that in some areas swimmers run the risk of contracting diphtheria or cholera. Basing its claims on a study of France's coastal waters by the Centre for Biological Studies and Research and Oceanogra- phy, the magazine divided French beaches into five cate- acceptable, sus- pect it is better not to dangerous swimmers play with their and very dangerous swimmers play with their The magazine classed as "dangerous" some of the main southern beaches on the Cote for French and foreign tourists every summer. Some beaches on the northern Channel coast, such as the fash- ionable resort of DeauyiUe, also came under attack. Bernard Lafay, secretary of state at the industrial and scien- tific development ministry, said in a statement that while cer- tain sections of France's coastal waters are polluted, this did not mean that the germs caused disease. "Every year millions of peo- ple swim along France's coasts and an epidemic has never been noted he added. By LYNNE BUCIIAN WEST BERLIN In Europe outside of Russia, British Euro- pean Airways leads all other airlines in numbers of passen- gers carried last And the busiest destina- tion apart from London for this busy airline is not Manchester or Glasgow of Paris, but Ber- lin West Berlin, that is. Because West Berlin is still technically o c c u p i e d by the three Allied Powers Britain, France and the U.S. only one airline from narh of these three countries is allowed to fly into it (BEA, Air France, and Pan West Berlin is "vefboten" even to the West German na- tional carrier, Lufthansa. And because West Berlin is surrounded by communist East Berlin and East Germany, the simplest way to get to it, even from West German cities, is to flj. All of this, if you didn't know it before, you learn when you land at Tempelhof Airport, as I did recently on a flight from London. Berlin is the largest Indus tnal city between Paris and Moscow. Opulent store windows d splay made in Berlin cam- eras, binoculars, precision tools, exquisite faslu'ons, and a wide ''assortment of other goods. The city is bursting with cul- hrfal activity opera, theatre the Philharmonic (in its new concert art galleries and museums. One can absorb the still pre- valent vitality of this city sim ply by walking along the Kur furstendanim with its orderly traffic streaking by, its side- walk cafes, beer halls and ca barets, its hotels, shops and gal leries. To me, the Kur'fursten damm is like some of Fifil Avenue, Broadway, Piccadilly and Regent Street and a dash of the Champs-Elysees rollec into one. Its landmarks are the Europa Centre and the old Kai ser Wilhelm Church, a bomb out structure flanked by a w church and bell tower of ue panes of glass. The Eur- a Centre is Berlin's version, a modest scale, of- Place lie Marie or the Toronto-Do- inion Centre, complete with fices, shops, cinemas, restau- nts and a skating rink. There is much more for the ghtseer here, of course, includ- g some ancient churches, old alaces, the stadium and pool u'lt for the 1930 Olympics, and "chitecturally exciting build- gs like the Congress Hall and e National Gallery. Berlin is a favorite conven- on city and has a wide choice hotel accommodation rang- g from the pension to the lux- ury class. Room rates and meal rices are generally reason- ble. Berlin is also a festival city, ts film, garden and industrial estivals arc big event each year is the oat show. In this connection, he target after work and dur- ig weekend-1 in summer is the avel River which widens to orm lakes for swimming, wa- er skiing, sailing, cruising, and irl- or swan-watching. Despite the city's many at- it is "the Wall" gly, evil perverse that stir ntrigues tourists the most Breathes there no tourist witt soul so dead who is not movec When youte smiling call for 'Labatft Blue THE TRUE-BUUE FRIENDLY BEER by this stretch of concrete, jarbed wire, rolling tops, stag- gered barricades and a r in e d iuartls. Going into East Berlin is a simple matter involving, usual- ly, the boarding of a sightsee- ing bus which enters at Check- joint Charlie after negotiating a maze of barricades. In contrast to the western half of the cily, East Berlin is dull, although there are some interesting sights the war- damaged buildings that have been restored, new apartments and hotels, the bunker where Hitler died (now a grassy the square where the Nazis burned books, and the changing of the chill- ing goose step before the rebuilt ancient Neue Wache (new now a mem- orial to the victims of Hitler. The best reason for visiting East Berlin, I found, is that it makes you appreciate West Berlin even more. Overall the city offers a rea- sonably priced and interesting holiday. West Berliners are a hearty, convivial lot who, I've found, seem especially friendly to Canadians. While the num- bers of foreign visitors have been rising steadily, the latest figures show that Canadians have been responsible for the biggest increase of all up 35 per cent in a year. Britain Expects Big Tourist Year LONDON (CP) About visitors came to Britain n the first two months of this year, 17 per cent more than in he corresponding period of 1969. Because last year's tourist figures were of record propor- ions for the country, travel offi- cials in London are expecting 1970 to be the most prosperous 12-month period yet recorded by Jritain's domestic tourist indus- try. Separate -figures for the num- >er of visitors from Canada and other Commonwealth countries during January-February, 1970, Rent Sky High Garden In Heart Of London City If you want to hold a cock- tail party in a garden, on a roof, at the centre of a city, London is the place lot it. Deny and Toms, a London Department store, has a gen- uine full-time garden (four, as a matter of fact) on its roof. It can be rented at any time in the evening for a cocktail party of any size. That means anything up to a thousand people! But you can enjoy the gar- dens and the view much more cheaply then that for there is a restaurant where you can enjoy lunch or afternoon tea "al fresco." Deny and Toms is at Ken- sington High Street, London W.8, England. were not immediately available but were expected to be consid- erably higher than their 1969 counterparts, in line with the general trend. There were arrivals from the United'States alone, a rise of 22 per cent over the two- month period last year. The first two months of the year usually are nothing like a peak period for tourism in Brit- ain and the months ahead prob- ably will see droves of visitors swarming around the country's cities and rural areas. Introduction of transatlantic "jumbo jet" services is adding to the flood of visitors. Already, entire restaurants are being reserved for tourist parties from the U.S. on partic- ualr nights. The 1970 tourist trends are ex- pected to brighten considerably the outlook for Britain's econ- omy. Spending by foreign vis- itors is an important source of "invisible earnings" and thus has much bearing on the crucial balance of trade statistics. Schedule Modified In preparation with the forth- coming introduction of B-747 service, the basic Air France schedule to Paris and Chicago has just been modified for the first time in many years. The new giant of the air Is somewhat faster than the pres- ent generation jets, which will shorten to six hours and 10 min- utes the flying time between Montreal and Paris. Now Enjoy the World's Most Complete Vacation 3 CONTINENT HOLIDAY 37-Day Tour leaving NEW YORK October 23rd, 1970 FROM '1675 Visiting: IAS PALMAS, Canary lilondj DAKAR, Senegal LUANDA, Angola CAPETOWN, South Africa DURBAN, South Africa RIO DE JANIRO, Brazil BAHIA, Brazil CURACAO, Wosl Indiei ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands For further information contact: RIAWSON TRAVEL Offkej CoasMo-Coait MARQUIS HOTEL BIDS. Phone 327-4094 or 328-3000 OWNTOWN ySINESSMEN'S SSOCIATION LOVES Y MOM R YOUR MOM ARY'S MOM TOO 0 BRING YOUR MOM DOWNTOWN They're proving it with orchids. Distributed to all moms down- town Saturday, May 9th. Remember In Town It's Downtown ;