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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 30, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 3 _ THE lEIHBRIDGt HEKAID Friday, Odob.r SO, 19A Reds Sneer At Capitalism But Court West Currency THEY FORGOT THE PLUGS-This is the Russia, one of the largest hotels in the world, which dominates the centre of Moscow and can.accommodate guests. But taking a bath can be a are no bathtub plugs. Prague Charms The Visitor Travel At Bargain Rates By FRASEK MacDOUGALL PRAGUE (CP) The tour- ist visitor to Czechoslovakia can play at being a Napoleon or at living the luxurious life of a habitue of the Habsburg court in its palmy days of power and wealth. If he isn't a history buff, he can instead savor the charm of Prague, lour underground Czech Travel Bureau Will Hold 1969 Prices NEW YORK The Czecho- slovak Travel Bureau, CEDOK has decided for the secom straight year to hold its prices at 1969 levels. This was announced here by Jan Kolarik, North American director of the agency. "Our prices for 1971 will be unchanged from this year and unchanged from Mr. Kol- arik said. "This policy runs counter to prevailing tendencies in the world tourism picture and, in fact, places our agency in the position of being a stab' Sizing influence when it comes to the cost of visiting Europe." CEDOK's price stabilization covers such tourist services as hotel accommodation, theater tickets, guide fees, sight-seeing and other tours within Czecho- slovakia. caves, enjoy attractive sce- nery or seek to cure whatever ails him at one of the coun- try's spas built around min- eral springs. The sports buff can ski or skate or hunt or fish, watch soccer or hockey talk hockey with the people who speak warmly of Can- ada's teams. And there are also the partunities for meeting the warm-hearted Czechs in res- taurants or in beer-drinking spots or on the for enjoying a rich variety of cul- tural events. Don't expect to see any So- viet troops in the tourist areas. They are stationed in western border areas. Travel comes at bargain rates by North American standards. You can get a first-class twin-bed room in a Prague hotel for. ao little as A traveller content to live like the Czechs can get a dou- ble room for COFFEE IS BITTER A luxury meal can be ex- pensive. But a good one, with beer or wine, can cost less than in places geared for the tourist trade, less.than 75 cents in those frequented by ordinary people. One warning: The North American may find the coffee bitter for his taste and the tea on the weak side. Both are more expensive than in Can- ada. Czechs themselves fre- quently pass up both, prefer- ring beer or wine. By HAROLD MORRISON MOSCOW (CP) Commun- ists may sneer at capitalism but they eagerly court the dol- any other Western currency they can get. The big Soviet drive is in tourism, with modern hotels, special guided tours in all Western languages and even special shops where tourists can get luxury goods at low prices for hard currency. But amid all this push for tourists, Soviet engineers seem to have neglected that one item so prized in Western bathtub plug. Moscow boasts one of the world's biggest hotels, the Rossia, which can accommo- date guests. This colos- sus dominates the centre of the capital and almost chal- lenges the Kremlin in im- mensity. It is a huge, modern, square edifice with corridors which seem to rival those in the Pentagon in Washington for length. LANGUAGE IS PROBLEM But if you want to take a bath, you had better bring your own plug. There is a telephone in each room and it works but there is little evidence of Western-style room service. Even some of the Russians complain, that the immensity of this hotel deters efficiency, but most annoyances may re- sult from language differ- ences. Interpreters are availa- ble all day and part of the evening. When they go home, tourists are reduced to the sign language unless they know a smattering of Russian. A chronic complaint seems to be imiversalr-the slow pace of Russian waiters. Countless reports have been written about the time it takes to get a Russian meal. In the Hotel Rossia' a simple repast of soup, meat and coffee may take up to two hours to com- plete delivery. The menu, in Russian and English, is extensive with many exotic dishes listed. But when it comes to' selection, you may find that only a few dishes are available. Invaria- bly the hotel seems to have run out of others. But that old Western custom i p p i n g s eagerly em- braced. A fat tip brings a big smile. HARD CURRENCY PAYS Out in the streets you may find the average shop expen- sive, especially for luxury items. But in the special "ber- jozka" hard-currency shops, you can find Russian furs, jewelry, fine watches, crystal, oil paintings, toys, wines and spirits and old silver. The prices are fairly and in some cases highly at- for vodka tod other Soviet spirits. All you need are dollars or other hard currencies. To help tire foreigner sam- ple the delights of Moscow Halloween Thrill In Dublin Crypt Alberta Featured To Entice Visitors "Big A" Alberta is featured "We're also extremely inter- with a _ series of articles this ested in contacting writers in By EVELYN BOWEN DUBLIN You can get a Mloween thrill all year long in this Irish capital a chance o shake hands with the dead. Among the oddest of Dublin's curiosities are the contents of le vaults under the centuries- !d St. Michan's Church, which located near the Four Courts uilding within easy walking GO TO HAWAII FOR CHRISTMAS! Book Now With The AMA'S Hawaii Experts: ROBERTA HOLMES and DELORES FELGER LOW INCLUSIVE TOUR! Leaving Dec. 21, 1970 Return Jan. 4, 197] limited Seats Available BOOK NOW! Phone 328-7921 or 328-1771 All INQUIRIES WELCOME! A.M.A. World Travel Service Offico open Mondcy through Saturday 9 a.m. lo 5 p.m. 903 3rd Avo. S. LETHBRIDGE FREE PARKING AT REAR OF BUILDING distance ol Dublin's famous O'Connell St. There, the bodies of ancient citizens lie in six-sided coffins in a good state of preservation, hands of some folded across chests, skin like fine brown leather, finger nails still per- fectly formed. Old records reveal grove of oak trees grew on the church site long ago (it was from this neighborhood that William Rufus got his oak to roof, beam and brace Westmin- ster Hall in London in 1008) and the theory is that tannic acid from the trees, absorbed by the soil over the centuries, was strong enough to permeate the atmosphere of the vaults and tan the skins of the dead. month1 in an expanded edition of Travel-Leisure just off the press. The illustrated features, de- signed to encourage Albertans to see more of their province and to entice Canadians from other provinces to visit Alberta, were published with the co-operation of the Alberta Department of Industry and Tourism. Travel-Leisure, published In Calgary by Gladys Taylor Pub- lications, is the only monthly magazine originating in West- ern Canada that covers travel and leisure on a national scale. and the rest of the vast coun- try, the Soviet Union has de- veloped the big state-owned Intpurist organization with offices in about countries. If you find tickets for the Bolsnoi Theatre hard to and they usually ist may get them for you, especially if you have dollars to spend. Special guided tours in Moscow and elsewhere are gladly usually quoted in dollars. The drive seems to be pay- ing off. The tourist traffic is heavy, specially in Moscow, and sometimes the interpret- ers and others involved are driven off their feet by the tourist siege. RULES BAFFLING Some tourist: are baffled by the Soviet regulations. In parts of the Baltic states you can get permission for a visit of up to five not six. One father and son, who flew from the United States to visit old relatives in Lithu- ania, said they pleaded for a one-day extension. It was refused, but they were advised that the rela- tives could fly to Moscow to visit them there. So the Amer- icans flew to Moscow and waited. But the r e 1 a t i v e s didn't turn up. They couldn't cough up the air fares. Foreign observers suggest that some of these difficulties may disappear as the Soviet Union becomes more experi- enced in catering to the travel masses. But difficulties may also relate to the Russian character. A high-placed Soviet official was showing a foreigner around and in mid-afternoon entered a coffee bar and sought out two waitresses to Jrovide coffee. One of them, ;he supervisor, screamed at the official that they were on two-hour' afternoon break. He pressed ids authority and ishe, still screaming, rushed to the telephone to report the of- ficial to the militia on the grounds that he was causing a disturbance. No Expansion Of Campgrounds In Park System BILLINGS, Montana-George Hartzog, Jr., Director of the National Park Service, announc- ed that any expansion of family campgrounds in the National ParkSystem will be limited, and most certainly will fall fat short of meeting predictable de- mands. FARMERS and RANCHERS! Far a wonderful vacation experience take your pick of then 2 drtam vacation teun: 9th Annual Farmers and Ranchers Tour of the South Pacific 1971 Duigntd for ipecialiieil interest! of farmers and rancheril Visit: HAWAII, FIJI, NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA Departure January 18th, 25th, February 1st and Bthl 27-DAYTOUR 1 7 1 4 (shored basis) Farmers and Ranchers Tour of South America 1971 Tour takes in 5 South American countries In 29 well-planned Departure: February 7th. Returns: March 7th 29-DAY TOUR (shared basis) We Make Foreign Travel a Breeze! LAWSON TRAVEL 25 offices specializing in holidays, Morquit Hotel LETHBR1D6E, Alberta Telephone 328-3000 or 327-4094 Great M Taylor. "We have tried to emphasize the beauty of travel in this province and the particular Special Praise For Expo Efforts By Patrick Reid Canada Japan Newsletter Japan's Expo '70 has .ended, an unqualified success by any The preservation of is attributed to the temperature and peculiarly dry atmosphere of the vaults. The vaults were kept closed for many years. When they were opened, some visitors took fresh flowers into one of the crypts. Almost immediately the jodies in that crypt began to crumble into dust, the explana- tion being that the moisture carried in the flowers upset the delicate temperature jalance of the crypt. A body that is a favorite with 'isitors is said to be that of a might crusader, a man of con- siderable height. When the church warden invited the members of our small group to hake the hand of the crusader efore leaving, one woman gave a little shudder and hur- ied out. Somewhat reluctantly, nd urged on by others of the roup, I took the knight's hand nd to my surprise found that t was not at all the macabre xperience I feared it might be. was almost like touching a irm gloved hand. St. Michan's is an Interesting hurch to visit, apa-t from its aults. Tho tower dates back to he Danish occupation when the ivadcrs a church on the pot. Greets Dawn Guam, which lies farther west than any other U.S. terri- tory, is often called the place "whore America's day begins." Tills tiny island is first to greet the dawn of each now day be- cause it lies beyond the Inter- I national Date Line. diplomacy and never-failing good humor. In addition to playing the role of Canada" at Expo '70, Mr. Reid has acted as chairman of the 17-nation steering commit- tee whose task it was to pre- side over many of the affairs of Asia's first world exposition. He continues in that position until tlie final meeting this month that will mnko recom- mendations concerning future world expositions based on the experience- of this year. When that crazy cast of characters from the Lethbridge label go to work on Alberta's history, anything can happen. Well, almost anything. They'll never change the great traditional flavour of Alberta's great traditional beer: Lethbridge Pilsner. Here's real beer taste that's part of our pioneering past. A staunch favourite for nearly half-a-hundred years. So next time call for Lethbridge Pil. Enjoy your own Great Moments Alberta's original Pilsner' TRADITION YOU CAN TASTE FROM THE HOUSE OF LETHBBIDOiE fiffl ;