Ireland's tourists can now use passWith Ireland's Rambler...

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February 16, 1992

Ireland's tourists can now use pass

With Ireland's Rambler Pass, visitors have unlimited travel throughout the island on a train or bus for eight days ($96) or 15 days ($144).

A pass that allows bus and rail travel costs $125 for eight days and $184 for 15 days.

The Emerald Isle Card is for traveling on buses and trains in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Eight days are $168; 15 days $288.

The passes are available in the United States from travel agents, or through CIE Tours International, 108 Ridgedale Ave., Morristown, N.J. 07960-4244; (800) CIE-TOUR.

Air Force reunion set for England

Fifty years ago, a half-million men and women in the U.S. Army Air Forces "invaded" eastern England to join Allied forces. Numerous anniversary events are scheduled for this year.

Included are air shows, museums displays, big-band concerts, dances, garden parties and "American nights" in pubs.

A brochure, "Return to England," tells about 130 anniversary events. For a copy, write to British Tourist Authority, 350 S. Figueroa, No. 450, Los Angeles, Calif. 90071.

New skating rink opens in Paris

In an effort to oust Parisian couch potatoes from their television screens during the Winter Olympics, the city government has installed an outdoor skating rink near the hilltop Sacre-Coeur Basilica in Montmartre.

Le Patinoire du Vieux Montmartre will be open until March 31The rink is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Natchez Spring Pilgrimage begins next month

In 1932, Natchez, Miss., held its first organized spring pilgrimage to historic houses and gardens -- an event that has made the Mississippi River town a household world.

This year the Natchez Spring Pilgrimage begins March 7 and continues through April 5. Every day of the month will feature morning and afternoon tours of 30 pre-Civil War homes and a variety of entertainment.

Tour tickets are $20 a person per tour and $18 a person when more than one tour is purchased at the same time. Children, ages 6 through 17, may purchase tickets at half-price.

L For more information, call (601) 446-6631 or (800) 647-6742. Skiers with fax machines can order free weather reports and basic information on 38 resorts across the country under a test-marketing program that its organizers hope will become a permanent winter service.

By calling (800) 873-9803, skiers can ask for a report by fax that includes current ski conditions, regional weather forecast and map for a specific resort as well as information about the number of trails, lift capacity, ticket prices, lodgings and day-care facilities.

The program, called Snow Country Resorts and Reports, is a joint effort by P. R. Newswire, which sends press releases to news organizations, and Snow Country Reports, which gathers daily ski condition reports for newspapers and radio stations. A spokesman said the 38 ski areas in the test included major resorts in the Rockies, Far West and Northeast. The number of people allowed into Sissinghurst, the garden in England created by the writer Vita Sackville-West and her husband, Sir Harold Nicolson, will be limited this year to reduce the damage caused by crowds of visitors.

In the 25 years since the garden at Sissinghurst Castle, about an hour's drive south of London, came under the care of Britain's National Trust, the number of visitors has increased from 20,000 in 1967 to nearly 200,000 last year.

About 450 visitors will be allowed into the garden at one time and may stay as long as they wish. On the busiest days, later arrivals will have to wait their turn until people in the garden leave. Some may be asked to return another day.

A spokesman for the National Trust said the average time spent in the garden was about 1 1/2 hours, though this depends on the weather. Sundays are always busy.

Sissinghurst Castle Garden, near Cranbrook TN17 2AB, Kent, (580) 712850, is open from April 1 until Oct. 15.

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