Three-hour excursion through JFK's BostonA sightseeing...

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August 14, 1994|By Howard Henry Chen

Three-hour excursion through JFK's Boston

A sightseeing tour of Boston emphasizing sites connected with John F. Kennedy is a fresh attraction to those wanting a historical visit without stalking that red line all over the city. The John F. Kennedy Library and Old Town Trolley Tours have joined forces in a tour featuring places in the Boston area associated with the former president and the Kennedy clan. The three-hour excursion operates Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings until Oct. 23, and Thanksgiving Day weekend. Highlights include Kennedy's birthplace in Brookline and the new museum at the Kennedy Library, as well as stops at the Massachusetts State House and the colorful North End. Tickets are $20; $15 for seniors and students; $10 for children 6 to 13. Call (617) 482-3275.

Here's what you do after an accident

OK. Despite precautions, it happens: You have a car accident, and naturally, you're upset. Shell Motorist Club (SMC) and the National Safety Council urge drivers to become familiar with the following steps:

* Move vehicle well off roadway to safety, but only if it is clear, safe and legal.

* Make a first-aid check of all persons involved. Call the police or emergency medical services.

* Mark the accident scene with emergency flashers, flares or reflective triangles.

* Exchange names, addresses, driver's license, license plate and phone numbers, and insurance information. Get names, addresses and phone numbers of witnesses.

* Make a quick diagram of accident scene. Do a sketch of where each vehicle's occupants were seated; show vehicles' direction of travel and lane. Also note date, time and weather.

* Report the accident to police and your insurance agent. Obtain a copy of the police report and initiate a claim with your insurance agent.

Sightseeing in Manhattan on English double-deckers

In New York, Gray Line has imported 12 double-decker buses from England to augment its daily sightseeing circuit around Manhattan. Eight motorized trolleys were introduced last year. The buses and trolleys complete a 2 1/4 -hour route between Central Park and the Statue of Liberty pier, making 16 stops along the way. Tickets are good for two days, and passengers can get on and off as many times as they wish. Stops include the United Nations, Greenwich Village, Rockefeller Center, SoHo and Little Italy. The trolleys and double-decker buses operate daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and appear at each stop about every half-hour. The fare is $16; $8 for under 12. Now if only they could import those neat black taxis with their Cockney-accented drivers . . . For more information, call (212) 397-2620.

Spring flowers bloom in New Zealand this fall

While the Joneses are planning car trips to New England this autumn to watch the foliage turn crimson and yellow and orange, try something different -- New Zealand, say, to explore the spring gardens in peak bloom.

The Commonwealth island nation, off the eastern coast of Australia, is a gardener's paradise, according to New Zealand's Central Reservations Office, which is sponsoring two tours to explore the flora of New Zealand. The first, Oct. 25 to Nov. 10, will focus on rhododendrons, azaleas and other mid-spring flowers. The Pukeiti Rhododendron Festival will be a highlight. .. The second tour, Nov. 15 to Dec. 1, comes just in time for the peak of the rose season, with a visit to Christchurch for Roseworld '94, the 10th World Rose Convention.

Both trips will tour North Island and South Island, including excursions to the Southern Alps, Tasman Glacier, Mount Cook and the Otago Peninsula. Ellen Henke, a botanist, television personality and garden travel writer, will escort both tours as well as an optional extension to Australia. Cost for each tour is $3,595 per person double occupancy; the two-week option in Australia (available with the second tour) costs $2,099. For more information and reservation information, call (800) 351-2323.

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