All about oranges, from art to juice
If you think there's nothing new under the sun to see in the Sunshine State, start planning now: In addition to the grand tradition of theme parks and beaches, Florida will now be offering tourists access to one of its greatest assets -- its citrus groves. Sun Harvest Citrus, which produces Indian River oranges, now offers tours of its packing house in Fort Meyers. In a free 20-minute presentation, visitors get to see the entire cycle in which oranges progress from grower to grocery store. A highlight of the tour is free samples of citrus products, including freshly squeezed orange juice. The snack bar even sells orange-flavored ice cream.
The company has also opened a "citrus gallery," with fruit-related artwork. The gallery includes reproductions of works by such famous names as Cezanne and Matisse, and every picture contains some kind of citrus plant.
Tours are available from November through May, and reservations are required for groups larger than 10. For more information, call (813) 768-2686 or (813) 939-1500. Most vacations require a lot of planning. And in the '90s, there's one more factor to be taken into account before deciding where to go -- the environment. For those Earth-conscious travelers who are looking for a way to see the planet without damaging it, there's now Ecotraveler, a new magazine published by Skies America Publishing Co., of Portland, Ore. According to editor Suzanne K. Eggleston, the magazine hopes to expose its readers to "natural wonders, family adventures, and exotic cultures." A recent issue contained articles on such diverse topics as Jamaica, an Alaskan wildlife refuge and a trip by foot to see the Sahara. Subscriptions are $36 for 12 issues. To find out more, write to: 7730 Mohawk St., Tualatin, Ore. 97062.
U.S. travel tops
A recent survey by the Japan Travel Bureau revealed the U.S. as the most popular travel destination of Japanese tourists. In fact, the top two destinations were expected to be the United States, with Hawaii receiving 369,000 Japanese tourists between July 1 and Aug. 31, and the U.S. mainland, attracting an additional 365,000. They were followed, in descending order, by Korea, Hong Kong, Guam, Singapore, Switzerland, Canada, China and Australia.
Freudian slips and trips in Vienna and London
Sigmund Freud was famous for analyzing other people's home lives -- and at the Sigmund Freud House in Vienna, Austria, visitors can turn the tables and analyze the home of the father of psychoanalysis himself. For visitors planning a European vacation, the sight makes an interesting detour, giving insight into the life of a man who helped many others gain insight into their own lives. Included among the items on exhibit are photos, letters and even the original furniture that guests saw when they came for meetings of the Vienna Psycho-Analytical Society, which Freud founded there in 1902. The exhibit brings to the public eye a very personal glimpse of a private life. To find out more about the Sigmund Freud House (Bergasse 19, 1090 Vienna), call 011 431 319 95 96.
Another museum exists as well: The Freud museum in London, England was home to the famed psychoanalyst during the last year of his life, after Nazi persecution forced him to leave his
homeland. Among other artifacts, it includes the couch where patients lay while Freud conducted his psychological investigations. For more information, call 011 44 71 435 2002 or 011 44 71 435 5167.
Help for the tourist
Basking in Brazil's recent World Cup victory, the city of Rio de Janeiro is trying to show greater sensitivity toward tourists with a new program called "Take Care of Our Gringo." Not exactly an inspiring name, but it does encourage local residents to help tourists find their way around the South American city.