Holiday show in Tivoli GardensFor the first time, Tivoli...

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September 18, 1994|By Howard Henry Chen

Holiday show in Tivoli Gardens

For the first time, Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen's renowned amusement park, will be open from Nov. 18 to Dec. 31 this year, offering a holiday theme with productions of "Great Expectations" and a Christmas fair and market. The park, located in the heart of the city, is a delightful blend of gardens, carnival games, amusement rides, food pavilions and stage shows. For more information, call (800) 346-4636. (If you read "Tivoli" backward, it almost spells "I love it." You heard it here first.)

A better way to go

What some of us Italian culture fans don't get is: Why would someone spend time at, say, the Uffizi Gallery rather than experience livelier works of Italian art, such as grappa? Let's face it, those snore-inducing statues can wreck a vacation. Hence Rick Steves and Gene Openshaw have written "Mona Winks," a wine/women/song-lovers' guide to Europe's 21 coolest museums: It's a humor-filled collection of self-guided tours that whisk you past the mediocre and on to the masterpieces, in plenty of time to hit the wine bar. A summary of five millenniums of art history is included. The volume is published by John Muir Publications and is $16.95.

Finding the time

Diabetic travelers who take insulin have more than just jet lag to consider when they're crossing time zones. They have to adjust their insulin intake, too. For a free wallet card with instructions for that adjustment, send a self-addressed, stamped business envelope to the Diabetic Traveler, Box 8223-Rw, Stamford, Conn. 06905.

No smoking on Delta

There no longer will be a need for those pesky no-smoking lights on Delta Air Lines trans-Atlantic flights. The airline will be the first American carrier to impose a smoking ban on all such flights, beginning in January.

Delta's decision is the latest move among major carriers to prohibit smoking on some international routes. Smoking has been banned on flights within the United States for years, and legislation is working its way through the House of Representatives that would extend the ban to all flights to and from the United States.

Venezuelan treasure trip

Grab your bullwhip, fedora and flight jacket, Indiana Jones, we're off to Venezuela. A California-based expeditions outfitter, Gringo Express Tours, is sponsoring 10-day excursions into the hinterlands of Venezuela, where participants can pan for gold in jungle rivers or pick at shale in hopes of finding a sweet little gem. Another excursion takes visitors to renowned Angel Falls, where it's said a river of gold flows into the highest waterfall in the world.

The treasure-hunt tour takes bounty hunters into the the jungles of Santa Elena, near the Brazilian border. It's reported that a treasure seeker in 1975 found a 21-carat diamond that's now on display at the National Museum in Caracas. In 1973, a 120-pound nugget of gold was discovered in the area and was sold to a Middle Eastern country for $1.5 million.

On the tour to Angel Falls -- a hot area for diamonds, according to the organizers -- visitors can search for the (mythical?) Lost Stream of Gold.

Both trips list departure dates of Oct. 11, Oct. 24, Nov. 7 and Nov. 28, and both include airfare from San Francisco to Caracas and transportation into where the wild things are. The price of $2,850 also includes accommodations and all meals. For more information and reservations, call (209) 533-3399.

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