TCPhiladelphia (bus) storyAn environmentally friendly...


March 26, 1995|By Suzanna Stephens


Philadelphia (bus) story

An environmentally friendly shuttle-bus service has begun operating between popular sites in downtown Philadelphia. The service, called Phlash (pronounced Flash) Downtown Loop, travels along a route in the Center City section. The buses are powered by compressed natural gas, which contains up to 95 percent less carbon monoxide than gasoline or diesel fuel.

There are more than 30 stops, including the Pennsylvania Convention Center, City Hall, Logan Circle, Rittenhouse Square, the Academy of Music, the South Street area, Independence Hall, Penn's Landing on the Delaware River and the Old City. A round trip takes about 50 minutes.

The fare is $1.50 a trip ($1 a trip on Wednesday). A one-day pass, which can be bought on the bus, costs $3, and children age 6 and younger ride for free. Buses operate Monday through Saturday, from 4 p.m. to midnight. In June, daytime hours will be added, and service will be offered daily. Call the Philadelphia Visitor's Center at (800) 537-7676.

London, in bloom

The Chelsea Flower Show, covering 22 acres of London's Royal Hospital grounds, promises to be the festival of a flower-lover's dreams. Keith Prowse and Co. offers a six-night package to the May 23 show that includes airfare from Baltimore and costs from $1,064 to $1,700. Also included are hotel-airport transfers, continental breakfast daily, a ticket to Members Day at the show, a year's Royal Horticultural Society membership and a seven-day London Visitors Travelcard for unlimited use of subways and city buses. Call (800) 669-8687.

A degree of Oxford

An Oxford education has traditionally been one of the most prestigious academic credentials. For seven centuries, scholars have studied there, drawing on Oxford's impressive libraries and museums and its Socratic method of one-on-one teaching.

For adults who have completed two or more years of college, the Oxford/Berkeley Program, begun in 1969, offers an Oxford experience that includes small group seminars led by Oxford dons, research in the Bodleian Library, afternoon tea in the college cloisters and dinner with Oxford dons at "high table." Participants live and study at Worcester College, which dates to 1283.

Two three-week sessions are offered -- July 3-22 and July 24 to August 12. Participants can select one of 24 courses, ranging from Shakespeare's tragedies to castles and country. Fees, which include tuition, single room, all meals, lectures and receptions, are $3,300 for one three-week session and $6,200 for two three-week sessions. Field trips are extra. Transportation to Oxford from the United States is not included.

For information, write to Oxford/Berkeley Program, Department 37A, UC Berkeley Extension, 55 Laguna St., San Francisco, Calif. 94102, or call (415) 252-5230.

Balkan Holidays offers a seven-day tour to Bulgaria's annual rose festival at the end of May, when the flowers are harvested in the 75-mile-long Valley of the Roses. There will be folk dancing, singing and harvest rituals, feasts, contests and bazaars. Participants will get a chance to pick roses, see rose oil extracted for perfume and explore historic sites. The tour departs May 29 and costs $1,233 per person, double occupancy, including airfare from Dulles or BWI, six nights' lodging and guide services. Call (212) 573-5530.

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