Take the kids on a time tripNext time you're in Paris, you...

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August 15, 1999|By Randi Kest

Take the kids on a time trip

Next time you're in Paris, you can tour the City of Light by taxi-bike. Bilingual students operate these three-wheeled, black-and-yellow bicycles -- made of fiberglass and equipped with 21 gears and passenger carriers -- and follow a 3-mile path starting and ending at the Place de la Concorde. Sites along the way, where tour guides can stop for photos, include the Jardin des Tuileries, Place de l'Opera, Place de la Madeleine, Place Vendome, the Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay.

Brothers (and veterans of the Foreign Legion) Patrick and Didier Leonhart came up with this noiseless and pollution-free way to tour Paris in an hour. Cost is $15 each or $21 for two. Taxi hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Call 33-1-47-42-00-01.

Childhood in olden days

Kids complaining about their daily chores again? Take them to see "Kids! 200 Years of Childhood" on display now through February 2001 at Winterthur Museum in Delaware. Here they'll be able to churn butter, haul water from a well and perform other tasks common to children in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The exhibit focuses on how children of the 1700s and 1800s lived differently from modern children. Period toys, board games, furniture, portraits, clothing and school books are displayed throughout the museum. Audio and video stations offer in-depth looks into the shorter and harder childhood of those centuries.

Winterthur is on Delaware Route 52 northwest of Wilmington. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 800-448-3883 or visit www.winterthur.org.

Sup and surf

The third edition of "Cybercafes: A Worldwide Guide for Travelers" by cyberkath@traveltales.com is now available at local bookstores. This comprehensive book lists cafes offering online access from Baltimore to New Delhi, India, complete with location, phone numbers, hours, prices and access information. Published by Ten Speed Press, "Cybercafes: A Worldwide Guide for Travelers" is $9.95.

New York apartments

Staying overnight in New York City can get pretty pricey, but booking a corporate apartment can save you a few bucks -- especially if a long-term stay is planned. A Hospitality Co. rents rooms in 150 properties around the city with nightly rates from $99. One- and two-bedroom apartments are available at AHC's 36-room "bed & breakfast building" on East 49th Street in Midtown for as low as $175 double occupancy. Rooms come complete with the ingredients for a continental breakfast stashed in the refrigerator, and local calls are free. Also, the tax rate for B&Bs is 8 1/4 percent instead of hotels' 13 1/4 percent. No sales tax on stays of seven nights or more. Call 800-987-1235 or visit www.hospitalitycom.

Sweet spots

A recent survey by the decadent dairy Haagen-Dazs concluded that these 10 U.S. cities are the nation's "most indulgent":

1. Las Vegas

2. New Orleans

(Tie) New York

(Tie) San Francisco

5. Los Angeles

6. Washington

7. Miami

8. Chicago

9. Atlanta

10. Dallas

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