Gettysburg guide puts you into battle

TRAVEL SMARTS

April 22, 2001

The new Gettysburg Expedition guide could make a Civil War enthusiast out of children as well as adults. The three-part multimedia kit (the first product for the travel guide company TravelBrains) uses interactive games, quizzes, movies and tour narration to give users a better understanding of one of the most decisive battles in the Civil War.

A six-section CD-ROM takes you step-by-step through the battle and the history leading up to it, and includes a 30-minute movie, animated battle maps, soldier biog-raphies, a game that puts you in the position of field commander and a trip planner.

When you get to the battlefield, a two-hour CD audio tour accompanies you on your driving route, explaining the significance of important locations and the battlefield strategy used in each place. A guidebook supplements the CD with 17 detailed battle maps showing troop movements, historic photographs and a key to the most important of the 1,300 monuments, memorials and markers on the battlefield.

To order the $40 kit, call 888-458-6475 or go to www.travelbrains.com.

Where to bite the Apple

With more than 18,000 restaurants to choose from, deciding where to eat in New York can be a major project. To help weed through the list, Where Magazine spent four months polling Big Apple tourists for their best restaurant picks in eight categories. Here are the first-place winners:

Best overall restaurant and best wine list: Windows on the World, 1 World Trade Center, 107th floor; 212-524-7000; American cuisine.

Best fine dining: The Four Seasons, 99 E. 52nd St.; 212-754-9494; American-Continental.

Best service: Union Square Cafe, 21 E. 16th St.; 212-243-4020; Italian-influenced American.

Best casual dining: Brasserie, 100 E. 53rd St.; 212-751-4840; New American and French.

Best pre-theater dining: Sardi's, 243 W. 44th St.; 212-221-8440; Continental.

Best dessert: Daniel, 60 E. 65th St.; 212-288-0033; French.

Best kid-friendly dining: Mars 2112, 1633 Broadway; 212-582-2112; "Pan Asian global fusion" (translation: a little of everything).

Best neighborhood ambience: Tribeca Grill, 375 Greenwich St., 212-941-3900; contemporary American.

Book is sculpted for dedicated Michelangelo fans

When amateur art historian Charles Washington returned from his first trip to Italy, he was disappointed.

"I discovered I had missed seeing a lot of the places Michelangelo frequented and many places where his magnificent works still exist today," he writes in the preface to his book "Michelangelo: In the Footsteps of the Master" (Advantage, $16). "I didn't know everywhere to look."

Determined not to let this happen to anyone else, Washington went back to Italy on a research mission: to track down the places of Michelangelo's life and art. He organized his findings in a self-published book, which lists the locations of the artist's great works as well as lesser-known ones, and other locales associated with Michelangelo. To order, call 970-226-5493.

If a tree falls in the woods, you can both discuss it

So much for roughing it. Motorola has introduced the Talkabout T6320 two-way radio, designed to keep travelers in touch while trekking through the woods. The Talkabout features a digital compass, altimeter, barometer, thermometer and the ability to receive weather warnings from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The high-tech walkie-talkie has a two-mile range, and also comes with a built-in clock, alarm and stopwatch. They are available in lime green, purple, blue and black. The T6320 sells for about $130. More information is available at www.motorola.com / T6300.

-- Tricia Bishop

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