The looking glass

Sculptor Dale Chihuly's work is on display at the New York Botanical Garden

The Smart Traveler

July 16, 2006

NEW YORK

What's being billed as the first major exhibit in New York City of Dale Chihuly's colorful glass sculptures is on view at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.

THE RUBY SLIPPERS, MADONNA'S BRA, AND EINSTEIN'S BRAIN: THE LOCATIONS OF AMERICA'S POP CULTURE ARTIFACTS

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Some people are just suckers for the kind of material that fills the pages of this quirky and entertaining guide. It is full of curiosities of the historical, criminal, musical, sporty and other kind. Ever wondered what happened to Thomas Edison's last breath? Go no farther than the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., where on display is a test tube that contains the inventor's dying breaths, collected by his son. And there's plenty more interesting tidbits, such as the world's only gas station built by Frank Lloyd Wright, north of Minneapolis; the Jolly Green Giant statue in Blue Earth, Minn.; the world's largest olive in Lindsay, Calif.; and the Wizard of Oz House in Liberal, Kan.

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TRAINS

Who gets the window seat?

It can be a psychological nightmare -- stuck on a train or plane for hours next to a frazzled mother with an infant obsessed with peek-a-boo. But some passengers on French trains needn't face that scenario. The Internet booking site for certain high-speed trains linking Paris with 11 other major cities lets customers check out profiles of their fellow passengers and arrange to sit beside someone who shares their interests. Travelers who don't care about sharing conversation can opt to sit in a "silent" area. The site -- idtgvandco.com -- is in French, so customers need to have some familiarity with that language.

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