Aflutter in Florida
Florida has alligator parks, dolphin parks, parrot parks -- why not one for butterflies? Why not, indeed. Butterfly World, in Broward County's Tradewinds Park near Fort Lauderdale, has three large screened aviaries featuring thousands of live butterflies from around the world, as well as cases of emerging pupae and a "tropical rain forest" -- a 30-foot-high mini-jungle with trees, ponds and waterfalls. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for kids 3 to 12. For information: (305) 977-4400.
The Opening of Albania
U.S. passport holders may now visit Albania -- something they haven't been able to do since World War II, when the country banned all such travel. Although individual travel is not permitted (unless you're of Albanian descent), Americans may now join organized tours sponsored by agents approved by Albtourist, the official Albanian tourist office. One such agent: Regent Holidays, 13 Small St., Bristol BS1 1DE, England, phone 011-44-2722-11711. Crime Warning
The Department of State has issued a warning to U.S. travelers abroad to beware of crime as a growing problem worldwide. Recommendations include:
Know the areas considered risky by locals.
Leave valuables at home.
Carry traveler's checks and major credit cards, not large amounts of cash.
Hide your passport and money on your person, or store in a hotel safe.
Keep a record of your passport number, and date and place of issuance, plus two extra passport-size photos, and store them separately from your passport.
Keep car doors locked while driving; keep luggage out of sight.
Pickpockets, warns the State Department, are an ever-increasing problem, operating most often in airports and train stations and aboard public transport serving major tourist sites. Railpass: Eastern Add-On
GermanRail is offering the first East German railpass, valid for four or eight consecutive days of travel. Priced from $59, the pass is available only as an add-on to a GermanRail pass or a Eurailpass. For information: (212) 308-3102. TRAVEL TRIVIA
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National Tom Sawyer Days, Hannibal, Mo., July 4-8.
Verona Opera Festival, Verona, Italy, July 5-Sept. 2.
Utah Shakespearean Festival, Cedar City, Utah, July 2-Sept. 8.
Opera Festival, Munich, July 6-31.
Grande Parade du Jazz, Nice, France, July 7-17.
City of London Festival, London, July 8-25.
Days of '47 Pioneer Celebration, Salt Lake City and throughout Utah, July 10-24.
International Music Festival, Aix-en-Provence, July 12-29.
Antigonish Highland Games, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, July 13-15.
The National Crop Over Festival, July 14-Aug. 6, Barbados.
The Dublin Horse Show, Ballsbridge, Ireland, July 17-21.