The State Department advisory on travel to Kenya in Sunday's Travel section was incorrect. The advisory states that Americans should exercise caution when visiting Kenya. They should travel with reputable safari firms and be alert to street crime. For more information contact the Citizens Emergency Center at 647-5225. (Published 9/5/90)
MapEasy was born of hands-on experience -- "the left hand on the map, the right on the guidebook," says co-creator Gary Bradhering. These city maps-cum-guidebooks provide relief for the overburdened traveler, in the form of charmingly illustrated and elegantly hand-lettered maps, packed with enough inside information to get you through a full day of touring, noshing and shopping without ever cracking a guidebook.
Currently available for Boston, New York and Washington (with San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Paris and Rome soon to follow), the maps will even guide you out of town to nearby points of interest. Next time Cousin Wayne from Walla Walla waltzes in, smile serenely and hand him one of these; you won't have to draw him a map. The maps, which cost about $5, are available at local bookstores. For more information: MapEasy, (516) 324-1804.
Wishing you could shorten the cross-channel commute time, England to France? Wish granted. The trip from Portsmouth to Cherbourg (don't forget your umbrella) takes just over two hours -- less than half the usual ferry time -- with Hoverspeed Great Britain's new service. And you get to ride one of the world's largest catamarans -- 74 meters (243 feet). Take that, Channel Tunnel!
The fare for adults on foot is 27 pounds ($43), while two adults with a small car pay 69 pounds ($100). Reservations are required, through your travel agent or by calling 011-4430-424-0241.
Meanwhile, you can cross from France to Ireland and back on the Irish Ferries. The trip's a bit longer than the channel crossing -- 18 to 22 hours -- but Eurailpass holders ride for free. The ferry operates year-round between Cherbourg or Le Havre and Rosslare Harbour, Ireland; from late June to early September, there also is ferry service between Le Havre and Cork. The fare for two adults and a car is about $130 in the summer, about $75 the rest of the year. For information: CIE Tours, 1-800-243-7687.
TRAVEL TRIVIA What was the "Crossing of the Fathers"? Where and when did it take place?
TRIVIA ANSWER: A CROSSING OF THE COLORADO RIVER BY THE SPANISH DOMINGUEZ-ESCALANTE EXPEDITION, 1776, RECORDED BY A MISSIONARY IN THE FIRST HISTORICAL MENTION OF LAKE POWELL'S CANYON BED ADVISORY WATCH
Recent State Department travel advisories:
China. With capacity crowds expected in Beijing for the 11th Asian Games (mid-September to mid-October), travel to that city without confirmed reservations is not recommended.
India.Ongoing political unrest between India and Pakistan makes the Jammu and Kashmir states in northern Indian and all areas near the Pakistani border highly unsafe.
Peru. Terrorism and crime continue to be serious problems throughout the country.
Kenya. Given the volatile political situation, with public demonstrations and clashes between police and rioters, all nonessential travel to Kenya should be deferred.
For details, contact the Citizens Emergency Center, 647-5225. FREE FOR THE ASKING
"Inns of Point Reyes" is available free from P.O. Box 145, Inverness, Calif. 94937, (415) 663-1420.
"Bucks County Travel Guide & Map" is available free from Bucks County Tourist Commission, P.O. Box 912, Dept. 62, Doylestown, Pa. 18901, (215) 345-4552.