When is a Eurostar train not a train? When it's a yellow submarine
named the Beatle Express.
As part of a promotion
for the re-release of the Beatles film "Yellow Submarine," all 400
meters (18 cars) of a Eurostar train have been painted in bright
colors and decorated with scenes from the film and other
The train will take passengers between Paris and London through
the Channel Tunnel.
La dolce fritta
Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Colosseum ... Dunkin'
Donuts. Dunkin' Donuts in the Eternal City? What does this
It means that apple doughnuts with sprinkles and other dolci
fritti (fried sweets) and takeout hazelnut coffee in Styrofoam cups
are making inroads in the land of espresso and cannoli.
Insider's sources report that the flagship location in the
shadow of the Trevi Fountain is decked out in the familiar tan
awning but also sports big plastic neon doughnuts hanging from
fluorescent ceiling lights.
A tabletop questionnaire, in Italian, asks customers, "Ever
tried American coffee? Ever tried a bagel?"
Doughnuts sell for the equivalent of 98 cents, higher than here,
and coffee for $1 a cup, about the same. Espresso, whose sales lag
behind those of good old American joe, is 70 cents.
According to sources, Dunkin' Donuts will unfold its awnings at
110 European locations within six years -- about 70 in Germany and
40 in Italy.
Rome's second one will open at the Termini railway station in
October, and Berlin's first will follow a month later.
Europe is fertile terrain for fast food. McDonald's already
blankets the landscape, Burger King is in Milan, and Pizza Hut and
Starbucks stand poised to invade.
Land of sugar & money
It's whom you know and what you eat that make a theme park
great. Water rides and roller coasters are secondary, if you're 5
Insider discovered this on a
recent trek with a gaggle of little boys to Sesame Place in
Big Bird, Bert, Ernie and the rest of the gang were highly
visible to all creatures small and smaller who visited the
Just as visible were the money-making signature food items,
which every adult was obligated to buy, under threat of
Best seller in the cuisine category was the large, soft salted
pretzel, a favorite of Big Bird. More than 96,500 of these doughy
delights were sold in the six-month season in 1998.
Another hit was the Cookie Monster cupcake, a huge chunk of cake
topped with blue, marshmallowlike frosting that glittered and a
large Oreo cookie. Sesame Park's chefs reported sales of 37,404 of
these confections last year.
To drive home the park's antilitter policy, more than 300
garbage cans were spread throughout the 14 acres. These were not
ordinary garbage cans, of course. Ask your favorite little person
who Oscar the Grouch is.
Words to tour by
In the Bahamas, Insider discovered yet another "Ten Commandments
for Travelers." (We run into these from time to time.)
Plastered on the door of Vernon's Grocery in Hope Town, the 10
handwritten commandments -- 11, actually -- included the
No. 3: "Thou shalt not let other travelers get on thy
No. 5: "Remember to take only half the clothes you think you
need and twice the money."
And the mysterious 11th?: "Send not thy teenagers into the world
'til they've learned not to act like fools. It is better to be
thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt."
In this age of high-powered cellular and cordless phones, we
were charmed when we found this Caribbean version of an
old-fashioned phone booth.
a black phone with a thick, silver cord and a coin slot, this booth
featured a not-so-late-model touch-tone desk phone with a tangled
cord. You could just pick it up and dial a local number or hit "O"
for the operator.
Perhaps youngsters born into a cell-phone kind of world should
be reminded they cannot take this phone to their car and drive
'Are you in a tunnel?'
The cell phone has become ubiquitous, so it should have come as
no surprise when we heard someone in the middle of a business call
while in the ladies' room at Detroit City Airport.
But on surveying the small crowd in that limited space, we could
see no one with the telltale hand near the ear, nor could we easily
find the source of the voice -- until we realized the chat was
coming from inside one of the bathroom's stalls. How is that for