When is a Eurostar train not a train? When it's a yellow submarine named the Beatle Express.

2 women kissing the large joker character.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 Beatle-abilia.

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 mean?

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 and under.

Cartoon picture of Oscar the Grouch.Insider discovered this on a recent trek with a gaggle of little boys to Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pa.

Big Bird, Bert, Ernie and the rest of the gang were highly visible to all creatures small and smaller who visited the park.

Just as visible were the money-making signature food items, which every adult was obligated to buy, under threat of tantrum.

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 following:

No. 3: "Thou shalt not let other travelers get on thy nerves."

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."

Snail dialing

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.

Public phone booth.Instead of 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 away.

'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 multitasking?

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