Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 20, 1972 · Page 22
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August 20, 1972

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 22

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22A--August 20, 1972 Sunday G*wette.MaU __^_________ owiMfcn, wm vfe«w«-- IF NIXON CAN VISIT RUSSIA, SO CAN WE, U. S. TOURISTS CLAIM Giant Tsar Bell at Moscow's Kremlin Is a Favorite With New Visitors V. S. Tourism to Russia Hits Record SMORGASBORD IS COMING TO CHARLESTON LUNCH $ 1 S§ pkntewn* DINNER S 1"phKbt«w*t CHILDREN 12 ( *ryMrthr«iflil«win. By Frank Crepeau MOSCOWWV-Record numbers of American tourists are flocking to the Soviet Union this summer to view Leningrad or the Kremlin--and to grapple with Communist red tape, strained tourist facilities and waiters that move like glaciers. "If President Nixon could come here we figured we could too," said Barbara Laux of Berwyn, m. "And we're hoping to see China." Mrs. Laux was a happy member of a 42-person tour group. Most Soviet tourism is based on the group-a concept that appeals to Soviet ideas of collective work and play. Each group has its own guides and its hotel rooms, transportation and restaurant table* reserved in advance. eludes sendees of a guide and a chauffered car-all arranged by Intourist, t h e state-operated travel agency. SALLAND" SAID* the sights were interesting, but "we've "I'm having a wonderful time," enthused Myrtle Kassel of New Orleans, La., a member ,-pf the group. "I don't feel I'm in the Soviet Union-it's like Germany, France, or any place else." Tom Sallad of Far Rockaway, N.Y, was a bit disgruntled about spent hours and hours just wasted," waiting for cars, arranging opera tickets and finding a place to eat. Unless the tourist is a member of a group with a fixed meal set up at a specific time, a restaurant lunch or dinner can take three hours--even If you manage to get in a restaurant. "We gave up on restaurants," said Salland. "Now we just try to buy some bread and cheese somehwere, but that's not easy either." The country has relatively few restaurants, and those approaching Western standards are rarer still, Moscow, a city of seven million population, has only about a dozen recommended for foreign tourists. The Leningrad Hotel has two huge dining rooms, but individual tourists are steered to a lOth-floor restaurant that sells the time he was wasting making meals for Western money. Even his own arrangements. , He and his wife were on a "deluxe" $65-a-day tour that in- that restaurant may be closed to individuals some nights and taken over by a tour group. ANNUAL LICK'S CLUB FAIR One couple who arrived after 11 p.m. was told there was nothing to eat--at a hotel considered the finest in Leningrad and by some accounts the country's best. They had to settle for a can of crabmeat--eaten out of the can-and some black bread in the hotel bar. The Soviet Union lacks facilities yet to cope with a flood of tourists. In 1956 about 500,000 foreigners visited 1 the country. Last year the total was 2.1 million, about 60 to 70 per cent from Blast Bloc countries. A m e r i c a n Express, whichj handles many American tour ists, says about 60,000 Ameri cans visited the Soviet Union last year and the figure is ex pected to exceed 70,000 this year. Most of the country is off limits to foreigners and tourists must stick to a fixed itierary-- whether in a group or not. Customs declarations require meticulous listing of foreign currency, rings, watches and 1 jewelry- Failure to fully declare Intourist says 40 hotels, motels and campsites are under construction. One Intourist offi cial concedes it is easier to put up a hotel than to get the personnel to run it. OBVIOUSLY,* many of those who lounge around restaurants disguised as waiters have no jrofessional qualifications and 10 interest in serving hungry guests. The newer hotels offer adequate to good accommodations ay Western standards, although prices of $30 to $40 a night are steep compared to accommoda- ions the same amount will buy in the West. Russian officialdom has always been suspicious of foreigners. The Communist press constantly warns Soviet citizens to vigilant about tourists. Officials are torn between a desire to maintain their closed society and greed for the hard currency tourists provide. American Express officials have estimated that American tourists average $400 for food, accommodations, souvenirs and the tike in addition to costs of travel from the United States and back. With hundreds of thousands of Western tourists the Soviets take m millions of dollars in hard currency they need for purchases in the West. Language is a formidable barrier. A foreigner who hasn't earned .the Russian alphabet can't read street signs or even find the toilet during our Remodeling Sale We Must reduce stock ff«r remodeling now going on. KETTLE CLOTH DOUBLE KNITS S.T.R.E.T-C-H BANLON New Shipment JERSEY PRINTS and other valuables is a common mistake by American travelers, according to the U. S. Embassy. Import of religious literature or printed matter that may be considered anti-Soviet can get a tourist in trouble. One tourist brought golf clubs --c. curiosity to customs officials since there are no golf courses. A mild sensation was created when an official dropped a golf ball. The ball bounded high off the cement floor and officials scattered', fearing it would explode. Tourists have been detained by police for banding out chewing gum on Red Square or for p h o t o g r a p h i n g what they thought were innocuous things. "Most don't get into trouble," said a U. S. consular official, 'but when they do it sometimes becomes complicated." WE ARE SWITCHING TOO! Ros* Chy drftUrfe 702 LEE ST. CHARLESTON Is Also Switching !· SmorfMtord Wt will be closed for remitting one week beginning tomorrow, Monday/ Aug. 21st Our customers have liked the change to smorgasbord serving at our St. Albans location. Our downtown customers will also enjoy the advantages «f tfife type of service! Due to the high cost of overhead (now more to come) we are doing this with our customers interest m mind. We do not want to raise prices--we wont to lower them continue to serve line feod at reasonable priees. (Try ft-you'll like it!) BREAKFAST SPECIAL (AS USUAl) Special consists of 2 eggs, any style, bacon, ham or sausage, 2 hot biscuits or toast, jelfy, butter and coffee. BREAKFAST 6 A.M. to 9:30 A.M.; LUNCH 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. DINNER 4:30 P. M. to fcOO fM. WATCH FOR OUR OPENING ADS. DOUBLE FEATURE FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS FOTO mm CHECKS YOUR very own PHOTOGRAPH reproduced on YOUR very own PERSONAL CHECKS MARSHALL MORRIS HARVEY SUSAN K« ^" % T 600 EAST MAIN ST. ANY WHBRB» U^^- W.VA. 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