Vikings to invade London
More than a millennium after it sailed the seas, the remnants of the longest Viking warship ever discovered have traveled to the British Museum. The 120-foot wooden longboat, discovered on the banks of a fjord in Roskilde, Denmark, in 1997, is the centerpiece of “Vikings: Life and Legend,” which opens at the London museum March 6. The ship has been dated to about 1025 and may have been used by Cnut the Great, who ruled a Viking empire taking in England, Denmark and Norway. Today, the ship consists of a modern steel frame holding surviving timbers of about a fifth of the vessel. The exhibition runs until June 22 and moves to Berlin in September. www.britishmuseum.org.
— The Associated Press
App: Find a parking spot
Bound for the big city? SpotHero can help with finding a place to park. The app allows you to find, reserve and pay for available spaces at nearby lots. Enter the time and date you need parking and the interface will show you a map of available garages and lots, complete with the cost for the time period selected. It will give you a description of the garage or lot complete with photo and directions for where to enter. It also will tell you how far the garage is from your destination. (In some cases you’ll need to print your reservation and hand it to the valet.) SpotHero is available in Washington, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Milwaukee, Newark and New York City. spothero.com.
— Lori Aratani, The Washington Post
Q&A: Beyond Disney World
Four adults and three girls under 10 are heading to Orlando. We’re looking for suggestions on alternatives to Disney and SeaWorld. Any hidden treasures or favorites?
I’d take a drive up to Winter Park, about 30 minutes away, for a taste of cute Florida town charm. Lots of lovely shops and restaurants, art museums and galleries, etc. OK, you don’t want to do SeaWorld — but don’t miss Gatorland. It’s kitsch-ily fascinating. Are you against Universal Studios as well as Disney? Our kids always preferred Universal, so you might want to check it out. Kennedy Space Center and Cocoa Beach are about an hour or so away — it may be too cool for sunbathing/swimming, but the Space Coast is a fun area to explore.
— Zofia Smardz, The Washington Post
Keep moving at the Super Bowl
New Jersey State Police launched a website to provide one place for residents and visitors to check on all traffic and transit issues in the run-up to the Super Bowl. The “Getting to the Game” website — www.nj.gov/superbowl — provides links to all transit and transportation agencies affected by the Feb. 2 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., about 10 miles west of New York City. It includes an interactive map showing real-time traffic delays in the area of the stadium, as well as weather information.
— The Associated Press