Something to Declare: World Horticultural Exhibtion; The Freedom of London; floods in Mozambique; Getting around the Lake District

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Destination of the week: book this month for a once-in-a-decade floral experience

Three million visitors are expected to attend the 2002 World Horticultural Exhibition, known as Floriade, in the Netherlands next summer. The show will run from 6 April until 20 October, and features 65 hectares of indoor and outdoor exhibits. It's at Haarlemmermeer, close to Schiphol airport. Tickets will cost 17 euros (about £11), or 47 euros (£30) for a season ticket. You can book online at www.floriade.com, or call 0870 720 2002 ­ tickets will probably go on sale in the second week of September. For a free preview, you can go along to the site on Sunday, 7 October this year.

Bargain of the week: the freedom of London for £2

The new London Buses one-day bus pass is an absurdly good-value Red Bus Rover, which will pay for itself after just two rides in the central area. It is sold from machines at major bus stops. There is no restriction on the morning rush-hour, and it is valid from one minute past midnight on day one to 4.30am on day two on all London Buses.

Warning of the week: why you might want to postpone that visit to Mozambique

The floods that devastated the country last year have caused damage that, according to the Foreign Office, "can still cause serious delays". The FO warns that "public transport can be hazardous due to the poor mechanical condition of many vehicles, and roads can become impassable in the rainy season (November to April). Travellers should also be aware of unexploded mines on little-used roads outside Maputo".

Book of the week: 'Getting Around Cumbria and the Lake District'

This 120-page paperback will make life much easier for anyone who decides to tackle Cumbria by public transport. It contains details of bus, postbus, train and ferry services. The guide is free from tourist information offices, but you should call the Cumbria Traveline on 0870 608 2608 before setting out; after the resurgence of foot-and-mouth this week, check the Cumbria Tourist Board website www.golakes.co.uk for the latest information.

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