Traveler's Advisory

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St. Louis
"In the church of jazz," wrote author Ashley Kahn, "Kind of Blue is one of the holy relics." While the landmark 1959 recording is still a best seller, its creator Miles Davis (1926-1991) was no saint. But the troubled trumpeter revolutionized jazz with his lean, sensuous sound. Davis would have been 75 this year, and St. Louis, where he grew up, is celebrating his life with a series of music, literary and art events on both sides of the Mississippi. "Miles," an exhibition at the Missouri History Museum, features audio "tour guides" like Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker (through next February). See .

If you want to see the bulls run in Switzerland, head for the stock market. But the Spaniards aren't the only Europeans to enjoy a bovine battle. Cow fights take place throughout the canton of Valais in spring, when members of the feisty Heren breed lock horns to decide which will lead the herd to the Alpine meadows. Farmers also organize contests between their prize cows in summer. Unlike the bulls, cows don't kill or maim anyone-they just push each other around. The cow that doesn't run away or start grazing wins. For details of regional battles and the "Queen of the Alps" final at Martigny's Roman amphitheater in September, see .

New Delhi
Monkeys are not far from humans on the evolutionary ladder, but in the Indian capital they're getting too close for comfort. The city's rhesus monkeys-which currently number about 7,000-are multiplying rapidly and causing trouble, breaking into houses and offices, stealing clothes and documents, and biting people. At South Block, the sandstone complex that houses the Defense, External Affairs and Finance ministries, ferocious langur monkeys have been "hired" to protect public servants (they are paid in bananas). But red tape and funding problems are hampering efforts to relocate the pests. Tips for tourists: don't make direct eye contact and tread carefully when passing a group of monkeys: running can agitate them.

Uptight executives who don't find luxury spas relaxing can now dance away their cares on vacations offered by British-based Dance Holidays. The tours center on daily dance lessons and night-time excursions to dance bars and clubs. Options include tango in Buenos Aires, flamenco in Granada, Arabic dancing in Marrakech, American swing in New York, Afro-Cuban in Senegal and salsa in Havana and Miami. Holidays start at $280 for a weekend in Barcelona or Paris, and include return flights from the U.K., accommodation, some meals and tuition. See .