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Munich, Germany: Oktoberfest Starts Early This Year


The traditional beer and bratwurst celebration begins on September 22 and ends October 7. So, if you have plans to be part of where it all began in the picturesque Bavarian city, make your travel reservations now!

Germany’s third largest metropolis offers much more than food and suds. It also boasts beautiful parks, museums, entertainment, restaurants, as well as historic buildings, including the Residenz and Nymphenburg Palaces. Check with airlines and travel agencies for schedules and package deals. For more info, go to www.oktoberfest.de/en

France By RoadScholar: Join 75th Anniversary of D-Day PDF Print E-mail


Did young you actually go ashore in Normandy on that morning of June 6, 1944? Or are you a history buff who yearns to learn all about the historic day in France that determined the outcome of World War 2?

The RoadScholar trips happen this year when France commemorates the landings. You’ll visit the Normandy beaches and join in on honors at the American Cemetery. A Road Scholar expert will guide your group throughout the program.

There will be many historical and informative events, as well as opportunities to enjoy the cities, landscapes and foods of Normandy, as well as Paris. It’s Program No. 12416RJ, for 15 days, starting at $3,999 per person, including hotel and meals. There are seven D-Day trips in France scheduled in 2019, starting with April 14-28. For details, go to roadscholar.org/b/blog/posts/welcome-to-france-road-scholar-s-destination-of-the-year-in-2019

 
Seville, Spain: Much More Than Operatic Barbershop PDF Print E-mail


In planning your warm season travels, consider the upcoming Figaro celebrations in the flamboyant Andalucía capital. Parks, lawns, windows, people and everything else are bathed in orange blossom and jasmine colors and scents.

During Semana Santa (Holy Week), from April 14 to 20,  the city is busy with colorful images, music and parades. Following is the annual Feria de Abril, with flamboyant flamenco dancing on the nights of May 4 to 11. For more info, go to andalucia.com/cities/seville/events.htm

 
For Senior Travelers, March And April Are Worst Flu Season PDF Print E-mail


The Doctors Report Illness Tracker says this year’s spread of the disease will be one of the worst in many years. The report further lists big cities are where the heaviest outbreaks are happening. They include downtown areas in San Francisco, Washington DC, New York, Miami and Boston.

If winter and springtime travels take you to heavily-populated cities in the US and elsewhere around the world, take precautions to keep you off the sick list. Whenever possible this season, avoid spending less time in the most crowded locations.

They include busy airports, subway stations, city transportation, busy restaurants and large retail stores. Carry a kit with disposable dry and soapy wet wipes, face mask and cold medicines.

 
More Passenger Guns Show Up At Airport Check-Ins PDF Print E-mail


Remember the old TV series, Have Gun, Will Travel? It sees too many people are taking that too literally these days. According to a USA Today report, last year TSA agents in U.S. airports had to confiscate nearly 4,000 illegal guns from passenger check-in bags and clothing. And the numbers keep increasing every year.

Before you decide to pack heat on your next flight, it’s best not to do it. If you have a legit reason to take firearms, be absolutely sure you know the rules that apply and have the papers to prove it. And, while checking in you notice another passenger with an unauthorized weapon or other illegal item, to insure safety for everyone on the flight, report it immediately to the nearest airport security officer.

 
JFK Airport NY: New TWA Hotel Opens With Old Memories PDF Print E-mail


If you’ll need to spend a night or so at one of the world’s busiest airports, an interesting hotel will soon be available. It’s located where the old TWA (1937-1995) Flight Center terminal was located.

There will be many upscale features, including six restaurants and eight bars. To add to the memories, one bar will be in a retired and restored Lockheed Constellation passenger plane. Room reservations for the opening on May 15 are now being booked. Prices per room start at $249, just a bit higher than $5 hotel rates way back when the TWA terminal first opened.

 
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