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Burbank CA: High-priced food dispensers debut

The vending machine is called Beverly Hills Caviar. However, the first one has just been set up in the modest bedroom town of Burbank, about 20 miles and billions of dollars away from the other snooty and grossly wealthy Southern California city.

It’s a digital touch-screen vending machine now in operation on the second floor of the Burbank Towne Shopping Mall at 201 E. Magnolia Blvd. For a high price, you can choose from what the company calls “a large selection of the world’s finest caviar, truffles, escargot, bottarga, blinis, oils, Mother of Pearl plates and spoons, gift boxes and gourmet salts.”

If you happen to be visiting Burbank and in the mall there, take a look at the example of excess that few people can afford these days. According to price listings, the items can each cost anywhere from under $50 up to $500. 

Public dispensing machines have come a long way. How many of us can still remember the penny chewing gum and tiny Hershey bar machines? Back in the 1930s and 1940s, they were on el and subway platforms in Philly, New York, Chicago, Boston and elsewhere.

New York NY: Autumn Romance In Central Park PDF Print E-mail

Poets write flowery verses about love and New York City's Central Park. Composers dedicate tunes to that colorful seasonal haven in busy Manhattan. Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald sang “Autumn in New York”:

Lovers that bless the dark
On benches of Central Park
It's autumn in New York
It's good to live it again.

Creative seniors should have no  problems finding romantic things to do in Central Park, during autumn daytime and into the blessed darkness. Some suggestions could help set the mood and create a memorable experience.

5 Scams Aimed At Seniors Traveling Abroad PDF Print E-mail

The basic way to avoid these possible problems when in a strange country is to be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Travel industry experts cite these five as the most likely travel-related crimes you may experience, usually when least expected.

Mugging: Stay away from late-night city sidewalks and alleys. Travel with at least one other person, preferably with a group headed by a local guide.

Pickpockets: They appear in all shapes, ages and genders, and fit in with their surroundings. Tourists, especially seniors, who roam in flashy clothing, are prime targets of pickpockets. Loose hanging purses are favorites.

Airbnb: Sleep Where Movie Stars Once Lolled PDF Print E-mail

Your travel4seniors.com editor had a first Airbnb private home booking experience in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, recently. It proved to be a memorable weekend, and inspired some research into the fascinating travel feature.

The Airbnb service is spreading rapidly throughout the world. It now includes a growing list of available former California homes of beloved stars whose names are etched in our memories. Fees for each night vary from about $500 upward for three-night minimums. The prices can be comparative bargains, considering that many of the large, multi-bedroom houses with spas and pools can accommodate groups of people.

Senior Drivers Alert: 99¢ Gas Has Returned! PDF Print E-mail

It may be a fluke or just a one-day promo to lure customers. It happened recently at a gas station in Youngstown, Ohio. We can only hope the trend to honest-priced gas will continue nationwide.

According to the AAA, gas prices have continued to decline throughout the past several months, the longest since the greedy international oil robber barons first pulled their phony cutbacks in the 1970s.

What can senior drivers do about it? Get out there on the road and enjoy some brilliant autumn scenery, whether at your nearby public park or at a magnificent U.S. National Park across the nation.

Savvy Senior Ways To Survive Long Flights & Delays PDF Print E-mail

Your travel4seniors.com editor just did two non-stop, jam-packed, cheap-seat, six-hour, 3,000-mile flights. Tho the aged bones creaked in my squeezed seat a bit, it was almost pleasant because of smart preps. Here’s how to manage your next one.

Obey the doggone rules: Airport security is never fun, but if you know what’s expected in advance, you’ll sail thru with the least amount of hassle. Except, of course, for the invasive touchee-feelee.


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