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Ottawa Airport: Someone’s listening to you!

It seems Big Brother has come to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In addition to security cameras, sections of the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport now have mikes sensitive enough to pick up visitors’ private conversations, including those about business, monkey business or otherwise.

What’s next: Cameras in the rest rooms? Or maybe they’re already there.

Q: Is It Worth Booking A Balcony Cabin On A Cruise? PDF Print E-mail

My spouse and I want to celebrate our anniversary with a ten-day cruise. This isn’t our first, but we’ve never before sailed for more than four days. On those, we always took an inside cabin, and were only in it to sleep. We figured we could view enough ocean scenes at any time by going up on deck.

On our new cruise, should we book a cabin with a balcony, so we can get private vistas day and night?  PRJ, Harrisburg PA

A: First, understand that balcony cabins can cost $100 a day more than inside ones, so determine if you think it’s worth the extra charge. One way to consider it depends on the ship’s destination.

If your next cruise is entirely on the ocean from port to port, do you want to sit on your balcony for ten days and nights and see nothing but water and sky? We’d suggest considering a balcony cabin if your ship visits many ports and/or frequently sails along waters with scenic views of nearby land.

Messina, Sicily: Was Will Shakespeare Born There? PDF Print E-mail

As Williiam (Guglielmo) might have written, Essere o non essere (to be or not to be), that is the question for seniors who consider traveling to Sicily. We’ve visited the Italian island several times, and despite the negative image fostered by “The Godfather” and other negative Hollywood fiction, we found Sicily and its people peaceful, friendly and inviting. 

A recent outlandish theory about Shakespeare has some scholars wondering. The locale of the Bard’s play, “Much Ado About Nothing” is Messina, a picturesque city in northeast Sicily. Other plays are also set in Italy, including the immortal, “Romeo and Juliet”, “The Merchant of Venice”, “The Taming of the Shrew” and at least a half-dozen more.

West Hollywood CA: Looking Up From Route 66 PDF Print E-mail

San Francisco doesn’t own all the beautiful hilly city scenes. This is Olive Street, as viewed from Santa Monica Boulevard, as it reaches up to Sunset Boulevard and the Hollywood Hills.

We beg to differ with Nat King Cole's lyrics about Route 66. He sang: Get your kicks on Route 66. It winds from Chicago to L.A. The famed 2,500-mile highway, which does start in Chicago, actually ends in the city of Santa Monica at the Pacific Ocean. This scene is at about the 2,490-mile spot.


Savvy Seniors = Generous Tippers PDF Print E-mail

We all know it’s customary to tip cabbies, waiters, bellhops, bartenders and all the usual service people. Have you ever wondered about others encountered in your travels who may also deserve your consideration?

Some examples are airline desk employees, hotel clerks, kind strangers who give you directions in foreign cities, street performers, gallery guards, police, delivery guys and others. They may be people who perform a good deed for you who don’t ordinarily get a tip.

They may at first refuse, but when you smile and say their next lunch is on you, they may accept. And you’ll feel good about doing a good deed.

Half Moon Bay CA: Ritz-Carlton Offers Cooking Classes PDF Print E-mail

The AAA Five Star Ritz-Carlton is on a dramatic rocky spread above the Pacific Ocean just a short drive from San Francisco Airport. This year the resort offers In the Kitchen with internationally-famous Chef Tanaka, a series of monthly cooking classes that can appeal to active seniors who want to improve their culinary skills.

The program highlights seasonal fare featuring fresh produce from the Northern California farms near the Ritz-Carlton. Among the ingredients are fruits, vegetables, chicken, seafoods and considerably more expected and unexpected products.

In the Kitchen classes are $85 per person, including tax and gratuity and are held Saturdays in the hotel’s upscale restaurant, Navio, from 11 am to 1 pm. Participants also receive a three-course lunch with wine varieties by Petra Polakovicova, the resort’s sommelier.

This year’s In the Kitchen schedule:
May 3: Fresh Pasta, Peas and Fava Beans
June 7: Tuna and Heirloom Tomatoes
July 5: Corn and Lobster
August 2: Organic Chicken and Stone Fruit
September 6: Halibut and Fall Mushrooms
October 4, 11, 18 and 25: Pumpkins
November 1: Turkey and Root Vegetables
December 6: Dungeness Crab and Pears

Ritz-Carlton, 1 Miramontes Point Rd., Half Moon Bay CA 94019, www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/HalfMoonBay


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