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TripAdvisor Lists Its Top American Museums....Not!


The travel site recently named ten in the US. However, they failed to name the absolute best. Inexcusably omitted from the list is the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Those named in the report were the Metropolitan, New York NY, WW2 Museum, New Orleans LA, Art Institute, Chicago IL, 9/11 Museum, New York NY,  USS Midway, San Diego CA, Smithsonian, Washington DC, Getty Center, Los Angeles CA, Museum of Natural History, Museum of Modern Art, both in New York NY, and Kennedy Space Center, Titusville FL.

OK, so they’re all great museums. However, not that I’m prejudiced, I just happen to be a graduate of the Philadelphia Museum College of Art, BFA ‘51. Of course, that was years before Rocky ran up the steps and did his victory dance.

Q: What’s The Most Economical Way To Experience Las Vegas? PDF Print E-mail


We’ve been going to Vegas for several decades, and on recent visits we’ve been shocked by the increasing high prices on everything. Room rates are through the roof. In 1990 we paid $25, and now for the same hotel room it’s $250. A buffet was $5, now $29.99. Taxis for a 10-minute ride from the airport to the hotel were $5, now $40. How can we avoid the rising Sin City robbery rates? PLF, San Antonio TX

A: Consider all kinds of alternatives for seniors. To avoid airline, hotel and other high costs to Vegas, check prices at Native American casinos closer to you in Texas. For Sin City local transport, ride with Uber, Lyft or take the bus. Las Vegas RTC transit offers reduced fares to seniors with photo ID.

If you continue going to Vegas, do research before booking. There are seasonal money-saving promotions, packages that include flights, hotels and meals, as well as senior and AARP membership deals.

 
Bologna, Italy: Enjoy Fantastic Repast At Foodie Theme Park PDF Print E-mail


The Northern Italian attraction, now celebrating its second year, is home to a wonderland that rivals Disney. Instead of rides and games, Eataly features ethnic foods and wines that are as exciting as a roller coaster ride or parachute jump.

The park on the outskirts of the city has developed from a wholesale market to a welcoming adult dining playground featuring 45 expert Italian food and wine purveyors. It includes  a movie house, scheduled demonstrations and samplings, as well as surrounding gardens. Make your next trip to Italy to try some Bolognese favorites, including yucca tortilli,  prosciutto di sauris, torta mimosa and many, many others. Admission is free.

 
Grand Canyon AZ: Best Time To Visit Nature’s Beauty PDF Print E-mail


As autumn fades, so do the heavy crowds at this popular destination. Head for the South Rim, where camping, lodging and food are most convenient. Hike along the crest for the world’s most spectacular natural views ranging down a mile to the desert and shores of the Colorado River. Mule rides are very popular and must be booked months ahead, but there are plenty of other activities and sights to enjoy. For current info, go to www.thecanyon.com/visitor-information

 
Q: In Cheap Seats: Must Check Or Not Check Carry-On Bags? PDF Print E-mail


Lately, whenever I buy airline tickets, the rules seem to change. I always fly economy and over the years was permitted to take a small carry-on without extra charges. Now, many charge for carry-ons, and airlines keep adding fees to make flying more and more expensive. What can I do to keep my ticket prices down? Mrs. FLMcB, Quincy MA

A: The best way to keep up on extra charges is to connect with a local travel agent you can trust to find the best deals. Also, before buying your ticket, keep scanning the internet for seasonal specials and other airline price-reduction promotions. Also, to avoid checking suitcases, travel lighter with a small carry-on and wear a coat with large outer and inner pockets for stuffing as many items as possible.

 
Express Your Appreciation After Enjoying A Good Meal PDF Print E-mail


Whether it’s from a quaint street food cart next to the Venice Canal or the most luxurious restaurant along a Parisian boulevard, offer some kind words. Follow up enjoyable dining experiences by expressing your sincere thanks to those who prepared and served you.

Creating the food is a 24-7 task for owner families and staff in a very competitive world. Beyond the money you pay, your favorable comments can continue their pride of knowing they’ve succeeded in their everyday efforts.

 
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