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When Pigs Fly: US Airways Kick Porky & Pal Off The Flight


According to the London Sun, the so-called emotional support animal got loose in the aisle and bothered the other passengers. What'll soon be in that seat next you? It’s just a matter of time before passengers bring other loud, smelly animals, including horses, goats, chickens, rabbits and politicians for airborne emotional support.

Q: Is It OK To Travel In Hong Kong? PDF Print E-mail


Our local seniors group plans a trip to the Chinese city in the next several months, but I keep reading about the daily demonstrations. I use a cane and in OK physical shape for my advanced years, but fearful. I may be out on the city streets when an out-of-control mob and cop confrontation gets to me. Suggestions? MPL, Houston TX

A: Considering the ongoing Hong Kong troubles, reconsider joining the trip. So far, the demonstrations have been mostly non-violent, but growing and louder numbers nightly are causing more serious police actions. Unfortunately, the confrontations may get dangerously violent.

Maybe try to convince your group to choose a more peaceful Pacific destination, such as Singapore, Seoul, Manila, Honolulu or Shanghai.

 
San Francisco: Hotel Nikko Is Kind To Our Four-Footed Friends PDF Print E-mail


When planning overnighter drives and flights with your pet, research onlline first to find a hotel/resort/motel that allows them. Then, when checking in, find out all the services and extra costs involved for your pet.

In some situations you may be required to keep your pet in a hotel kennel during your stay. Also, there may be added fees for pet services. On the bright side, there may be special activities provided to make your stay more enjoyable for both you and your furry companion.

For example, if your visit will be in downtown San Francisco, consider Hotel Nikko. First, there’s an official canine welcomer named Buster. For $10 a night your pet gets a doggie bed, toys, tennis ball, food bowl and leash. For more info, go to www.hotelnikkosf.com/pet-friendly-hotel

 
Who Says There’s No Depth Of Creativity In Hollywood PDF Print E-mail


Your travel4seniors.com editor captured an interesting landscape while hiking and photogging recently along Santa Monica Boulevard. The steep incline is on Olive Street in West Hollywood. It climbs steeply north to Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood Boulevard and Walk of Stars, office buildings and beyond. Then higher above to the grossly-higher-priced little homes perched above on the Hollywood Hills. And, as the tall crane implies, there will soon be new little overpriced homes.

 
Berlin, Germany: Tempelhof May Become Haus Der Katzen PDF Print E-mail


The historic airport, closed for more than ten years, may soon see more kinds of flighty activities. Tempelhof was infamous in the 1930s as the favorite travel facility for Adolf Hitler and his Nazi pals.

Immediately after World War 2 in the late 1940s, Tempelhof honorably served as the daily relief source, known as the Berlin Airlift. The defeated Germans were starving due to Russian forbidding food trucks from entering the city. So American and British aircraft flew over daily. They dropped tons of food and other supplies.

Recently, a group of horny German business entrepreneurs has asked permission to use the long-closed airport as a brothel. Does that inspire some familiar aviation quotations? For instance, the sexy flight attendant asks: coffee, tea or me? Also: Expect lots of turbulence, so hooker up your seat belts! Or, guys, make sure everything on you is in the full upright position.

 
Washington DC: Monument To Welcome Visitors Again PDF Print E-mail


The famed tourist attraction named for the nation’s first president, was closed for many months for major upgrades and security improvements. It's now scheduled to reopen on September 19.

I still have long ago memories about the first time I saw the Washington Monument. It was during my high school senior class trip to the nation’s capital in mid-December 1941. We were there just a week after the Japanese sneak bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

The city was in a hysterical panic because there was growing fear that the next attack would be on Washington. We saw armed guards at the city’s major buildings, all wearing World War 1 uniforms and helmets. I was 16 then, and a few months later joined the Navy. Incidentally, after the Army got better helmets and other equipment, we eventually won World War II.

 
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