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Hollywood CA: Do The Dearly Departed Tour PDF Print E-mail


Do Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Mae West, Elvis and other departed stars still haunt their old digs? If your October travels take you to Los Angeles during this ghostly time of year, get into the spirit of it all.

Book the two-hour-plus program that includes visiting spooky Hollywood and Beverly Hills homes and other locations where ghosts of the past may still linger. Make sure your camera and smartphone are live in case you are confronted by some of the ungrateful dead.

The exciting tour features sound, sight and film episodes of famous suicides, murders and other mayhem from Tinsel Town history. It also includes a visit to the eerie Dearly Departed Museum in West Hollywood. For schedules, costs and other info, go to dearlydepartedtours.com

 
JFK Airport, NY: Visit Crafty Brooklyn Beer Garden PDF Print E-mail


If travels take you through busy JFK terminal, allow some free moments to sip some hearty craft beer at the Brooklyn Beer Garden. It's located at C Terminal, Gate 68. A bit pricey, but the fresh food menu and frothy suds  make it an enjoyable experience. Several mugs of beer will give you relaxation in the noisy, crowded airport.

Then, if you quickly board a long, non-stop flight to London, Paris, Los Angeles or San Francisco, please don’t sit next to me.

 
New York NY: Famed 21 Club Boasts Fantastic History PDF Print E-mail


Your travel4seniors.com editor recently had the great pleasure of guest dining and wining at what patrons simply call The 21. The club originally operated as a notorious speakeasy during the prohibition 1920s. Then it evolved in the 1930s as the posh hangout for America’s famous actors, musicians, authors, business tycoons, politicians and a few gangsters.

The club’s extensive wine cellar still has vintage private bottles from some of the most famous patrons. They include Presidents Nixon and Ford, Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, Mae West and Aristotle Onassis.  

In addition to the excellent food and wine, the club’s walls are filled with great art, featuring works of Frederic Remington, McClelland Barclay, James Montgomery Flagg and many others. It’s also famous for its display of cartoons by Walt Disney, Ham Fisher, Peter Arno and others.

For the current menu, wine list, upcoming events and more info about Club 21, go to www.21club.com

 
Denali National Park, Alaska, Celebrates 100th Birthday PDF Print E-mail


There may be just days left to celebrate the anniversary, because winter weather is acomin’ in for this famous Alaska destination. In fact, even late September days and nights often feature freezing temperatures, rain and sleet. Of course, the magnificent, four-mile-high mountain areas are always topped with snow.

However, if you’re brave enough to expose your senior self to the autumn elements, book your visit now. Just make sure you bring heavy clothing, cap, gloves and footwear with you.

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Monte Carlo, Monaco: Pretend You're A Senior James Bond PDF Print E-mail


Mix Beverly Hills, Malibu and Las Vegas. Give it a French accent and you'll have Monaco. It's a one-mile-square principality on the Riviera, surrounded by France and the Mediterranean.

See where Vegas got the glitzy gambling idea at the 170-year-old, elegant Monte Carlo Casino. Envision yourself rubbing shoulders at the gambling tables with international royalty, European billionaires and some shady James Bond types.

The famous auto race, the Grand Prix of Monaco, runs every year in May. If you want to experience the race route, rent a car or hire a cab to ride over the winding seaside route at speeds much safer as the real event.

Have lunch in the garden of Le Grill Restaurant at the Hotel de Paris. Be aware that the hotel, meals, entertainment and everything else in Monte Carlo is very expensive. However, if you want a once-in-a-lifetime experience as a pretend member of traditional, espionage or money royalty, the posh city and views are well worth it.

 
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