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Sarasota FL: Exhibit Features Andy Warhol Art With Flowers PDF Print E-mail


From February 11 through June 30, the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens offers many of his nature-related serigraphs. Among the Warhol works are poinsettia and hibiscus prints of flowers that grow in the Selby property. The facility is located at 811 S. Palm Avenue in Sarasota. For more info, go to Selby.org

 
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada: Just An Hour From Las Vegas PDF Print E-mail


Many senior tourists who visit Las Vegas choose the Grand Canyon for a side trip. However, it’s 270 miles away, requiring five hours to drive or expensive helicopter trip. You can see similar brilliant sights at the Valley of Fire, just an hour’s drive from Sin City.

Nevada’s largest state park, the Valley of Fire offers hiking, nature-sculpted brilliant rock art and desert wildlife. With the spring season starting just about now, you’ll be surrounded by miles and miles of colorful wildflowers in bloom. Be sure to be ready to record all the glory on your smartphone, camera or Baby Brownie.

 
Venice Beach CA: You Can Still Feel Jim Morrison's Doors Vibes PDF Print E-mail


The sunny, sandy beach town is the perfect place to spend some late winter days and nights. January temperatures are mid-60s days and mid-50s nights. Welcome springtime in February when it’s low-70s days and mid-60s nights. Great for walking the beach, splashing the surf and biking the venerable boardwalk.

The restaurant and hotel scenes are great, and the music fantastic. Venice Beach is where the rock band, the Doors, was born and created by Morrison 50 years ago. The town is just 20 minutes from the Los Angeles International Airport and 30 minutes from downtown.

 
Fort Bragg CA: Mendocino County Crab, Wine and Beer Festival PDF Print E-mail


The annual celebration of the Dungeness crab is celebrated from January 19 through February 28 in various Northern California locations. Events include a crab cake cook-off, seafood specialties, wine competitions, music, silent auction, raffle prizes and other celebrations. Visitors can dine on steaming bowls of Cioppino, cooked with Dungeness Crab and other fresh local seafood.

 
Singapore: Like San Francisco Without The Crime & Litter PDF Print E-mail


Consider a visit to the freaky clean Pacific city just 18 hours non-stop away from Los Angeles on United from about $650. It’s expected that over 15 million tourists will go to Singapore this year. Most are from Asia, but many American travelers are discovering the combination Las Vegas, New York, Hong Kong and Paris set in Oriental splendor.

Founded 200 years ago as a British colony, Singapore is now an independent state. Shopping at its many exclusive stores is the best in Southeast Asia. Dining at its scores of upscale restaurants include menus from China, India, France and many others.

The botanical gardens, are among the most varied and beautiful in the world. With the average January and February summertime weather at 80º daytime and 65º nights, wandering through the parks and window shopping are not to be missed by senior travelers. And for those of us who’ve experienced Paris, New York and Los Angeles, Singapore is squeaky clean. There’s no graffiti, trash and the well-patrolled streets are safe for day and night strolling.

 
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