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Ahoy! Five Famous European Warship Museums PDF Print E-mail


Guest Senior Correspondent PDLeF, San Diego CA: I’m a retired Navy vet, and enjoy seagoing history. Here are my favorite European warship museums:

HMS Victory, Portsmouth UK: Commanded by the legendary Admiral Horatio Nelson, the HMS Victory was his flagship during the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar. Restored and still manned by a Royal Navy crew, she's berthed at the Portsmouth Naval Base on England's South Coast.

There are year-round programs aboard HMS Victory, allowing visitors to experience how British sailors lived and fought more than 200 years ago. With a tour group, I saw crew living quarters, armaments, the cabin where Admiral Nelson died and many other areas of the ship.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Always A Fun Destination PDF Print E-mail


Senior Correspondent PJL, Milwaukee WI: We've visited the historic city many times, and always find it welcoming and enjoyable. Consider some suggestions:

We enjoy the small suburb of Haarlem, especially when there’s a town square farmers’ market. In autumn and springtime, we go to the flowery world of the Keukenhof Gardens, about 35 minutes from the city center.

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My Favorite Asian Cities Great for Autumn Visits PDF Print E-mail


Senior correspondent TRDiM, Seattle WA: I've been traveling to Asia for more than 70 years, starting with Navy service in World War II and again in the Korean War.

Since then, each journey gives me new experiences and more understanding for that exotic part of the world. This is a great time to visit, as the weather remains comfortable, heavy summer tourist season has ended and airfares are lower. My favorite three Asian cities for fall travel:

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United Passenger Brutality Brings Back Memories PDF Print E-mail


Everyone is shocked about how the poor guy was pulled out of his seat and dragged off the airplane. It reminded me of my first commercial flight way, way back in 1945.

World War 2 had ended a month previously, and one of my assignments was to fly from the fleet HQ in Manila to Mindanau, the southernmost island of the Philippines. My task was to do an inventory of Navy equipment and supplies there for shipping back to the States.

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Chartres, France: Holiday Visit To The Historic Cathedral PDF Print E-mail


Contributing Editor Milton P., Boston MA: In our roaming through the various European destinations we've visited since retirement, we've become fascinated by cathedrals. Their Gothic splendor symbolizes people's dedication to religious beliefs and human progress.

We’ve spent enjoyable and educational hours visiting cathedrals, including the Basilica di San Marco in Venice, Cologne Cathedral in Germany, Notre Dame in Paris and St. Paul's in London. On our most recent journey to Paris, we decided to travel 56 miles southwest to the French town of Chartres and see another historic cathedral. Formally known as Our Lady of Chartres, this imposing cathedral was built in 1200, and continues to hold services today. Admission to most of the cathedral interiors and grounds is free. However, we decided to explore the cloistered sections and the lofty towers. We saw beautiful views of the town and surrounding countryside. The charge was about $10.

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