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Watch Travel Movie Faves While Required To Stay At Home PDF Print E-mail


While the pandemic is keeping you from traveling, the British daily newspaper The Guardian suggests 20 travel-related films you can enjoy for free online at home from movie websites. All except one were made after 2000, and in this writer’s humble opinion, can’t compare with any of the earlier classic travel films in the past half-century or so.

Before naming my oldie favorites, the Guardian list does include an exception I recommend. Roman Holiday features a princess (Audrey Hepburn) roaming Rome anonymously in 1963. An American reporter (Gregory Peck) learns her identity, but keeps it secret while trying to get a money-making exclusive scoop. Romance and great photography include Rome’s Spanish Steps, Colosseum and Vespa race through scenic traffic and taverns.

So, my classic choices, including Roman Holiday, are: Doctor Zhivago (1965), Easy Rider (1969), National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) To Catch a Thief (1955), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), The Wizard of Oz 1939, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939), It Happened One Night (1934), Lost Horizon (1937) and Casablanca (1942).

 
Cruise Ship Movies Remind You Of What You’re Missing PDF Print E-mail


The worldwide pandemic is keeping public movie theaters empty. However, you can still enjoy some of the classic seagoing films at home online by television. The Titanic and Poseidon disaster movies are entertaining in their shocking themes.

Other cruise ship movies are less disastrous: Consider Speed 2: Cruise Control, the Kelsey Grammer comedy, Like Father (Harmony of the Seas), and the Adam Sandler film, Jack And Jill (Allure of the Seas). Sandler also pops up again in Going Overboard.

For younger viewers, Carnival Dream stars in the Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, Chipwrecked. And older Marilyn Monroe fans remember fondly that her 1953 hit, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, was set on a cruise ship. Marilyn also starred in Some Like It Hot with Tony Curtis in 1959, especially their love scenes aboard a yacht.

 
Just Retired, Our Kids Gave Us A Free Week In New York City PDF Print E-mail


Q: It’s very generous and cost a lot of money, but the trip scares us. We’ve always been small-town folk and need some advice. What do you recommend? LRK, Canadensis PA

A: NYC can be both enjoyable and scary. Keep checking websites about the current city scene, both positive and negative. Of course, the best warning for seniors is always to stay in well-lighted areas at night, including Broadway, Times Square and theater district. Also keep wallets in buttoned down or zipped front pockets, and purses strapped and held securely under an arm.

OK to point your camera and smartphone to record NYC adventures, but be aware especially at Times Square where costumed characters and musicians hang out. If you pose with any, they’ll expect $5 or more. Legally, you don’t have to pay, but they’re there to make quick bucks and will plead if you walk away. Don’t buy overpriced CDs, DVDs or other street peddler products. They may be blank, defective or contain bad copies. Whatever your concerns, relax and enjoy the fascinating city!

 
Q: Unwanted Advances In Flight: What To Do About It? PDF Print E-mail


It seems almost every day lately we read about more incidents where women passengers are mauled by sneaky guys seated next to them. What should we do when it happens? Ms. FWMcL, Tampa FL

A: If it’s just too-friendly conversation and you don’t want it, offer a few polite words and concentrate on the seat TV or your smart phone. If his talk offends you and it becomes physical, clearly demand him to stop. Then leave your seat to contact the flight attendant. State the problem and ask for another seat. If the abuse was physical, file a formal complaint with the airline and/or report it to airport police after the flight.

 
Q: Where In Airports Are Seniors Vulnerable To Thieves? PDF Print E-mail


We don’t fly often, but every time we plan to go, younger family members keep warning us about getting stuff stolen. Suggestions? MTL, Troy NY

A: It could happen just about everywhere in the airport, especially hand-held items and carry-on bags. When walking and sitting in the waiting area, make sure bags are strapped to an arm. At check in, when open carry-on bags are on the conveyer belt, keep your eyes constantly on them. After landing and waiting for checked bags, follow all arriving bags on the carousel to take yours quickly on the first turn. Best advice: Travel light with just a carry-on, and wear a jacket with many pockets.

 
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