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Swiss Ban Cruel Boiling Of Live Lobsters. What’s Next?


Your travel4seniors.com editor enjoys visiting the beautiful yodel and cheese nation, However, next time we may not order lobster at our favorite Swiss café. Not that boiling live critters is nice, but I doubt if the Swiss butchers prepare their cattle and poultry with kindness on execution day.

The Swiss law which also covers other doomed animals, also suggests a contradiction in terms: humane death by “rendering them unconscious”, and then dumped into scalding water. The law also gives domestic pets protections, including not preventing dogs from barking. Oh sure, tell that to the neighbors when your hound dog bays at the moon at midnight.

Grand Canyon AZ: Road Scholar Journey Of A Lifetime PDF Print E-mail


The beautiful National Park has been getting some bad vibes recently because of several fatal falls. Of course, they could have been avoided with some basic safety rules. This program is your opportunity to enjoy a danger-free Grand Canyon visit with the confidence of traveling with expert naturalists.

There are six more dates for Program 2804 this year, with the earliest from May 11 through 18. The base price is $1,599, which includes hotel and meals, with extra costs for an over-canyon flight. You’ll hike along both North and South Rims, cross the historic Navajo Bridge and enjoy the one-mile trail down to the Colorado River.

For booking and other info, go to www.roadscholar.org/find-an-adventure/2804/grand-canyon-national-park-exploring-the-north-and-south-rims

 
Las Vegas NV: Visit Bright Memories Of Yesteryears PDF Print E-mail


You don’t need to spend all your time in Sin City at the gambling tables, slot machines and buffets. As a seasoned senior, you may want to spend a few hours remembering the glittering lights of Sin City as they were way back when.

The Neon Museum in downtown Vegas is worth the time for seniors who want to fondly recall the long-gone playground of Sinatra, Liberace, Sammy, Peggy, Lena and other vintage bright stars and sights. For schedules, special events, ticket prices and other info, go to www.neonmuseum.org

 
Severe Penalties Or Worse For Tourist Selfies At The Airport PDF Print E-mail


Tourist selfie camera accidents keep rising, including several recent deaths at the Grand Canyon. In efforts to stop the deadly trend, there are laws established in some parts of the world to ban selfies in tourist areas. For example, you can get arrested and jailed in Bangkok, Thailand, for trespassing on airport runways while doing dangerous selfie attempts.

Of course, the best way to avoid selfie accidents and arrests is to make sure you and everything around you is totally safe and permitted when you point your lens. Some creative senior photographers go ape at runway flight lines, canyon edges, tall rooftops, fast traffic and other danger sites. It’s best to do your selfies under intelligent self control and leave the dangerous stunts to flying trapeze acrobats.

 
Hollywood CA: Homelessness Continues To Grow PDF Print E-mail


Advice to senior travelers. In daily outings, your travel4seniors.com editor encounters more and more hopeless wanderers. The walks are along Hollywood’s busy Santa Monica Boulevard, the final miles of Route 66 before it ends at the beaches. Many tourists use the same streets, including the famed Hollywood Walk of Fame, and see similar sad sights.

Most street people have drinking, drug and/or mental problems. The inclination of many kind-hearted senior tourists is to give them money. Actually, you’d be doing them much more good to contribute those dollars instead to agencies established to help the unfortunates. Consider the Red Cross, Salvation Army, PATH and other effective organizations.

 
Q: Why Did Flight Attendants Stop Stowing Our Bags? PDF Print E-mail


I’m a 73-year-old passenger, and have trouble lifting my bag into the overhead. Years ago, the stewardesses always were willing to help. But on recent flights, they refused. What’s the official policy? BBL, St. Louis MO

A: Because of flight attendant union actions several years ago, they’re no longer required to do the heavy lifting. The best way to avoid doing it yourself is to travel lighter. Try smaller, softer bags, preferably those you can stow under your seat instead of needing to hoist them up into the overhead space. If you still insist on carrying bigger ones, politely ask a strong fellow passenger to do the heavy lifting for you.

 
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