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Airplane Mob Scene: Pay To Be First Off?


According to USAToday, airlines are considering adding yet another nickel-and-dime cost to their already ever-increasing fees for baggage, carry-ons and other formerly free services.

You can already pay an extra $10 to $25 to board flights early on some airlines before the mobs of coach-seat peasants. Soon, passengers may be able to pay a similar extra fee to get off their flights first after landing.

When the new fee goes into effect, you lowly coach flyers will be able to see their first-class sneers close up as they strut by to exit before you.

Scooters Are Sidewalk Dangers To Strolling Senior Travelers PDF Print E-mail


This unposed photo by your travel4seniors.com editor illustrates how the no scooters on sidewalk sign is ignored by thoughtless riders of the grown-up kiddie toys. While adult and child walkers are trying to avoid racing scooters, they may stumble over a stack of abandoned ones spread across the sidewalk waiting for new reckless riders.

City scooters are supposed to be limited to 15 mph on the street, but single racers and mindless groups of them go much faster illegally on sidewalks. So, in your city travels, if you’re an elderly and physically challenged hiker, be alert for speeding scooters racing illegally on sidewalks and busy street intersections.

 
Old Sailor: Cruises Today Just Ain’t What They Used To Be PDF Print E-mail


Your travel4seniors.com editor remembers my first cruise. It was on a Navy transport APA during WW2 in 1944. Slightly different from today’s sailings with private cabins, shuffleboard and elegant dining. Back then, I snoozed with 100 other guys in four-high bunks, and lined up for chow slopped on tin trays. And when not swabbing the deck or standing watch, I was on the crew of a 20-millimeter anti-aircraft gun.

Since retirement, your travel4seniors.com editor has sailed on dozens of cruises, including USA rivers and oceans in Asia, Europe and the Americas. And not once did I have to swab the deck nor load anti-aircraft guns. If you’re thinking of cruising, whether a first sailing or 100th, scan today’s attractive ads online and in Sunday newspapers. Shake your landlubber legs and enjoy traveling the winding rivers and  ocean blue.

 
My Tourist Camera Blocked At The Sistine Chapel In Rome PDF Print E-mail


Q: On a recent visit to see Michelangelo’s masterpiece I pointed my camera at the beautiful ceiling. Suddenly a guard’s hand blocked it, scaring the hell out of me. What are the rules? TFB, Chicago IL

A: The no photo rule in the chapel is because cameras disturb the religious setting for other visitors. Also, when there are flashes, the bright light can damage the fragile old artwork. Other world art on display, such as in London’s Westminster Abbey, have similar no photo rules. So, when visiting any famous old site, be sure to know where to keep your camera lens closed.

 
Old Wartime Memories Of Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree PDF Print E-mail


The annual holiday decor in New York always reminds me of two visits. In December 1943 on my way home to Philly from World War 2 Navy boot camp in Rhode Island, I had an hour’s wait to change trains. I wandered up to the Center to admire the tree.

Recalled in 1951 to active duty during the Korean War, I was again in New York in December for a Navy training program. I had several days to admire the holiday tree and nearby entertainment and sports events before shipping out.

Long retired, I now live 3,000 miles away, and won’t have a chance to visit this year’s tree. It’s a 72-foot, 12-ton Norway spruce, covered with 50,000 LED lights, and topped with an enormous star made from millions of Swarovski crystals. If holiday travels take you to Manhattan, be sure to visit the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, and say hello on behalf of this ancient admirer.

 
Adolf Hitler Asked In World War 2: Is Paris Burning? PDF Print E-mail


Your nonagenarian travel4seniors.com editor and a few other surviving WW2 veterans remember those words. The German dictator had ordered the occupied French capital to be destroyed in August 1944 as victorious Allied forces were approaching to liberate it. Fortunately, the city was saved from a fiery disaster.

Now, the same fate threatens Paris. But instead of by wartime enemies, the destruction is happening from within. Out-of-control mobs of French rioters in 2018 may be fulfilling Hitler’s order to burn down the city. Their original complaint was to protest rising gasoline prices. However, as with all destructive big city riots, the complaints have been replaced with uncontrolled violent insanity.

If you and family members intend to visit the troubled city during the holiday season and beyond, keep in close touch with the evolving situation. We’re sorry to advise you, for personal safety, it may be wise to postpone or cancel your plans.

 
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