Rome: The Ancient Colosseum May Tumble

OK, so it’s a fake photo, but something like it could happen in the not-so-distant future. The famed stadium has survived more than 2,000 years of gladiator battles, chariot races, human sacrifices, storms, wars and millions of visitors.

According to London’s Guardian, the popular Roman tourist landmark is slanting about ten inches lower on the south side than on the north. If the sinking continues, some of the ancient structure’s walls could collapse.

We toured the Colosseum several years ago, and were greatly impressed by the quality of the architecture. We also enjoyed the audience stands, battle areas, gladiator quarters and bands of feral cats that keep the stadium rat-free.   

The Colosseum task may be similar to the repairs of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which would have fallen if not for ten years of structural repairs and new supports during the 1990s. The Colosseum repairs could close the site for several years, as well as affect the heavy traffic on the Roman streets surrounding it. For more information, go to www.the-colosseum.net/idx-en.htm

Robocalls: Thieves Use Phone Info To Rob You PDF Print E-mail

Ever-repeated TV ads about phony products and services are annoying enough. However. as hard as they try, the TV lawyers, drug makers and auto dealers are not quite as crooked as robocallers.

They’re the unwanted, too often daily, rings on your phone. Then, when you answer, you may hear a cheerful: How are you today? Or a similar insincere greeting.

WOW Air Ads Offer $99.99 Tickets To Europe, But... PDF Print E-mail

Good bargains, but why do they do the snarky 99¢ routine in their ads? Actually, the $99.99 one-way price quotes are before taxes and other charges. Why not reveal the real, out-of-pocket costs? Compared to most other airlines, they’re still a great bargain.

Taxes add another $50. The return flight is about $120. Checked bags could add another $50. Buy a seat upgrade: $20. For example, a total WOW round trip from Boston to Reykjavik may cost $400, not bad when compared with major airline lowest rate averages of $1,500.

USA Today Advises Travelers With Depression PDF Print E-mail

The informative article helps those with mental health problems cope with the strains of today’s air, sea and land challenges. Of course, the article is very competent and helpful, especially to wandering seniors.

We not only face the normal pressures of getting from here to there, but are more physically challenged than younger travelers. Therefore, we must add a list of on air, sea and land encounters that cause senior mental and physical breakdowns:

Crooked taxi drivers who charge an arm and a leg for a short ride
Security guards who enjoy groping between arm and leg
Snooty hotel desk clerks who put you in a $400-a-night closet
Greedy travel agent who books your cheap seat $1,500 flight
500-pound seatmate who smells of stale tobacco and BO
City guide who takes you to overpriced markets run by his family
Gangs of ten-year-old pickpockets who greet you at the city park


JFK Airport, NY: Visit Crafty Brooklyn Beer Garden PDF Print E-mail

If travels take you through busy JFK terminal, allow some free moments to sip some hearty craft beer at the Brooklyn Beer Garden. It's located at C Terminal, Gate 68. A bit pricey, but the fresh food menu and frothy suds  make it an enjoyable experience. Several mugs of beer will give you relaxation in the noisy, crowded airport.

Then, if you quickly board a long, non-stop flight to London, Paris, Los Angeles or San Francisco, please don’t sit next to me.

JetBlue Flies Green Airbus Honoring NFL Jets PDF Print E-mail

Continuing thematic decor that has included painting their jets to honor New York firefighters, Boston Red Sox and other themes, the current blue exterior evokes the pro football team. Despite current political hassles, passengers are not required to kneel on one knee during the flight.


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