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How Soon They Forget: Airports Named For Heroes


We’ve flown out of the Southern California airport named in honor of Bob Hope many times over the past several decades. Recently, as the comedian’s fame faded into history, the facility’s clueless beancounters renamed it the mundane Hollywood Burbank Airport.

There’s also John Wayne Airport, just an hour’s drive south in Santa Ana. If the trend continues, will it be renamed for that town, or maybe a more recent celebrity? Consider flying from Justin Bieber Airport.

How about another airport named for a real American Medal of Honor WW2 Navy hero, Chicago O’Hare. Will it soon be renamed Chicago O’Bama? (apostrophe intentional)

Singapore And France Ban Scooters From Sidewalks PDF Print E-mail


After many accidents and at least one fatality, the Asian city-state popular tourist destination now forbids riding e-scooters on sidewalks. New enforcements say "Those caught riding on e-scooters on footpaths will be liable for a fine of $1,472 (SGD$2000) and, or, jail up to three months.

Scooters are no longer allowed on sidewalks in France, but with more moderate fines for violators at just $150 (135 euros). Many U.S. cities already have bans, but as you can see in the photo, some speeders ignore the law and scoot cluelessly over the sidewalk signs. www.cnn.com/travel/article/singapore-e-scooter-ban-intl-hnk/index

 
Las Vegas NV: Taxi From Airport To Your Hotel Can Be $$$$ PDF Print E-mail


It’s traditional for Sin City cabbies to take the long highway route to Strip hotels from the airport. A quicker street route takes 10 minutes and costs $25. The money-making highway robbery ride takes 25 minutes and costs a sinful $50.

So, on your next Vegas venture by air, consider renting a car at the airport. Parking is free at hotels, and rental cars are from $15 per day. While in the city, if you’ll be visiting other hotels, Hoover Dam and nearby desert sites, it’s smart to have a rental car. It’s cheaper and more convenient to drive instead of cabbing it expensively everywhere, especially to and from the airport.

 
Senior Flyer: Don’t Drag And Check Big Bags PDF Print E-mail


Holiday travel means mobbed airports, long check-in lines and frustrating delays. You can ease the way and make sure your stuff arrives when you do. Pack like a pro and take only a carry-on bag. Typically, airlines allow for that one soft bag and another small item free, such as purse or laptop.

Also, when you check in and go aboard, wear a jacket with many inside and outside pockets. They can carry much of your gear conveniently. Checking suitcases not only means high fees and waiting in long lines. There’s always a risk of your luggage getting damaged, lost or stolen. Instead, keep all with you to save time and money, to ensure that all travel belongings deplane when and where you do.

 
Hollywood Sign: Popular Senior Travel Destination PDF Print E-mail


If your wanderings take you to the Los Angeles area, you’ll probably want to find your way up the hills to snap a photo of the famed sign above the movie capital. Your trave4seniors.com editor shot this telephoto one recently from a rooftop.

There are ways to get close-up photos of the sign, including selfies, but also many restrictions. For suggestions, find online sites that give directions. For example, check with blog.jeffersongraham.com/photowalk-hollywood-sign/hollywood-sign-photowalk-how-to-get-the-elusive-shot

 
Havana, Cuba, Celebrated 500th Birthday PDF Print E-mail


The Cuban government sponsored a jubilee week in mid-November as the capital city marked the anniversary of its birth. There were and still are ongoing events at historic and performance sites. Distinguished visitors helped celebrate the birthday, including members of the Spanish royal family. Events include fireworks over the Malecon seaside promenade, parades, sports and all types of local foods and wines.

Havana’s history consists of being part of a Spanish colony for four centuries, English rule for one year and occupation by US troops for several months during the Kennedy presidency. If you plan to enjoy all the beauty and history of the Cuban capital city, be sure to check current regulations and restrictions on U.S. visitors. www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/18/havana-on-its-500th-birthday-then-and-now

 
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