Swinging London: Holy Hendrix! A Half-Century Ago!

The usually staid British capital city is remembering pop musical icons from 1966 with the 50th anniversary of Swinging London. The Beatles had already conquered America two years earlier, and others were achieving similar world popularity.

Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Pete Townsend, Tom Jones, The Dave Clark Five, The Who, Freddie and the Dreamers, and Herman’s Hermits were rocking on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Of course, this is also the year all of Great Britain is celebrating the 90th birthday Queen Elizabeth II. If you’ll be in town for the royal festivities, reserve a day to relive some of the rock’n’roll memories and locales of 1960s Swinging London. Check with local tour companies about schedules.

RoadScholar Trip: Enjoy Live Country Music In Branson MO PDF Print E-mail

Groove with other seniors in the town boasting to be the “Live Entertainment Capital of the World”. Enjoy six public stage shows, have an afternoon tea, Q&A and discussion with DeeDee Lennon, and three private shows.

Six Branson trips scheduled this year, with next from June 9 to 13. It all happens during six days, five nights, including hotel stay and 13 meals. Get all the facts about Program No. 1615RJ, with price starting at $1,199. www.roadscholar.org/find-an-adventure/1615/branson-show-biz

Q: Is It OK These Days To Sightsee In San Francisco? PDF Print E-mail

For decades, the beautiful city was one of our favorite destinations back in the 1950s and 60s. We’re talking about going back soon to mark our 50th wedding anniversary. However, all the recent news about growing homelessness, dirty streets and crime may make us change our minds. What do you think? CFR, Tucson AZ

A: It’s all still there from your happy memories: Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Nob Hill, Chinatown and cable cars. Unfortunately, the City By The Bay has had considerable bad publicity lately because of the deterioration of safe and clean streets. The ever-growing homeless problem on city streets is a factor that negatively affects tourism.

To determine whether you’ll take your anniversary celebration there, keep in daily touch with news reports about the city. If and when you determine it’s safe for you and your spouse, and as long as you’re aware of potential dangers. Book a stay at a security-protected hotel, such as the St. Francis or Mark Hopkins. And do your sightseeing and dining with an escorted tour group.

AA Flight Attendant Fined For Flying With Boozy Breath PDF Print E-mail

Although her name is now all over the news and internet, your travel4seniors.com editor will not display it here. First, in all my years of flying commercial and in Navy aircraft, I encountered many air crew members with boozy breath before flights. None were any less capable of doing their jobs.

Another factor in this case is that the veteran American Airlines flight attendant will be 65 this year, and did her job through the decades with no previous problems. Therefore, we can guess she was celebrating her upcoming retirement. So, let’s all raise our glasses to her and say: Congratulations and welcome into your sunset years on terra firma!

Texting While Driving Illegal, Soon Texting While Walking, Too PDF Print E-mail

New York and other states may soon enact laws forbidding the dangerous practice. Countless times on travels in busy cities I’ve almost collided with clueless texters blocking the sidewalk, either standing stupidly in the middle or shuffling along into foot traffic with eyes glued to little boxes.

Also I hold my breath as distracted texters cross busy streets with little awareness of traffic. Several weeks ago in New York City, I passed a distressed woman sitting on the curb while an ambulance crew examined her injured arm and neck. She was a texter who had been hit while crossing the street. Fortunately for her, she had collided only with speedy, equally stupid scooter riders, who were busy sexting.

San Diego CA: Visit Historic Navy Aircraft Carrier USS Midway PDF Print E-mail

Berthed in the city’s harbor since 2004 after 45 years of sea duty, the enormous floating museum welcomes visitors. Explore the carrier’s decks below and climb aboard veteran aircraft on the flight deck. Adult admission $23, veterans and kids $10. Great for selfies and creative family photos. Midway.org


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