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Dearborn MI: Ford To Monitor Senior Tickers


Most of we seasoned roadies are still trying to figure out how to use cell phones, online banking and GPS. In another innovation we can hardly understand, the venerable automaker plans an on-the-road driver’s heart monitor with quick-stop safety features .

Ford will have a medical device that records the seated driver’s cardiovascular system for possible irregularities. It includes a camera that measures driver head movement, as well as sensors on the steering-wheel. If the contraption detects symptoms of a heart attack, it will take over steering and brakes. According to news reports, Ford may have the product on the market within five years.

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Amtrak Trains Now Serving Up Upscale Menus PDF Print E-mail


Passengers riding along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor enjoy ritzier dining and beverage choices while aboard the trains. The new service is called Corridor Café Menu, with average price for a ham sandwich with a Coke at $10. As reported by USA Today, the meals are more healthy and varied then those previously served.

Your elderly travel4seniors.com editor has train memories that go back to the 1940s and the food available on Amtrak’s predecessor, the Pennsylvania Railroad. For example, the basic ham sandwich with a Coke then cost 25¢. The sandwich consisted of two lean pieces of soggy white bread with a single slice of ham inside that was so thin it was almost transparent. Let’s hope today’s menu is a bit more appealing and generous.

 
Making Travel Decisions: Hotel Room, Hostel Or Airbnb? PDF Print E-mail


Q: I’m familiar with hotel rooms and cruise ship cabins, but recent travel promotions confuse me. I know these two are the cheapest places, but what’s the difference between a hostel and Airbnb stay? Lucile P., Greeley CO

A: With names, prices and places changing all the time, traveling seniors can get befuddled about where to spend the night and their money. Airbnb is a relatively new and growing market in the travel industry. Private home owners offer rooms or the entire house for one night or more. It can be much cheaper than hotels, especially if your travel group includes four or more people.

Hostels have been around for a long while, mostly appealing to younger travelers. They’re usually basic dorms with bunk beds, four or more people to a room and shared bathrooms.  To get more familiar with Airbnb and hostels, before your next trip alone or with a group, do some internet searching and price comparisons.

 
Amsterdam NL: Museum Glorifies Species Felis Cattus PDF Print E-mail


If travels take you to the beautiful city’s Kattenkabinet Museum, in the Centrum canal area, enjoy a unique experience. The four-story building and surrounding gardens are devoted to domestic felines in history, art and culture.

It’s an elegant former private home filled with paintings, posters, sculpture and other creative materials that glorify the species Felis cattus.
Visitors can expect to be surrounded by the many friendly live cats that roam freely throughout the museum. www.kattencabinet.nl

 
Ocean City NJ Happiest Seaside Town PDF Print E-mail


Coastal Living travel magazine’s choice as the best in America brings back some long-ago memories. My uncle operated a small Ocean City hotel near the beach. In the summer of 1946, my brother and I, just returned from World War 2 service, got a free week in a tiny room behind the check-in counter. It was both an enjoyable and sad family occasion, because it included a belated funeral for our uncle’s son, Morty. He had been killed by the Germans as a prisoner of war. How he died is an ironic story.

Morty, who had been in New Jersey prison for thievery, was released early in 1944 when he agreed to be drafted into the Army. Ironically, he was captured during the Battle of the Bulge and was once again a prisoner, this time by Germans. American POWs were starving until Morty stole food for them by raiding German supplies at night. He was caught and killed.

Morty was posthumously awarded the Silver Star medal for bravery. His funeral in a cemetery near Ocean City was attended by high-ranked political and military officials. During the service, my brother and I had both tears and laughter for our heroic, thieving cousin Morty.

 
Melt, Germany: Your Heart Will Melt In Hot Summer Festival PDF Print E-mail


The event happens among machinery of the old mine by the Ferropolis peninsula, surrounded by Lake Gremmin in Gräfenhainichen. It’s on from July 13 to 15, and features many contemporary music icons. They include the XX, Florence and the Machine, Jon Hopkins, Ben Klock and Nina Kraviz. The festival is in Ferropolis, Gräfenhainichen, formerly an old iron storage site, and in addition to great music, features genuine German foods and beers.

This is the 20th anniversary of the Melt event, and fans can travel and overnight on a party train from Cologne. There’s also a nearby campsite next to a lake for daylight and moonlight swims, brews and romantic boating that will Melt lovers’ hearts. meltfestival.de

 
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