Destination: Tiananmen Square, Beijing

One of the first places China tourists want to see and be seen through their camera lenses is Tiananmen Square. The world-famous plaza, located in Beijing, the nation's capital city is the largest public square in the world. It’s named for the sacred Tiananmen, translated as Gate of Heavenly Peace. This structure stands at one end of the Square as guardian doorway to the Forbidden City.

The Forbidden City dates back to the early 1400s, and through the centuries has served as palace, religious site, government quarters and residences of Chinese royal dynasties. When the Communist regime took over the city in 1949, a new kind of dynasty was created to be honored on the Square.

New York NY: Katz Deli Survives And Thrives PDF Print E-mail

Guest Correspondent Sam R., Newark NJ: Manhattan’s famed Carnegie Deli is closing down after 80 years. Fortunately, another vintage NYC ethnic eatery, Katz Deli, will continue serving hungry customers, as it has for nearly 130 years.

There may be some disputes among millions of veteran deli patrons from Broadway to Tel Aviv to Beverly Hills to the Katz claim that it creates the best pastrami sandwich in the world. However, no one can question the sheer joy of biting into one.

San Diego CA: The Amazing And Fascinating SDZ PDF Print E-mail

The San Diego Zoo is certainly one of the best in the world. For the past 75 years, it has been the model for progressive zoos everywhere. It’s an inspiration for others to transform their practice from confining animals in cages to allowing them the freedom to roam through expansive natural living areas.

We seniors recall childhood zoo visits, where there were only barred cage after cage of listless animals. Yesterday's zoos were prisons, where inmates endured life sentences of endless boredom, lack of companionship and minimal exercise.

One of the most heartwarming aspects of the San Diego Zoo is that it's designed to allow animals to live as naturally as possible, with plenty of space for interacting with their own species and other compatible animals.

Are These Burgs The Best To Visit In 2017? PDF Print E-mail

Lonely Planet recently voted these cities (in rank order) as the ten best in the world to visit in 2017.

Bordeaux, France; Cape Town, South Africa; Los Angeles USA; Merida, Mexico; Ohrid, Macedonia; Pistoia, Italy; Seoul, South Korea; Lisbon, Portugal; Moscow, Russia; and Portland OR USA.

Do you agree? We’re a bit puzzled by the choices, especially a couple of cities on the list we’ve rarely, if ever, heard about before. Also, the survey left out such senior traveler favorites as Virginville, Podunk, Loveladies, Intercourse, Bird-in-Hand and, of course, Punkeydoodles Corners.

Q: Will Las Vegas Follow Atlantic City Into Oblivion? PDF Print E-mail

The Trump Taj Mahal has shut down. It’s sad that the New Jersey shore town has closed five of it’s major casinos in the past couple of years. Is it just local, or are people tired of losing their money at casinos, and it will soon happen in Las Vegas? Barbara J., Providence RI

A: OK, let’s imagine a sad Las Vegas scenario. The glitz and glitter will fade and the Nevada desert will eventually turn Sin City into a ghost town, a lonely haven for gophers and rattlesnakes. Future archeologists will dig into the ruins of once-great Caesars Palace on the Strip.

Are You A Shy Senior Geek Too Timid To Travel? PDF Print E-mail

Are you uncomfortable meeting new people? Many of us, especially widowed seniors, now in our sunset years feel the same way. Take heart, fellow geeks. There are ways to break away from your iffy ways, swing into the social whirl and see the world. Suggestions:

1. First, get your butt off that too-comfy couch into some serious traveling. Eyes glued to the TV is the ultimate geekiness, because you are able to relate to all the action without having to jump into it. Venture out into reality!

2. Sign up for regular exercise sessions at a local gym. You’ll meet many seniors there also trying to develop their abs and some new friendships.


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