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Sleep under a Red Roof for a copper penny!

Hey, traveler, if you’re planning to stay at a Red Roof Inn between now and April 15, you may get lucky and pay just a penny for your room! Just book a stay at a participating Red Roof Inn at redroof.com website, and you’re eligible to be chosen to just pay one Abe Lincoln coin for your night. The deal is in effect until all the penny rooms are sold out, so if a Red Roof Inn is in your plans until April 15, go for it now!

San Francisco CA: Cable Car Ride A Must! PDF Print E-mail

Cable cars have been a part of the city’s scene for nearly a century and a half. The Tony Bennett song portrays every visitor’s image of the beloved form of transportation:

“I left my heart in San Francisco;
High on a hill, it calls to me.
To be where little cable cars
Climb halfway to the stars...”

Savvy Senior: Always Speak Up For Free Hotel Upgrades PDF Print E-mail

Just asking often works. Unlike air travel, speaking up (politely) can go a long way to get a hotel upgrade. At check-in, ask the front desk clerk if you can have a higher-class room for the same quoted price.

Have a good reason. If you're celebrating a special occasion, arrived late in the day (and the hotel has vacant rooms that won't be filled), or are a frequent guest.

Make brand loyalty count. Book your room directly with the hotel chain and state you've stayed at the property before. Join programs, such as rewards credit card or frequent-guest club. If you have any other affiliations, such as AAA, military or AARP, be sure to speak up about them.

Try tipping your way to an upgrade. Depending on where you're traveling, an extra $10 or $20, discreetly offered at check-in, may get you a roomier room. It never hurts to offer and/or inquire to get a better room for free or at a discount.

Actual Locations Of Oscar-Winning Movies PDF Print E-mail

Today, all kinds of new digital and other gizmos create images of other worlds. Everything’s done in the studios, and moviemakers don’t have to drag their cameras all over the place anymore. We seniors can only look back with nostalgia at actual locations where some of our favorites were filmed.

1. Monument Valley, Arizona: Director John Ford and star John Wayne made mucho movies at this beautiful area. Rocks and deserts sculptured by Mother Nature served as backdrops to historic scenes, such as in She Wore A Yellow Ribbon.

2. Halona Cove, Oahu, Hawaii: In From Here To Eternity, Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr had that torrid love scene on the beautiful beach.

3. Salzburg, Austria: The Sound of Music was filmed in the verdant valleys, the church steeples, the green countryside and the rippling rivers. Julie Andrews in her opening scene twirled among the peaks of the Alps.

New York NY: Guide To Central Park Statues PDF Print E-mail

The famed city’s public area is known for picnics, concerts, jogging, boating and other fun activities. In addition, visitors can enjoy its many statues. They include famous people, dogs, cats and fairy tale figures.

A seated figure of Danish children’s author Hans Christian Andersen reads a story to a duck standing at his feet. This reminds children of all ages of his famous ugly duckling, who matured into a beautiful swan.

Pause to view England’s Sir Walter Scott and Scotland’s Robert Burns, as well as William Shakespeare. They remind visitors of the great contributions by Great Britain’s authors to American literary heritage.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Brilliant Tulip Time PDF Print E-mail

A Senior Reader’s Experience: One of the best spots in Europe is the Keukenhof Gardens, just a 20-minute bus trip from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. We rode along the colorful Dutch countryside, hopped off the bus, paid our 11 Euros and entered the Gardens.

The date was May 1, so what could be more appropriate than seeing newly-blooming tulips exactly as springtime arrived? We were told that every fall and early spring for the past 60 years, more than seven million bulbs are planted by hand and nurtured at the Gardens.

Because of weather differences, sometimes the full blooming happens as early as late March, or as late as early June. Walking through the fantastically brilliant blues, reds, oranges, purples and yellows along the 70 acres was like a stroll in the mythical Garden of Eden.

Other flower sections featured different spring beauties: daffodils, hyacinths and narcissus . They add their colors, sights and aromas to the overall experience of Keukenhof wonders.


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