TripAdvisor Lists Its Top American Museums....Not!

The travel site recently named ten in the US. However, they failed to name the absolute best. Inexcusably omitted from the list is the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Those named in the report were the Metropolitan, New York NY, WW2 Museum, New Orleans LA, Art Institute, Chicago IL, 9/11 Museum, New York NY,  USS Midway, San Diego CA, Smithsonian, Washington DC, Getty Center, Los Angeles CA, Museum of Natural History, Museum of Modern Art, both in New York NY, and Kennedy Space Center, Titusville FL.

OK, so they’re all great museums. However, not that I’m prejudiced, I just happen to be a graduate of the Philadelphia Museum College of Art, BFA ‘51. Of course, that was years before Rocky ran up the steps and did his victory dance.

Hollywood CA: Enjoy Hotel Stay With Your Best Friend PDF Print E-mail

Dogs are welcome at the Kimpton Everly Hotel, just a short stroll from Hollywood Boulevard. The pet-friendly oasis offers rooftop dining with your pet. The Klimpton tops its pro-dog attitude with an in-residence canine host to greet and socialize with guests. For rates and other info, go to www.everlyhotelhollywood.com

Senior Weekend Wanderers: East Coast Heat Wave Alert PDF Print E-mail

Boston 106º NYC 107º, Philly 110º, Washington DC 111º. When travels take you to those destinations and others predicted to reach new summertime temperature records, protect yourself.

Limit sightseeing to early morning and cooler evenings. When in direct sunlight, cover your head and take it easy while walking. Stay in air-conditioned areas during the heat of day. Drink lots of water, limit the booze and eat lightly.

Hollyweed CA: New Museum Of Weed And Cannabis Cafe PDF Print E-mail

Puff, puff! It seems the nation’s Movieland is aiming to become the legal marijuana capital of the nation. Weedmaps presents its Museum of Weed. The facility offers hands-on exhibits, art, planted samples, historical artifacts, political attitudes and much more

Located at 720 North Cahuenga Boulevard, the museum is just a short stroll from the famed Hollywood Walk of Fame. For fees and other info, go to: themuseumofweed.com.

Just a short distance away, the Cannabis Café in West Hollywood is scheduled to open soon. The menu includes dishes with examples of the cannabis plant. However, state law prohibits consumption of cannabis and alcohol on the same site, so no booze is served. For info, go to patch.com/california/westhollywood/west-hollywood-approves-nations-first-cannabis-cafe

Paris, France: Viewing Fire Damaged Notre Dame Cathedral PDF Print E-mail

Q: We’ll be in Paris later in the month and want to see all the famous sites, including Notre Dame. Of course, we know about the terrible fire, but even if we can’t go in, we’d like to visit the historic church. Mrs. PLB, Boston MA

A: You can wander on sidewalks near the cathedral, but the entire structure is surrounded by tall steel fences while extensive repairs are ongoing. It’s difficult to see much from close-up. If you want selfies and photos, the best way of viewing the entire cathedral is by going over to walkways on the other side of the River Seine. Sadly, it could take years for full restoration.

Motza, Israel: 9,000-year-old Town Discovered Near Jerusalem PDF Print E-mail

Diggers found thousands of tools, jewelry and arrowheads in ancient Motza. If travels take you there, you may want to ask the archeologists if they also found ancient recipes for those favorite prehistoric dishes: motza ball soup, and motza with lox and cream cheese.


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