United Nations: Norway Is World’s Best To Visit

Looking for a cool summer destination? How about a visit to the land of the midnight sun, where daylight averages 18 hours, with just five of darkness. Summer temperatures in the capital city of Oslo average 70º daytime and 54º nights.

The UN’s annual Human Development Index (HDI) continues to recommend Norway for the 12th straight year. It emerges from 188 nations of the world in studies based on three dimensions of human development: health and life expectancy, access to knowledge and the average standard of living.

Norwegian people enjoy a sturdy life expectancy of 81.6 years, they average 12.6 years of schooling and their per capita income is an admirable $65 thousand. So, senior wanderers, pack your bags and head for beautiful summertime Norway.

London UK: No Big Ben Bongs For Four Years During Repairs PDF Print E-mail

No, dude, not that kind of bongs. Your travel4seniors.com editor does a night-time selfie with the famous clock. Above the Houses of Parliament in Westminster by the Thames River, it’s the world-famous 315-foot tower. It’s familiar chimes will be silent for expansive repair work until 2021.

The original Big Ben was cast in 1856, but cracked and was replaced. The current clock first began to operate and the bell sounded in 1859. When operating, Big Ben chimes loudly on the hour, with a bit quieter peal on the quarter hour.

Of course, loyal fans will pine to hear the great chimes during construction. Many websites and YouTube can bring recorded Big Ben sights and bongs to your yearning ears and eyes.

Black Rock City NV: Are You Hot For Burning Man? PDF Print E-mail

It’s the annual week-long celebration. It includes costume contests, pop music, cooking, art, memories, culture and flowing freedom in the Nevada desert. It starts Sunday, August 27 and goes on night and day to Monday, September 4.

Of course, to attend, you’ll need to be a very healthy senior to survive the August heat that can hit 100º and higher during the day. Also, when attendees complete the event by igniting a huge bonfire and symbolic wooden man, you don’t want to be too close to the flames.

For tickets and more info about the program, which takes place about a three-hour drive north of Reno, go to www.vividseats.com/BurningMan

Famed Civil War Statues: Visit Before Vandalized PDF Print E-mail

We’re all aware of the current angry trend of tearing down statues, especially those of Confederate generals. Many that have stood the test of time for more than 150 years will end up as piles of rocks due to politically-correct rioters.

Consider visiting these while still standing, if they actually survive the current destruction craze:
National Statuary Hall, Capitol Hill, Washington DC: 100 statues, 12 of them Confederates.
J.E.B. Stuart, Richmond VA
Robert E. Lee, New Orleans LA
Stonewall Jackson and Lee Statues, Baltimore MD
Stone Mountain Memorial, Georgia: The massive carving on the mountainside will require lots of angry axes to destroy.
Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC: Already hit by spray paint. Hey, rioters. Abe was one of your good guys.

Finally, let’s consider a memorial poem about the Gettysburg Cemetery. The sad words by Francis Finch are typical of how most Americans feel about the terrible sacrifices on both sides during the Civil War:
No more shall the war cry sever,
Or the winding rivers be red;
They banish our anger forever
When they laurel the graves of our dead!
Under the sod and the dew,
Waiting the judgment-day,
Love and tears for the Blue,
Tears and love for the Gray.

Ryanair: Less Booze Availability For Boozy Passengers PDF Print E-mail

It has happened to all of we senior flyers too many times. We go aboard, find our seat and a drunk plops down next to us. The breath and annoying behavior are bad enough. Then the drunk barfs.

For some passengers, boarding delay in the airport is boozing time. And with today’s screwed up flight schedules, that means an hour or more at the airport bar, then throw-up sickness after boarding.

Southwest Air: Computer Glitch Snubs A-Listers PDF Print E-mail

Some of its high and flighty passengers who usually board first on the no-seat-assignment airline, had to go to the back of the line. Imagine being furiously forced to gather with the peasants and wait your turn.

For years Southwest has allowed its most frequent flyers to board first and get the best seats. The practice is to assign passengers at check-in into waiting lines A, B and C. The most privileged go to the head of the A line to board, and thus can choose the best seats and uncrowded overhead bins.

The recent computer glitch shamelessly assigned some of the most frequent SW fliers to the lowly status of B or C boarders. After many angry complaints, the airline reports that the elite boarding system will soon be working correctly again. So, SW groupies will be able to declare again: get thee behind me, thou cheap ticket rabble!


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