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Las Vegas NV: 2nd Annual Life Is Beautiful Weekend PDF Print E-mail

In downtown Las Vegas, along historic Fremont Street, the festival spans Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 24, 25 and 26. It features scores of music groups, contests, Penn and Teller magic, art exhibit and unique foods. There will also be inspirational speakers, including ex-Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, and much more on the program.

Performances range from soul to rock to classical, as well as dancers. Among the stars are Lionel Richie, Kanye West, Foo Fighters,  Girl Talk, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Dancetronauts and the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra.

For events tickets, schedules, parking and other info, go to lifeisbeautiful.com

Coping When Flying Confuses Your Internal Clock PDF Print E-mail

We’ve read all kinds of theories about how traveling seniors can regulate their sleep-wake cycles. Long night flights can disrupt normal habits, and there are ways to deal with the problem.

Some medical gurus recommend special prescriptions. For example, they advise you to take sleeping pills if flying at night. Too often, the prime benefit of the pills is to keep overpaid pharmaceutical company execs happy.

Of course, flying does affect you when it goes against regular sleep/wake habits. However, unless you have a real medical condition, there are natural ways to combat the problem. Here are some suggestions:

Prepare: Your body says sleep when you’re tired at the end of an active dozen hours. On the day of your flight, be sure to hike, jog, swim or hit the gym. Also, your body craves sunlight, so give it plenty before you fly.

Paris, France: Eiffel Tower New See-Thru Glass Floors PDF Print E-mail

Many of our senior career women readers are too familiar with glass ceilings. Now, travels can take them to sky-high places where they’ll enjoy glass floors and breathtaking views.

The venerable Eiffel Tower, celebrating its 125th anniversary, now offers visitors a high floor with a clear glass bottom that reveals the city of Paris 200 feet below. The millions of visitors who flock to the landmark each year can now stand and look down on the beautiful city. www.toureiffel.paris/en

Here are several other glass-bottomed attractions around the world:

CN Tower, Toronto, Canada: The see-thru walkway vision is 1,122 feet high, and first opened 20 years ago. www.cntower.ca

Skytree, Tokyo, Japan: At nearly a half-mile high, the world’s highest freestanding broadcast tower offers the glass-bottom Tembo Deck at its 1,148 feet level, surrounded by 360-degree views from huge window panels. www.tokyo-skytree.jp

Grand Princess: Cruise Los Angeles-Hawaii Round Trip PDF Print E-mail

As the weather turns chilly, 'tis the season for continuing sunny senior days and balmy nights at sea. Do it right by booking a 15-day Los Angeles to Hawaii and return cruise aboard the beautiful Grand Princess.

Departure is Thursday, December 4, and return Friday, December 19. Port visits include Honolulu, Nawiliwili, Hilo and Ensenada, Mexico. Prices, based on two in a cabin, start at $1,399, plus $145 added fees.

Hollywood CA: Hotel For Famed Tinseltown Ghosts PDF Print E-mail

In the mid-1950s, your travel4seniors.com senior editor worked on an afternoon daily newspaper, the Beverly Hills Citizen, now long gone. Since it opened in 1927, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, a mile or so from my office, was where movie stars romped.

It’s right across the street from Grauman's Chinese Theater (now TLC Chinese Theatre). However, today's stars rarely visit tacky, touristy Hollywood. They prefer to live and play in the hills of Beverly, Holmby and other posh communities west to the ocean in Malibu.

When at the hotel on news assignments, I recall bumping into Frederic March, Groucho, Yul Brynner, Irene Dunne, Judy Garland and many others. Once I may have glimpsed Marilyn Monroe, but she was in dark glasses, bundled up and gone so quickly, I've never been sure.


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