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Southwest For The Birds: Painted Penguin Planes


Southwest Airlines now flies Penguin One, a brand new Boeing 737-700 festuned with pictures of the Antarctic waddlers. The reason is that SW ahs been in cahoots with SeaWorld Florida for the past quarter-century, where penguins are one of the main attractions.

Regular passengers are already familiar with SW aircraft painted with images of other famed SeaWorld critters, Shamu One and Shamu Two. SW and other airlines continue to get away from the unillustrated aircraft paint jobs with pictures of eskimos, state emblems and other artwork. Cruise lines are following the trend by having huge murals on the bows of their ships designed by famed artists.

Chicago IL: Sleep In Van Gogh Bedroom For $10 PDF Print E-mail


The Art Institute of Chicago has built a replica of the small bedroom from Vincent’s painting he created when he lived in the yellow house in Arles, France. For that bargain price, art lovers can spend an Airbnb night there.

The Van Gogh exhibit featuring the bedroom scene and 30 more of the artist’s works is available through May 10. What could be next for the traveling senior art lover? Take the Mona Lisa on a date, cross the bridge with The Scream, dine at the Last Supper or splash paint on a Jackson Pollock canvas?

 
St. Petersburg, Russia: Cathy’s Cats Roam Her Hermitage PDF Print E-mail


If your travel plans for Russia include touring the Hermitage Museum, former Winter Palace of Empress Catharine The Great, you’ll see one of the world’s largest and most treasured art collections.

Then, when strolling the magnificent gardens surrounding the museum, you’ll also observe an army of feline guards who have been keeping the museum free of rodents since 1745. When you encounter any of the hero cats, they may give you friendly myau (Russian for meow) greetings.

After several years on the job, the furry palace guards are put up for adoption. They’re rewarded for loyal service by spending their retirement years with loving Russian families.

 
Stonehenge UK: Prehistoric English Rock Stars PDF Print E-mail


Your travel4seniors.com editor and his camera recently toured this historic site. Located in Amesbury, Wiltshire, the 5,000-year-old rock formations are thought to be a religious and astronomical structure. Stonehenge is about 88 miles west of London

 
Beverly Hills CA: Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Package PDF Print E-mail


Remember the delightful 1990 Julia Roberts and Richard Gere film, Pretty Woman? Many of the scenes took place at the luxury hotel built in 1928. If your plans take you to Southern California, consider a stay at the famed Beverly Wilshire. Think about Valentine’s Day, wedding anniversary and beyond.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the romantic movie comedy, treat yourself and a beloved companion to the hotel’s Pretty Woman package. It includes a personal shopper escort on nearby Rodeo Drive, spa pampering, opera tickets and a night or so in the presidential suite.

Prices start at, if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.  www.fourseasons.com/beverlywilshire

 
When Unexpected Storm Hits Your Cruise Ship PDF Print E-mail


It was in all news media. Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas ran into a heavy storm and suffered damage, while frightening the hell out of everyone aboard. Fortunately, while there was structural breakage, no passengers or crew were seriously injured.

Compared to road and air statistics, cruise ship mishaps are very rare. However, seniors who sign up for cruises should be constantly alert to what to do when the unexpected happens at sea or in port. Here are a few simple rules:

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