USA Today: Stuck In Grand Central Terminal?

We seasoned citizens know what to do when the inevitable delay happens in airports. USA Today thinks we need advice when forced to spend hours in the world’s largest train station in NYC.

Your travel4seniors.com editor experienced the famed landmark, now more than a century old, as far back as World War 2. The 1940s were it’s glory years, because air travel was still in its infancy.  Millions of we now old vets saw Grand Central from troop trains on our way to and from wartime assignments throughout the world.

Today nearly a million people pass through the station daily. So, what would be the most important and convenient things to do when required to spend an hour or more in Grand Central? Most are obvious to the seasoned senior wanderer: relax, find a quiet spot to rest, read or smartphone and visit the shops and fantastic eateries. Fave: Grand Central Oyster Bar. 

If you feel you need the article’s sage advice, go to www.usatoday.com/story/travel/nation-now/2017/07/12/summerofhell-8-things-do-when-stuck-grand-central-terminal

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.

Amsterdam, Holland: Marry A Local For A Day PDF Print E-mail

Realistic, but totally fake wedding ceremonies are offered to make tourists feel more in touch with the city’s people, charms and history. The program includes being escorted around town with new faux mates, to explore local waterways, food, art, entertainment, night life and interesting sites.

Costs for the mock weddings and several hours of city touring are from about $100 a person. For more detailed info, go to untouristguide.com


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