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Southwest Airlines: Flying Pets Soon To Pay More


With holiday season now in full operation, you may decide to take your pet along to join in on Christmas celebrations far from home. If you do it on SW, it will cost an extra $75 each way. Consider it a bargain, because as of January 2014, the same pet travel service will be $95.

The requirements are that the pet has certified vaccination proof, and rides in a carrier that fits under your airline seat. Additionally, because of the busy December travel season, reservations must be made early. On SW, only six pet carriers are allowed on each flight.

Actually, even the higher SW charge will be cheaper than you’ll pay on some other airlines. They require as much as $125, which could make a pet-toting human passenger on a $99 special ticket feel a bit unsettled.

For more information, go to www.sw.com

Venice, Italy: See The Beautiful City Before It’s Too Late! PDF Print E-mail


Your travel4seniors.com editor last visited Venice several years ago. It was an unhappy surprise one afternoon when the popular St. Mark’s Square was suddenly flooded with a foot of water from a tidal surge of the Venetian Canal.

There were raised wooden platforms along one side to allow some walking, but getting around was difficult. Aqua alta days are increasing, from ten in the 1990s to 60 last year. Therefore, if Venice is on your bucket list, book a visit or you may have to come prepared with a bucket.

Longfellow may have predicted the problem in his poem about Venice:
White swan of cities slumbering in thy nest…
White phantom city, whose untrodden streets
Are rivers, and whose pavements are the shifting
Shadows of the palaces and strips of sky.

 
If Henry VIII Could Text, Would His Love Life Have Improved? PDF Print E-mail


As history books tell, the English king traveled throughout Europe to meet potential wives. Tho he didn’t have today’s electronics, he succeeded six times, with three ending in divorce and two by execution. If you’re a single senior and want to meet people while traveling, check the internet frequently. Look for senior singles group trips, cruises and other journeys that fit your lifestyle. With the right contacts, you’re sure to have a royally great time!

 
My Almost Andy Warhol-ish View Of The Hollywood Hills PDF Print E-mail


A recent Warhol photo-to-silkscreen painting sold for $37 million. Would any rich art patron pay your travel4seniors.com editor at least a couple million for this almost-abstract photo? I recently pointed my camera north on Olive Street in West Hollywood, Santa Monica Blvd, to Sunset Blvd, Hollywood Blvd and the Hollywood Hills. Next time you travel here, make it a hike challenge and stroll heavenward thru lovely LaLaLand.

 
Get Off Your Ass And Roam The World PDF Print E-mail


Hey, seniors, now that you have the time, enjoy all the travel wishes you dreamed about before you could break away from work and family duties. Ride the canals of Venice, sail to Hong Kong, view the Grand Canyon and stroll the streets of Paris. Don’t just sit there and wait for the fast-approaching time when your body and mind can’t hack it anymore.

 
Dublin, Ireland: Wander Where The Whiffenpoofs Serenaded PDF Print E-mail


While in the Irish capital, enjoy a Saturday afternoon and evening with a stroll along Dublin's Cultural Quarter at Temple Bar. See the open air-market where displays include produce, cheese, and baked goods.

Be sure you linger at the stall selling hot cider with a shot of Irish whiskey. The Temple Bar also hosts free festivals, music, film screenings and much more! And you may just recall Bing and bar room buddies singing the old ballad:
To the tables down at Mory’s,
To the place where Louie dwells,
To the dear old Temple Bar we love so well;
Sing the Whiffenpoofs assembled
With their glasses raised on high…

 
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