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London GB: Taking Steps To Reduce Air Pollution


Consider the lyrics to a long-ago Frank Sinatra tune:
A foggy day in London town,
Had me low and had me down.

These days, it isn’t just the misty fog that has Londoners and visiting tourists feeling low. It’s the ever-increasing amounts of toxic gases emitted by the heavy vehicle traffic, factories and other oil-burning sources.

Recent news reports say the city’s mayor will be taking significant steps to reduce the choking pollution that causes more than discomfort. Many official vehicles, including buses and trucks, will go electric. Restrictions will be applied to home and factory heating systems that use petroleum products and coal.

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Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania: See Snow Top Before It’s Gone PDF Print E-mail


Made famous by the famed Hemingway book and 1952 movie, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, as well as a 2013 screen version, the destination has long been a favorite of amateur mountain climbers.

However, in recent years, the picturesque African snow cap has been disappearing at a rapid rate. Scientists report that it may be completely gone within two years. If one of your ultimate travel plans is to scale the mountain and frolic in the snowy peak, book a trip before it happens.

 
Amtrak Trains Now Serving Up Upscale Menus PDF Print E-mail


Passengers riding along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor enjoy ritzier dining and beverage choices while aboard the trains. The new service is called Corridor Café Menu, with average price for a ham sandwich with a Coke at $10. As reported by USA Today, the meals are more healthy and varied then those previously served.

Your elderly travel4seniors.com editor has train memories that go back to the 1940s and the food available on Amtrak’s predecessor, the Pennsylvania Railroad. For example, the basic ham sandwich with a Coke then cost 25¢. The sandwich consisted of two lean pieces of soggy white bread with a single slice of ham inside that was so thin it was almost transparent. Let’s hope today’s menu is a bit more appealing and generous.

 
Making Travel Decisions: Hotel Room, Hostel Or Airbnb? PDF Print E-mail


Q: I’m familiar with hotel rooms and cruise ship cabins, but recent travel promotions confuse me. I know these two are the cheapest places, but what’s the difference between a hostel and Airbnb stay? Lucile P., Greeley CO

A: With names, prices and places changing all the time, traveling seniors can get befuddled about where to spend the night and their money. Airbnb is a relatively new and growing market in the travel industry. Private home owners offer rooms or the entire house for one night or more. It can be much cheaper than hotels, especially if your travel group includes four or more people.

Hostels have been around for a long while, mostly appealing to younger travelers. They’re usually basic dorms with bunk beds, four or more people to a room and shared bathrooms.  To get more familiar with Airbnb and hostels, before your next trip alone or with a group, do some internet searching and price comparisons.

 
Amsterdam NL: Museum Glorifies Species Felis Cattus PDF Print E-mail


If travels take you to the beautiful city’s Kattenkabinet Museum, in the Centrum canal area, enjoy a unique experience. The four-story building and surrounding gardens are devoted to domestic felines in history, art and culture.

It’s an elegant former private home filled with paintings, posters, sculpture and other creative materials that glorify the species Felis cattus.
Visitors can expect to be surrounded by the many friendly live cats that roam freely throughout the museum. www.kattencabinet.nl

 
Ocean City NJ Happiest Seaside Town PDF Print E-mail


Coastal Living travel magazine’s choice as the best in America brings back some long-ago memories. My uncle operated a small Ocean City hotel near the beach. In the summer of 1946, my brother and I, just returned from World War 2 service, got a free week in a tiny room behind the check-in counter. It was both an enjoyable and sad family occasion, because it included a belated funeral for our uncle’s son, Morty. He had been killed by the Germans as a prisoner of war. How he died is an ironic story.

Morty, who had been in New Jersey prison for thievery, was released early in 1944 when he agreed to be drafted into the Army. Ironically, he was captured during the Battle of the Bulge and was once again a prisoner, this time by Germans. American POWs were starving until Morty stole food for them by raiding German supplies at night. He was caught and killed.

Morty was posthumously awarded the Silver Star medal for bravery. His funeral in a cemetery near Ocean City was attended by high-ranked political and military officials. During the service, my brother and I had both tears and laughter for our heroic, thieving cousin Morty.

 
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