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New York NY: World Trade Center Observatory

After 14 years since the 9/11/01 disaster, visitors may once again view the dramatic Manhattan skyline from nearly a quarter-mile high at the World Trade Center. The new observatory is on Floors 100 to 102 at One World Trade Center, and is scheduled to open to the public on Friday, May 29.

The observatory includes three restaurants, bar, shops, historical artifacts and glass floor scenes. While rising in the elevator, guests can watch video of 500 years of Manhattan history. Tickets: adult $32, senior $30, child $26. For more info, go to www.oneworldobservatory.com

Santa Barbara CA: Beautiful Beach Town Great For Autumn Visit PDF Print E-mail


With October and November air temperatures averaging 75 daytime and 60 nights, stroll along the Pacific Ocean sand and on Stearns Wharf Pier. Shop and dine on the pleasant oceanfront walks, but don’t expect to romp with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. Take in La Boheme in early November at the Opera Santa Barbara. And if you’re an art lover, see the extensive collections at the city museum. For more info, go to santabarbaraca.com

 
My Daily Hike Through Glamorous West Hollywood PDF Print E-mail


Just a few blocks away from posh Beverly Hills and glamorous Sunset Strip, your travel4seniors.com editor hikes along Santa Monica Boulevard at 10 am and 2 pm. I see lovely scenery, chauffeured limos, costly condos, upscale stores, fashionable shoppers and familiar celebs. Other daily sights are not quite so pleasant.

The street is also Route 66 that ends at the ocean in the city of Santa Monica. It’s daily haven for the homeless. Sidewalks are resting and toilet places after nights of drink and/or drugs. Some set up temporary cardboard shelters. Others stand at grocery entrances, begging for money and food.

The sidewalks are hazardous to families and elderly travelers. Not only from homeless, but by even more dangerous bikers and scooter riders who illegally race along the walkways. So, if you’re old and tour these city streets, be sure to follow all safety rules. And by the way, did I mention the fresh dog poo and peepee deposited along fragrant West Hollywood sidewalks?

 
What’s That Familiar Looking Landmark In The Background? PDF Print E-mail


Your roaming travel4seniors.com editor recently enjoyed a selfie bird’s eye view of the famed Colosseum from his hotel balcony in Rome. It’s where ancient charioteers raced and gladiators fought. One of the world’s most historic and picturesque cities, be sure to put Italy’s capital on your future senior travel destination plans.

 
National Park Wonders Are Owned By All: But Not To Take Home PDF Print E-mail


Now that autumn is here, visitors have the added pleasure of experiencing the fantastic colors of flowers, plants, cacti and trees that blossom into beautiful colors during the season. However, when visiting a national park, be aware that picking blossoms and uprooting plants to take away is illegal.

Please follow the rules: Enjoy, photo and sniff them, but admire Mother Nature’s art without swiping it. For more details, go to www.cnet.com/news/national-parks-want-you-to-stop-picking-them-clean

 
CNN Reports Bangkok Is Best City For Street Food Noshing PDF Print E-mail


When visiting a big city at noontime, your travel4seniors.com editor always heads for the the street food areas to get a fresh lunch. Some of the best carts with delicious foods are in America’s New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.  However, many of the world’s top are far away in Asia.

With Bangkok leading the list, CNN also names Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bali, Ho Chi Minh City and Beijing. So, when your wanderings take you to Asia, be sure to stop by carts offering such delicacies as hoy tod nai mong and kuay tiew kai soi nam phung.

 
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