San Francisco CA: Monstrous Chinese New Year Parade

If your travel plans take you to the City by the Golden Gate, be sure to include this exciting event in your itinerary. Sponsored by Southwest Airlines, day long festivities will go on in the city’s venerable Chinatown, and a grand parade the night of Saturday, February 11.

First celebrated in the 1860s, San Francisco’s Chinese community has annually hosted the event. This is the year of the rooster, and many of the displays and parade floats will reflect that theme. Participating in the parade will be marching bands, ethnic dancers, fireworks, the traditional city-block-long Golden Dragon and 2017 Miss Chinatown U.S.A. For more details, go to www.chineseparade.com

Snooze In Luxury On Grounded 747 Jet Now Swedish Hostel PDF Print E-mail

At Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport, there’s an imposing passenger plane that no longer flies the skies. Furnished by Jumbo Stay, it offers luxury accommodations and many other comforts. Rates from about $160 a night include free parking, airport shuttle, private compartment for two, sun deck and terrace. 

For more info, go to www.booking.com/hotel/se/jumbo-hostel

Autumn Travels In California’s Beautiful Napa Valley PDF Print E-mail

How many wandering seniors remember the 1956 Broadway musical, Most Happy Fella? It was a hit then, and including a later movie, it has been revived many times throughout the country. The next line of the song is “in the whole Napa Valley”, sung by Tony after his successful grape harvest and courting of a local girl.

You can be most happy, too, if you visit the Napa Valley during the autumn grape harvest and many celebrations of the season, including grape stomping competitions. Sadly, the California wildfires earlier in the year made travel in nearby areas dangerous. However, everything is safe this autumn, and wineries offer many special events for those senior travelers who crave the fruit of the vine. For current info, go to www.visitnapavalley.com

Is It OK For Us To Set Up A Home-Swap Arrangement? PDF Print E-mail

Q: We retired last year, and with kids grown up and gone, we’re rattling around in our big, four-bedroom home. We also have a pool and putting green. We’re not ready to sell, and intend to do a lot of world traveling, but don’t want to pay sky-high hotel prices.

We’ve heard about home swapping, and would like to spend time in nice, quiet houses in England, Scotland, France, Italy, Germany etc. What do you think of the idea? Mrs. PFO’R, Atlanta GA

A: There are on-line agencies that offer home swap deals around the world. Get in touch with some, such as Intervac Home Exchange and HomeLink. For a fee they’ll set up contacts and give you info about homes, locations, local features, costs, security and other details.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM: Batty And Bottomless PDF Print E-mail

For a great autumn experience, join up in an exploration of an underground cave. Carlsbad Caverns descend to down a quarter of a mile, one of the deepest limestone caves in the U.S. The humorist Will Rogers named it “the Grand Canyon with a roof over it.”

Tours are available for every skill level, from expert spelunker to ranger escorted. Be sure to be at the entrance at sunset with your camera when thousands of Brazilian free-tailed bats fly out to seek delicious desert bugs. For more info, go to www.nps.gov/cave

Munich, Germany: Oktoberfest Starts Early This Year PDF Print E-mail

The traditional beer and bratwurst celebration begins on September 22 and ends October 7. So, if you have plans to be part of where it all began in the picturesque Bavarian city, make your travel reservations now!

Germany’s third largest metropolis offers much more than food and suds. It also boasts beautiful parks, museums, entertainment, restaurants, as well as historic buildings, including the Residenz and Nymphenburg Palaces. Check with airlines and travel agencies for schedules and package deals. For more info, go to www.oktoberfest.de/en


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