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San Francisco CA: The Presidio Museum Welcomes Visitors


For 200 years, this classic U.S. Army base facing the Pacific was headquarters for training and administration through America’s times of war and peace. From the first cavalry actions in the 1790s to the final deployment in 1990 for the Gulf War, the Presidio was one of America’s oldest fortresses.

The recent opening of the El Presidio de San Francisco Museum in the former officers’ Club welcomes visitors to view hundreds of historic military and archeological artifacts that date back two centuries and more. They include cannons, sabers, firearms, ammunition, uniforms and much more. www.presidio.gov

For those who plan to stay overnight, there’s a boutique hotel called the Inn at the Presidio, located at the former Pershing Hall Bachelor Officers Quarters. Room rates are from $250. The address: 42 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco, California 94129, www.inatthepresidio.com

Basic Eating Rules For Hungry Senior Travelers PDF Print E-mail


Your travel4seniors.com editor enjoys gelato in Torgau, Germany. Fortunately, this did not the result in belly ache or other frequent tourist ailment. However, many senior travelers who eat local foods too often get sick because of mystery ingredients and/or lack of cleanliness.

Overeating is another cause of stomach problems, also consuming food that has been sitting in the sun too long. If you want to sample street food, watch the vendor cook your portion as you observe. And be careful of unfamiliar ingredients, such as unfamiliar seafood, dog, cat and those that affect your allergies, such as milk intolerance and spices.

 
St. Petersburg: White Nights Festival Russia In Midnight Sun PDF Print E-mail


The former capital city of the czars celebrates springtime warmth and longer daylight hours. Festival events are scheduled from late May to early July. Included are the Stars of the White Nights ballet and opera performances. Also fireworks, live music and much more. wnfestival.com

 
Agra, India: Taj Mahal Often Hazy In Thick, Choking Smog PDF Print E-mail


One of the world’s most popular tourist attractions gets thousands of visitors daily. However, when your travel4seniors.com editor was there recently, the shrine was barely visible in thick smog.

Other cities in India also suffer the same auto-emission pollution, including Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta. If heavy smog is a particular danger to your senior health, and India is on your travel plans, be prepared. Take medicated face masks for long periods of exposure, and do touring in air-conditioned cars and buses.

 
Yee, Haa! San Antonio TX Celebrates Its 300th Birthday PDF Print E-mail


Commemorative Week in the old mission town will happen from May 1 to 6. On May 1, 1718 the Mission San Antonio de Valero, later called the Alamo, was dedicated. And you all remember what happened at that famed fortress. During the tricentennial week, visitors will enjoy entertainment, sports, arts, food and many other fun happenings. For prices and updated info, go to www.sanantonio300.org

 
San Francisco CA: Can I Visit Expensive City On A Budget? PDF Print E-mail


Q: Our love for the beautiful City by the Bay goes way, way back to WW2 Navy days. Sailed under the Golden Gate, partied at the Top of the Mark, dined in Chinatown and rode the cable cars. We’ve been back many times since, but uncertain about this year. Hotel prices, always high, are now out of sight. Is it worth it anymore? PMO’L, Chicago IL

A: For starters, instead of hotels, check AirBnB ads online. They’re much lower priced and, if traveling with a group, you get an attractive house or apartment with several bedrooms for less per night than you’d pay for one hotel room.

 
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