Washington DC: New Smithsonian Museum Adjunct Debuts

President Obama officially opened the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the nation’s capital. Attending the ceremonies were members of America’s oldest African American church, First Baptist of Williamsburg VA.

A highlight of the event was the ringing of the 150-year-old church Freedom Bell. The congregation was established in 1776, the year the American Revolution began. Many of the first members were slaves and freed-slaves. In the pre-Civil War days, church services were held secretly in nearby Virginia farm fields and forests. When your senior travels include Washington DC, for more info, go to nmaahc.si.edu/about/museum.Smithsonian Institution

USA Today: Top 20 Spring Break Sites. Senior Travelers Beware! PDF Print E-mail

Of course, they’re all great places to spend some vacation time, but if you like quiet and relaxation, stay the hell away during this crazy time of year. When selecting one of these spots for your spring destination, be sure to check on when it will be the busiest with young visitors, booze and noise.

Then simply make your plans for another, more tranquil time. Your sanity, ears, eyes and temper will thank you for it. For info on this year’s spring break destinations, go to www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/travel/destinations/2018/03/18/the-top-20-spring-break-destinations-for-2018.

Swiss Ban Cruel Boiling Of Live Lobsters. What’s Next? PDF Print E-mail

Your travel4seniors.com editor enjoys visiting the beautiful yodel and cheese nation, However, next time we may not order lobster at our favorite Swiss café. Not that boiling live critters is nice, but I doubt if the Swiss butchers prepare their cattle and poultry with kindness on execution day.

The Swiss law which also covers other doomed animals, also suggests a contradiction in terms: humane death by “rendering them unconscious”, and then dumped into scalding water. The law also gives domestic pets protections, including not preventing dogs from barking. Oh sure, tell that to the neighbors when your hound dog bays at the moon at midnight.

Landmark Fotos Not Illegal, But Making Money On Them Is PDF Print E-mail

Now that everyone can take photos and video with their little smartphone boxes, tourists are constantly snapping pix, videos and selfies. Of course, they enjoy posing in front of France’s Eiffel Tower, Italy’s Colosseum, Denmark’s Little Mermaid and other famous world sites.

It’s ok if they use the results as souvenirs to send home to the family or keep them for personal memories to view later. However, it may be illegal to use your results commercially. Examples could be to publish them in a book, magazine article, video travel ad or movie. For detailed comment on the subject, go to www.politico.eu/article/banned-taking-pictures-of-the-eiffel-tower-at-night-copyright-law-eu

San Francisco CA: Beautiful City Of Long-Ago Memories PDF Print E-mail

It maybe was a bit spoiled by the hippie movement in the 1950s and by today’s homeless wanderers. However, your travel4seniors.com editor believes it’s still one of the world’s greatest travel destinations. My memories go way, way back to the 1940s as a teenage Navy sailor, the City By The Bay was a most welcome sight when I returned from World War 2 Pacific campaigns.

And they’re all still there today: The Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Chinatown dining, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf and Nob Hill. No wonder Tony Bennett left his heart there. When planning your next senior travels, consider putting San Francisco on your must-visit list. You’ll take home your own timeless memories.

Beware Of Phone Call Scams That Offer Free Cruises PDF Print E-mail

When you pick up the phone, it always begins with, “How are you today?” That should be the cue to hang up without responding. With today’s ever-advancing technology, online crooks can record your voice for future scams.

If you do stay on the line, the pitch begins with an offer of a free cruise, or you’ve won a free cruise. It sounds great, but the best response is to slam down your phone. Don’t fall for the phony promises. If you want to sail the seven seas, go online to get the latest info from a legitimate cruise line website, or contact a trusted hometown travel agent.


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