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Homeless In Hollywood: Inflated Housing Creates Sad Views PDF Print E-mail

When your tourist ventures take you to Hollywood Boulevard, you’ll enjoy all the attractions, including the Walk of Fame, vintage movie theaters, souvenir shops, tours of star homes, costumed characters and all the rest. You may encounter other, less attractive sights.

The street is also a tragic location for many homeless wanderers. When your travel4seniors.com editor worked there in the late 1950s, my one-bedroom apartment rent was $80 a month. In same building it now costs $1,800. With housing grossly expensive and getting worse, the homeless situation throughout the Los Angeles area continues to grow.

The area is still enjoyable to visit, and if a costumed Hollywood character poses with you for a photo, offer a couple of dollars. However, if you don’t want to give money directly to homeless people there, who may be drug and alcohol addicts, you can still help them. Donate to authorized charities, such as Red Cross, Salvation Army and others specializing in offering shelter, rehab and other professional aid to them.

Phoenix AZ: Eat & Drink Hearty At The Devour Culinary Classic PDF Print E-mail

Welcome springtime early in sunny Arizona. It all happens at the city’s beautiful Desert Botanical Garden from February 25 through March 4. Famed Arizona chefs and winemakers will offer demonstrations and delicious samples at the the culinary celebration.

Events include live music, bartending competition and much more. For tickets and info, go to devourphoenix.com/coalition/devour-culinary-classic

Austin TX: Texas Isn’t Usually Where You Go For Seafood PDF Print E-mail

When you dine deep in the heart of Texas, you expect traditionally hearty beef and pork dishes along with all the other cattle round-up campfire specials. However, at the annual Austin Oyster Festival on February 27, shelled crustaceans and other ocean specialties are celebrated.

Enjoy all choices of oysters, including raw, grilled, fried and roasted. Also dine on crab, lobster, clams, tuna, salmon and other seafood dishes. Wash them down with varieties of craft beer, while enjoying live Bluegrass and Cajun music. austinoysterfestival.com

Montréal, Canada: Enjoy A Snowy Winter Festival PDF Print E-mail

From February 22 through March 4, the beautiful city is brilliantly lighted by en Lumière Montréal, one of the world’s most spectacular annual celebrations. It celebrates local foods, art, sports and entertainment.

There’s the Urban Milk Slide, more than 100 yards of glistening skating ice that  runs through the city center. By air, The zipline carries visitors over the bright festival. The Observation Wheel gondola at the Old Port features heated cabins for comfortable air rides and soaring photo opportunities.. For more info, go to  www.quartierdesspectacles.com/en/event/72/montreal-en-lumiere

Liverpool, England: Where My Mom Was An Illegal Alien At Age 10 PDF Print E-mail

All the talk these days of immigration problems reminds your travel4seniors.com editor of her undocumented past. It happened in 1908, when her family left Russia, traveled illegally through Poland, Holland, Belgium, France and England. Then they sailed incognito from Liverpool with Irish immigrants to New York City.

They used forged papers to become legal immigrants at Ellis island. Does that mean I’m an anchor baby? Mom often talked about her months in Liverpool, where she learned to speak English and enjoyed the friendly people and music. Of course, this was many decades before the Beatles emerged to conquer the music world. 

A decade ago Liverpool was declared the European Capital of Culture, and this year the city celebrates with cultural, musical and sporting events. There’s a festival of Chinese contemporary art and culture. If your travels take you to the charming city, for current info, go to visitliverpool.com.


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