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Nate'n Al's: Memories Of LaLaLand’s Most Famous Deli PDF Print E-mail


Your travel4seniors.com editor came home from service in the Korean War in 1953 and got a job at the daily Beverly Hills Citizen, owned by Will Rogers, Jr. Though my $75 a week newspaper salary was less than my Navy pay, one advantage was often rubbing shoulders with famed movie stars of the time.

I covered stories about Frank Sinatra, Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Lucille Ball, Milton Berle and others. Groucho Marx lived just a few blocks from our office and often stopped by to chat. One of the city’s places that attracted many stars was Nate 'n Al’s Deli around the corner from the newspaper building, which opened in 1945. I lunched there, often among Hollywood stars, including Doris Day and Carol Channing. I still remember dining with a shy young unknown next to me at our table named Jerry Lewis.

Today, I live only 20 minutes away and go to the deli often. There are rumors now that the 80-year-old eatery will be closing soon. So, if your California travel plans include visiting Beverly Hills, be sure to dine at Nate ’n Al’s before the deli doors and corned beef aromas may close forever.

 
Maldives: Snooze Night Away Dreaming Under The Ocean PDF Print E-mail


King Neptune would be jealous if he saw you living lavishly in your underwater suite at The Muraka at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. Of course, you’ll be perfectly dry behind glass as you watch seals, sharks, turtles and other free-roaming sea life swim around and above your private, waterproof aquarium.

Of course, such luxury will cost just a tiny bit more than a regular on-land luxury hotel suite. However, if you have a mere $5,000 per night to spend, this unique experience offers the precious underwater memory of a lifetime. By the way, the sweet suite price listing doesn’t include taxes and tips to your private butler, waiters, cleaning staff and other hotel employees.

 
Seniors: Are You Ready For A Peaceful Journey In Vietnam? PDF Print E-mail


Your travel4seniors.com editor served in World War 2 and Korea. Still a Navy Reservist in the mid-1970s, I received a call asking me to volunteer for  active duty for the Vietnam War. At age 40, I declined. Would I voluntarily go to Vietnam today as a tourist? Well, just maybe.

Would I enjoy the beautiful Hanoi city scenes, river cruises, exotic foods and other offerings? With the memories of John McCain and other POWs enjoying the luxuries of the Hanoi Hilton, some serious thoughts occur about America’s former enemy. Of course, after WW2 it didn’t take long for American travel to Italy and Germany to become fashionable. Why not Vietnam today?

So, if interested, check with sources such as Intrepid Travel on currently peaceful Vietnam visits. Enjoy a meal at a Buddhist nunnery, take an overnight boat trip on Halong Bay, and zoom on a motorbike tour through Hue on the Vietnam Express.

It all begins in Hanoi and ends in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). This 10-day trip is designed for single travelers. You’ll be with a roommate of the same sex unless you prefer a room by yourself at an extra fee. The tour, priced from $1,100 is available on select dates through November 2019. www.intrepidtravel.com/us/vietnam

 
Springtime In Paris: Buy An Exclu$$ive Tour At The Louvre PDF Print E-mail


One of the most popular museums in the world, the Louvre attracts more than ten million visitors every year, and charges an entry fee of about $15. However, next time you’re in the French capital, instead of being crammed in with other gapers in front of the Mona Lisa during regular visit hours, do it privately.

If you have the dough, it will cost a mere $34,000 for up to four people in your exclusively wealthy group. You’ll be escorted through the museum in the evening by experts for about two hours. Hmmm, so when the tour is over, do you tip the guides ten percent of your enormous entry fee? If you’re considering the tour and other Paris attractions, get more info at family-twist.com.

 
Big Sur, California: See It All Before It Crashes Into The Pacific PDF Print E-mail


Sightseeing along the ocean coast on Highway 101 about 150 miles south of San Francisco has been one of senior wanderers most enjoyable journeys for decades. Unfortunately, rain and landslides are slowly eroding the seascape, with the eventual collapse. So, while Big Sur still rises to the skyline, plan a drive or bus ride with your camera through the beautiful land- and seascape before it all disappears.

 
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