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TripAdvisor: Two Hanoi Hotels In World’s Top Ten PDF Print E-mail

On the list is La Siesta Hotel & Spa at #4, and La Siesta Hotel Trendy at #10. Of all the great hotels throughout the world, who decided this list, Jane Fonda? Some Vietnam War vets may inquire: Did they ask Senator McCain and other ex-POWs if they believe the luxurious Hanoi Hilton should actually top the list?

 
New York NY: Memories Of The Waldorf Astoria On Park Avenue PDF Print E-mail


The celebrated hotel is now closed during a three-year restoration project, and scheduled to reopen in 2020. Among the extensive plans are for part of the hotel to become condos. We can only imagine what the purchase costs will be for living in Park Avenue super luxury.

Your senior travel4seniors.com editor has fond memories of the Waldorf. A lunchtime visit during Navy service in World War 2 cost a hefty $5, plus a $1 tip. Later, after returning in 1953 from service in Korea, our aircraft carrier air group members were briefly billeted at the Naval Air Station, Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, N.Y.

We celebrated with a weekend at the Waldorf. (Anyone remember that 1945 movie starring Lana Turner and Van Johnson?). The prices were still out of sight high. Drinks were $2, dinner $15 and rooms were $25. We can only guess what the prices will be when the Waldorf reopens, possibly up just a little bit.

 
Exotic Airbnb: Pirates of the Caribbean Getaway PDF Print E-mail


Consider a Southern California experience that doesn’t involve busy, expensive hotels in Beverly Hills or Malibu. In nearby Topanga Canyon, there’s a quiet bungalow all gussied up in pirate theme. A great retreat for two priced from 95 pieces of eight.

Along with the swashbuckler theme, it has private waterfalls, pond, garden and hilly hiking trails. There are views of Hollywood from just above the Sunset Strip. It’ll make you feel like you’re with the Swiss Family Robinson with its tiki-themed decor both inside and outside.

You’ll lounge by the fire pit on swinging chairs or dip in an outdoor bathtub covered in seashells. The guest house has one bedroom with bath. The rules include no kids, pets, nor group parties. For more info and booking, visit airbnb.com

 
Las Vegas NV: Night Owl Noshing At The Hard Rock Hotel PDF Print E-mail


Your desert driving or late-arriving flight takes you to this rockin’ resort in the wee small hours, and you crave some eats. You’ll find a welcome sight at Mr. Lucky’s all-night eatery. Among the many delicious menu items, try the $7.77 special dinner of steak, shrimp and potatoes. Or steak and eggs for a modest $4.99. Then, with stomach satisfied, you can hit the casino tables or machines with renewed vigor as the sun rises on your lucky day.

 
Road Scholar Remembrance Voyage Aboard Queen Mary 2 PDF Print E-mail


After four bloody years, the so-called Great War was concluded a century ago this year. It was called the war to end all wars, but in less than 20 years an even more devastating WW2 erupted. And with no lessons learned since then, the bloody world history continues.

The 2018 cruise and program are scheduled from August 2 through 17, and prices start at $5,295 per person.  Passengers spend the first night at the New York Marriott Downtown and gather there for the Welcome Dinner and orientation.

The cruise program includes many historic WW1 lectures and other presentations while crossing the Atlantic aboard the majestic QE2. They’re followed by on-site visits and experiences in England and France. Program No. 21430RJ. For more info, go to www.roadscholar.org/find-an-adventure/21430/centenary-of-world-war-i-a-voyage-of-remembrance-on-queen-mary-2/itinerary

 
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