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San Francisco CA: Enjoy City By The Golden Gate PDF Print E-mail


Guest Writer MMcC, West Allis WI: Top singing stars have lauded it, starting with Jeanette MacDonald in the 1936 the title movie of the city’s name.

We all know Tony Bennett lost his heart there in his 1962 classic recording. Also singing the praises of San Francisco were Judy Garland, Cab Calloway, Merle Haggard, Otis Redding, Frank Sinatra, The Mowgli’s and many, many others.

My first visit was in 1944, just out of Navy boot camp and on my way to troop transport duty in the Pacific during World War 2. While waiting assignment, I bunked at the Navy base on Treasure Island. It’s a little spit of land under the Bay Bridge halfway between Oakland and San Francisco. It’s now a posh condo development.

Many travel gurus list the following as the ten most attractive destinations senior wanderers should experience while wandering in the beautiful City by the Bay: 1.

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Pasadena CA: Lovely Langham Huntington Hotel PDF Print E-mail


Surrounded by the San Gabriel Mountains, the stately five-star Langham Huntington, Pasadena (1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue, Pasadena CA 91106) combines traditional charm with contemporary luxury. We recently visited the 110-year-old resort to enjoy lunch by the pool at the Terrace Restaurant.

The Langham is just 10 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. It’s also within an hour drive to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Burbank Airport (BUR), Disneyland and the beaches of Santa Monica. Pasadena is also the home of the famed Rose Bowl, Norton Simon Museum and the Huntington Library.

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Rouen, France: Exploring Notre-Dame Cathedral PDF Print E-mail


Guest Senior Writer PJJ, Chicago IL: This is a spectacular example of Gothic architecture, similar to the famed church in Paris. Constructed in the 12th century, the cathedral was heavily damaged during WW2, but now fully restored to most of its original features. Admission to the cathedral in Rouen is free and donations are accepted.

Rouen is 90 minutes from Paris by train or drive, and makes an excellent day trip. The surrounding Normandy region feature beautiful, rustic areas of France to explore, providing a pleasant contrast to the touristic flash of Paris.

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Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles CA: Quiet Elegance PDF Print E-mail


In an area filled with high profile luxury hotels, one of the best is almost hidden away. The Hotel Bel-Air offers serene luxury just off Sunset Boulevard, near Beverly Hills and the UCLA campus.

The five-star hotel debuted in 1946, replacing offices and stables of Alphonzo Bell, developer of Bel-Air. It’s now operated by the international hotel organization, the Dorchester Collection.

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Carpentras, France: Offering Rural French Charm PDF Print E-mail


Carpentras is a small town in the heart of Provence in the South of France, with rich history, food and wine. It provides many tastes and agricultural products of countryside France.

The Arts Musee Sobirats in the center of town is in a former 18th century mansion and filled with beautiful objects. Furniture, artwork, porcelain, glassware, silver and gold are all displayed as at the time the house was occupied by one of the area's wealthiest families.

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