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Domes: Rome Pantheon, London St. Paul's and Florence Duomo PDF Print E-mail

Many of the world's historic domes have been around a thousand years, a testament to their design and construction. Here are three European domes that would make a great destination for senior travelers:

Pantheon: Rome, Italy. Built in 126 AD, it remains the world's largest non-reinforced concrete dome. It sits in the heart of Rome and is a spectacular site to visit. Inside, the space is cathedral-like. The distance to the top of the roof opening (called the "oculus") is the same as the diameter of the circular floor, both 142 feet.

Plan A San Francisco Luxury Weekend Getaway PDF Print E-mail

Here's a guide to an enjoyable flying visit to San Francisco: The inexpensive BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) system includes a stop in the airport, taking you into downtown San Francisco in 25 minutes.

A favorite for more than a century is the classic InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco (999 California Street). Built after the 1906 earthquake, the neighborhood, then and now, is one of the city's most exclusive, as is the hotel.

Hollywood CA: Chinese Theater Celebrates 90 Years PDF Print E-mail

On May 18, 1927, Sid Grauman opened his Asian-designed movie theater. It was the same year the first talking picture, "The Jazz Singer" ended the silent film era.

Since then many famous premieres and other events have taken place at the historic spot. A favorite of tourists, the front sidewalk, the Forecourt of the Stars, has the permanent foot and hand prints of Jean Harlow, Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Clark Gable and many others.

When your roaming takes you to Hollywood Boulevard, be sure to make Grauman’s one of your stops to smile and selfie.  www.tclchinesetheatres.com

Budget: 3 Vegas Nights @ $500 Per Person Total PDF Print E-mail

Senior Contributor Susan R, San Diego CA: With good planning and careful spending, any senior can have a good time in Vegas for several days on a modest budget. We’ve done it several times. Example:

It’s tough for seniors living east of Denver to get an airline round-trip ticket to Vegas for less than $200 these days. That could take a big chunk out of the $500 budget. However, if you scan the internet daily, including official airline sites, you may find bargains and promotions. Best are air-hotel Vegas package deals.

Orlando FL: Top Family Destination In The USA PDF Print E-mail

Orlando is where it all happens. There’s SeaWorld, with live sea lion and dolphin water shows and thrilling rides. Universal Orlando is a sister park to its famous one in Hollywood, California.

Universal theme parks give visitors glimpses into how action films are made and you-are-there experiences at one of the most famous Hollywood dream factories in movie history. Universal's Islands of Adventure offers The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, guaranteed to provide magic, fun and thrills for everyone.


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