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Okinawa, Japan: Island Secrets Of Living Healthy To Age 100 PDF Print E-mail

Guest Traveler PLF, Skokie IL: In April 1945, my Navy troop transport put Marines ashore on the island to fight the final, bloody battle of World War 2. By the time it ended in June, Germany had already surrendered and Japan would quit just a few months later in August.

Horrendous numbers of dead and wounded in the Okinawa campaign were more than 100,000 Japanese, including civilians, and 50,000 American military. As bad as in any battles in European war.

JFK Airport, NY: Visit Crafty Brooklyn Beer Garden PDF Print E-mail

If travels take you through busy JFK terminal, allow some free moments to sip some hearty craft beer at the Brooklyn Beer Garden. It's located at C Terminal, Gate 68. A bit pricey, but the fresh food menu and frothy suds  make it an enjoyable experience. Several mugs of beer will give you relaxation in the noisy, crowded airport.

Then, if you quickly board a long, non-stop flight to London, Paris, Los Angeles or San Francisco, please don’t sit next to me.

New York NY: Famed 21 Club Boasts Fantastic History PDF Print E-mail

Your travel4seniors.com editor recently had the great pleasure of guest dining and wining at what patrons simply call The 21. The club originally operated as a notorious speakeasy during the prohibition 1920s. Then it evolved in the 1930s as the posh hangout for America’s famous actors, musicians, authors, business tycoons, politicians and a few gangsters.

The club’s extensive wine cellar still has vintage private bottles from some of the most famous patrons. They include Presidents Nixon and Ford, Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, Mae West and Aristotle Onassis.  

In addition to the excellent food and wine, the club’s walls are filled with great art, featuring works of Frederic Remington, McClelland Barclay, James Montgomery Flagg and many others. It’s also famous for its display of cartoons by Walt Disney, Ham Fisher, Peter Arno and others.

For the current menu, wine list, upcoming events and more info about Club 21, go to www.21club.com

Monte Carlo, Monaco: Pretend You're A Senior James Bond PDF Print E-mail

Mix Beverly Hills, Malibu and Las Vegas. Give it a French accent and you'll have Monaco. It's a one-mile-square principality on the Riviera, surrounded by France and the Mediterranean.

See where Vegas got the glitzy gambling idea at the 170-year-old, elegant Monte Carlo Casino. Envision yourself rubbing shoulders at the gambling tables with international royalty, European billionaires and some shady James Bond types.

The famous auto race, the Grand Prix of Monaco, runs every year in May. If you want to experience the race route, rent a car or hire a cab to ride over the winding seaside route at speeds much safer as the real event.

Have lunch in the garden of Le Grill Restaurant at the Hotel de Paris. Be aware that the hotel, meals, entertainment and everything else in Monte Carlo is very expensive. However, if you want a once-in-a-lifetime experience as a pretend member of traditional, espionage or money royalty, the posh city and views are well worth it.

Sr. Traveler Opinion: How Safe Is Acapulco, Mexico? PDF Print E-mail

Contributing editor JLMcC, Vancouver BC, Canada: The current news isn’t good. A favorite family destination has been labeled Mexico’s murder capital. Despite the recent news of gang violence, never on our frequent visits have we ever seen any crimes. We always felt safe to walk the streets, markets and beaches day and night.

Since I retired, we spend a week almost every late autumn in Acapulco. As Canadian tourists we’ve always been treated with kindness and cooperation, including the cabbies. We book one favorite, José, for an entire day or two at a very reasonable rate, and he takes us everywhere.

We enjoy La Quebrada, the high cliff divers, Majahua Beach, the Botanical Gardens, La Roqueta Island snorkeling, fishing boats and much more.The shopping is fun, beaches outstanding and the cafés delicious. In our opinion,

You can have overpriced Malibu, Miami Beach and San Francisco. Acapulco gets our vote as a friendly place for average, middle class North Americans to afford a tropical vacation at any time of year for reasonable prices.


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