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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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