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Vancouver BC: Friendly Dogs & Jellyfish Airport Greeters PDF Print E-mail

Passengers can find some moments of relief from the usual crowds and noise at the Canadian terminal. Seven trained Ambassador Dogs are there to calm nerves and offer friendly tail wags from 11 am to 1 pm weekdays. Also, swimming in the airport aquarium, among other sea creatures, are equally friendly nettle jellyfish to help passengers pass away the wait times.

Washington DC: Hotel LINE DC Is A Former Church PDF Print E-mail

Your travel4seniors.com editor enjoys visits to hotels that historically had other identities, such as former jails, palaces and millionaire mansions. The new LINE DC originally was a house of worship, and offers stunning views of nearby city architecture, including the Washington Monument.

Today it features 220 comfy guest rooms with vintage furnishings, six distinctive dining and drinking facilities, and contemporary internet and broadcast outlets. A Rake’s Bar offers products of local distillers and brewers. Other dining and drinking areas include The Cup We All Race 4,  Brothers and Sisters and Spoken English. www.thelinehotel.com/dc

Maldives: Snooze Night Away Dreaming Under The Ocean PDF Print E-mail

King Neptune would be jealous if he saw you living lavishly in your underwater suite at The Muraka at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. Of course, you’ll be perfectly dry behind glass as you watch seals, sharks, turtles and other free-roaming sea life swim around and above your private, waterproof aquarium.

Of course, such luxury will cost just a tiny bit more than a regular on-land luxury hotel suite. However, if you have a mere $5,000 per night to spend, this unique experience offers the precious underwater memory of a lifetime. By the way, the sweet suite price listing doesn’t include taxes and tips to your private butler, waiters, cleaning staff and other hotel employees.

Seniors: Are You Ready For A Peaceful Journey In Vietnam? PDF Print E-mail

Your travel4seniors.com editor served in World War 2 and Korea. Still a Navy Reservist in the mid-1970s, I received a call asking me to volunteer for  active duty for the Vietnam War. At age 40, I declined. Would I voluntarily go to Vietnam today as a tourist? Well, just maybe.

Would I enjoy the beautiful Hanoi city scenes, river cruises, exotic foods and other offerings? With the memories of John McCain and other POWs enjoying the luxuries of the Hanoi Hilton, some serious thoughts occur about America’s former enemy. Of course, after WW2 it didn’t take long for American travel to Italy and Germany to become fashionable. Why not Vietnam today?

So, if interested, check with sources such as Intrepid Travel on currently peaceful Vietnam visits. Enjoy a meal at a Buddhist nunnery, take an overnight boat trip on Halong Bay, and zoom on a motorbike tour through Hue on the Vietnam Express.

It all begins in Hanoi and ends in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). This 10-day trip is designed for single travelers. You’ll be with a roommate of the same sex unless you prefer a room by yourself at an extra fee. The tour, priced from $1,100 is available on select dates through November 2019. www.intrepidtravel.com/us/vietnam

Springtime In Paris: Buy An Exclu$$ive Tour At The Louvre PDF Print E-mail

One of the most popular museums in the world, the Louvre attracts more than ten million visitors every year, and charges an entry fee of about $15. However, next time you’re in the French capital, instead of being crammed in with other gapers in front of the Mona Lisa during regular visit hours, do it privately.

If you have the dough, it will cost a mere $34,000 for up to four people in your exclusively wealthy group. You’ll be escorted through the museum in the evening by experts for about two hours. Hmmm, so when the tour is over, do you tip the guides ten percent of your enormous entry fee? If you’re considering the tour and other Paris attractions, get more info at family-twist.com.


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