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Amsterdam NL: Museum Glorifies Species Felis Cattus PDF Print E-mail


If travels take you to the beautiful city’s Kattenkabinet Museum, in the Centrum canal area, enjoy a unique experience. The four-story building and surrounding gardens are devoted to domestic felines in history, art and culture.

It’s an elegant former private home filled with paintings, posters, sculpture and other creative materials that glorify the species Felis cattus.
Visitors can expect to be surrounded by the many friendly live cats that roam freely throughout the museum. www.kattencabinet.nl

 
Ocean City NJ Happiest Seaside Town PDF Print E-mail


Coastal Living travel magazine’s choice as the best in America brings back some long-ago memories. My uncle operated a small Ocean City hotel near the beach. In the summer of 1946, my brother and I, just returned from World War 2 service, got a free week in a tiny room behind the check-in counter. It was both an enjoyable and sad family occasion, because it included a belated funeral for our uncle’s son, Morty. He had been killed by the Germans as a prisoner of war. How he died is an ironic story.

Morty, who had been in New Jersey prison for thievery, was released early in 1944 when he agreed to be drafted into the Army. Ironically, he was captured during the Battle of the Bulge and was once again a prisoner, this time by Germans. American POWs were starving until Morty stole food for them by raiding German supplies at night. He was caught and killed.

Morty was posthumously awarded the Silver Star medal for bravery. His funeral in a cemetery near Ocean City was attended by high-ranked political and military officials. During the service, my brother and I had both tears and laughter for our heroic, thieving cousin Morty.

 
Chicago IL: Frank Sinatra Sang About The Great Town PDF Print E-mail


The lyrics sum up what admiring visitors love about the city. The 1964 musical movie starred the Rat Pack, called Robin and the Seven Hoods, sort of a modernized version of Robin Hood.

Each time I leave, Chicago is tuggin' my sleeve.
Chicago is the Wrigley Building;
Chicago is the Union Stockyard;
Chicago is one town that won't let you down:
It's my kind of town!

No matter what the shady reputation these days, senior visitors love Chicago. See the city with the Hop on Hop Off bus. Stroll Navy Pier Amusement Park. Ride a boat on Lake Michigan. Do some great shopping and fine dining along the Loop’s Magnificent Mile.

Joining the restaurant crawl in Lincoln Park on June 13. A ticket to Cravings on Clark gets you samples from 20 Chicago restaurants and discounts at shops on Clark Street and Diversey Parkway, beginning at HopCat.

 
Santa Barbara CA: Recall Old Days In A Classic Airstream PDF Print E-mail


When visiting this beautiful beach town, spend the night in a luxuriously upgraded old-fashioned trailer at AutoCamp. You’ll rest while surrounded by oak, avocado and plum trees.

Bathe in a clawfoot bathtub, join in on a hike and then enjoy your comfy cot while viewing flat-screen TV. The campgrounds are just a short walk or bike ride to the beach, restaurants, shops and downtown Santa Barbara. autocamp.com

 
Venice, Italy: See The Beautiful City Before It’s Too Late! PDF Print E-mail


Your travel4seniors.com editor last visited Venice several years ago. It was an unhappy surprise one afternoon when the popular St. Mark’s Square was suddenly flooded with a foot of water from a tidal surge of the Venetian Canal.

There were raised wooden platforms along one side to allow some walking, but getting around was difficult. Aqua alta days are increasing, from ten in the 1990s to 60 last year. Therefore, if Venice is on your bucket list, book a visit or you may have to come prepared with a bucket.

Longfellow may have predicted the problem in his poem about Venice:
White swan of cities slumbering in thy nest…
White phantom city, whose untrodden streets
Are rivers, and whose pavements are the shifting
Shadows of the palaces and strips of sky.

 
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