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Keukenhof Gardens: Where Springtime Explodes With Color PDF Print E-mail

Be there between March 22 and May 13 to experience the world’s greatest display of blossoming tulips and other spring flowers. Located about 30 miles from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the garden was originally the property of royalty since the 15th Century.

Today it’s an enormous public park that welcomes visitors. For fees, special events and other info, go to keukenhof.nl/en/footer/about-keukenhof

Merrimack, NH: Visit Anheuser-Busch’s Fantastic Brewery PDF Print E-mail

The impressive factory is located in the beautiful New England countryside. So, if you plan to visit in springtime, you’ll also experience the surrounding blossoming forests, fields and landscapes.

Of course, one of the most popular tourist attractions is where they produce the popular brand of beer. During your visit, you’ll watch Busch’s seven-step brewing process, and then complete your free tour by meeting the Budweiser Clydesdales in person and enjoying a bit of complimentary beer.

London GB: Relive History In The Churchill War Rooms PDF Print E-mail

It’s comforting for your elderly travel4seniors.com editor that a couple of World War 2 movies about England were on the list of Academy Awards honorees. “Dunkirk” portrays the disaster when British troops had to escape in 1940 to avoid being overrun by victorious Germans after France had surrendered.

The other, “Darkest Hour” is about Winston Churchill, wartime prime minister. It covers the same historic moments when many English officials were urging Churchill to negotiate with the Germans to save British troops from being wiped out at Dunkirk. He refused, ordered the evacuation and the rest is history.

If your travels take you to London, consider visiting a vivid reminder of those historic moments, the underground bunkers that include the Churchill War Rooms. They’re located at Clive Steps at King Charles Street, near St. James Park. For times, descriptions, fees and other info, go to www.iwm.org.uk/visits/churchill-war-rooms

Amsterdam, Netherlands: De Kattenkabinet Is A Meowseum PDF Print E-mail

The fun museum is themed “an exploration of the cat’s role in art and culture through the centuries”. If you’re a cat lover and travel plans include the beautiful Dutch city, spend some hours here.

The feline theme is expressed in the museum exhibits through the works of many famed artists. They include Rembrandt, Picasso, Toulouse-Latrec and others. This small, canal-side building at Herengracht 497 houses the owner's family on the second floor, while the museum is on the ground level overlooking the water traffic. When you’re there admiring the exhibits, you may encounter some of the live cats that greet visitors. For ticket and other info, go to kattenkabinet.nl

Homeless In Hollywood: Inflated Housing Creates Sad Views PDF Print E-mail

When your tourist ventures take you to Hollywood Boulevard, you’ll enjoy all the attractions, including the Walk of Fame, vintage movie theaters, souvenir shops, tours of star homes, costumed characters and all the rest. You may encounter other, less attractive sights.

The street is also a tragic location for many homeless wanderers. When your travel4seniors.com editor worked there in the late 1950s, my one-bedroom apartment rent was $80 a month. In same building it now costs $1,800. With housing grossly expensive and getting worse, the homeless situation throughout the Los Angeles area continues to grow.

The area is still enjoyable to visit, and if a costumed Hollywood character poses with you for a photo, offer a couple of dollars. However, if you don’t want to give money directly to homeless people there, who may be drug and alcohol addicts, you can still help them. Donate to authorized charities, such as Red Cross, Salvation Army and others specializing in offering shelter, rehab and other professional aid to them.


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