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Bus Tour Of Hollywood Visits Famous Movie Sites PDF Print E-mail

Driver: It was at this very street corner of La La Land where Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone danced. And years earlier, where Elvis serenaded Ann Margret. Also, much earlier, it was here where Nelson Eddy sang a love song to Jeanette MacDonald. And next week we’ve scheduled another Hollywood Walk of Fame event featuring angry guys with jack hammers once again chopping up Donald Trump’s star.

Hollywood Walk Of Fame Plaques Targeted By Crazies PDF Print E-mail

Tourists who visit the Los Angeles area usually spend at least an hour or two walking along the famed sidewalk. Many times they find their journey violently interrupted by angry people chopping and otherwise attacking one or more the plaques under their feet. The latest is the Donald Trump star. A nutcase has defaced it, this time with an axe, banging the metal star and sidewalk around it into pebbles.

So, next time you wander along Hollywood Boulevard, don’t stand too long over the star of your favorite show biz immortal. You may just find yourself in a dangerous destruction zone.

Remember The Old Slogan: See Venice At Night And Die PDF Print E-mail

Travel expert Rick Steves recently wrote a USA Today article recommending roaming through the beautiful Italian city after dark. Of course, his praise of night time Venice is absolutely correct. However, senior travelers should not forget safety rules there or anywhere else, especially at night. Watch your step and stay alert on streets, bridges and gondolas.   

Violent crime against tourists doesn’t happen often in Venice, but phony offers and potential pickpocketing are always nearby. Keep everything in buttoned pockets and handbags looped under arms in major tourist areas, especially while wandering San Marco Square after dark. And when a friendly vendor offers you a genuine Gucci bag at a bargain price, don’t buy the phony product.

The Beverly Hills Hotel: Stars Stayed, Played & Strayed There PDF Print E-mail

When travels take you to the Los Angeles area, be sure to add this historic destination to your itinerary. Book a lunch or dinner at the hotel’s famed Polo Lounge, along with a stroll around the beautiful grounds and pool.

Opened 1912, the pink-painted palace is on Sunset Boulevard, and at first the typical nightly room rate was $25, a bit high for the time. Today, rates  start at $700 and up, way up. If scandal is your thing, consider some famous shack ups by famous stars. Elizabeth Taylor honeymooned six times in one of the hotel’s bungalows.

Bogart and Sinatra’s Rat Pack often gathered at the bar. Katharine Hepburn dipped into the pool after tennis without bothering to change to a swim suit. And the Beatles came to the hotel after a gig for a midnight swim in the pool. If you want to do the same, be sure to bring your camera or smartphone to record the historic visit.

Philadelphia PA: Enjoy Dinner Where Patriots Wined And Dined PDF Print E-mail

At historic City Tavern, just a few blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Order favorite dishes that Washington, Franklin, Jefferson and Adams enjoyed more than 200 years ago. They include Chesapeake crab cakes, pepper pot soup, roast turkey and all the rest. For more info, go to citytavern.com


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