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Senior Travelers Are Safe In Mexico If... PDF Print E-mail

West coast of Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, Baja, Mexico

Some people believe the IF is a very big one, while others think of it as an insult to the Mexican people. So, let’s begin by saying you are much safer in Mexican cities and its countryside than you are in some areas in the U.S.

Of course, there’s crime in Mexico, and as with the major reason for crime in the U.S., it is almost always drug business related and the gangs who go with it. Therefore, for seniors traveling south of the border, they can assure themselves of maximum safety by following just a few suggestions.

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Looking for bargains in Dublin, Ireland PDF Print E-mail

We were there on a bus tour last year, and we stayed in a bed and breakfast near Dublin that had been a wealthy family’s mansion. It was very comfortable, and the Irish breakfasts were fantastic. However, all the women on the tour were anxious to get into the city to take advantage of the great shopping. Of course, we husbands were dragged along, expecting a very boring day.

The Fifth Avenue-wannabe area was Grafton Street, and that upscale line of exclusive shops featured many ritzy products, with the snootiest store of all called Brown and Thomas. There my spouse and her friends could rummage through such labels as Gucci, Chanel, Vera Chang, Amy Vanderbilt and many others. Fortunately, with our suitcases already loaded with Irish linen, Irish wool sweaters and other native products, my spouse didn’t buy anything at B&T.

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Top Trio in Paris for Springtime Visits PDF Print E-mail

 Arch of Triumph in Paris

Ella Fitzgerald is, except maybe for Sinatra, my favorite singer of all time. Many years ago, she recorded Cole Porter’s, “I love Paris in the springtime”. The song ends with, “I love Paris every moment, every moment of the year. I love Paris; why, oh why, do I love Paris? Because my love is here.”

Every springtime when we return to Paris, we find scores of wonderful places we’ve never seen before, but we still make sure to visit our old favorites. We start at the Eiffel tower, the symbol of Paris and France to the world, where victorious armies of both friend and foe have marched through the years since 1889.

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Is It Possible to Do New York City on the Cheap? PDF Print E-mail

Let’s face the facts before we seasoned citizens go exploring New York City for low cost visiting. The Big Apple is the most expensive city in the world, except maybe for Tokyo and London. For instance, a cramped little hotel room in the choice Manhattan theater district is $300 a night. A suite in the ritziest resort in Las Vegas costs $150, and usually includes a free buffet. A touristy seafood restaurant in Manhattan could set you back $100 per person, while a more upscale place in Boston with a more extensive menu will serve a great meal for $35.

An orchestra seat ticket to a drama, musical or concert in Philly could go as high as $60. For the same exact program at a Broadway theater, the price could set you back $150 or more. A taxi ride from the Loop to O’Hare airport in Chicago costs $50. The charge for a taxi ride from midtown Manhattan to JFK Airport is $100, more if traffic is stalled, which is usually is.

However, despite the high prices, visiting New York City is always an exciting experience. So, if you want to indulge yourself for several days and nights of Manhattan’s terrific hotels, restaurants, museums and theaters, some penny-pinching and heavy homework could cut the outrageous costs down to merely overpriced.

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Springtime Travel: Experience Normandy's history, scenery & bubbly PDF Print E-mail

Welcoming springtime 2009, many seniors are already booking travel schedules. What could be more meaningful than a visit to France’s colorful Normandy region? Today it offers beautiful scenery, quaint historic towns and other great tourist delights. Many yesterdays ago, for those few of us still around who can remember back 65 years to D-Day on June 6, 1944, Normandy means nostalgia tinged with sadness.

On that day, I was more than 6,000 miles away at the Navy base on Treasure Island, California, an 18-year-old crew member of a Navy troop transport. We were soon to head out to the Pacific, where we'd land GIs in the Philippines in October 1944, and Marines at Iwo Jima and Okinawa early in 1945.

We knew what was ahead for us, and could relate to the GIs who struggled ashore in Normandy on June 6. Aboard our ship, we listened intently to news reports as the American, British and Free French troops fought their way inland toward Paris.

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