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Hotel Review: The Flamingo, Las Vegas, Nevada PDF Print E-mail

The Flamingo is 62 years old, and may seem like a seasoned Hollywood actress, a lady of a certain age who wears a blonde wig, tight girdle and sloshes on lipstick and rouge to make herself look younger. The Flamingo succeeds very well, and like the experienced Vegas party girl she is, she can still show her guests a real good time.

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Senior Travel Destination: The Historic Hotel del Coronado PDF Print E-mail

We seniors often listen to the stand-up comedy lines that begin with, “You know you’re getting old when ....” Well, here’s the latest for me. You know you’re getting old when you realize that one of your favorite movies of all time celebrates its 50th birthday this year. Was it really that long ago when “Some Like It Hot” had its premiere showing at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood on March 29, 1959? Except for star Tony Curtis, now in his mid-80s, all the stars of the film are gone. The all-star cast also included Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Pat O’Brien and Joe E. Brown, and directed by the multi-Academy Award winner, Billy Wilder.

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Senior Sojourn: Ye Canna Go Wrong in Springtime Dublin PDF Print E-mail

Senior Sojourn: Ye Canna Go Wrong In Springtime Dublin
We visited Dublin several years ago, and were fortunate that springtime was just emerging from rainy April into a sunny May. Our bus tour through Ireland included visiting famed landmarks and sheep farms, dinner at a private home and an evening session at a genuine Dublin pub. Then we attended a performance at the famed Abbey Theatre.

Irish public house

The play was the classic “Playboy of the Western World”, but the actors spoke in 17th Century rural Celtic, and we couldn’t understand what the hell was going on. Not incidentally, that play coined the word playboy. In 1907, author Edmund John Millington Synge, called one of his raffish characters a playboy. The word was swiped 50 years later by a guy for his girlie magazine.

Springtime in Dublin and the surrounding countryside is a treat for the eyes, with the green grass of Ireland morphing into an almost luminous emerald. Everywhere were flowers bursting out in bright reds, whites and purples all around in parks, fields, roadways and gardens.

We particularly noted the kids playing in the streets and parks. The spring colors seem to have enhanced them with brighter pink cheeks and glowing blue eyes, and sprinkled among them were boys and girls with fiery red hair. It was like being in a living postcard from 50 or a hundred years ago.

As we strolled through old Dublin town on a Sunday noontime, everyone seemed to be out on the streets and in the shops and cafes as if costumed for a permanent Easter parade. Many were emerging from churches and, unlike the declining institution of marriage in America, proving that big, happy families were still the most wonderful sight in the world.

As our tour was completed and we made our way back to the somewhat drab reality of England, we all felt the words of the old Irish song, “Galway Bay”

“And if there's to be a life in the hereafter,
And somehow I'm sure there's going to be,
I will ask my God to let me make my heaven,
In that dear land across the Irish sea.”

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Senior Travelers: Welcome Russian Springtime at White Nighs Festival PDF Print E-mail

Beginning May 1 and on through July, the former royal capital of Imperial Russia celebrates a unique annual event. Because of its location near the Arctic Circle, the spring sun shines for 20 hours a day in the beautiful old city of St. Petersburg. Nowhere else in the world can visitors attend highly professional performances of ballet, classical music, opera and military band music every evening, and then stroll the streets and enjoy the outdoor cafes under the midnight sun until the wee hours of the morning.

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Senior Sorjourn: Provence is for Lovers ... of Champagne & Art PDF Print E-mail

*Because my spouse is a connoiseur of wines, especially the expensive and extra bubbly French ones, we had to visit the famed vinyards of the Champagne District. It’s a beautiful region, because when we were there it was late June, and everything was in glorious, colorful, sweet-smelling blossom. The Champagne air is enough all by itself to cause drunken giddiness. We stayed in an old chateau that had been converted to a bed and breakfast. Where else but in Champagne would you get wine with your jambon et oeufs?

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