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United Passenger Brutality Brings Back Memories PDF Print E-mail


Everyone is shocked about how the poor guy was pulled out of his seat and dragged off the airplane. It reminded me of my first commercial flight way, way back in 1945.

World War 2 had ended a month previously, and one of my assignments was to fly from the fleet HQ in Manila to Mindanau, the southernmost island of the Philippines. My task was to do an inventory of Navy equipment and supplies there for shipping back to the States.

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Chartres, France: Holiday Visit To The Historic Cathedral PDF Print E-mail


Contributing Editor Milton P., Boston MA: In our roaming through the various European destinations we've visited since retirement, we've become fascinated by cathedrals. Their Gothic splendor symbolizes people's dedication to religious beliefs and human progress.

We’ve spent enjoyable and educational hours visiting cathedrals, including the Basilica di San Marco in Venice, Cologne Cathedral in Germany, Notre Dame in Paris and St. Paul's in London. On our most recent journey to Paris, we decided to travel 56 miles southwest to the French town of Chartres and see another historic cathedral. Formally known as Our Lady of Chartres, this imposing cathedral was built in 1200, and continues to hold services today. Admission to most of the cathedral interiors and grounds is free. However, we decided to explore the cloistered sections and the lofty towers. We saw beautiful views of the town and surrounding countryside. The charge was about $10.

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Milan, Italy: Senior Tourist Finds Upscale Shopping for Less PDF Print E-mail


Guest Correspondent Michelle F., Newport Beach CA: I've made several shopping trips to the world's fashion capital of Milan, Italy, and always come back with some great finds. There are great designer shops on Milan's ultra-trendy Via della Spiga and Via Sant'Andrea.

Elsewhere in the city are factory outlets and outlet malls that offer budget-conscience shoppers to find good deals on new clothes. Some are official locations run by the brands themselves.

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Surprise: We Enjoyed Our Kids-Included Travel Tour PDF Print E-mail


Senior travel correspondent Walter O’D., Memphis TN: We've been on at least a dozen travel tours since our retirement several years ago. They include the US, UK, South America, Russia, Italy, China and France.

While many traveling seniors may disagree, I recommend choosing a tour not restricted to seniors. Our most enjoyable bus tour took a mix of seniors and some young families. We traveled together for a week from California's Marin County south 200 miles to San Diego.

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Airport Security Eyes Are Always Watching You PDF Print E-mail


Wandering, sitting, shopping or waiting in line, no matter where you are and what you're doing in most air terminals, you can be assured that at least one camera sees you. On a recent arrival to check in for a flight out of Las Vegas, we stopped just inside the terminal doors to get our bearings.

As we were taking out the necessary documents, we noticed a stack of three or four suitcases just a few feet away. At that instant, two airport cops and a big German Shepherd dog came rushing over. At first we thought they were after us, but they passed and swooped up the unattended bags. Dog and handlers were gone up the nearby escalator before we could say or do anything.

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