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New U.S. Travel Restrictions Apply To Nine Countries PDF Print E-mail


For many reasons, including personal danger to American travelers, don’t plan to visit Libya, Chad, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen and North Korea. There’s no info about when the restrictions will be lifted on any of the countries listed.

There’s a rumor that after President Trump issued the orders, dozens of angry NFL football jocks immediately got off their knees and signed up to visit all nine countries. OK, just a lame joke, but senior travelers, except for almost 60-year-old Dennis Rodman, are urged to take the restrictions very seriously.

 
Always Be Aware Of Anti-Tourist Demonstrations PDF Print E-mail


According to the London Daily Express, the most recent episode of anti-tourism in Europe happened on the streets of the Majorca capital city of Palma. The outspoken problems expressed by the marchers are inflation, street crowding and wage disputes by hotel and restaurant service employees.

Other popular tourist locations that have experienced street unrest are Barcelona, Venice, Rome and Dubrovnik. If your travel plans include destinations where anti-tourist street demonstrations are happening or threaten to break out, reconsider your plans.

 
Surfside FL: Vintage Celeb Hangout Now Hotel PDF Print E-mail


Opened in 1930 by tire maker Harvey Firestone, the once- exclusive and private Miami club has gone public as a Four Seasons Hotel. Surfside established its fun rep in those prohibition days and beyond, when only the rich and famous few could enjoy the boozy elegance.

Wall Street, European royalty, Broadway and Hollywood’s elite of the time let it all hang out at the Surf Club. You could rub shoulders and other body parts with Liz Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, General MacArthur and/or Al Capone.

The upscale hotel features 77 luxurious rooms. Outdoor cabanas have terrazzo floors and expansive wood deck lanais with beautiful ocean views. Rooms are from about $1,000. The Four Seasons, 9011 Collins Ave., Surfside, FL; fourseasons.com

 
China: Super Bullet Trains On Track For Debut PDF Print E-mail


According to reports, the new cross country trains are capable of speeds of 250 miles an hour. Expectations for actual schedules are predicted to happen within two years.

If and when super bullet trains come to America, passengers will get from New York City to Washington DC in one hour, and Los Angeles to San Francisco, as well as Chicago to St. Louis, in 90 minutes.

It means the train trips will be downtown to downtown, with no drive required to distant airports, comfortable seats and walking freely in the aisles. Instead of just blue sky and clouds, passengers will be able to enjoy passing window scenery.

 
TripAdvisor Lists Its Top American Museums....Not! PDF Print E-mail


The travel site recently named ten in the US. However, they failed to name the absolute best. Inexcusably omitted from the list is the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Those named in the report were the Metropolitan, New York NY, WW2 Museum, New Orleans LA, Art Institute, Chicago IL, 9/11 Museum, New York NY,  USS Midway, San Diego CA, Smithsonian, Washington DC, Getty Center, Los Angeles CA, Museum of Natural History, Museum of Modern Art, both in New York NY, and Kennedy Space Center, Titusville FL.

OK, so they’re all great museums. However, not that I’m prejudiced, I just happen to be a graduate of the Philadelphia Museum College of Art, BFA ‘51. Of course, that was years before Rocky ran up the steps and did his victory dance.

 
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