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Saudia Arabia Is Now Encouraging Tourists PDF Print E-mail

There are restrictions. Visiting women must wear schmattas. No drugs, no bikinis and no booze. In restaurants, no borsht, matzo ball soup nor chopped liver on bagels.

Visas will be available online for around $70, with no restrictions for unaccompanied women, previously the law. Access to the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina will be restricted. Sadly, you can’t find the Arabian theme any more in Las Vegas. The Aladdin and Algiers Hotels have been closed for years.

West Hollywood CA: Cannabis Café Welcomes Puffers & Diners PDF Print E-mail

If your travels take you to movie star city, you’ll want to stroll the Walk of Fame, cruise trendy Beverly Hills and bask among the palm trees. With pot now legal in California, you may also opt to relax with a marijuana cigarette and enjoy lunch at the nearby newly-opened Lowell Café on North LaBrea Avenue.

A friendly staff of budtenders greet customers with menu selections of buds, joints, and other cannabis products. There’s also a tasty menu of delicious foods and scheduled entertainment. Enjoy the Lowell Café rooftop lounge. And always remember that it’s only legal to smoke marijuana in enclosed areas. www.lamag.com/digestblog/lowell-farms-cannabis-cafe

Survey Says These Are The Worst U.S. Airports PDF Print E-mail

Website maxim.com lists the ten: Luis Muñoz Marín Puerto Rico, Houston Hobby, Cleveland Hopkins, Armstrong New Orleans, Laguardia NYC, SW Florida Ft. Myers, Detroit Wayne County, Ft. Lauderdale FL, Orlando FL and Chicago Midway.

Reasons for the negative votes are familiar. Lack of cleanliness, long lines, employee incompetence, inefficient facilities, few restaurants, overpriced shops and much more. Internet criticism listings are unlimited on the subject, depending on many factors. Of course, a senior traveler may have a bad experience at the best airport, as well as a satisfying one at the worst.

It all depends on weather, traffic, security and, of course, having a lucky or unlucky day. However, the bottom line is that most of us don’t have much choice in airports. We can’t fly from the best ones if they’re hundreds or thousands of miles away. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, we usually must fly in and out of our hometown field. So, have a safe, satisfying next flight! For more info, www.maxim.com/news/best-and-worst-airports-in-america

San Francisco CA: Fido & Fluffy Can Enjoy Hotel Luxury PDF Print E-mail

The historic Fairmont welcomes dogs, cats and other pet guests. For a $75 fee, they’ll enjoy mini-beds, water bowls, toys, tasty meals and other comforts.

During your visit, you and your pet may meet (but not eat) Lilou, a therapy pig who often stays at the hotel for special events. And for exercise, you and your four-footed friend can hike through a great city’s steep streets, parks, and maybe hop on a cable car ride.

Big Brother Taking Over: Airports Now Face Scanning PDF Print E-mail

Next time you walk through the airport doors, garage or sidewalk, you won’t see them. But dozens of electronic eyes will be following every move, especially as you’re finally lined up at security when boarding your flight. And as the technology gets more and more advanced, those all-seeing eyes will not only scan your face and figure.

They’ll also be able to use that new info instantly to merge with stored visual impulses and texts about you. First, of course, is the search of face and/or figure to seek a match of those of known criminals. There’s particular emphasis on images that may have a history of terrorism or members of terrorist organizations.

Those who fit any of the images will be detained for more detailed security examination, and possible arrest. So, senior wanderer, next time you go into an airport, always wear an innocent smile and carry only approved stuff on you and in your baggage.


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