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North Korea Claim: Safer Than A Walk In London PDF Print E-mail

According to Reuters, North Korean tourist ads in Russia encourage visits to their wonderfully safe country. They extol the peaceful friendliness of the Communist nation’s people and cities, and compare them to the English capital city. 

Maybe the U.S. should respond: While most American cities are peaceful and safe, there are terrible dangers from evil street criminals. So Russian visitors should not visit crime-ridden Salt Lake City, poverty-stricken Beverly Hills nor hateful-faced Pennsylvania Dutch slums.

And, of course, the dying American college student tourist who was shipped home recently after two years of gentle North Korean prison hospitality, died of natural causes.

London UK: No Big Ben Bongs For Four Years During Repairs PDF Print E-mail

No, dude, not that kind of bongs. Your travel4seniors.com editor does a night-time selfie with the famous clock. Above the Houses of Parliament in Westminster by the Thames River, it’s the world-famous 315-foot tower. It’s familiar chimes will be silent for expansive repair work until 2021.

The original Big Ben was cast in 1856, but cracked and was replaced. The current clock first began to operate and the bell sounded in 1859. When operating, Big Ben chimes loudly on the hour, with a bit quieter peal on the quarter hour.

Of course, loyal fans will pine to hear the great chimes during construction. Many websites and YouTube can bring recorded Big Ben sights and bongs to your yearning ears and eyes.

Famed Civil War Statues: Visit Before Vandalized PDF Print E-mail

We’re all aware of the current angry trend of tearing down statues, especially those of Confederate generals. Many that have stood the test of time for more than 150 years will end up as piles of rocks due to politically-correct rioters.

Consider visiting these while still standing, if they actually survive the current destruction craze:
National Statuary Hall, Capitol Hill, Washington DC: 100 statues, 12 of them Confederates.
J.E.B. Stuart, Richmond VA
Robert E. Lee, New Orleans LA
Stonewall Jackson and Lee Statues, Baltimore MD
Stone Mountain Memorial, Georgia: The massive carving on the mountainside will require lots of angry axes to destroy.
Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC: Already hit by spray paint. Hey, rioters. Abe was one of your good guys.

Finally, let’s consider a memorial poem about the Gettysburg Cemetery. The sad words by Francis Finch are typical of how most Americans feel about the terrible sacrifices on both sides during the Civil War:
No more shall the war cry sever,
Or the winding rivers be red;
They banish our anger forever
When they laurel the graves of our dead!
Under the sod and the dew,
Waiting the judgment-day,
Love and tears for the Blue,
Tears and love for the Gray.

Ryanair: Less Booze Availability For Boozy Passengers PDF Print E-mail

It has happened to all of we senior flyers too many times. We go aboard, find our seat and a drunk plops down next to us. The breath and annoying behavior are bad enough. Then the drunk barfs.

For some passengers, boarding delay in the airport is boozing time. And with today’s screwed up flight schedules, that means an hour or more at the airport bar, then throw-up sickness after boarding.

Dresden, Germany: U.S. Tourist Beaten For Nazi Salute PDF Print E-mail

A nitwit traveler with obviously too much booze befuddling his brain, recently walked around the ancient city’s streets shouting and doing the Heil Hitler arm gesture. He was attacked by angry Germans because they didn’t want to be reminded of the bad old days. He’s now facing legal problems.

Just a couple of weeks previously, two clueless tourists from China were jailed for doing the same in Berlin. In addition to angering the natives, it’s also against the law to do the hated salute anywhere in that nation.

There’s a lesson to be learned here for senior wanderers. When visiting foreign countries, always obey the local laws and other restrictions. If ignored or you insist on showing off your stupidity, it could get you in trouble. Watch your language, alcoholic drinks, dress codes, sanitary regulations, curfews and other behavior constraints.


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