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Q: Are Gay Marriages At Sea Available And Legally Accepted? PDF Print E-mail

My partner and I have been living together for several years, and now that it’s legal in our state, we want to enjoy a wedding ceremony. We believe the most romantic location would be aboard an ocean liner at sea. How can we do it? Janet P, Pasadena CA

A: Understand that many cruise ships are not U.S. territory, so when making plans be sure you’ll be in compliance with the applicable international and state laws where your ceremony takes place. And, of course, enjoy your wedded bliss and cruises for many, many years!

Q: What’s The Best Time Of Year To Visit Machu Picchu? PDF Print E-mail

Our senior group is planning a visit to the ancient ruins in Peru. We know it’s one of the most crowded destinations in the world. Please suggest how we plan our schedule. Ms. JBMcK, Sarasota FL

A: The historic mountain village often attracts over 5,000 tourists daily. There are government regulations now that attempt to control the crowds. They require visitors to buy tickets to take the morning Inca Trail session from 6 a.m. to noon, or afternoon from noon until 5.30 p.m.

Looking For Trump Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame PDF Print E-mail

Q: We’re planning a Los Angeles trip with a booked bus tour in Hollywood. Our grandkids were there last month and talked about all the fuss people make at the Donald Trump star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Where is it located, so we can pay our respects or disrespects? Margaret P., Evanston IL

A: It’s located on the 6800 block, between two metal elevator grates, and retail stores Sephora and American Eagle. It does get a lot of attention from both pro- and anti-Trump tourists. It’s next to the star for the recently disgraced actor Kevin Spacey, so you can expect some creative posing and other antics by tourists. Bring your camera

Is It Safe For Seniors To Take The Hollywood Walk Of Fame? PDF Print E-mail

Q: We’re scheduled to visit Los Angeles next month, and since we’re old movie fans now in our 70s, we have one bucket list location we want to experience, the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We’ve heard rumors that it isn’t safe. What do you think? Mrs. Laura E., Pueblo CO

A: The Hollywood Walk of Fame is often crowded with tourists, plus souvenir hawkers, costumed characters and street people. As you wander, you’ll be prime targets for those who earn their living making money from tourists. If you do your visit during weekday daylight hours, you should be safe. Also, there are interesting souvenir shops and eateries, as well as the famous Walk of Fame sidewalk plaques and movie star footprints at Grauman’s Theater.

Q: I’m Worried About What To Do If My Hotel Has A Fire PDF Print E-mail

Though I must now use a wheelchair, I still want to do as much traveling as physically possible. Recent news about a sudden hotel fire in the Philippine capital of Manila that killed 75 people frightens me. How can I prepare in case I’m forced to get to safety in a hurry.
Mrs. WLA, Baltimore MD

A: Now that you’re not as mobile as you were in younger days, be alert to potential travel dangers at all times. When checking in to a hotel, get familiar with all the safety rules, including fire alarms and other warning systems.

Book a room on a lower floor, preferably close to the elevators and exit doors. Travel with a physically-fit companion who can help, especially if you must use the stairs. If you see fire or smell smoke in your room, have your smartphone close at all times to call the front desk and/or local fire department for help.


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