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Invited To A Wedding In Downtown San Francisco PDF Print E-mail

Q: We’re retirees from a town with few crimes. We'll attend the marriage of a favorite niece, and hear all the stories about San Francisco street violence and homeless camps. Some happen near the hotel where we’ll stay for three nights. We want to sightsee the city, but at advanced age and physical limits, is it too dangerous for us? PLM, Ft. Collins CO

A: See the famous sights in San Francisco, but do it safely. Ask a younger adult wedding attendee or couple to join you in a tour. Or if that isn’t possible, ask the hotel desk staff to recommend booking a local company that conducts guided tours around the city.

Q: My Spouse Insists I Tear Up My Driver’s License PDF Print E-mail

I just had my 80th birthday and starting plans for our annual road trip from home in Michigan. This year it would be driving to Arizona and the Grand Canyon. However, she says I’ve had it at the wheel. I’m fit, no accidents, go to the gym weekly and see clearly thru glasses. What’s your opinion? PLMcV, Detroit MI

A: If you still feel you can drive the long journey, prove it to your wife. Get a complete physical from your family doctor, and opinion on whether you should do the long road trip. If you get a medical OK, ask your wife to reconsider. If she still objects, for the sake of family harmony, don’t do the driving trip. Suggest a bus or airline package tour to the Grand Canyon.

Our Church Club Plans India Trip & I Worry About The Food PDF Print E-mail

Q: Because of stomach problems, our family doctor has me on a diet. No spicy or fried food, limited meats and other restrictions. The church senior club just announced a cruise and tour in India for early spring. I want to go with my friends, but fear getting sick from the strange foods. What do you suggest? LMMcB, Bronx NY

A: Cruise lines offer special diet food for passengers who require it.  As for Indian cuisine, most modern city hotels and restaurants in that country will meet your dietary needs. A good idea before you go, is to visit an Indian restaurant in your city to research and try safe items from the menu.

Q: Is Rome The Pickpocket Capital Of Europe? PDF Print E-mail

We’re taking our first trip to Rome next month, and hear a lot of talk about theft problems, even thieves posing as police. My husband is worried about being scammed or robbed. What do you suggest? MLDiR, Bangor ME

A: Because there are so many tourists in the Italian capital city, it naturally attracts thieves. Pickpockets, packs of kids, fake officials and others blend in with the crowds at famous sites, especially St. Peter’s Square, so it’s easy to get close to victims.

However, that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying your visit. Keep everything in buttoned or zipped pockets, including smartphone in a case with a strap. When shooting photos, be sure the strap is wrapped around your arm. Historic Rome is a great destination, so enjoy it while always being aware of potential troubles.

Q: Should We Take Our First Trip To Sinful Las Vegas? PDF Print E-mail

My spouse and I both retired from teaching last year, and for religious and other reasons have never gambled in a casino. We’re invited to speak at a convention at Caesars Palace next month. We’re tempted, but…. What do you suggest? TRMcD, Ogden UT

A: Unless your religion expressly forbids it, go to the convention. Of course, its called Sin City, but there are countless other things to do in Las Vegas besides gambling, and many are free. For example, check out Fountain Shops and art displays at Caesars, as well as downtown Fremont Street where there are nightly sky-filled lights, music and huge projected images.

There’s the Conservatory at the Bellagio Resort, with beautiful blooming trees and flowers, huge aquarium at the Silverton Resort and interactive art museums at the Cosmopolitan and City Center. And don’t miss the Statue of Liberty at New York New York and Grand Canal at the Venetian. And, if you have the time and interest, there’s much more to enjoy.


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