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London UK: Our Visit To Westminster Abbey PDF Print E-mail


Guest senior travel writer PKL, Toronto, Canada: On a recent tour of London, we spent time in ten-century-old Westminster Abbey, near Big Ben on Parliament Square. Long admirers of British history, we wanted to experience it first-hand. This is where famous poets, kings, queens and warriors from all those centuries now rest in glorious memory.

The center aisles of the church are where royal weddings and funerals are held. Now in her 90th year, Queen Elizabeth II was married there in 1947. Seeing the chapel was a sad reminder that it’s also where Princess Diana’s funeral took place nearly two decades ago.

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Bucket List: Plan Memorable Trip With Grandchildren PDF Print E-mail


Next time you consider a travel adventure, include one or more people you’ve always wanted to take, but never got around to doing it. Your cute little grandkids grow up too fast. Soon they’ll be teenagers, starting their own lives and think of you as just an old codger. While they still enjoy being with a loving grandparent, book a memorable trip. Do it right, and you’ll all fondly remember the fun for many years.

Get them away from the cold, cold winter to the sands of Waikiki, Marco Island, Miami or Acapulco. Another idea is to relive your amusement park days with them at a Disney or Universal Theme Park.

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Pearl Harbor HI: WW2 Swamp Ghost On Exhibit PDF Print E-mail


The Pacific Aviation Museum now shows the restored vintage B17 bomber that was recently recovered on New Guinea. Named Swamp Ghost, it was shot down while on a raid of Japanese positions in 1942. All crew members survived and were taken to American forces by friendly natives.

If you’re planning to visit the USS Arizona Memorial, spend an hour or two at this memorial to wartime aviation. Address: 319 Lexington Blvd., Honolulu HI 96818. Entrance fee to the museum is $30. For more info, go to www.pacificaviationmuseum.org

 
Five Favorite Senior-Friendly Travel Movies PDF Print E-mail


Along with real travel, savvy seniors always enjoy movies about places in the world they’ve visited or would someday like to see. Choices range from classics dating back more than 75 years to one that debuted in 2011. Many you can watch free on YouTube.

The Wizard of Oz (1939): This great children’s classic is still the absolute all-time favorite of  travelers of every age. The annual TV showing at holiday time keeps the story fresh for this and future generations.

While the colorful travels of Dorothy and her friends are all imaginary, they represent every senior’s hopes. We all seek to find that perfect destination over the rainbow where dreams come true.

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Five Free But Priceless Sr Travel Experiences PDF Print E-mail


When planning your travel schedule, you can expect to pay more for airfare, restaurants and hotel rooms than you did on your last journey. However, there are places in the world where you can enjoy at least part of your visit absolutely free.

We asked some travel-savvy readers for their favorite freebees. Here are some sites you can enjoy without needing to put out cash.

Las Vegas NV: Gambling is the main industry of Sin City, so to lure you to visit the town and into the casinos, there are many freebees. Stroll around on Las Vegas Boulevard and downtown to enjoy the free fun things happening all around you.

Just a few of the free shows include the dancing fountains in front of the Bellagio Resort, the downtown Fremont Street Experience and the Volcano at the Mirage Hotel.

British Museum, London, England: Founded in 1753, it’s the world’s first national public museum, and free to visitors. It contains thousands of historic and art examples from Pre-Historic Africa, Ancient Egypt, Classical Greece, the early Middle East and Renaissance Europe.

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