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Humor: You’ve Booked A Real Cheap Flight When... PDF Print E-mail


With ticket prices ever rising, senior travelers look for ways to beat the high cost of flying. So, we click on Priceline, Expedia and airline ads, hoping to find the best deals. However, we should be very careful that we don’t choose the really cheapest airline. Here are ways to know when that happens:

Seated just before take-off, out your window you can see a mechanic kick an aircraft tire, then burst into tears and kneel in prayer.
The flight attendants are busy asking: coffee, tea or farewell last wishes to your family.
The pilot intercom asks, “Anyone aboard know how to fix an engine doohickie?
When the aircraft is at cruising altitude, the intercom announces: You are now free to run up and down the aisles while screaming in panic.
The only books aboard are about doomed crashes: “The Hindenburg Story”, “Tale of the Titanic” and “Hillary’s Run For President”.

 
New Orleans LA: Ride A World War II Navy PT Boat PDF Print E-mail


Fond memories among history buffs and seniors still linger about John F. Kennedy as skipper of PT-109. They recall how his combat heroics started him on the path to the presidency. Now, you can experience a ride in a similar vintage boat on the city’s Lake Pontchartrain.

PT-305, commissioned in 1943 and a veteran of the war in Europe, has been completely restored for the National World War II Museum. These days it takes regular sailings on the lake with passengers aboard. For fees, schedules and other info, go to pt305.org

 
Dublin, Ireland: Sure & Begorrah, We’d Go Tomorrow PDF Print E-mail


Guest Senior Traveler MLO’S, Pittsfield MA:
After retirement a decade ago, my spouse and I traveled the world. Dublin is my favorite international city, offering the best in food, people, art and history. For a start, while flying into Dublin, you’ll be amazed at the deep green of the land and fields of the Emerald Isle.

To get from the airport to the city, we took the Aircoach bus, which offers quick service to the center of Dublin, as well as all the main tourist hotels in the area. Fares are reasonable, at about $20 round trip.

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Senior Travel Health: Suggested Preps For Road Trips PDF Print E-mail


Anticipation begins weeks before departure date. First, the senior driver and passengers, from ages one to 90, should visit family doctors and get complete pre-trip check-ups.

If meds are prescribed, an adequate supply to cover the entire time away from home should be purchased. Plus another week’s supply in case of unexpected delays.

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Beverly Hills CA: Huge Monster Invades Nate’n Al’s Deli PDF Print E-mail


No, no, there are no monsters today in the famed eatery that's known for it's monstrous corned beef on rye sandwiches. It happened in the early 1950s when your now-elderly travel4seniors.com editor worked for the Beverly Hills Citizen daily.

I lunched there regularly with other writers, and sometimes the guy in the photo joined us. It shows young James Arness made up for his movie part as a space creature. Later, of course, he became famous as Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke. One noontime, he showed up in monster make-up and scared the hell out of all the deli customers.

At the time, the deli’s famed corned beef on rye cost $1.95. Today the huge sandwich is a bargain for $20. Also, then my weekly check was for $75, and Jim Arness, fresh out of the Army, was a member of the 52-20 Club. Translated: newly-released GIs were paid $20 a week for a year to help them get started in civilian life.

A short list of the many celebs who''ve dined at the deli include Jerry Lewis, Milton Berle, Carol Channing, Groucho Marx, Doris Day, Jay Leno, Tony Curtis and Larry King. Frank Sinatra was there shooting deli scenes for his movie, Pal Joey, in 1957.

If your travels take you to or near Beverly Hills, stop by for a delicious breakfast, lunch or whatever. Nate’n Al’s Deli, 414 N. Beverly Dr. nateenal.com

 
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