San Francisco CA: The Presidio Museum Welcomes Visitors

For 200 years, this classic U.S. Army base facing the Pacific was headquarters for training and administration through America’s times of war and peace. From the first cavalry actions in the 1790s to the final deployment in 1990 for the Gulf War, the Presidio was one of America’s oldest fortresses.

The recent opening of the El Presidio de San Francisco Museum in the former officers’ Club welcomes visitors to view hundreds of historic military and archeological artifacts that date back two centuries and more. They include cannons, sabers, firearms, ammunition, uniforms and much more. www.presidio.gov

For those who plan to stay overnight, there’s a boutique hotel called the Inn at the Presidio, located at the former Pershing Hall Bachelor Officers Quarters. Room rates are from $250. The address: 42 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco, California 94129, www.inatthepresidio.com

Santa Barbara CA: Vive La French Holiday By The Pacific Beach PDF Print E-mail

The beautiful coastal town celebrates Bastille Day on July 14 and 15 with all kinds of themed events. Along with the famed can-can dancing, there will also be Polynesian dance programs. Of course, French foods and pastries will be served while Edith Piaf music is played during a special parade of French poodles. Entry is free. For more info, go to frenchfestival.com

NASA Predicts Some Great July Total Lunar Eclipse Locations PDF Print E-mail

A total lunar eclipse will rise over the night sky this summer, and be the clearest viewing of this century in certain parts of the Earth. On July 27, a spectacular lunar eclipse will be fully visible for almost two hours.

If you have travel plans that could include a special night of wonder watching, you’ll need to be in specific spots of South America, Africa, the Middle East or Central Asia. So if you’re there on that historic occasion, be sure to bring your camera and/or smartphone with powerful telephoto lenses.

Are You Up For Flying In Private Aircraft With Blackbird? PDF Print E-mail

There are many new start-up small airlines that specialize in short flights at bargain prices. They usually cost about $150 or so each way. Also, if you’re traveling in a group, it can actually be cheaper and less complicated than flying commercial.

Does it remind you of the Ella Fitzgerald classic?
Pack up all my care and woe,
Here I go, singing low.
Bye-bye, blackbird.

Of course, the private Blackbird aircraft are considerably more modern than the above fun illustration. For more info, schedules and prices to to www.blackbirdair.com

My Roving Camera Shows A Tragic, All-Too-Familiar Scene PDF Print E-mail

This was shot by your travel4seniors.com editor just a few days ago near glamorous Hollywood Boulevard, Of course, the same scene could be in Manhattan, Chicago, San Francisco or dozens of other tourist destinations in the USA.

If you want to help those unfortunate wanderers, there are more effective ways than just handing them a few dollars. Seek info on programs for the homeless by familiar agencies, such as the Salvation Army, Red Cross, Volunteers of America, National Coalition For The Homeless and others in your hometown. Make contributions to one or more organizations that provide professional help for those in need.

Q: What Do I Do When A Passenger Grabs My Assigned Seat? PDF Print E-mail

On a recent flight, after boarding, I saw an elderly woman in my seat. I checked my boarding pass, and said she was in error. She refused to move.

When I told the flight attendant, he said the woman, who waved her cane at me, was handicapped and could not be moved. Angry as hell, I was sent to a seat in the rear. During the flight I saw the “handicapped” woman easily strolling the aisle several times. What should I have done? Jack R., Lafayette IN

A: Not much. You can later file a complaint with the airline, and maybe get a free future flight. Fake handicap pre-boarding, seat grabs and phony companion dog scams are all too frequent. The best way to react is not to lose your temper and just firmly state the facts to the airline. In flight, always cooperate with flight attendants, who must deal with these offenders daily.


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