City Travel Future: Human-Powered Monorail?

Ever since the 1930s, comic strips and movie serials, Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon, it has been predicted. There soon may be city transportation where travelers won’t need to drive on crowded streets nor use polluting gasoline.

They’ll go sailing through the air on controlled rails in little capsules. A new monorail idea is that they’ll be powered by passenger legs. No smelly, burning fossil fuels, just throbbing human muscles pumping away like captive critters in cages.

Big and getting bigger internet giant Google has plans to expand its business with this innovation. According to reports, Google is investing a million bucks in a company called Shweeb. They plan to develop such an effective, if a bit crazily radical, overhead transportation system.

My Daily Hike Through Glamorous West Hollywood PDF Print E-mail

Just a few blocks away from posh Beverly Hills and glamorous Sunset Strip, your travel4seniors.com editor hikes along Santa Monica Boulevard at 10 am and 2 pm. I see lovely scenery, chauffeured limos, costly condos, upscale stores, fashionable shoppers and familiar celebs. Other daily sights are not quite so pleasant.

The street is also Route 66 that ends at the ocean in the city of Santa Monica. It’s daily haven for the homeless. Sidewalks are resting and toilet places after nights of drink and/or drugs. Some set up temporary cardboard shelters. Others stand at grocery entrances, begging for money and food.

The sidewalks are hazardous to families and elderly travelers. Not only from homeless, but by even more dangerous bikers and scooter riders who illegally race along the walkways. So, if you’re old and tour these city streets, be sure to follow all safety rules. And by the way, did I mention the fresh dog poo and peepee deposited along fragrant West Hollywood sidewalks?

What’s That Familiar Looking Landmark In The Background? PDF Print E-mail

Your roaming travel4seniors.com editor recently enjoyed a selfie bird’s eye view of the famed Colosseum from his hotel balcony in Rome. It’s where ancient charioteers raced and gladiators fought. One of the world’s most historic and picturesque cities, be sure to put Italy’s capital on your future senior travel destination plans.

National Park Wonders Are Owned By All: But Not To Take Home PDF Print E-mail

Now that autumn is here, visitors have the added pleasure of experiencing the fantastic colors of flowers, plants, cacti and trees that blossom into beautiful colors during the season. However, when visiting a national park, be aware that picking blossoms and uprooting plants to take away is illegal.

Please follow the rules: Enjoy, photo and sniff them, but admire Mother Nature’s art without swiping it. For more details, go to www.cnet.com/news/national-parks-want-you-to-stop-picking-them-clean

CNN Reports Bangkok Is Best City For Street Food Noshing PDF Print E-mail

When visiting a big city at noontime, your travel4seniors.com editor always heads for the the street food areas to get a fresh lunch. Some of the best carts with delicious foods are in America’s New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.  However, many of the world’s top are far away in Asia.

With Bangkok leading the list, CNN also names Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bali, Ho Chi Minh City and Beijing. So, when your wanderings take you to Asia, be sure to stop by carts offering such delicacies as hoy tod nai mong and kuay tiew kai soi nam phung.

Snooze In Luxury On Grounded 747 Jet Now Swedish Hostel PDF Print E-mail

At Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport, there’s an imposing passenger plane that no longer flies the skies. Furnished by Jumbo Stay, it offers luxury accommodations and many other comforts. Rates from about $160 a night include free parking, airport shuttle, private compartment for two, sun deck and terrace. 

For more info, go to www.booking.com/hotel/se/jumbo-hostel


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