Make Google Photo Tour Of Your Next Hotel Room

Are you worried that drones and security cameras now follow your every move? Here’s a new spy-on-you service you’ll actually enjoy. Google and several hotel chains now offer travelers advance photoramas of their rooms, to arrive days before check-in. Guests are able to view it all on computers, tablets and smartphones.

Best Western International has launched Google Business Photos for all 2,200 of its North American hotels. Additionally, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, parent company of Radisson, Radisson Blu, and Country Inns & Suites, already have their pilot program in place in its hotels in Chicago, Miami and Washington, D.C.

Google Business Photos are 360-degree tours powered by Google Street technology. Many businesses have used the technology for security, repair, construction and other applications since it was introduced several years ago. Of course, it won’t be too long before just about every hotel in the world will offer this room preview service.

For more information, go to www.usatoday.com/story/travel/...google-business-photos/4115185

Top Trio in Paris for Springtime Visits PDF Print E-mail

 Arch of Triumph in Paris

Ella Fitzgerald is, except maybe for Sinatra, my favorite singer of all time. Many years ago, she recorded Cole Porter’s, “I love Paris in the springtime”. The song ends with, “I love Paris every moment, every moment of the year. I love Paris; why, oh why, do I love Paris? Because my love is here.”

Every springtime when we return to Paris, we find scores of wonderful places we’ve never seen before, but we still make sure to visit our old favorites. We start at the Eiffel tower, the symbol of Paris and France to the world, where victorious armies of both friend and foe have marched through the years since 1889.

Catching a big one near Ketchikan, Alaska PDF Print E-mail

fisherman and fish

Springtime Travel: Experience Normandy's history, scenery & bubbly PDF Print E-mail

Welcoming springtime 2009, many seniors are already booking travel schedules. What could be more meaningful than a visit to France’s colorful Normandy region? Today it offers beautiful scenery, quaint historic towns and other great tourist delights. Many yesterdays ago, for those few of us still around who can remember back 65 years to D-Day on June 6, 1944, Normandy means nostalgia tinged with sadness.

On that day, I was more than 6,000 miles away at the Navy base on Treasure Island, California, an 18-year-old crew member of a Navy troop transport. We were soon to head out to the Pacific, where we'd land GIs in the Philippines in October 1944, and Marines at Iwo Jima and Okinawa early in 1945.

We knew what was ahead for us, and could relate to the GIs who struggled ashore in Normandy on June 6. Aboard our ship, we listened intently to news reports as the American, British and Free French troops fought their way inland toward Paris.

Cactus Flowers Herald Springtime in Tucson AZ PDF Print E-mail
cactus in bloom
OK, So The Economy Is Lousy. So Now's The Time To Travel PDF Print E-mail

It sounds a bit crazy to encourage seniors to travel this spring, because the economy may sink to its worse shape since the Great Depression of 1929 to 1939. But our theory is based on what an old general once said: "The enemy is at my rear, pressing my right flank and closing in on my left. The situation is desperate, so I shall attack immediately!"

The situation is similar today, and the tendency is for us to fearfully hunker down and cut back on all kinds of spending. We don't realize that all that inaction will do is make the situation worse. We, especially seniors who were poor kids during the Great Depression, and have seen many ups and downs in the economy ever since, should be the first to break away from the pack.


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