Peninsular Hotel, Chicago IL: A Heavenly Tablet That Does It All

The super-upscale hotel now provides its computer-hip guests at check-in a glowing tablet. Not quite as creative as the one Moses brought down from the mountaintop, it offers a single electronic touch device that does everything to make the Peninsular visit spectacular. 

The tablet includes control of all in-room functions, displaying restaurant menus, all hotel services and access to all channels of the guest’s TV set. Also, calls for maid and valet services, room security, same-day weather info, room temperature control and many other available services. For more info, go to www.peninsula.com/Chicago

Los Angeles: Friendly Dogs Make Airport Less Stressful PDF Print E-mail

Some U.S. airports offer a unique service designed to reduce the typical problems passengers face as they endure busy terminals. In the Los Angeles facility it’s LAX PUP (Pets Unstressing Passengers).

The trained canines roam the waiting areas with volunteer handlers and offer friendly muzzles and wagging tails. They meet close-up with people worried about late schedules, cancellations, crying kids and all the other airport woes. When you have a future flight scheduled, check online with your airport to find out if you’ll meet a doggone new friend there to welcome you.

Framed & Unaware Of Posing For Profile On The Move PDF Print E-mail

Your travel4seniors.com editor’s roving eye and camera captured this placid scene of a bus passenger on his way to where? Beach, airport, train station, restaurant, store, job, new love, old acquaintance and/or nowhere in particular, while being promised clean air.

Long Beach CA: Enjoy Imagine Cruise On Historic Queen Mary PDF Print E-mail

Kings, queens and statesmen were guests aboard in the 1930s. GIs on the way to war and home again in the 1940s sailed on the mighty ship. Although she’s now permanently moored in the harbor, you can get the feel of cruising the ocean waves by enlisting to be aboard for a night or more.

Today the Queen Mary is an Art Deco Hotel on the waterfront, with more than 300 cabins and suites. She offers on-board programs, special events, educational tours, colorful shops, upscale restaurants and banquet facilities. Overnight room rates start at $100. For booking, prices and other info, go to www.queenmary.com

Hollywood CA: Sentimental To Visit Movie Star Graves? PDF Print E-mail

It’s not too creepy if you’re nostalgically interested in entertainment history. On your next visit to the Los Angeles area, spend an hour or two visiting the last resting places of some of the famed people from your earlier years. Among several celebrity cemeteries in the Los Angeles area is the branch of Forest Lawn in the Hollywood Hills above the city.

It’s near Disney, Universal and Warner Brothers Studios. Among graves in the Memorial Park, seek out those where you can pause and remember. They include Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, Telly Savalas, Buster Keaton, Dorothy Lamour, Liberace, Freddie Prinze, Jack Webb, Stan Laurel, Ricky Nelson, Gene Autry and Sandra Dee. One of several tour companies that offer daily visits to the cemetery is hollywoodcitytours.com.

Enjoy Summer Public Swim Season, But Avoid Crypto PDF Print E-mail

Crypto in pool water has nothing to do with obscure languages, tho it may cause excessive cursing in your language. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s a diarrhea-causing human poop and pee parasite found in many public pools. They include natural swimming holes on up to luxury resorts, cruise ship pools and oceanfront beaches.

Some advice for swim-suited seniors heading for your summer dips. Before you jump in, whether pool or ocean, check for warnings about the cleanliness of the water. Immediately after every swim, shower thoroughly with body soap, and if available, shampoo your hair. If you’re on anti-diarrhea medications, it may be sensible to postpone swimming until you get doctor’s permission.


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