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Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Grabs More Tourist Money


Will it be Double Dutch? Next time you visit this favorite foreign city of your travel4seniors.com editor, be aware. Politicians there will be taking more cash out of your travel pocket.

The charming city already has the highest hotel tax rates in Europe. And they will go higher. Of course, as in many world cities, that’s just the tip of the extra charges. So, when you see ads touting hotels for $99.99 a night, whether in the Dutch or other tourist city, that’s just the start of the real cost. With add-ons of local taxes, resort fees and other hits, consider your advertised room rate may be actually only about half of what you’ll really have to pay. www.cnn.com/travel/article/amsterdam-tourist-tax-increase

Remember Those Who Serve in the Armed Forces PDF Print E-mail

GI group

For Memorial Day, or for any time for any reason including simple gratitude, consider offering your help to those who now serve in the Armed Forces. Additionally, many older veterans and their families can benefit from your support and encouragement. Our readers who’ve served in earlier conflicts can remember how lonely it gets in a foxhole, on a ship’s gun mount or on a barracks bunk. Or in a veterans’ hospital bed.

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Destination: The San Diego Zoo PDF Print E-mail

Male lion

It isn’t too much of an exaggeration to call the San Diego one of the best in the world. For the past 70 years it has been the model for zoos everywhere to encourage evolving from confining cages to roomy natural living areas for the animals.

Many seasoned citizens have visited city zoos since childhood, and they can easily remember those of not too many years ago, featuring listless, miserable animals behind bars and small fenced enclosures. Yesterday’s zoos were prisons, where inmates endured life sentences of boredom.

One of the most heart-warming aspects of the San Diego Zoo is that it’s designed to allow animals to live as naturally as possible, with plenty of space for roaming and interacting with other compatible animals. At the same time, the zoo encourages visitors of all ages to find interesting areas to stop and observe without disturbing the animals’ lives. No longer does Dad have to say, “Let’s go to the zoo and laugh at the monkeys in their cages.”

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Top Five Places You Must Visit in Egypt PDF Print E-mail

Ancient Egyptian sphynx and pyramid

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Three Ancient Relics at Luxor Resort, Las Vegas NV PDF Print E-mail
Seniors in front of Luxor Resort, Las Vegas NV
 
See Cherry Blossoms in Springtime Washington, D.C. PDF Print E-mail

Not everyone comes to Washington in the springtime to beg for bailout money, gloat about multi-million-dollar bonus rip-offs or to lobby Congress for special hometown pork barrel deals. For nearly 100 years, residents and visitors have had more important things to do. They stroll out into the sunlit D.C. streets to wonder at clouds of bright red that have descended on the Nation’s capital city. There they enjoy the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, with week-long events until Sunday, April 12.

The 2009 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade starts festivities on Saturday, April 4, running from 10 am to noon. The colorful and musical procession struts along Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Streets, NW. Every minute, crowds of kids and young-at-heart viewers can thrill to giant theme balloons, tuneful marching bands and circus-act performers.

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