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New York NY: New Marriott Reaches Heavenward


A new Marriott in New York City is claiming to be the tallest single-use hotel building in North America. According to company reports, the Courtyard-Residence Inn Central Park is 750 feet and 68 stories high. There are at least a dozen taller hotels around the world, including another Marriott in Dubai, that soars 1,165 feet and 77 stories.

Opened at the end of 2013 at 1717 Broadway at 54th Street, the Courtyard section has 378 rooms, with an additional 261 suites in the Residence Inn. Quoted rates for the luxury hotel start at about $300 a night. For more information, go to www.marriott.com/.../nycpk-courtyard-new-york-manhattan-central-park

Saggy Purple Trousered Policeman Directs Traffic PDF Print E-mail


As my roving camera pictures, only in Los Angeles at this Western Avenue intersection will tourists see such a brilliant demonstration of the law in colorful action. Reminder: When roaming in the busy city, be sure to follow all safety rules, including those related to coronavirus dangers.

 
Arizona Rep Advocates Closing The Grand Canyon PDF Print E-mail


With many other national parks already empty because of coronavirus dangers, Raúl Grijalva calls for the National Park Service to close the entire area to visitors immediately. He cites the added dangers of group gatherings and unprotected tourist exposures. The visitor services are closed and all guided tours have been cancelled.

 
Coronavirus Postpones Tokyo Olympic Games For Year PDF Print E-mail


After much consideration, officials have set the event for no later than the summer of 2021. Even so, it will be most difficult to make changes for those eager fans in America and around the world who already purchased travel, hotel and game ticket reservations.

For many, including athletes, the news means changing plans that have been in place, many prepaid, for months or years. The U.S. Olympic Committee and each sport's national governing body are coordinating flights for athletes, coaches and officials, and may be consulted for new reservations. The major numbers of fans and families usually arrange their own travel plans. The press and advertisers also book flights and lodging for staffers who cover the Games.

If you’ve already made transportation and hotel reservations for the originally scheduled 2020 dates, apply for changes and/or refunds as soon as possible. Of course, there’s no guarantee that the evil coronavirus bug will be gone by then.

 
Hollywood CA: Masked Tourist Strolls Alone PDF Print E-mail


If your travel plans include the Los Angeles area, be sure you’re in daily touch with coronavirus-related restrictions, cancellations and other info that may affect your visit.

 
Old Wanderer’s Really Best Travel Movies Of All Time PDF Print E-mail


CNN listed its top dozen movies to rent and show when confined at home during the coronavirus banishment. In my humble opinion, most are stinkers from the past decade or so. Full of confusing camera tricks, ear-damaging sound, garbage-mouthed actors and crude story lines.

My choices instead would include some classics with good acting and no cursing. Here they are: Airplane, Strangers On A Train, Murder On The Orient Express, Roman Holiday, Around The World In Eighty Days, The Wizard Of Oz, Easy Rider, National Lampoon's Vacation, Thelma & Louise and It Happened One Night. www.cnn.com/travel/article/best-travel-movies

 
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