SENIORS JOURNEY THROUGH UTAH



Seniors Head To Park City

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I first became acquainted with Park City when my grandson spent time there in a Summer Adventure Camp at Deer Valley. It is in a beautiful setting so this senior can easily see why it attracts thousands of visitors all year long.

The city, pop. around 8,000, is mostly a resort town, famous for its skiing and other outdoor activities. Its mining roots keeps the town from being too yuppified and maintains a friendly and down-to-earth feel.

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The Sundance Film Festival brings in celebrities to celebrate both accomplished filmmakers and relatively unknown talents. Park City is south east of Salt Lake City sitting somewhat isolated. Historic Park City is the gem among riches.

 Mines, Mines And More Mines

Since silver was discovered in the hills, there have been booms, busts, fires, and freezes, but the town’s adventurous spirit has never dimmed. Over the years some $400 million in silver, gold and lead was removed from mines in and around Park City, creating 18 silver baron millionaires, among them the father of the famed newspaperman William Randolph Hearst. That makes for a lot of silver and gold coins, senior friends.

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Main Street is the center of Park City with its Victorian buildings and colorful storefronts that contribute to its quaint and picturesque setting. Park City is filled with art galleries and boutiques,  over 200 unique businesses and over 100 top notch restaurants and bars.

 Seniors Find Festivals and Greatest Snow on Earth

Cultural festivals are held throughout the year and the ‘Greatest Snow on Earth’ draws over one million skiers and boarders to Park City. Park City Mountain Resort was ranked 4th best resort by TransWorld Snowboarding, and its terrain park ranked #1 in 2006.  The terrain park also ranked #1 in 2007. TripAdvisor has a nice listing of the major things to take in on your visit.

With its clean, clear, dry air and sparkling blue skies just visiting Park City is therapeutic. But if senior visitors want to take it to the next level, Park City offers more than a dozen luxury and day spas. Seniors, experience for yourself one of America’s finest in Park City.  jeb

SUNDAY COFFEE WITH JEB



Seniors Take To The Rail

mHLlBKCNQkL104U457q-VQQ I know senior citizens who have traveled by train and enjoyed it immensely. One trip was  across Canada from one ocean to the other. Would that be of interest to you? If so, get your cup of coffee and read on.

America by Rail will show you North America in a variety of fully escorted train tour packages. They are dedicated to quality and service. Their experience allows senior travelers to enjoy the freedom of not being in charge of all the details leaving you free to relax and enjoy the endless scenery that rolls by your wide train window.

On this Seniortravel.com site we choose not to advertise for anyone, however this site looks like one we need to share with train travel enthusiasts.  America by Rail is a leader in rail tours and train vacations. Experienced professionals make all arrangements for transportation, hotels, sightseeing, and meals. Skilled America by Rail® Tour Directors are with you throughout your trip.  They handle the details, you enjoy the travel.

I’ve traveled some distance in Europe on the TGV and Eurostar. My daughter and I traveled from Prague to Vienna and on to Budapest by rail.  It’s a neat way to travel. You’ll have as much fun getting where you’re going as you do when you arrive on site.

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You’re not confined to a seat as in a car, motor coach, or a plane. You’re free to stroll to the lounge cars for refreshments and games as great scenery goes flying by your window. And enjoy good meals too.

Unfortunately we do not have the luxury of rails all over our country like after WWII when the Marshall Plan first rebuilt the devastated rail lines in Europe. They have benefited immensely ever since. I know that there are some very fine AMTRAK rail lines in the East and across our country, and now California is considering a super fast line from San Diego to LA and beyond I believe.

Great Travel For Seniors

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Trains make great travel options for seniors. Imagine it’s that time of year when you start thinking about taking a vacation. Part of the work involves choosing an ideal location while the hard part can be making travel arrangements. How are you going to get there, perhaps by plane, car, or bus?

While those options may be your first thoughts, train travel is a wonderful idea that sometimes gets overlooked. In recent years, train travel has increased substantially; a 2010 poll said 62 percent of Americans would probably choose to travel by train.

The group responsible for most of the increase in train travel is senior citizens, and for a number of fine reasons. So talk with your travel agent and make plans to take a memorable trip by train somewhere in the US or abroad.  It’s easy to do and it will be easy to accomplish.  jeb

SENIORS ENJOY BURLINGTON, VERMONT



Seniors Take To The “Queen City,

Adirondack Chairs-Erin MoreauSenior travelers, have you been to Vermont? If not, just respond with “not yet”. It’s time for a visit to Burlington, the largest city in Vermont, 45 miles south of the U.S.-Canadian border on the eastern shoreline of Lake Champlain.

Burlington , pop 45,000, is known as one of the most walkable and beautiful small cities in New England and well known for its quintessential charm and architectural beauty. It is consistently ranked as one of the top places to live in the United States. Burlington has the reputation as the most cosmopolitan city in the state.

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Burlington beckons with the perfect blend of old New England charm, arts, culture and nature…and ice cream. It was here that Ben & Jerry’s was founded in 1978 in a renovated gas station.  For senior travelers who have an interest in the arts or prefer a day browsing boutiques and hunting for antiques, Burlington welcomes you.

Visitors will discover a wide array of fine restaurants featuring world-renowned chefs, elegant theaters, modish coffee shops, and storefronts that range from designer boutiques to handcrafted artistry. At night, the city transforms into a live music hotspot.

The area offers trail-packed woodlands and a locale just a stone’s throw away from some of the best mountains in the northeast. These features combine to make Burlington “The Perfect Small City” as National Geographic Traveler so aptly named the city.

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Church Street Marketplace is a major hub of the city with over 26 outdoor cafes. Downtown Burlington Vermont’s award-winning open air mall is a buzz of activity where you’ll find historical architecture, year-round festivals, street entertainers, music with over 100 places to shop and dine.

Senior Bikers: Burlington is a Bike Friendly City

The Burlington Waterfront District has the best views in the area. The Bike Path is a trail that crosses through beaches and parks and provides great close up views of Lake Champlain, the Adirondack Mountains as well as the city itself. There are various bike lanes around the downtown area, and thanks to slow traffic and often courteous drivers, getting around the greater Burlington area on bike is a breeze.

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Burlington is home to the University of Vermont with over 11,000 students. The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts is a member of the League of Historic American Theatres.

Senior visitors are sure to hear about the Queen City Ghostwalk, full of mystery and spooky fun. Stroll on over to Centennial Field, home to Minor League Baseball, the Vermont Lake Monsters, affiliated with the Oakland A’s.

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is a fun place for visitors of all ages and welcomes more than 150,000 annually. The Ethan Allen Homestead is the historic home of Vermont’s founder Ethan Allen dating back to 1787. Senior gourmets, bring along your discerning palate and explore wineries, chocolate manufacturers, breweries and cheese makers.

Fall is a great time to catch leaf colors that peak in early October.  jeb

SENIORS SKI IN MORZINE FRANCE



Morzine A Great Choice For Senior Skiers

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This senior has been all over France. Last count over thirty times, however I was not acquainted with Morzine.  It was selected as one of the top ten tourist attractions in France by Touropia, but then again I don’t know much about Touropia either.

Morzine is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in eastern France with panoramic mountain views, modern ski facilities and hotels and restaurants. Morzine is home to the annual French Mountain Villages Football Tournament (Tournoi des Montagnes).

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Morzine is a long-established year-round resort that’s easy to like. With its gentle wooded slopes, they say that “it’s a good place to be in a snowstorm.” There is no main rail link to Morzine from Geneva or Paris,  so the way to travel is by car .

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Few doubt the value of ski lessons for beginners and lessons are available at Morzine for all levels of skiers. Senior skiers will have access to to 423 individual pistes, served by 209 ski lifts.

Morzine’s first ski area links the resort over to neighboring Les Gets on the slopes of Mount Ranfolly, between the two villages. With skiing between 1000m (3280 feet) and 2000 m (6560 feet) the trails are largely easy or intermediate level, down through the densely forested slopes.

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I enjoy reading Guides of any world destination and Morzine has a good one, including videos, latest news, and events taking place. If you enjoy downhill mountain biking, it is very big in what is called the Portes du Soleil (Sunshine Doors) and centered around Morzine.

Many claim the Portes du Soleil is the best available in Europe, if not the entire world. Of particular interest is the Kona Bike Park in the near-by town of Les Gets. This is a custom constructed area with drops, berms and jump including plenty to challenge all but the bravest of cyclists.

 Luxury To Family Run Chalets

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Read what Jeremy Skidmore has to say about Morzine. “My companions and I decided to ski in Morzine because, as a relatively low resort at 1,000m, it is more accessible than many. Higher resorts may offer more chance of snow, but they can be three to four hours’ drive from the airport, which is not ideal when time is tight. We also hired a car at Geneva airport…and we were at our accommodation within 90 minutes. So far, so good.”

 Senior visitors will find several luxury accommodations, with three officially rated 4-star luxury catered chalets, two self-catered apartments and a French family-run chalet-hotel. From winter skiing and summer alpine holidays, to walking, golf and sightseeing, there’s bound to be something to attract your attention. So get ready for a great holiday in the French Alps.  jeb

SENIOR VISIT TO NEW YORK



Seniors Discover a Real Pearl in Oyster Bay

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The Town of Oyster Bay is easternmost of the three towns in Nassau County, New York. According to Business Insider, Oyster Bay is one of the wealthiest communities in the entire US. To confuse us just a bit, Oyster Bay is also the name of a hamlet on the north shore, within the town of Oyster Bay.

The oysters that give the bay its name are now the only source of traditionally farmed oysters from Long Island, providing up to 90% of all the oysters harvested in New York State.

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Senior visitors will find beautiful Gold Coast Mansions wherever you look and perhaps this is why Theodore Roosevelt made Oyster Bay his home.

There are in fact three statues depicting Roosevelt on horseback. Add this to the fact that many well known entertainers spent their youth in this area.

The Town of Oyster Bay (pop. 7,000) enjoys a rich and well-documented history. The first known European to sail past Long Island’s south shore was Giovanni de Verrazano in 1524. David deVries was the first to record the name of Oyster Bay for the beautiful harbor on the town’s north shore in 1639.

Originally inhabited by the Matinecock Indians, Oyster Bay was settled and named (primarily due to its abundance of shellfish) by the Dutch in 1615 . It was the boundary between the Dutch New Amsterdam colony and the English New England Colonies.

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Home of Theodore Roosevelt

The town’s most famous resident, was the only President from Long Island, Theodore Roosevelt. Sagamore Hill in Cove Neck, a National Historic Site, was the home of Theodore Roosevelt from 1902 to 1906. Considered the “Summer White House,” this beautiful 23-room Victorian mansion estate was built in 1885.

Senior visitors will find a plethora of things to see and do in town. Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park is a major draw for senior travelers. The Raynham Hall Museum and Earle-Wightman House are historical sites not to be missed and the Wilson House, one of the oldest, is still standing on its original site dating back to 1750. If you love just viewing awesome homes, Oyster Bay is the place to be.

375884_381027101966738_519917490_nThe WaterFront Center provides entertainment to those of us who enjoy water activities. Don’t miss the Oyster Festival this October 18-19,  a fun family festival, with something for folks of all ages… Tall Ships, a petting zoo, live music, delicious food, carnival rides, arts and crafts, antiques, interactive exhibits, harbor cruises, and Audrey Avenue, a version of Main Street USA.

Seniors, check out these multiple scenes of Oyster Bay and then set your sails for a good visit. jeb

SENIORS DISCOVER MORE OF NEW YORK



Seniors Enjoy Rye

imagesRye is young, in fact, it is the youngest city in New York State. No other city has been chartered anywhere in New York State since 1942. Rye, on Long Island Sound, borders on Connecticut at the gateway of New England. Just to let senior readers know, Rye is quite upscale.

Coldwell Banker found Rye to rank #3 for expensive homes in the entire nation. It was also selected in the top ten places to live in the state. Mega-Mansions are in abundance in Rye. Senior visitors can gain perspective with MyRye.com, a web site with observations about Rye.

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New York City is only 25 miles away and a full one-third of working residents commute to work. Rye’s remarkable natural endowments include a protected harbor along Long Island Sound, a variety of landscapes, tree-lined streets, and winding brooks, all helping to make Rye an attractive city.

In the US News and World Ranking of High Schools, Rye High School was ranked #2 in New York State of Public High Schools (this is excluding Charter Schools.)

Seniors Enjoy Historic Amusement Park

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Rye Playland, The Westchester Country Club, The Jay Heritage Center (A National Historic Landmark) and Balsam Massage are major drawing cards for not only the locals but senior visitors as well.

Playland is an historic amusement park and designated a National Historic Landmark and features one of the oldest wooden roller coasters in the Northeast called the Dragon Coaster. If you are “into coasters,” you might get a thrill on the Dragon.

For you gourmet folks, I was impressed with La Panetière and the Aurora, both upscale, great menus and nicely decorated. Senior visitors will find some great seafood restaurants.

Young Town, Long History

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Young town, yes, however there are several sites on the National Register of Historic Places. The Historical Society also owns a former inn/tavern built in 1730, the Square House, which it operates as a museum.  A public inn for nearly a century, it housed such distinguished stagecoach riders as George Washington, John Adams, and General Lafayette. It later became Rye’s first post office and from 1904 till 1964 served as Village Hall, then City Hall.

In 1665, Connecticut merged several settlements under the name of Rye after Rye, England. Today, the Town of Rye is a unique blend of the old and the new, retaining its traditional atmosphere of tranquil village life as well as many historic landmarks that bind it to its three-hundred year history.

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Rye started off as a small settlement on Manursing Island, then developed Poningo Neck, which now is the business section of the City of Rye, and the Saw Pit, which now is Port Chester on the Byram River, with paths leading to various parts of the town.

In the harbor you will find awesome yachts… Rye is home to the American Yacht Club. jeb

 

 

SENIORS JOURNEY THROUGH TEXAS



Denton Named a Great Mainstreet City

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Denton, Texas is on the list for having one of America’s Greatest Mainstreets. Senior travelers find Denton 35 miles north of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex in North Texas on I-35.

Denton is known for its active music life, the State Fair and Rodeo and the Arts and Jazz Festival that attract over 300,000 people to the city annually.  This area is traditionally referred to as the Golden Triangle.

The Main Street Program is a worldwide program to revitalize downtown areas. The Denton Main Street Program began in 1989 with over $36.5 million reinvested in the area since. Plus the first Courthouse restoration was completed in time for the Texas Sesquicentennial in 1986.

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The overwhelmingly positive response to the Courthouse renovation confirmed to the merchants that there was a need for an organized downtown revitalization program. The  1896 courthouse is deemed one of the finest in Texas and was designed by one of the great Texas courthouse architects, Wesley Clark Dodson.

With its massive Texas limestone walls and soaring clock tower, it has been called “the most picturesque pile of rocks in North Texas.”  Around the courthouse are a variety of antique shops, restaurants, and specialty stores.

If you are “into historic bridges,” be sure to visit the famed Old Alton Bridge. With a population more than 118,000 not including a student population of more than 40,000, Denton is far from rolling up the sidewalks at night.

Senior Equestrians In The Middle Of Horse Country

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The arrival of a railroad line in the city in 1881 spurred population, and the establishment of the Univ. of North Texas in 1890 and later Texas Woman’s Univ. in 1901 distinguished Denton from neighboring regions. The city was named after pioneer and Texas militia captain John B. Denton, a pioneer lawyer, preacher, and soldier.

Denton has lots of festivals and events throughout the calendar year, from Twilight Tunes to Dog Days of Summer and Cinco de Mayo. Denton is fast becoming one of the most popular places to visit in the Metroplex area. The Denton Jazz and Arts festival attracts senior visitors from around the country. The Denton Square, bordered by Oak, Hickory, Locust, and Elm Streets, is a cultural and primary hub of the city.

Senior equestrian lovers, you will be in North Texas Horse Country, one of the largest concentrations of horse farms in the United States. Plus you will find exciting museums, art galleries, performing arts centers and local heritage.

Visit Denton and plan on spending a couple of days to get the “True Texan Feeling.”  jeb

SENIORS VISIT WALLACE, IDAHO



Seniors Discover Silver Capital of the World

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Wallace, Idaho earned an award as one of America’s Greatest Mainstreets by Travel and Leisure, and soon senior readers will know why. Wallace is an historic city in the panhandle region of Idaho in what is called the Silver Valley mining district.

Back in 1890, Shoshone County was the most populated county in the new state of Idaho, and Wallace was its largest city with 2000 residentsWallace,  brimming with mining history, sits alongside the South Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River in an area that has produced more silver than any other mining district in the entire nation.

The locals enjoy calling WallaceThe Center of the Universe.” In 2004, His Honor, Mayor Ron Garitone made a  proclamation that “Wallace MUST be the Center of the Universe because you can’t PROVE otherwise.” That statement has been celebrated ever since.

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In 2006, the commemoration included the crowning of the Princess of the Center of the Universe. That’s even better than Miss America…don’t you think. Seniors may want visit Wallace just for the Annual Blues Festival, always a major event.

 National Historic Register Town

Danger, intrigue, passion, great wealth, heroics and comedy are set against the breathtaking backdrop of northern Idaho’s Bitterroot mountains.  Those are the elements of the 12 decade story of Wallace. The entire town of Wallace is on the National Historic Register.

A nasty thing happened back in 1910 when the largest forest fire in U.S. history, The Big Burn as it was called, swept through the Wallace area destroying much of downtown. Wallace bounced back. Movie actress Lana Turner grew up in this rough and tumble town before being “discovered” in Hollywood. Wallace has been a movie prop town as well for “Tornado”, “Heaven’s Gate”, and “Dante’s Peak”.

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By 1886, Wallace was a mining boomtown, with thousands of prospectors scouring the nearby creeks and hillsides in search of gold, silver, lead, copper and zinc. During World War II, up to 40 mines dotted the 40-mile-long Silver Valley. Today, only the Galena remains in operation. Rich veins still dot the area.

The highly popular Fainting Goat Wine Bar & Eatery sits in the heart of beautiful Historic Wallace. Take your pick on several local tours. You may want to take in the Wallace Mining Museum that captures the flavor of mining in northern Idaho, from the days of the early gold rush to contemporary silver production.

The Sierra Silver Mine tour is taken with an experienced miner as your guide as senior visitors walk through the main drift of an actual underground silver mine. Maybe top off your stroll through town with a visit to the Oasis Bordello Museum, a highly unusual museum that is reminiscent of a once popular bordello during old mining days. Then, if you are up for a Zipline Tour, try the highly popular Silver Streak. Senior travelers, see you in the “Center of the Universe”, Wallace, Idaho. jeb

SUNDAY COFFEE WITH JEB



Attn. Senior Bikers…

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 Ready for a great two-wheel trip, senior bikers? If you aren’t a biker, get your coffee and enjoy the thought with me! 10Best Readers’ Choice has several trips to make a great day on your bike.

These nominees were selected by USA Today and 10Best.com plus a panel of biker experts who have made the trips.

One of the finest bike trips is the Cabot Trail way up in Nova Scotia. It would make a fine journey just getting to Nova Scotia. My wife and I have dreams one day to make the trip from Phoenix to Quebec via some of the travel blog cities that have stood out among all those that we have previously described on our seniorcitizen.travel blog.

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Close behind the Cabot Trail, one finds the Pig Trail Scenic Byway in Arkansas.  Just a couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog on Yellowstone Park and the Beartooth Pass in Montana.

Perhaps you know of these three highways already but let me go on and provide several other top choices for your senior biker trip.

Tail of the Dragon at Deal’s Gap that crosses both North Carolina and Tennessee might take you on into Virginia to the Blue Ridge Parkway.  That is one beautiful drive and the Cherohala Skyway is also nearby.

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Gas up and go on to Texas to ride the Three Sisters (Twister Sisters). The California Pacific Coast Highway is also on our list for a long trip all along the beautiful California Pacific coastline. This is a curvy, scenic drive.

Two more are highlighted: The San Juan Mountain Skyway in Colorado and the U.S. Highway 101 that runs from Washington State and Oregon, down into California.

And another list of 100 great routes to choose from. Senior biker, find your route and have a great ride!!!

Enjoy the rides and let us know how you found each one, okay? jeb

 

SENIORS TRAVEL TO LUXEMBOURG



Seniors Visit a Grand Duchy

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I did not know that there were so many places with the name Duchy. Google found: Cornwall, Burgundy Lancaster, Lucca and Milan.  I found several that were rated “Grand Duchy” like Lithuania, Warsaw and finally Luxembourg… and that’s where we are going today, simply because this senior has been there.

Luxembourg’s official name is Great Duchy of Luxembourg. It’s pretty small really (425,000+). There are 290,000 native Luxembourgers and 130,000 foreigners. I remember well passing through the country in just an hour.

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This small country is surrounded by Belgium, France and Germany, and its history has been inextricably linked with that of its larger neighbors. It is largely made up of rolling hills and forests as I recall, rolling through the country on my Lambretta motor scooter way back when.

Nowhere else in Europe did I find such a discrete and dynamic mixture of ancient fortresses and contemporary architecture. Among prominent monuments of Luxembourg are the Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame, from the 18th century, and the Grand Ducal Palace.

Seniors Find Another UNESCO Old City

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Luxembourg City, made up of 78,000+ affable folks, is a lively and bustling town. A real cultural platform, it abounds in museums, theaters and concert halls. The center of the country is also home to no less than 150 different nationalities that have chosen to live in this exciting city.

The cultural program that makes up Luxembourg is made in the image of its city dwellers: multilingual, multicultural, creative and eclectic, simply a fun place to be. The Old City of Luxembourg has long been part of the UNESCO World Heritage with deep roots and ancient fortifications.

Luxembourg, founded in 963, became a Grand Duchy in 1815 and an independent state under the Netherlands. It lost more than half of its territory to Belgium in 1839, but gained a larger measure of autonomy. Full independence was attained in 1867.

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Overrun by Germany in both World Wars, it ended its neutrality in 1948 when it entered into the Benelux Customs Union and when it joined NATO the following year. In 1957, Luxembourg became one of the six founding countries of the European Economic Community, later the European Union, and in 1999 it joined the euro currency area.

 Senior Visitors Taste Speciality Dishes

His “Royal Highness the Grand Duke of Luxembourg” is Henri and as such is the monarchial head of state. Luxembourgish, the national language, is akin to German. When senior visitors are ready to dine out, speciality dishes are of the type one would expect in a forested country. They include hare and Ardennes ham, trout and pike, fresh from the country’s rivers as well as many local favorites.

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Personally, I’d recommend Judd mat gaardebounen, served with potatoes and washed down with a Diekirch beer. Write that all down and carry it with you, okay? And oenophiles, Luxembourg shares the Moselle valley with Germany and the local white wines are well-known and highly popular.

Enjoy your visit to Luxembourg.  jeb

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