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SENIORS VISIT MONTANA


Seniors Are Welcome In Philipsburg

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Philipsburg, the county seat of Granite County, Montana, is small with a population of only 850, but a fun place to visit. Senior travelers will find that Philipsburg is located about 30 minutes off of I-90, southeast of Missoula or west of Butte, Montana.

Known as an 18th century mining town, the area is rich in history but offers much more than mining these days. Silver mining originally brought this town to life back in the late 1860s and sapphire mining remains the main attraction today. Senior visitors, you can mine your own valuable Montana sapphires while visiting Philipsburg.

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The Philipsburg area is home to several ghost towns of former mining and timber towns, 24 to be precise. And National Historic Sites abound for senior history lovers.

Seniors Enjoy Mining Town

Philipsburg was named after the famous mining engineer Philip Deidesheimer, who designed and supervised the ore smelter around which the town originally formed. The surrounding hills still show the scars of mountains that have produced vast deposits of silver, manganese, sapphires, and to a lesser extent gold.

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Granite, Tower, Rumsey, Black Pine and other local mines were considered home to thousands of hard working men in the late 19th and early 20th century glory days. Today, it’s hard to imagine the bustling activity that went on where now only broken down shacks and tailing piles remain.

Philipsburg is home to Granite Ghost town and other haunts you’ll not want to miss. Me, I’d want to take in the Granite County Museum and Cultural Center, housed in the former Courtney Hotel. And my wife would be sure to visit the famous Sweet palace Candy Store.

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Seniors Enjoy Philipsburg’s Adventures

Adventures abound in Philipsburg, whether it’s mining for sapphires, hiking the Great Divide, or reserving a seat in Montana’s oldest Opera House. All year long the surrounding area is a haven for sports, recreation, and culture.

Come snowfall, the mountains become a winter wonderland of downhill skiing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and dog sledding, just to name a few. Hike, bike, and backpack to your heart’s delight, or fish in some of the best trout streams Montana has to offer.

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TripAdvisor has almost a dozen attractions that senior visitors will not want to miss, starting off with the Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine. Grab a bucket of sapphire gravel, belly up to the wash trough and find Montana Sapphires.

And where to stay? Take in the Ranch at Rock Creek—a luxury guest ranch that brings together wide open spaces and upscale amenities.

So set your GPS for this old mining town and enjoy all it has to offer. -jeb

SENIORS TRAVEL TO BRITISH COLUMBIA


Seniors Visit Exciting Revelstoke

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Get your coffee, friends, we’re going to British Columbia this morning. Revelstoke, a city in southeastern British Columbia,  with a population of 7,139, is referred to by the locals as Revy. Senior travelers will find Revelstoke on the banks of the Columbia River just south of the Revelstoke Dam and near its confluence with the Illecillewaet River.

Named a “must do trip on National Geographic’s Ultimate Adventure Bucket List, senior adventurers will find a vibrant mountain community with a rich heritage.

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The many winter sports are the cream of the crop: North America’s greatest vertical at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, world class Snowmobile trails blanketed with an average snowfall of 40-60 feet per year, 25+ km of groomed Nordic trails, easy access to the best Backcountry Touring experience on earth, and more Helicopter and Cat Ski/Snowboard operations than people (ok, well not quite).

Tack on dog sledding, snowshoeing, and a paragliding flight, and you’ve got yourself a pretty stellar Revelstoke BC winter vacation.

 Seniors Bike and Hike In Summer Months

Revelstoke_from_Mount_RevelstokeAs the summer heat melts the snow back to the summits, the high mountain peaks of the area are revealed. Inland and alpine adventures abound in the Monashee and Selkirk mountain ranges. Hiking explorations in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Park, world famous alpine mountain biking trails, a new dirt biking trail network that keeps on growing, and a Championship Golf Course that borders the Columbia River.

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Revelstoke’s economy has traditionally been tied to the Canadian Pacific Railway and it still maintains a strong connection to that industry. Senior visitors will find plenty to keep them occupied any time of the year.

Revelstoke has produced some talented athletes in winter sports, notably ice hockey. The former local BCJHL team, the Revelstoke Bruins, had a number of future NHLers on its roster in the 1970s and 1980s.

Seniors Enjoy Revelstoke’s Awesome Surroundings

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Way back when, Norwegian immigrants brought the skiing and ski jumping to Revelstoke, and by the 1910s, several ski jumping hills had been built around town. Revelstoke Ski Club was founded in 1914, and by the following year had reached 102 members. Sitting between the Selkirk and Monashee Mountain Ranges, Revelstoke has an awesome setting on the main east-west transportation corridor through BC.

Revelstoke was founded in the 1880s when the Canadian Pacific Railway was built through the area and mining was an important early industry. The city was originally named Farwell, after a local land owner and surveyor. Choose a YouTube video here and enjoy all the scenery and the Snow Show. I liked the second one down entitled Revelstoke Year Round, but just let it keep playing and another and another will follow.

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TripAdvisor notes nearly 40 attractions that senior visitors can enjoy, starting with the Giant Cedars Boardwalk Trail and of course the Revelstoke Mountain Resort, and the Enchanted Forest…always a big hit.

So set your GPS for BC and enjoy the entire area. -jeb

SENIORS VISIT ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA


Seniors Visit The Flagship City

logo-shadow Erie, which seniors locate in northwestern Pennsylvania, is named for the lake and the Native American tribe that resided along its southern shore. Erie is the state’s fourth-largest city, after Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Allentown, with a population of 102,000. It certainly has a bunch of nicknames, like The Flagship City, The Gem City, The Bay City, The Lake City.

FYI: Erie is known as the Flagship City because of its status as the home port of Oliver Hazard Perry’s flagship Niagara. The city is called the Gem City because of the “sparkling” lake. I discovered that Erie was named for the Eriez tribe, who spoke an Iroquois language and in their language “Erie” means “raccoon.” 

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Fishing is BIG in Erie. Many charter boat companies take senior visitors to the best fishing spots on Lake Erie, or of course, you can fish from the shore.

Victorian Princess Cruise Lines provide more luxurious ways to get out and enjoy a boat ride on the Lake. Lake Erie was chosen as one of the top-20 family-fishing spots in the nation by Field & Stream.

Senior Visitors Spend Time at Presque Isle State Park

Erie’s Metropolitan Area consists of approximately 280,000 residents. This Visit Erie website has it all lined up for your visit, including access to a helpful online Adventure Guide.

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Once teeming with heavy industry, Erie’s manufacturing sector remains prominent in the local economy. Millions visit Erie for recreation as well as a plethora of attractions like the casino and horse racetrack named for the state park.

Nestled between the shores of Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay is Erie’s top attraction – Presque Isle State Park. With sandy beaches and endless outdoor recreation, Presque Isle (French for “almost an island”) is a National Natural Landmark and one of Pennsylvania’s top vacation destinations.

Welcoming over 4 million visitors annually especially during the summer months, the Park has 7 miles of beaches, world-class sunsets and plentiful outdoor recreation.

 Seniors Find Cultural And Historical Attractions In Erie

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Erie offers senior visitors cultural and historical attractions: AA baseball, OHL hockey, NBA D-League Basketball, cross-country and downhill skiing, golf, theater, shopping, wineries, amusement parks, a casino and more.

Lake Erie is the world’s 13th-largest natural lake and home port of the U.S. Brig Niagara, the flagship of Commodore Perry. The Niagara was vital to the Commodore’s victory at the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812 and is now a floating maritime museum.

Erie is home to the oldest land lighthouse on the Great Lakes. If the weather’s rough, you can still enjoy the water at the indoor Splash Lagoon Waterpark. Senior travelers, set your sites on Erie along Lake Erie, the warmest of the Great Lakes, and plan to spend some quality time enjoying the many amenities the city has to offer. -jeb

SENIORS VISIT SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA


Seniors Visit A “Most Livable City”

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 Senior travelers, welcome to Scottsdale, Arizona called “Most Livable City”. At the heart of every great vacation is passion – for a new place, a new adventure, even a new way of expressing yourself. Scottsdale, (pop. 210,000) just to the east of Phoenix, is one of the Southwest’s premier resort destinations.

This young, active and wealthy community borders Phoenix to the east and north. With more than 170 golf courses, 11,000 hotel rooms, and 500 restaurants, millions of people, including a huge flock of ‘snowbirds’, enjoy the spas and resorts in Scottsdale.

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Downtown Scottsdale is where the “Old West Meets the New West.” Wikitravel notes that both “Old Town” and “Downtown” Scottsdale possess a dazzling array of bars, night clubs, pool clubs and chic eateries.

 Seniors Enjoy The West’s Most Western City

Welcome to Scottsdale, a city that celebrates passion in all its forms and is often referred to as the “West’s Most Western City.” “Experience Scottsdale” where seniors can step back in time and enjoy the Old West personified and some terrific food.

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The Scottsdale Cultural Council presents art as an integral part of the Scottsdale experience, by offering opportunities for residents and visitors to experience the highest quality performing and visual arts the world has to offer.

Old Scottsdale is special. Senior visitors could spend a full day just walking around the streets and going in and out of dozens of specialty stores: Indian jewelry and crafts and Western stores with clothing for every cowboy and cowgirl.

Scottsdale’s captivating Sonoran Desert setting has inspired artists for generations. Art flourishes inside the walls of more than 100 galleries, one of the most concentrated collections in the nation and many are world class. Scottsdale is home to acclaimed museums, architectural wonders, the Scottsdale ArtWalk, world-class performance spaces and an award-winning public art program.

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 Seniors Awed With The Sonoran Desert

There are more than 200 golf courses cut out of the rocky terrain of the Sonoran Desert, so bring along your golf clubs. Arguably the golf capital of the United States, it’s hard to beat the weather and the number of high-quality golf courses in Scottsdale.

Well, I must show my bias here: TripAdvisor lists 142 things to see and do in Scottsdale, starting with Taliesin West, where I am a guide. The beautiful desert landscapes have inspired such people as architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who built an internationally admired winter retreat at Taliesin West.museum-of-the-west

Senior outdoors lovers will find hundreds of things to do along the Salt River, in the rocky city parks and neighboring mountains, or on ranches in and around the city. Hot air balloon rides, horseback tours, kayaking, and mountain climbing are all just minutes from Scottsdale.

A new “must see” attraction is Western Spirit, Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, celebrating the art, history, culture and unique stories of the 19 states comprising the American West. Seniors, visit Scottsdale and see for yourself this great destination city. -jeb

SENIORS TRAVEL TO NORTHERN MINNESOTA


Seniors Head Up North To Thief River Falls

trf_sign-300x195 Thief River Falls, also called Thief River or TRF, is the county seat in Pennington County, Minnesota with a population of just under 9,000. Senior travelers will find the city 70 miles south of the Canadian border, where the Thief River flows into the Red Lake River.

Thief River Falls takes its name from a geographic feature, the falls of the Red Lake River at its confluence with the Thief River. The name of the river is a loose translation of the Ojibwe Indian phrase, Gimood-akiwi ziibi, literally, the “Stolen-land river” or “Thieving Land river,” which originated when a band of Dakota Indians occupied a secret encampment along the river, hence “stealing” the land, before being discovered and routed by the neighboring Ojibwe. So now we know.

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Since the city’s foundation in 1896, LaBree Avenue has been a cornerstone of community life. Many of the businesses that were born in Thief River Falls were started on LaBree. The city’s Chamber of Commerce holds an annual “Crazy Dayz”, which is a “bargain day” of sorts on LaBree. Also, each fall, the city closes the street and hosts the “Great American Block Party”, during which vendors line the street and live music is performed. Sounds like fun to me.

 Seniors Enjoy The Outdoors In Thief River Falls

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In Thief River Falls the big name is Arctic Cat, that traces its roots back to former Polaris Industries founder Edgar Hetteen who left Polaris in 1960 and started Polar Manufacturing in Thief River Falls.

Shortly after changing the name to Arctic Enterprises, the new company produced snowmobiles. A few snowless winters in the early 1980s bankrupted the 20-year-old company, which closed their facilities by 1982. In 1984, Arctic Cat was reborn under a new company name, Arctco, which was changed to Arctic Cat in 1996. Today Thief River Falls has some of the state’s finest trails and parks.

Senior visitors will find Thief River Falls to be a fun place. Indoor or out, seniors can discover outstanding recreational opportunities, incredible wildlife, and a wide variety of attractions. One of the finest attractions in and around Thief River Falls is simply the Great Outdoors: kayaking, golfing, hiking, fishing and even bird watching. TRF has a casino called Seven Clans featuring a hotel indoor water park.

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 Seniors Find The Birthplace Of Snowmobiling

Thief River Falls is the birthplace of snowmobiling and is well known for its hunting opportunities. With access to more than 500 miles of groomed trails that interconnect to over 1,500 miles of trails in northwest Minnesota, Thief River Falls is a snowmobile hub with five different trails leading out of the city.

The Water Park and Pioneer Village are two prime favorites of visitors. And oh yes, hockey is right at home and is highly popular.

Seniors set your GPS for the great northwest part of Minnesota and enjoy a variety of the state’s great outdoor living. -jeb

SENIORS TRAVEL TO SAO TOME AD PRINCIPE


Seniors Get Out Your Portuguese Dictionaries

images São Tomé and Príncipe is often called just “São Tomé” for short. Senior visitors will find this African island country, whose population is 200,000, near the equator. It is part of a volcano chain featuring striking rock and coral formations, rain forests and beaches.

So, get your coffee and be welcomed to the exotic and beautiful islands of São Tomé and Principe. Like no other islands in the Atlantic Ocean, São Tomé seems to embody a kind of lush tropical paradise usually associated with the South Pacific.

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The atmosphere is pure luxury and it is an intoxicating blend of sunlight, sea, air and fantastically abundant green vegetation.

Senior Visitors Find A Jungle Preserve

The larger island, São Tomé (pop. 64,000), is popular for snorkeling in Lagoa Azul lagoon. Ôbo Natural Park, a bio-diverse jungle preserve, covers much of São Tomé and is distinguished by Pico Cão Grande, a skyscraper-like volcanic rock.

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São Tomé and Principe is Africa’s smallest state and situated in the gulf of Guinea in western Africa. The official language is Portuguese and it is spoken natively by over half of the population, but basically everyone (95%) can speak it. The other main language is called Forro, which is a Portuguese-based creole language.

Until the recent discovery of oil in the Gulf of Guinea which has had a significant impact on the country’s economy, its primary source of revenues came from its agriculture with the main crop of cocoa which still is the country’s most important crop.

Seniors Discover Hidden Gems

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TripAdvisor suggests senior visitors find two beaches, Banana Beach and Praia Jale. The Roça Belo Monte is a plantation hotel on Principe and is considered as one of the last hidden gems. The Pico Mocambo, a Cafe Bar in the center of São Tomé city, is an ancient colonial house and another gem not to be missed.

There are a surprising number of heritage buildings dating back to the colonial era. The sublime laid-back tempo is enhanced by a wealth of natural attractions: miles of perfect palm-fringed beaches, huge swathes of emerald rainforest, soaring volcanic peaks and mellow fishing villages.

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The birdlife is excellent, and endemic plants (especially orchids) are plentiful. In season, turtle- and whale-watching opportunities abound. If seniors enjoy the ocean water, the waters around São Tomé are aqua clear and rich with sea-life. Consequently, diving, fishing and boat tours provide plenty to see and do. The forests of both islands lend themselves to hiking.

Seniors are invited to enjoy the peace and quiet of a hidden treasure that is modern and enticingly inviting.  Enjoy your visit to São Tomé and Príncipe. -jeb

SUNDAY COFFEE WITH JEB


Christmas Island Is Real For Seniors

53d9d1786dec627b149d7c3d_4-christmas-island Senor travelers, Christmas Island might sound like a made-up name, but it’s actually a far-away island northwest of Australia that is famed for an incredible annual red crab migration.

Named in 1643 for the day of its discovery, Christmas Island was annexed and settlement was begun by the UK in 1888 followed by phosphate mining that began in the 1890s. The UK transferred sovereignty to Australia in 1958. Pour yourself a fresh cup of coffee and let’s head off for Christmas Island.

Almost two-thirds of the island has been declared a national park and it’s full of natural attractions. The Island is located about 1,600 miles north of Perth, Australia and 300 miles south of Java, Indonesia.5902980-3x2-940x627

Seniors Fall In Love With This Jewel

Christmas Island is called a Natural Wonder and is known as a “Jewel in the Indian Ocean.”  Senior tourists enjoy watching the annual parade of millions of the brightest red critters on earth as they swarm the beaches to mate and spawn.

The crabs  seem to be everywhere. The migration usually occurs at the beginning of the wet season, in November, December, depending on the whims of nature. It is estimated that 40 – 50 million of these bright red land crabs live in their preferred shady sites all over the island. Crabs aside, there is a plethora of things to see and do on the island.

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Seniors, if you made a list of exotic islands that you wanted to visit, Christmas Island would probably be near the bottom of your list. That is if you’d even heard of it to put it on your list in the first place.

Christmas Island? It sounds made up—like the kind of magical land dreamed into existence just to host a Disney park. But that’s far from the truth. In fact, Christmas Island is real and 63 percent of the Island is a national park which makes for great for hiking.

Seniors Find Beautiful Coral and Abundant Marine Life

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Senior visitors enjoy snorkeling or diving in the Christmas Island Marine Park, which boasts unspoiled coral and abundant marine wildlife.

Phosphate mining was the the reason for the first settlement in the 19th century and remains a major contributor to the local economy. Scenery abounds in all directions of Christmas Island and it is a haven for a relaxing get-away for folks of all ages.

Me, I’d want to tour the island on a rental scooter, said to be the best and most cost efficient way to get around the island. The Christmas Island Tourist Association provides information for senior visitors looking for restaurants and attractions. The Visitor Information Centre features a video viewing room where you can enjoy watching some of the many fascinating documentaries produced about Christmas Island.

So visit with your travel agent and make plans for an adventure to an Awesome Island that will leave you with many pleasant memories. -jeb

SUNDAY COFFEE WITH JEB: SENIOR TRAVEL IDEAS


Seniors Explore Best Places To Visit

imagesMany seniors enjoy traveling during their retirement years. Today the variety of tours is almost limitless. Senior travelers might enjoy educational tours. Culinary Tours, Art Tours, Science Tours, Foreign Language Tours, Performance Tours, College Visit Tours, Theater and Drama Tours, and Adventure Tours are among the many possibilities.

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 Daily Women Talks lists their Top 8 Destinations for Seniors starting with Niagara Falls. If you have never paid a visit to the Falls, its time. Branson is one of the most popular destinations for seniors, especially for the more active folks. Golf, museums, shopping, and shows  are some of the many activities offered by this big music town. Given the title  “Live Music Show Capital of the World”, Branson they say, is the best alternative for Las Vegas.

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The biggest advantage of being in your senior years is having tons of free time to spend traveling. Whether you are planning a solo trip, a trip with your loved one or even a family trip with your grandchildren there are many beautiful destinations around the U.S with special budget offers for seniors that you can choose from.

Group Tours For Seniors

Group Tours has a listing of their preferences for senior group tours if you prefer to travel with a group or with friends.

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 About Travel lists their top destinations for seniors. They hike up into Canada and then take off for France. France is the world’s top travel destination. France has it all – the Alps, the Normandy coast, soaring church spires and historic castles, then add in France’s excellent food and delightful wine choices.

 

About Travel has bargains all set for you with a variety of tours and sites. They list the top sites in Europe and then Australia and New Zealand.

Travel Clubs For Seniors

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Check out your own region. There are senior travel clubs that cater to singles or groups.  Clubs that offer cultural tours.  Clubs that provide discounts.  Clubs that fit just about any need or desire.

 One could go on and on with this blog, but we will draw it to a close with Home Away that takes seniors abilities and interests in mind. They note that for many seniors, retirement opens up a whole new world of possibilities. The kids are grown and on their own, and seniors are no longer tied to their jobs.

This is your chance to get away, see the world, and enjoy life with family and friends and make new friends. The world is your oyster, so why not spend your days out exploring. Start your mind wandering with these travel suggestions.  Enjoy making plans for a super vacation and perhaps view a few Senior Travel Tips prior to your departure. The choice is all yours. Enjoy. -jeb

SENIORS TRAVEL TO JAPAN


Seniors Head To Gunma To Soak In An Onsen

en-bnr-about_gunmaThis time we seniors skip over Tokyo and head northwest 100 kilometers to a region called Gunma. It is a mountainous, landlocked prefecture on Japan’s Honshu Island. Gunma is known for its hot springs and outdoor sports and is the home of the Subaru auto manufacturing plant.

The small town of Kusatsu Onsen has more than 100 hot springs (onsen), most famously Yubatake, a large pool fed by acidic water gushing down a wooden chute. Set 1,200 meters above sea level, Kusatsu Onsen is popular for skiing and hiking. Seniors, bring along a good pair of hiking boots.

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The prefecture is located at the center of the Japanese islands. The shape of the prefecture resembles a crane flapping its widely spread wings so much, that it is referred to as “Gunma Prefecture in the shape of a soaring crane.”

 Seniors Find Best Hot Springs In Japan

The hot springs are said to be the best in all of Japan. It boasts nine consecutive years as the number one spot in the Top 100 Onsen of Japan. The Kusatsu Onsen is particularly famous. Enjoy forests? Mountain forests occupy two thirds of the prefecture’s area and from the north to the west is a range of mountains and hills.

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Gunma holds the source of Tone River, which has the greatest basin area of any river in Japan. I located a Guide all in English just for our readers. For senior gourmet folks, Gunma is famous for its winter wheat products. Udon noodles from Mizusawa are considered among Japan’s best.

Search out the famous Wahei Soba-Dokoro that is tucked away on a narrow street in Kusatsu Onsen Town. It looks like a typical Soba shop, except for one thing – senior visitors can watch a chef kneading, rolling and cutting dough to make soba noodles in a windowed cubicle next to the entrance. They say the tempura is worth the stop in itself.

 Seniors Visit Japan’s Castles

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TripAdvisor suggests the Haruna Shrine along with the Fukiwarenotaki Falls. Take in a couple of Japanese castles.

Iwabitsu Castle was a hilltop style Japanese Castle on Mt Iwabitsu in Higashigatsuma Gunma Prefecture. Iwabitsu Castle was contructed by the Azuma Taro Sukefusa back in 15th century.

Then head over to Minowa Castle that is a flatland style Japanese Castle in Takasaki Gunma Prefecture. Minowa Castle was constructed in 1526 by Nagano Narimasa and covers an extensive 47 hectares. Yes, they use hectares, not acres; they drive on the other side of the road and you may find snow during the winter season.

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Abundant gardens and parks, museums and art galleries attract many visitors as well as the Arafune Cold Storage that is a historic facility associated with the silk industry, sericulture, and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2014.

It’s all here just awaiting your arrival, so plan a visit to Gunma.  -jeb

SENIORS GO TO AUSTRALIA


Melbourne Is A Must For Senior Visitors

UnknownOne of this senior’s daughters recently returned from Melbourne after spending a week there. She found it to be one of the most beautiful cities she had ever visited. Considering having been to Paris, Rome, London, Prague, Vienna and Budapest, that is quite a statement.

She had spent time in Sidney as an undergraduate studying wildlife on a University Program, so she is well acquainted with Australian city life and culture.

Melbourne, Victoria’s coastal capital, is a city of stately 19th-century buildings and tree-lined boulevards. Yet at its center is the strikingly modern Federation Square development, with plazas, bars, restaurants and cultural events along the Yarra River. Melbourne is the second most populous city in Australia and is said to be The World’s Most Liveable City

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Founded by free settlers from the British Crown colony of Van Diemen’s Land on 30 August 1835, in what was then the colony of New South Wales, it was incorporated as a Crown settlement in 1837. It was named “Melbourne” by the Governor of New South Wales, Sir Richard Bourke. It was officially declared a city by Queen Victoria in 1847, after which it became the capital of the newly founded colony of Victoria in 1851.

Seniors Enjoy Australia’s Cultural Capital

Lonely Planet notes that stylish, arty Melbourne is a city that’s both dynamic and cosmopolitan, and proud of its place as Australia’s cultural capital.  Sport is also crucial to the fabric of the town, taking on something of a religious nature. Melburnians are passionate about AFL football (‘footy’), cricket and horse racing, and also love their grand-slam tennis and Formula One car racing.

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Melbourne is an international cultural center spanning major events and festivals, drama, musicals, comedy, music, art, architecture, literature, film and television. The climate, waterfront location and nightlife make it one of the most vibrant destinations in Australia.

The city’s annual cultural events and festivals include Australia’s largest free community festival—Moomba, the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

The culture of the city is an important drawcard for tourists, of which just under two million international overnight visitors and 57.7 million domestic overnight visited during the year ending March 2014.

 Seniors Discover the Excitement and Beauty Of Melbourne

Senior visitors are invited to discover Melbourne’s secret laneways and rooftops, the cultural hub of Federation Square, buzzing bars, boutiques and eateries, and the iconic MCG. Experience St Kilda, the Royal Botanic Gardens, bohemian Brunswick Street and the nation-stopping excitement of the Spring Racing Carnival.

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Seniors are also invited to join world class events such as the Australian Grand Prix.  Take a day trip to the Mornington Peninsula or to Phillip Island for fairy penguins. TripAdvisor with over 250 attractions to enjoy places the Botanical Gardens high on their list.

Seniors, check with Qantas Airlines and your travel agent and put Melbourne on your travel bucket list. It’s on mine. -jeb

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