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Rhapsody “In Bruges”—A Fan of the Film Visits the City

Posted on 03/20/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

TravelYou know how the Disney parks have rides that let you re-live great moments from movies like The Little Mermaid and Snow White? And how at Universal you can “ride” Jurassic Park and the Harry Potter films? Well, if one of your favorite films is the cult classic In Bruges—and it’s one of mine, for sure—then a visit to the Belgian city of Bruges is a lot like hopping on an In Bruges theme park ride. Join the discussion: Going …

Cotacachi, Ecuador: Paradise at the End of the Rainbow

Posted on 03/14/2013 by |Retiring Overseas | Comments

TravelOn a hill above Cotacachi, at a bend in the road overlooking an impossibly green valley, someone has painted a sign on a post. It says “Dios esta aqui.” God is here. No matter what your religious beliefs, this place makes you believe in a higher power. This is the Andes, where magical things happen. And this is where I live. On the day of the summer solstice, not one… but two… rainbows appeared in the sky, one above the …

Group Travel: The Pros and Cons

Posted on 01/9/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelWhen I think of group travel, the first thing that comes to my mind is a busload of silver-haired matriarchs headed to Branson, Missouri.  You know, crowded buses, truckstop restroom breaks, and quite likely a fair amount of snoring. Furthermore, the idea that this baby boomer traveler would consider any form of group travel for an international trip was simply out of the question.  I’m far too independent, would prefer to have my own schedule, I love to experience world …

Videoblog: “Riding” Classic Movies at Walt Disney World’s New Fantasyland

Posted on 12/28/2012 by |Movies & TV | Comments

Travel  The truly revolutionary concept behind Disneyland was Walt Disney’s desire to immerse visitors in his classic films. That’s why the great Snow White, Mr. Toad and Peter Pan rides were among the first ones he planned. Even the landmark Matterhorn Bobsleds ride was designed after a Disney live-action film, Third Man on the Mountain. So it’s nice to see that in designing New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World the company’s Imagineers haven’t forgotten Walt’s original inspiration. There’s a new …

How to Survive Busy Airports During the Christmas Season

Posted on 12/20/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelTis the season for chaos, conniption fits, and cancellations in our nation’s airports. To help you arrive at your destination with your sanity intact, here are a few holiday travel tips to follow: Arrive at the airport earlier than normal.  Seriously. A great deal of the stress found at our nation’s airports during very busy times is caused by late travelers.  The airports are certain to be busy, and arriving an hour earlier than normal is certain to alleviate the potential of …

How to Protect Yourself From Pickpockets When Traveling

Posted on 12/5/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelFor baby boomer travelers, there is no better way to have your dream vacation ruined than having your wallet, purse, passport, or credit cards stolen. We know this from personal experience, as Carol had her purse stolen a few years ago when we were visiting Rome.  Inside the purse was her passport, wallet filled with cash and credit cards, and other valuables and goodies that women like to keep in their purses. We spent nearly three hours in an Italian …