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Milan Blue women’s walking shoe from Therafit. Photo from Therafit.

Congratulations to baby boomer reader Anita Walker of Arlington, Texas, for her winning entry in our Win a Pair of Comfortable Shoes for Travel contest that ended February 15.

Anita is taking a cruise in June to the Greek Islands and Italy, then spending some additional time in Rome and Sorrento, Italy, after the cruise.

“I have trouble finding good, sturdy, and nice-looking shoes that can last,” she says. And she’ll need them in Greece and Italy, whether it’s combing through ancient ruins on shore excursions or taking long strolls through the Eternal City.

Therafit Shoe

The contest was sponsored by Therafit Shoe, which produces several series of comfortable, attractive, yet sturdy shoes — employing “technology built for foot pain relief” — that are ideal for traveling baby boomers.

The shoes come with arch support, a deep heel cup… Continue reading

Chinese New Year parade features the dragon dance.

Chinese New Year parades are always colorful, noisy, and popular in much of the world.

Chinese New Year (also known as Spring Festival), starts on January 25 this year and continues for 15 days.

It’s the most important festival time of the year in China — when millions of Chinese travel to their home villages and cities to be with family or friends for holiday reunions. (We can only hope the coronavirus now threatening China is safely contained and allows for such visits this year.)

This is the Year of the Rat, the first of the 12 rotating Chinese Zodiac signs. The mythological rat is said to have used his cleverness to trick his way to the top of the zodiacal order — and, though more maligned today, is considered a symbol of wealth and fertility in traditional Chinese culture. The rat also symbolizes getting a fresh start.

Chinese New… Continue reading

These women’s shoes from Therafit are specially designed for wide feet. Photo from Therafit Shoe

A comfortable pair of shoes, well broken in, is a necessity when traveling.

There’s nothing worse than discovering that, on the second day of your trip, your first day of walking around an exciting new city or pastoral countryside has left you with painful, blistered feet.

I should know — because, with age, my feet have been doing weird things. I’ve gone from a longtime size 10 shoe to a 10 1/2 and, more recently, to something like a size 10 3/4 or maybe size 10 7/8 — except nobody makes those for the mass market, to my knowledge. So I go with size 11, and sometimes those slip on my heel.

A good travel shoe also has to offer sole support and, preferably, not look too tourist-dorky. For me, that’s been a difficult combo… Continue reading

The Deluxe Veranda staterooms on Viking Ocean ships are spacious and light-filled.. Photo from Viking Cruises.

The Deluxe Veranda staterooms on Viking Ocean ships are terrific, if you can afford them. Photo from Viking Cruises.

Note: This is the first in a series of posts about how to get the best value for your cruise dollar.

Which cabin you choose can mean a difference of hundreds or even thousands of dollars in your cruise fare. Along with the general luxury level of the cruise line itself, the length of your cruise — and your ability to restrain yourself at the casino, bar, or art auction — your cabin category is likely to be the main variable in the entire cost of your cruise.

How do most cruise lines price their cabins and suites? Three general rules usually come into play:

  • The higher the deck, the higher the price of the cabin.
  • The bigger the room, the higher the price. 
  • The better the water view, the… Continue reading
The original St. Nicholas was a bishop in what is now modern-day Turkey, and is sometimes depicted with a Santa Claus beard.

The original St. Nicholas was a bishop in what is now modern-day Turkey, and is sometimes depicted with a Santa Claus beard.

 

From all of us here at clarknorton.com!

May your stockings be full and your travels be fulfilling, and please remember those in need during the holiday season and throughout the coming year.

Thanks for reading and 

With best wishes, 

Clark, Catharine, Rocky, and Jake 

 

Thanks to the hiking site Riders Trail for this informative and entertaining infographic on hiking safely with a dog.

Dogs need walking, of course, which provides exercise for both canine and human, but hiking with your dog can take the benefits of exercise to a new level, for baby boomers and younger generations alike.

Still, there are a number of considerations to keep in mind before you leash up your pet, and Riders Trail does a good job of highlighting them:

  • Making sure your dog is suitable for hiking
  • Finding dog-friendly hiking locations
  • Preparing your dog for hiking
  • Adhering to trail etiquette
  • Carrying along the right supplies
  • And dealing with potential threats

Plus, the dog pictures are downright cute. Even if you don’t have a dog, you may enjoy checking them out.

How To Safely Hike With Your Dog

NOTE: If you’d like further information on this topic, Riders Trail has a detailed print version of the… Continue reading
Christ the Redeemer Statue overlooks all of Rio from Corcovado mountain. Photo from riodejaneiro.com.

Rio de Janeiro is one port on an Oceania cruise to South America. Photo from riodejaneiro.com.

Oceania is near the top of my list of favorite cruise lines.

It features mid-sized ships, in the 600 to 1,250 passenger range, interesting itineraries covering much of the world, and terrific food — or, as their ads put it, “the finest cuisine at sea.” In my experience — which includes two Oceania Mediterranean cruises — this is no exageration.

Oceania cruises are ideal for baby boomers — the atmosphere onboard is refined and the passengers tend to be older adults.

The cruise line is rolling out two new ships, one in 2022 and another in 2025, the first two in its new 1,200-passenger Allura-Class line.

And now for the good news: Oceania is currently conducting a contest to name the 2022 ship, with a top prize of a free inaugural cruise for two… Continue reading

You may want to eat your turkey at home next year.Here are the answers to the Happy Thanksgiving Day Quiz in my most recent post.  Let me know how you did!

1.Which historical figure is most identified with Thanksgiving in America?

a. The Earl of Cranberry

b. Davy Crockett

c. The Sultan of Turkey

d. Governor William Bradford

Answer: D — Governor William Bradford of Plymouth Colony, who is said to have declared the colony’s first Thanksgiving feast in 1621.

 

2. Who  invented the green bean casserole, and when?

Dorcas Reilly's recipe has sold countless cans of mushroom soup.

Dorcas Reilly’s recipe has sold countless cans of mushroom soup.

a. Betty Crocker in 1949

b. Dorcas Reilly in 1955

c.  Fanny Farmer in 1930

d. Julia Child in 1963

Answer: B — Dorcas Reilly in 1955. Reilly was a product developer for the Campbell Soup Company, where she came up with the idea for green bean casserole, which of course uses Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup.… Continue reading

How many Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving?

How many Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving?

Yes, it’s time for another Thanksgiving Day Quiz, in which we delve into the history and mystery of this beloved and occasionally berated travel-related holiday, when most everyone in the United States either heads to Grandma’s house or Grandma flees to the buffet at Golden Corral.

Either way, there’s bound to be turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie and at least one relative who hits the sauce too much, cranberry or otherwise. It’s a quintessential American holiday, epitomized by gluttonous portions of food, football, parades, family, friends, and, of course, traffic jams and overcrowded airports.

But how much do you really know about it? Here’s the quiz, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Cranberries

Cranberries

1. Which historical figure is most identified with Thanksgiving in America?

a. The Earl of Cranberry

b. Davy Crockett

c. The Sultan of Turkey

d. Governor William… Continue reading

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According to government and private surveys:

  • Leading-edge baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1955) and seniors account for four out of every five dollars spent on luxury travel today.
  • Roughly half the consumer spending money in the U.S.--more than $2 trillion--is in the hands of leading-edge baby boomers and seniors.
  • Baby boomers (born 1946-1964) travel more than any other age group.
  • When asked what they would most like to spend their money on, baby boomers answered “travel” more than any other category, including improving their health or finances.

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