September 11, 2012 |
All cat videos are really, at their heart, a tribute to how much people love their cats, but few videos illustrate this idea as well as "Rufus Tower" -- a five-minute video uploaded Saturday to YouTube that has already received more than 200,000 views. In the beginning of the video, Australian commercial and music video director Billy Browne explains that he and his cat Rufus were just emerging from a rough patch in their relationship. Rufus had an ear infection that required Browne to put drops in his ears.
August 31, 2012 |
Six nights in castles, a rental car and round-trip airfare from L.A. to Dublin are all wrapped up in a tidy package that starts at $1,200 a person from the Aer Lingus Vacation Store . The offer is good for late fall and winter, but at this super-low price it's worth busting out a few sweaters and good boots. The deal: The Castles of Ireland package requires two travelers (double occupancy). It includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, a rental car (standard) and stays at Duboyne Castle in Meath, Kilronan Castle in Roscommon, Dromoland Castle in Clare and Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel in Dublin.
HOME & GARDEN
July 14, 2012 |
Like Charlie Sheen, I have no explanation for the things I do lately, other than they are on a whim and keep you guessing. Last week, I Dark Knighted across Newport Harbor with the equivalent of a Jet Ski on my back. Eventually I splashed down in a puddle of my own juices. Well done. This week, I am back at my Walden Pond (the Pacific Ocean), building sand castles with one of the best in the business, Greg LeBon, who has collected all sorts of awards that you didn't even know existed.
June 22, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Everyone is doing it. Symphony orchestras putting on opera, that is. The Los Angeles Philharmonic received the lion's share of national attention for its high-profile Walt Disney Concert Hall production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" last month, but the Cleveland Orchestra also presented a highly regarded concert performance of Strauss' "Salome" in May at home and in New York. On Thursday night, the San Francisco Symphony got into the act with an innovative semi-staged version, replete with immersive video, of Bartók's "Bluebeard's Castle" at Davies Symphony Hall.
June 10, 2012 |
Philip K. Dickwas an incredibly prolific author, publishing 44 novels and more than 120 short stories before his death at age 53. Here are some ways to tackle his body of work: Where to start: "The Man in the High Castle" (1962) is an alternative history in which the Axis powers have won World War II and includes a book, banned in America, that posits an alternative history in which Hitler lost. The novel won a Hugo Award and, like much of Dick's work, plays with perception and competing realities.
June 9, 2012 |
Clifford's Tower, perched atop a steep mound outside York, England, is most of what remains of York Castle, originally built by William the Conqueror in the 11 th century. Andrew Smith of Birmingham, England visited the ruins in May. As he was leaving, ominous clouds gathered overhead. "I like the way the building stands strong against the looming clouds," he said. Smith used a DMC-LX5. View past photos we've featured . To upload your own, visit our reader travel photo gallery . When you upload your photo, tell us where it was taken and when.
June 8, 2012 |
First published on Dec. 25, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012. Pity the rubes. Those wayward tourists who dawdle in their cars and tour buses along Beachwood Drive, enraging the locals as they haltingly seek that perfect Hollywood sign photo op - they know not what they do. Maybe you're not from this neighborhood either, but you have savvier Hollywood plans. They involve horse trails, hidden hotels, a magic castle, a monastery - and that's just a start. Here are 10 Hollywood micro-itineraries suitable for visitors from across town or across the planet.
May 13, 2012 |
Ask a hard-pressed mom what she wants forMother's Dayand she's apt to say she'd like a break from chores. No cleaning, shopping, cooking, volunteering, driving or organizing. Herewith, a few luxurious getaways where moms will never be asked to do any of the above. (Moms, we suggest you leave this article in a strategic location.) Carmel Valley Ranch Carmel Valley Ranch takes great pains to cater to families and adults - separately. Although it is an ideal retreat for families, it is also one of the most serene places to go with friends or partners.
April 29, 2012 |
If your destination is Bratislava, be prepared for a few questions: Is that in Eastern Europe? (No, it's in Central Europe.) Capital of Slovenia, right? (Uh, no.) Where is that? (The last question courtesy of a Customs employee at LAX.) Until recently, my schooling on all things Bratislavan occurred during a 20-minute stop on a train traveling from Prague, Czech Republic, to Budapest, Hungary, almost a decade ago. Several travelers boarded; a few disembarked. Some of them flashed passports, suggesting that we had stopped in a different country, in a major European city about which I knew … nothing.
February 13, 2012 |
Looking to take your lady love or handsome paramour for a romantic meal this Valentine's Day? White Castle is there for you. Harold and Kumar's favorite burger joint plans to offer candlelit dinners with table service Tuesday. It's just one of many quick service chains angling for a piece of the estimated $3.4 billion that will be spent on holiday dining. Most of that money usually goes to fine-dining establishments. But with many consumers still price sensitive, fast-food eateries are betting that they can siphon some of the prix-fixe crowd.