November 10, 2013 |
Ah, Paris. The food. The art. The sights. The hotel bill. It was the little matter of finding a place to stay that kept an international vacation off our radar, especially in wake of a recession that had put a king-size crimp in our international travel plans. As we discussed a European getaway, we realized that a hotel stay for my wife, Nancy, our daughter, Hannah, and me would cost us as much as our airline tickets. I had read about house exchanges, but Nancy was hesitant to let strangers into our home, despite my continuing campaign about the savings.
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October 15, 2013 |
Not long after the Dodgers revived their standing in the National League Championship Series with a 3-0 victory Monday night over the St. Louis Cardinals, a call came down from the L.A. mayor's office: Flip the switch. And just like that, the tower of Los Angeles City Hall downtown was awash in blue light, and remained so into the early morning hours Tuesday. The lighting switch doesn't happen often. Since Mayor Eric Garcetti took office, it's happened only once -- for his inauguration.
August 30, 2013 |
Patricia Engel sets her first novel in late '90s Paris, where recent college graduate Lita del Cielo arrives to take language classes for a year. It's a respite of sorts as she attempts to forestall the expectations of her Colombian immigrant parents, who arrived in the U.S. with nothing and built a Latin food empire in short order. Twenty-year-old Lita is to live in the House of Stars, a crumbling old mansion on the Left Bank. Her landlord, an elderly onetime countess named Séraphine, props herself up on a huge sleigh bed to receive visitors and dispense advice to the "well-bred debutante boarders" who have come to Paris to "study" but seem to spend most of their time in pursuit of love.
August 12, 2013 |
Where to go Christmas shopping in Paris? Travelers can spend time -- and not a fortune -- finding out with a four-night package from Adventure Vacations Inc. The La Jolla-based travel company makes the shopping trip quick and flexible. Participants fly from Los Angeles to the French capital and stay at a centrally located hotel. From there, they can visit the big department stores Galeries Lafayette and Printemps decorated for the season or shop at the Christmas Markets with traditional crafts, food and candy in little wooden booths that pop up at several locations, the largest one along the Champs Elysees . The lowest rate applies to trips before mid-December and after the first week of January.
July 30, 2013 |
Mark your calendars, sky watchers: The Perseid meteor shower is coming soon, and you don't want to miss it. The Perseids were recently declared the fireball champion of annual meteor showers by Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. Fireballs are especially bright meteors that glow at least as brightly as Jupiter or Venus in the night sky. "We have found that one meteor shower produces more fireballs than any other," Cooke...
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June 16, 2013 |
With a click of the camera pressed against her forehead, the photojournalist broke ground in a way her male colleagues never could. Two weeks later in 1953, Life magazine printed the picture she took moments after giving birth at a Los Angeles hospital. The headline read: "Mother Photographs Her Minute-Old Baby. " Helen Brush Jenkins was already well-versed in getting the shot when she decided to record her first glimpse of her first born. As a female news photographer, she had been a pioneering presence at the old Los Angeles Daily News since the early 1940s when she was hired because so many cameramen were away at war. PHOTOS: Helen Brush Jenkins | 1919 - 2013 "Her career was unique.