October 21, 1990 |
The Seine rarely dances in Paris. Surrounded by city, unconnected to nature, it's a sullen, dark river, industrially trafficked and plowed to an incessant tourist highway. A green river; sometimes, a gray-blue shade like steel, along a high corridor of stone. Only as the Seine approaches suburban precincts does the river's lively brasher color, the silver of sunlight played on water, return.
HOME & GARDEN
July 22, 2004 |
By day, Frederic Lazare of Bourgeois Boheme is surrounded by 19th and early 20th century French antiques. By night, he's surrounded by ostrich eggs and a power drill. Lazare designed the ostrich egg chandelier shown here with Boheme co-owner Tim Norr. Lazare has the bronze bases cast at a local foundry, then gilds them himself. He drills each of the chandelier's 12 ostrich eggs, purchased online, then fits them over the light fixtures. The final effect? Midcentury modern meets Modigliani.
February 19, 2012 |
"Don't go there," a well-traveled friend said when I mentioned my plans to visit Capri, a sunny island off southern Italy. Why? "You're not going to want to come home," he said. I laughed. My friend, a know-it-all author, loves to give advice. I didn't need it; I already knew I would fall in love with Capri. It's been one of Europe's favorite island getaway for more than 2,000 years, enthralling a cast of characters ranging from Roman emperors to 21st century luminaries and A-listers.
July 1, 1990 |
"Touring England" (Questar Video Communications, 65 minutes, 1989). This is a well-photographed, well-narrated, traditional travelogue that visits many of the myriad tourist attractions of England, plus a few in Wales. What makes this video different is the inclusion of film clips of 20th-Century news events that are associated with some of the historic sights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1987 |
The most stunning agricultural turnabout of the 20th Century has quietly taken place in China since the beginning of the 1980s. With 800 million of its 1 billion people engaged in farming--one out of every three agriculturalists on the planet--China has almost totally decollectivized its agriculture, creating a nation of small family farmers. It is a change fraught with consequences, both for China and for the global contest between authoritarianism and democracy.
February 17, 1991 |
The American Medical Assn. has endorsed walking as one of the best forms of exercise for older Americans, and British Coastal Trails is one of several firms specializing in Great Britain walking tours that are designed to appeal to the mature traveler.
February 6, 1995 |
In opening a window to the traditional music of Spain, the quartet La Musgana rightly shifts the focus away from the flamenco guitar. Instead, the group interprets and presents songs of the Castellan countryside using such traditional instruments as the gaita charra y tamboril (pipe and tabor), zanfona (hurdy-gurdy) and zamora bagpipes and a variety of percussive instruments. The members add a contemporary flavor to the mix by also playing the bass and clarinet.
September 11, 1988 |
It is a crisp morning and the sun is shining. In these woods along the Swiss-French border, the air is scented with pine. I am drifting slowly back in time. My inner clock, recently of jet speed, is nearly forgotten. Moving from one place to another is now by foot, horse or Gypsy wagon. La Belle, a roan filly, is saddled and tied to the back of the wagon, waiting for our morning ride.
January 21, 2001 |
Historian Bob Feldman will escort a 15-day tour to Tibet and South China May 27 to June 10. The tour visits Chengdu, Lhasa, Gyantse, Zhigatse, Kunming, Guilin and Guangzhou (Canton). Feldman, a professor emeritus at Cal State Fullerton, will lecture and lead discussions on Tibetan history, culture and current affairs. The tour is limited to 20 people. The program begins in Chengdu to see the Wolong Nature Reserve, home to the giant panda.
June 24, 1990 |
You may not cover much ground when you tour Europe by foot, but there's no better way to get a wonderfully intimate look at the countryside. When you have laboriously climbed the twisting path of a long hill, its image is burned into memory: every rock you stumbled over, every flower you stopped to sniff. Six years ago, my wife and I signed up with a tour company for what turned out to be an exceptional adventure in Italy.