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April 24, 2011 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The San Fernando Valley is 260 square miles of suburbia. Actually, make that suburbia on nutritional supplements. And antidepressants. With perhaps a little cosmetic surgery south of Ventura Boulevard, where the big money is. Or maybe - now that it's grown to more than 1.7 million people in nearly three dozen cities and neighborhoods rich and poor - the Valley isn't even a suburb anymore. It begins just 10 miles northwest of Los Angeles City Hall, sprawling west to the Simi Hills, north to the Santa Susana Mountains, and east to the Verdugo and San Gabriel mountains.
January 19, 2014 | By Jen Leo
There is no question that smartphone and tablet apps can improve your travel experience - whether it's for business or pleasure - by helping to inspire, plan, organize and save time and money. The travel apps below are either new, recently launched or have made significant improvements in the last year. AFAR Media : AFAR Media (you might have heard of its AFAR travel magazine) has released a stunning travel app by the same name. Find guides, highlights and individual travel hot spots in more than 7,000 cities and towns in 239 countries that will appeal to culture seekers, foodies and wanderers alike.
December 18, 2011
If you go National Geographic Expeditions, (800) 224-1894, http://www.nationalgeographicexpeditions.comtriptypes/privatejet. Upcoming trips are Oct. 7-30, 2012, and Dec. 28, 2012-Jan. 20, 2013. The cost is $66,950, double occupancy. The 2012 trips start and end in Washington, D.C. Many around-the-world expeditions sell out. Itineraries may vary.
July 2, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - On his last day on the continent, President Obama stood at a memorial here, head bowed in silence. He watched a Marine lay a wreath in honor of victims of a 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in this city on the Indian Ocean. He made no remarks. And with that, one of his last appearances on his weeklong tour of Africa, Obama ended his trip much as it began - quietly. Obama's first tour of the continent as the first African American president was less a whirlwind swing marked by places of personal meaning and displays of political energy than a carefully planned trek to stops familiar to other U.S. presidents.
January 28, 2011 | By Benoit Lebourgeois, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Not one to add the latest gizmo to my already burdened computer I nevertheless downloaded Air France’s free Widget app, a cube that now occasionally pops up on my screen with low-fare alerts. That's how I found this deal. You need to book by Monday to take advantage of it. The deal: Use the "WINTER925" coupon code to knock 10% off Air France fares that you book on the airline’s website . The code works on round-trip and multi-destination itineraries in Voyageur (economy)
December 19, 2010
WINTER PARK, COLO. Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks When, where: Dec. 24, Winter Park Resort Highlights: A procession of torch-bearing skiers heralds Christmas, followed by Santa and his helpers and a lights and fireworks display. An interdenominational service concludes the evening. Cost: Free Info: (970) 726-1564, CARLSBAD, N.M. Christmas on the Pecos When, where: Through Dec. 31, Pecos River Village Highlights: A holiday river cruise showcases illuminated decorations along the river banks.
May 5, 2012 | By Ken Bensinger, Los Angeles Times
There are frequent fliers, and then there are people like Steven Rothstein and Jacques Vroom. Both men bought tickets that gave them unlimited first-class travel for life on American Airlines. It was almost like owning a fleet of private jets. Passes in hand, Rothstein and Vroom flew for business. They flew for pleasure. They flew just because they liked being on planes. They bypassed long lines, booked backup itineraries in case the weather turned, and never worried about cancellation fees.
March 12, 1998 | LAURIE SCHENDEN
Grammy winner Paula Cole wonders "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" Here are some suggestions in the greater Los Angeles area: Friday Night Pull on your boots and strap on the biggest belt buckle you can find and get in some yee-ha's at the Crazy Horse Steakhouse and Saloon, continually voted one of the best country clubs in the country. Dance to the house band Night Riders from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. A $5 cover is charged 8 p.m.-midnight.
Gargoyles never seem to go out of style. Ancient Egyptians and Greeks placed animal-headed statues and masks of the deities on building rooftops. In Medieval Europe, they were more functional-as waterspouts, or downspout covers. It's those odd, grotesque and comically scary gargoyles that continue to pop up in 21st century design.
Somehow Sunland in the San Fernando Valley escaped the rampant development that permeates the Los Angeles area. Settled in 1885 by the Little Landers Colony, a socialist utopian community of people who sought a self-sufficient lifestyle and raised their own crops and animals, Sunland is nestled against the San Gabriel Mountains away from the bustle of Los Angeles. The Sunland stretch of Foothill Boulevard was built in 1921 and widened in 1937.
April 24, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Who doesn't want to descend into a chocolate haze for two weeks in Europe 's most historic chocolate-producing cities? Lovers of the sweet stuff can immerse themselves in chocolate factories, hand-crafted chocolate tastings and sweet sightseeing tours in Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, France and the Netherlands. The Great European Chocolate Tour in November is organized by Nevada-based Posh Journeys , which limits the group size to 14 participants. First stop is Holland, specifically Rotterdam Harbor, which once handled incoming cocoa to disperse to markets worldwide, and a 19th century chocolate factory that's has been turned into a museum.
April 7, 2013 | By Jen Leo
If, which connects travelers looking for a place to stay with those offering to share their home, and, which finds and books tours and travel experiences, had a baby, Tripzaar would be their bright and smiley first-born. Name: What it does: The website is an online database of friendly hosts who want to give travelers a local's tour of their town, for a price. View and book a trip itinerary complete with a local resident guide before you step off the plane.
March 25, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Prince Harry is heading back to the United States, but this time Las Vegas doesn't seem to be on the itinerary. His visit last summer made headlines not for any charity work, as he might this time, but for nude photos that were taken during an alleged game of strip billiards in Sin City. This time, the British prince will be focusing on his royal duties, including seeing to his charities and making military visits during his May 9 to 15 trip. PHOTOS: Kate Middleton through the years He'll be competing in a polo match in Greenwich, Conn., to benefit his Sentebale charity that he co-founded with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho.
February 17, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: I'm planning to take my first cruise - a seven-day Alaska voyage. I'm an Auto Club member and am wondering whether there are advantages to booking the cruise through the Auto Club instead of directly through the cruise line. Skip Pedigo Huntington Beach Answer: If you're hoping for an unbiased answer, you'll not find it from me. I would rather poke myself in the eye with a sharp stick than book a cruise without a travel agent. Indeed, I have never booked a cruise, of the dozen or so I've taken, without an agent.
September 19, 2012 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
The space shuttle Endeavour circled Earth 4,671 times in its 25 missions to space. But its final loop on Friday will present something somewhat alien to the spacecraft: the Los Angeles commuter. Perched atop a modified Boeing 747, the orbiter will circle Southern California on Friday morning before landing at Los Angeles International Airport midday. The shuttle will fly 1,500 feet over several area landmarks, including the Getty Center, Griffith Observatory and Universal Studios.
September 8, 2012 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
Before the space shuttle Endeavour glides into retirement at the California Science Center, the spacecraft will take one last spin in the air, flying over a good chunk of California. NASA released new details Friday of low-level photo-op flyovers Endeavour will make before its scheduled Sept. 20 landing at Los Angeles International Airport. That morning, Endeavour will leave Edwards Air Force Base atop its 747 transport aircraft and head north to the Bay Area. There, the shuttle will fly as low as 1,500 feet near NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field and unspecified landmarks in multiple cities, including San Francisco and Sacramento.
July 15, 2012 | By Jen Leo, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A mobile trip itinerary planner popular with business travelers. Name: WorldMate Available for: Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad and Windows Phone. What it does: WorldMate helps you plan, book and manage your trips. You'll be notified of delays and cancellations, you get a currency converter, a tip calculator, weather reports and info on local restaurants, businesses and more. Cost: Free; $9.99 to upgrade to Gold. What's hot: The iPhone is just now getting the cool hotel booking feature that WorldMate's Android app has. (The iPad will have to wait until the next update.)
July 15, 2012 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
If all of California had been created by a romance novelist, it would probably look like Santa Barbara -- whitewashed walls, red-tile roofs, gentle slopes, lapping waves, swaying fronds, stately churches and private estates suitable for Oprah, Rob Lowe and the crowned heads of Europe. Alas, most of California was built with only limited romance-novelist input. So Santa Barbara stands apart, its seaside location and Spanish Colonial glamour luring legions of weekend tourists and wintering gazillionaires.
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