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June 12, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
L.A.'s gain is Toronto's loss. The highly vaunted Stanley Cup usually lives in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Ontario's capital city. But what has to be the world's best-traveled trophy hits the road each year to go on tour with members of the National Hockey League champs. On Monday night, the 34.5-pound cup was handed to the L.A. Kings for the first time. The Stanley Cup has been used as a baptismal font in Sweden, appeared at a strip club in Canada and attended numerous parties and events around the world.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014 | By Jason La
Archie Tucker photographed a group of sightseeing monks as they stopped for a few photos of their own in front of the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. He took this photo in July 2013 using a Nikon D7000. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
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TRAVEL
April 24, 2011
WHERE TO STAY Beverly Garland's Holiday Inn, 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood 91602; (818) 980-8000 or (800) 238-3759, http://www.beverlygarland.com . It has 255 rooms on seven acres with heated pool, two tennis courts. Rates usually $162-$180, less if you pay up front. Hilton Los Angeles/ Universal City, 555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City 91608; (818) 506-2500, http://bit.ly/16yCzG. It has 483 rooms; standard doubles usually $165-$250 — but check specials, which go as low as $235 a night for room and two Universal Studios passes.
TRAVEL
January 24, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds
It's good to be reminded that Sacramento isn't just a consumer of our tax dollars and a dispenser of red tape. It's also a real place with real seasons - daunting heat in summer, golden leaves in fall, chill winds in winter, rampant green renewal in spring. My family and I spent a weekend in November, when fall foliage was still draping Capitol Park (between L and N and 10th and 15th streets) with gravitas. I found J Street livelier than I remembered from a few years before. My wife and daughter liked the wooden sidewalks and Old West flourishes of Old Sacramento.
TRAVEL
October 4, 1992
In the Sept. 20 story, "Denver Blends Old and New Wests," the "mile high" altitude in Denver should have been mentioned. While touring the city, we wondered why we were puffing, nauseated, dizzy and downright uncomfortable. Tourists need to be acclimated slowly before going sightseeing, especially when coming from Southern California, which is at sea level. DONALDA and HARRY ALDER Garden Grove
TRAVEL
March 5, 2000
About 24 million overseas visitors* come to the U.S. each year. Here's what they do here: Shopping.....................89% Dining in restaurants........83% Sightseeing in cities........45% Visiting amusement parks.....33% Visiting historical places...33% Visiting small towns.........30% Water sports/sunbathing......26% Touring the countryside......24% Visiting national parks......21% Visiting art museums.........
NEWS
June 18, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Going on a package tour of Europe doesn't have to mean boarding a bus and enduring a jam-packed sightseeing schedule. Brendan Vacations offers what it calls "locally hosted" independent trips that include English-speaking guides and train travel between each city. The company's seven-day tour of Berlin, Prague and Vienna, for example, offers some down time along with guided sightseeing. On this trip, you spend two or three nights in each city and may start in either direction (Berlin to Vienna or vice versa)
TRAVEL
April 6, 1986
My husband and I thought your readers should know that we followed a recommendation last summer from Jerry Hulse's Travel Tips, and we found the vacation suggestion to be everything, and more, that the tip said it would be. Both of us had always wanted to learn to sail, yet we wanted to visit Scandinavia too. We found the perfect solution for our goals in Gunnar's Sailing School of Ljungskile, Sweden. For one happy week last August we sailed around the islands off the west coast of Sweden, learning how to sail and enjoying the scenery and the company of people from around the world.
TRAVEL
September 15, 1985
We recently drove around Europe for nine weeks in a VW Golf leased from Europe by Car. While we covered 5,600 miles of delightful sightseeing, we had no problems except in Salzburg, Austria. After parking on a Saturday morning we returned to find our car gone. The police said, "Ab geschlept" (towed away), because parking is not allowed on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., something they said Salzburgers know but not foreigners. So 2,103 schillings (about $100) and three hours later we got our car back.
NEWS
February 1, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
"Valentine's Day" and "sightseeing tour" probably shouldn't be uttered in the same sentence. But I like the pace and low cost of this night-time spin around New York City . The Highline, the Statue of L i berty and the top of 30 Rock as well as dinner in Little Italy are all part of the tour for $79 a person. The deal: The five-hour Night on the Town Tour from Gray Line New York takes $10 off each ticket by buying online rather than at a ticket booth or elsewhere.
TRAVEL
December 14, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
We just returned from a two-week tour of northern Vietnam, with the itinerary planned by Win An Tours. It featured a mixture of biking, hiking and kayaking; traveling was by boat, train and bus. Every detail was planned yet flexible. We visited a national park, the Sapa region (the "roof" of Indochina) and the Ha Long Bay area. Our guides were helpful, knowledgeable and entertaining. Win An Tours, Hanoi, Vietnam; http://www.winantours.com Kaaren Page San Diego
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
For 90 minutes Monday, City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, accompanied by Los Angeles street services officials and a scrum of TV cameras, informed Hollywood tour bus operators that they can no longer sell tickets from sidewalk kiosks. The mood seemed to be one of disbelief. "I never thought this day would come," said "Melrose" Larry Green, who sells tickets for Openbustours.com outside a T-shirt shop on Hollywood Boulevard. "We have to make a living, and this will make it tougher.
NEWS
September 12, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Bas Brummans believes in taking an "inner and outer journey" when you travel. The life coach and professional photographer based in Amsterdam offers small group tours - two to three people - for eight days in the Dutch city, Paris and France's Loire Valley. The idea is to use the personal coaching sessions to develop a life path during stops on the tour , i.e., visiting spiritual places in Utrecht, Delft or Den Haag in the Netherlands or sampling wines at Chinon in the Loire Valley. Brummans says via email that "travel is a powerful catalyst for new awareness.
NEWS
July 9, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Barry Klein wants you to knit something fantastic -- and see the world. The knitting expert, author and owner of Trendsetter Yarns in Van Nuys will lead cruises to the Caribbean and Europe next year for those who like to mix their passion for yarn and needles with travel. "There's a community of people who love this as an art form," says Klein, who learned to needlepoint and knit starting at age 5. During the cruises, Klein meets daily with knitters to discuss the latest yarns, current fashions and techniques, such as how to take measurements so your hand-made items fit. The top knitting nation?
HEALTH
May 11, 2013 | Roy Wallack, Gear
"How do I make this old bike go faster?" That refrain, heard frequently among the teeming masses riding from downtown to the beach in last month's CicLAvia and sure to be repeated again at the next one on June 23, has one obvious answer (work out more, dude) and three not-so-obvious ones: Oil the chain, adjust the seat to the proper height (so there's a slight bend in your knee at the bottom of the pedal stroke) and get some "clip-in" cycling shoes and pedals. Snapped into matching pedals via a step-in cleat you attach to a port on the bottom, clip-in shoes include a stiff sole and the ability to pull up as well as push down, thereby providing a huge mechanical advantage that transfers more of your energy into the crank.
NEWS
June 18, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Going on a package tour of Europe doesn't have to mean boarding a bus and enduring a jam-packed sightseeing schedule. Brendan Vacations offers what it calls "locally hosted" independent trips that include English-speaking guides and train travel between each city. The company's seven-day tour of Berlin, Prague and Vienna, for example, offers some down time along with guided sightseeing. On this trip, you spend two or three nights in each city and may start in either direction (Berlin to Vienna or vice versa)
TRAVEL
September 20, 2009 | Avital Binshtock
BERMUDA Healthy habits Get cooking and get healthy onboard Norwegian Cruise Line's seven-day "Cooking Light Cruise" on the Norwegian Dawn. The magazine's experts lead cooking demonstrations and seminars, fitness activities, wine tastings and cocktail receptions. Itinerary: New York City to Bermuda and back Dates: Oct. 4 to 11 Price: From $880 double occupancy. Includes all Cooking Light activities but not port charges of $165, taxes of $146 and mandatory gratuities of $84. A $250 deposit is due within a week of booking.
TRAVEL
July 23, 2006
BACK in 1997, you published my letter titled "The Price Was Right" regarding a medical emergency in Bilbao, Spain, after I got severe food poisoning. In my letter, I extolled the virtues of socialized medicine in that country. This month, while visiting the island of Flores in the Azores, Portugal, I tripped on the sidewalk. At a clinic, I was immediately attended to by a doctor and two nurses, who gave me four stitches. They also X-rayed the elbow to ensure no break. That care, plus two follow-up visits to change the bandage, cost $26. At those prices, it might be more cost-effective to buy an airline ticket to either Spain or Portugal to obtain medical treatment and have lots of fun sightseeing as well.
NEWS
June 12, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
L.A.'s gain is Toronto's loss. The highly vaunted Stanley Cup usually lives in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Ontario's capital city. But what has to be the world's best-traveled trophy hits the road each year to go on tour with members of the National Hockey League champs. On Monday night, the 34.5-pound cup was handed to the L.A. Kings for the first time. The Stanley Cup has been used as a baptismal font in Sweden, appeared at a strip club in Canada and attended numerous parties and events around the world.
NEWS
February 1, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
"Valentine's Day" and "sightseeing tour" probably shouldn't be uttered in the same sentence. But I like the pace and low cost of this night-time spin around New York City . The Highline, the Statue of L i berty and the top of 30 Rock as well as dinner in Little Italy are all part of the tour for $79 a person. The deal: The five-hour Night on the Town Tour from Gray Line New York takes $10 off each ticket by buying online rather than at a ticket booth or elsewhere.
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