June 10, 2001
Please don't liken Krakow, Poland, to Prague, Czech Republic ("Poland's New Crowd Pleaser," May 20). We had read similar articles stating this, and it led us to a disappointing weeklong stay in Krakow last September. After being leveled by Mongols in the 13th century, Krakow's center was rebuilt on a grid. The wonderful mazelike quality of Prague's old town does not exist there. The Wawel, lovely as it is, sits on only a slight mound next to the Vistula River. No comparison can be made to the dramatic scale, views and prominence of Prague's castle.
October 14, 1987
Los Angeles Times travel editor Jerry Hulse received the Insignia of the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, the highest award the French government bestows, at ceremonies on Monday evening at the French Consulate in Beverly Hills. The Legion of Honor, awarded by President Francois Mitterrand and presented to Hulse by French Minister of Tourism Jean-Jacques Descamps, was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 and recognizes individuals who contribute to France's renown.
July 9, 1989
Unfortunately, your Travel Editor Jerry Hulse was accurate when he described this city's problems. Most of us who live here year-round do not want Palm Springs turned into a Coney Island or a race track with streets lined with T-shirt shops. The question we have is whether a city of the '90s needs a mayor of the '60s. The quote from Mayor Sonny Bono, "I am a tourist attraction," explains part of the city's problem. Sonny Bono is a celebrity in his own mind who has used the city's highest office to promote himself.
October 23, 1988
Laughter and fun are the greatest tonics known to man, and for nearly 50 years Bob Hope has been delivering his own special elixir to servicemen stationed far from home. In this issue of Traveling in Style, Hope recounts a few of the close calls he has experienced and shares humorous recollections of his countless miles of traveling. Incidentally, the quips in the drawing by Alphonse Normandia that accompanies his story are all authentic Hope-isms.
January 25, 2000 |
Michael Alford, who took people out of their complacency and sent them off to see the world with his innovative low-budget Unitours Club Universe, has died. He was 78. Alford, who built a two-man operation into one of the world's largest travel organizations and helped fuel explosive growth in worldwide travel, died Jan. 16 in Laguna Niguel, where he lived. In 1958, shortly after his arrival from Europe, Alford set out to create, cajole and capture the as yet untapped low-budget travel market.
March 9, 1986 |
The initials B&B as shorthand for homey inns offering bed and breakfast to a handful of guests may not be as venerable as the same initials designating the French liqueur, but B&Bs are well enough established across the country--even in the Southland--to begin taking their licks, such as was administered last month by Times Travel Editor Jerry Hulse: " . . .
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November 30, 2003 |
Christopher B. Hemmeter, who transformed Hawaii tourism in the 1980s with his development of lavish mega-resorts but lost most of his fortune in the 1990s when he gambled on a grandiose but ill-fated New Orleans casino project, died Thursday at his Brentwood home. He was 64. The causes of death were Parkinson's disease and liver cancer, said his son Mark. Hemmeter's name became synonymous with opulence when he opened several "destination resorts" in Hawaii in the 1980s.
March 12, 2006 |
FOR AGES, there seemed to be nothing in Rome between expensive luxury hotels, such as the Hassler at the top of the Spanish Steps, and the dirt-cheap pensions around unlovely Termini railway station. But in 2000, when the Eternal City prepared for an influx of pilgrims celebrating the Roman Catholic Church Jubilee, the municipal tourism agency tried to better categorize and promote lodgings offered by religious institutions and encouraged Romans to open bed-and-breakfasts.
September 26, 1999 |
"City of the soul" is how the poet Byron described the Italian capital, which he celebrated in "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage." For many, this is what it remains today, a spiritual home. Next year, as the Catholic Church celebrates the 2,000th anniversary of the birth of Jesus with a grand Jubilee year--the 26th in a series of Holy Years decreed by popes since 1300--Rome is expected to host 30 million visitors.