April 15, 2012
The right to roam in Wales I was pleased to see John Flinn's excellent piece on walking the Offa's Dyke Path with Bill Bryson ["Strolling Over Hill and Dale in Wales," April 1], particularly the picture of one-eyed Llewelyn Morgan, who I have known for some 25 years. (He lost his eye, by the way, practicing the traditional craft of hedge-laying, when the hedge bit back.) At the risk of seeming picky, I'd like to clarify Flinn's reference to trespass and the right to roam.
February 26, 2012
Arizona: hits and misses Regarding "First-Rate Journeys in the 48th State," Feb. 12: I wasn't sorry that the Travel section missed the best places for Mexican food in Phoenix and Tucson. We'll keep those to ourselves. But really, how could you miss the absolutely coolest place in Arizona? The historic Weatherford Hotel in downtown Flagstaff. A family-friendly restaurant for weary travelers and a comfortable hangout with loads of local color. Great food; great bands; great, great staff.
February 5, 2012
The article "Before You Take Off" by Catharine Hamm [Jan. 29], reminded me of a trip I took last year. It's an example of a driving vacation that the 80% to 90% of Californians she mentioned as car trippers might appreciate: It was five days long, leaving from Whittier and going to Bryce Canyon in Utah. I stayed at Zion the first night. The ranger said the campground was full, but I found an empty site. After breakfast the next morning outside the park, I drove through fantastic scenery toward Bryce.
January 27, 2012 |
Exhibitors were working hard Friday to get their booths ready for the L.A. Times Travel Show, which opens to consumers Saturday. The show, open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, brings together vendors and travelers , offering information (lots of it!), speakers (Lisa Ling and Arthur Frommer on Saturday, Adam Richman on Sunday and Rick Steves both days) as well as a host of learning opportunities. Learning opportunities? Well, yes. Staff members from the Los Angeles Times will moderate and serve on panels that will tell you, among other things, how to save money on travel, will help make you a better shopper and give you inside info on how to take better photographs.
November 15, 2011 |
Too dumb to fail? A Las Vegas ultra-lounge opening in 2012 will offer guests the chance to shoot machine guns, assault rifles and famous firearms from World War II. Machine Guns Vegas will feature 16 shooting lanes. It will not serve alcohol. . . . . Legoland California's holiday celebration begins Saturday and concludes with the annual Kids' New Year's Eve Party. For more information, click here or call (760) 918-5346. . . . Mendocino County's inaugural “Festive Fortnight” will showcase lights, galleries and food , Dec. 1-14.
September 30, 2011 |
Peter Leung is working to make the world a better place, and thanks in part to Los Angeles Times readers, his resources for doing good works will go a little further. Leung, of Monterey Park, is the photographer who shot the above photo that ran on the front of the Sept. 19 Travel section and on our compilation on the website . He had taken particular care in composing this photo, arising at 5 a.m., bringing along his tripod and shooting numerous frames. When we spoke with him, he was especially excited about its publication because, he said, he was just getting ready to celebrate his 80 th birthday and his 47 th wedding anniversary.
July 31, 2011
I read Susan Spano's "So You've Seen Paris?" in the July 17 Travel section. I always enjoy her insights and observations, usually beautifully woven with history and detail that make me want to be packed and ready to go on the instant, no matter what destination she is writing about. However, I am becoming disheartened by the way Paris seems to be evolving. Japanese hot towels? Palace rooms at $1,000 a night? Or, for that matter, mats on the floor of a closet for $250 a night? Shall I stop taking French classes and plan for a six-week sojourn in the fall of 2012 in another area of the world that retains some semblance of a real community instead of what's beginning to seem like a copy of Las Vegas?