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July 21, 2013
ITALY Slide show Susan Van Allen, author of "100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go," presents a slide show and signs her new book: "Letters From Italy: Confessions, Adventures and Advice. " When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. HIKING Presentation Author David Money Harris highlights 10 of the best day and overnight hikes along the Pacific Crest Trail in Southern California.
June 24, 2012
THE BEST WAY TO ATHENS From LAX, Air France, KLM, British, Lufthansa, Alitalia, Turkish, US Airways, Delta and Swiss offer connecting service (change of plane) to Athens. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $984, including fees and taxes. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 30 (the country code for Greece) and the local number. WHERE TO STAY Monopati Rooms & Apartments . Kastro Monemvasia; 2732-061-772, . Doubles from about $88 to $107.
August 11, 2013
If you go THE BEST WAY TO BRAZIL RESORTS From LAX, Copa, US Airways, United, American, LATAM and Delta offer connecting service (change of planes) to Rio de Janeiro. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $991, including taxes and fees. U.S. citizens need a visa to enter Brazil. Skip the countless visa brokers you'll find online and go directly to the Brazilian Consulate website ( - an excellent place to test your ability to follow directions and where you can make a visa appointment as well as free yourself of that extra $160 (no cash; U.S. Postal Service money orders only)
May 19, 2012 | By Peter Delevett
SAN JOSE — Wondering where to go on vacation this year, and what to do? A growing number of "social travel" start-ups offer alternatives to the trusty, dusty guidebook. Sites like Twigmore and Triptrotting help you troll your social networks for friends who have friends in new places, then hit those people up for advice from a local's perspective — or arrange meet-ups when you get there. Another new site, Trippy, helps you keep track of all those interesting places you've come across on the Web while researching travel destinations.
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