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May 12, 2013
SICILY Presentation Warner LeMenager will discuss his travels from Trapani to Messina by way of the southern and eastern parts of the island. When, where : 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. EUROPE Workshop Veteran travelers will offer tips on budget travel to Europe by rail, including Eurail passes, classes of service and overnight and high-speed trains. When, where: 10 a.m. Saturday at the Hostelling International Travel Store, 1434 2nd St., Santa Monica.
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.
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.
November 13, 2011
I appreciated "Not on Board" by Catharine Hamm [On the Spot, Nov. 6] about smartcard credit cards. I am one of those European Union travelers who wrote letters to credit card companies. At best, not having a smartcard is awkward for travelers from the U.S. At worst, it is dangerous being caught in a foreign country with no cash. I travel to the EU a few times a year for extended stays. The situation is getting worse. More and more, places are shaking their fingers at my American Express, and ATMs are accepting European Union cards.
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