March 18, 2012
ITALY Presentation Learn about the cultural and culinary treasures of Italy's lesser known central regions of Abruzzo, Le Marche and Umbria. When, where : 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. MT. WHITNEY Workshop Experts will cover the basics of preparing for Mt. Whitney, including physical conditioning and gear, strategies to cope with high altitude and alternate routes to the top. When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI stores in Manhattan Beach, 1800 Rosecrans Ave., Suite E; and Northridge, 18605 Devonshire St.; 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Huntington Beach, 7777 Edinger Ave. Admission, info: Free.
May 22, 2011
American Eden From Monticello to Central Park to Our Backyards: What Our Gardens Tell Us About Who We Are Wade Graham Harper: $35 How the American identity and its contradictions — democratic ideals and aristocratic pretensions — are reflected in our gardens, from Jefferson's Monticello to Martha Stewart's Turkey Hill. (now available) Among Giants A Life With Whales Charles "Flip" Nicklin University of Chicago Press: $40 The gentle beasts in the depths of the ocean receive their fair share in this visually stunning tribute.
February 27, 2011 |
Gulliver traveled. Look where it got him: lashed to the land by little people. Columbus, big traveler, right? Underestimated the circumference of the Earth and died thinking he'd found India. Sure, you can come up with justifications for never leaving the splendid safety of your office chair. Truth is, travel makes us better in many ways: better employees, better buddies, better mates. So, no, in these tough times, you probably don't feel the need to spend the money. But here's why we all should escape somewhere anyway: The anticipation Pros: A vacation begins the second you start to plan it. A study last year found that travelers' moods improved eight weeks before the actual vacation started.
December 19, 2010 |
As parents struggle to find just the right gift for their children this holiday season, let me make a suggestion: I'd give the gift of independence. In this age of "helicopter parenting" ? our unceasing hovering over our children ? it's not always easy to instill in them the joy of independence and its corollary, self-reliance. Do we really want them to leave us behind and embark on some other journey, separate from our care? Yes. I'm not suggesting dropping a teenager in the middle of the Gobi Desert and wishing him good luck (more on that in a minute)
August 14, 2012 |
Pitch of the week (and it's only Tuesday): “The team at Trippy , the social travel site and app, created a 'Fifty Shades of Grey' travel board and I thought you might be interested in checking it out.” The board features locations included in the popular book “as well as some ideas for where a real-life Christian and Ana might visit. “ Click here for details . . . . The next Olympics will be in Sochi, on the Black Sea in eastern Russia, in 2014. For ticket information, click here . . . . Bad news for late-summer car trips: The national average for a gallon of gas at the pump has climbed to $3.67, a rise of 34 cents since July 1. An increase in crude oil prices and problems with refineries and pipelines in the West Coast and Midwest, including a fire in California, are mostly to blame . . . . The Nevada Wild Fest, with over 35 large format carnival rides and the world's largest sling-shot, heads to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Oct. 25-28 . . . . LAX has announced nature-themed exhibitions by Southern California artists in Terminal 1 , near baggage claim and near Gate 1 . . . . The Port of Hueneme holds its inaugural Banana Festival Sept 29, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 105 E. Port Hueneme Road.
May 9, 2012 |
Seventy percent of beaches on Maui, Kauai and Oahu are going through long-term erosion , the U.S. Geological Survey says in a study released this week . . . . The average hotel room rate in central London for the Olympic period this summer: $341 a night . . . . Happy 100th birthday to the Beverly Hills Hotel , which celebrates the milestone Saturday . . . . . Newport's Balboa Bay Club & Resort is hosting its ninth annual celebration...
March 21, 2013 |
When actress Kate Walsh, star of ABC's "Private Practice," was not playing neonatal surgeon Dr. Addison Montgomery, she was quite the traveler. Now that the show has finished its sixth and final season, Walsh is taking some time to travel the world. Walsh traveled a lot when she was younger with her brothers and sisters, camping and going up and down the coast of California or Mexico . She's been on a helicopter ride in Belize and a belly-dancing African safari. She chatted with us about her favorite destinations, where she's off to next and her travel-friendly Boyfriend fragrance line . How long have you been traveling?
March 5, 2009 |
Broadcom Corp. co-founder Henry T. Nicholas III will be able to ditch his electronic monitoring bracelet and travel freely throughout the U.S. while awaiting trial on criminal charges, a federal judge ruled. U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Nakazato granted Nicholas' request Monday but said the billionaire former executive would have to consent to random drug testing and obtain advance approval from court officials to travel outside Southern California. Nicholas, free on $3.