November 23, 2013 |
We had a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime experience visiting national parks in Kenya. On our 11-day safari, we visited the Serengeti (Masai Mara), Samburu, Amboseli and other parks. The wildlife is extraordinary with sightings of lions, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes and many other animals and birds. Farid of F. Kings Tours & Safaris took pains in helping us plan our trip. The arrangements at the hotels were superb. We had a private car and driver for the four of us. I would recommend F. Kings highly and thank Farid for a job well done.
November 20, 2013 |
If air travel demand continues at its current pace, many of the nation's biggest airports - including Los Angeles International Airport - will face holiday-like congestion once or twice a week within the next decade. That is the warning issued in a new study from the U.S. Travel Assn., the trade group for the nation's travel industry. The group says the nation's airports need funds to expand and modernize to alleviate airport congestion and growing passenger frustration. "The gap between the busiest travel day of the year - the Wednesday before Thanksgiving - and the average day in the rest of the year is closing fast," said Roger Dow, chief executive of the U.S. Travel Assn.
November 18, 2013 |
A woman who wants to travel but doesn't have a travel mate asked what she might do to avoid paying the singles supplement. She doesn't especially want to room with a stranger, but she doesn't want to pay the surcharge that solo travelers often are assessed either. What can she do? The On the Spot column of Nov. 10, "Opportunities Grow for Solo Travelers" ( www.lat.ms/19dEOYu ), focused on finding a travel companion or learning to make the acquaintance of strangers, whether you're paired with them by a tour company or you find them on your own. Readers had some good suggestions, as they always do. Marlene Frierson wrote: "Thank goodness for Grand Circle Travel/Overseas Travel [ www.lat.ms/1gE4iHh ]
November 17, 2013 |
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - It was just before 9 a.m. on a Monday as I stepped out of the luxurious, air-conditioned changing rooms of the Garden City Golf Club and onto the first tee. The temperature was already in the 90s and rising. But the heat didn't concern me as much as the design of this beast of a golf course. It runs 7,361 yards from the black tees, through narrow, winding fairways, between bunkers you could get lost in, with water everywhere and, finally, into huge undulating greens that look big enough to hold a game of five-a-side touch football.
November 17, 2013
The best way to Phnom Penh, Cambodia From LAX, connecting service (change of planes) to Phnom Penh is offered on Asiana, Korean, China Eastern, Malaysia, EVA and Thai. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $1,256, including taxes and fees. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 855 (country code for Cambodia) and the local number. WHERE TO PLAY Garden City Golf Club, Phum Prek Tavath, Khum Prek Tasek, Srok Russey Keo, Phnom Penh; http://www.gardencityclub.com . Greens fees for 18 holes: $70 weekday, $90 weekends.
November 17, 2013 |
For years our family made an annual pilgrimage to Yosemite, driving through the tiny town of Oakhurst, Calif., about 14 miles from the entrance to the national park. We didn't stop, unless it was at Raley's market or to say hello to the talking bear in front of Ditton Realty, which, with a push of button, would (and still will) recite "'Twas the Night Before Christmas. " But Oakhurst, as it happens, is worth more than a passing glance as you head up Highway 41. It has, in no particular order, a world-class inn, at least one superb French restaurant, some intriguing shops and what must be the largest collection of life-size, chain saw-carved wooden bears to be found, well, anywhere.
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November 15, 2013 |
It's been sitting around in Pomona for nearly 53 years, but now the beast they call Big Boy is making tracks for Wyoming. Officially known as Union Pacific steam engine No. 4014, the locomotive has been parked at the RailGiants Train Museum in Pomona since 1962, a displaced piece of the past. Now Union Pacific has reacquired the behemoth and has begun inching Big Boy No. 4014 toward mainline rail tracks that will take it to Cheyenne, where it will be rebuilt and begin life afresh as a rolling museum on steel wheels.
November 14, 2013 |
You probably aren't entitled to much flexibility from a cruise line if you cancel a trip several days before the ship sails. Unless, that is, you or a loved one has just been diagnosed with cancer, in which case you'd think a cruise line or any business would try to show a little compassion - particularly toward a steady customer. But La Quinta resident David Warlick was told to pound sand when he recently informed Norwegian Cruise Line that he and his wife would have to miss a trip to the Bahamas because his wife had been diagnosed with gallbladder cancer and was undergoing emergency surgery.
November 11, 2013 |
The Kansas City Chiefs are 9-0 and the NFL's only undefeated team. But how good are they, really? We'll know a lot more Sunday when the Chiefs play at Denver in a pivotal AFC West showdown. None of the teams the Chiefs have beaten have a winning record, but the Broncos are 8-1 and have Peyton Manning, who is in good position to win an unprecedented fifth most-valuable-player award. Manning took a physical beating in Sunday's victory at San Diego and had an MRI exam on his sore right ankle Monday, but the examination revealed no new damage.