April 13, 2014
Vincent Bevins wrote that, "São Paulo was built by immigrants from Italy, Japan, Portugal and Lebanon, among others... " ["Culture by Day, Partying by Night," March 30]. That is quite an interesting tidbit about the place that received the majority of the slaves shipped to the Americas. I suppose they are the "among others. " John Anderson Chicago Airlines horror story We recently returned from Amman, Jordan, using Air France business class to Paris, and experienced a new level of disservice.
April 9, 2014 |
Istanbul. Turkey, beat out Rome and London as the world's top city in TripAdvisor's 2014 Travelers' Choice Destinations released this week. The city jumped to the top spot despite a corruption scandal surrounding the country's prime minister and high-profile street protests last year. In the awards released Tuesday, several Asian cities made a leap into the top 10. New York City, which was chosen the No. 1 U.S. destination, fell to No. 12 on the international list. TripAdvisor users ranked these international cities as best in the world: 2. Rome 3. London 4. Beijing 5. Prague, Czech Republic 6. Marrakech, Morocco 7. Paris 8. Hanoi 9. Siem Reap, Cambodia (gateway to Angkor Wat temple)
April 8, 2014 |
Gasoline prices may be on the rise but that is not going to keep Southern Californians homebound for spring break. Fifty-six percent of Southern California residents who were polled said they plan to take a least one leisure trip this spring, an increase of nine percentage points over last year, according to a survey by the Auto Club of Southern California. In fact, the survey found that 63% of those who are traveling say they will take two or more trips this spring, compared to 38% in 2013 and 35% in 2012.
April 7, 2014 |
Question: A reader writes that she and her husband are retired, older than 70 and want to travel. They can leave at a moment's notice, so they want to know whether they can take advantage of last-minute deals and, if so, where. (For security reasons, we are not using their names, which are unusual and could make them a target of thieves.) Answer: Travel industry providers have trained us to expect to pay a premium for last-minute travel, except when it's to their benefit, such as moving unsold inventory that will otherwise go unused.
April 6, 2014
The many joys of Claremont I have lived in Claremont for more than 30 years, and I really loved the article highlighting our town ["One Class Act," by Ryan Ritchie, March 30]. The best part about Claremont is that every time we venture to the Village for an evening out, we run into people we know. It often ends up with us having a drink with friends we had not even planned to meet - such a treat. Another great place is the Folk Music Center on Yale. It is owned by musician Ben Harper, who often does concerts in a small theater at the colleges.
April 6, 2014
ENGLAND Presentation Actress and writer Diz White will discuss how she came to write her travel humor book "Cotswolds Memoir: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage. " When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. HIKING Workshop Linda Mulally will share tips on hiking and backpacking with your dog. When, where: 7 p.m. Tuesday at the REI store in Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd.
April 6, 2014 |
Here's the latest trip-planning website that can help you craft your own guidebook. Name: http://www.BonVoyaging.com What it does: It's a Web bookmarking tool that lets you collect and store your travel itineraries, complete with maps and the ability to download and share. Cost: Free What's hot: This website has two things that will keep me coming back: its beautiful, design-friendly layout, and the ability to print out a PDF of my itinerary. I love being able to access my travel plans from my smartphone or tablet, as well as sharing with my friends on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, but I'm still a paper girl at heart.
April 6, 2014 |
Airlines in the U.S. don't have a very good reputation among travelers. Maybe those ever-multiplying passenger fees and ever-shrinking economy seats play a role in that. But American carriers can at least take solace in the news that travelers are pretty happy with airline websites. An annual customer study -- the American Customer Satisfaction Index -- found that airlines ranked near the bottom among all industries, with a rating of 69 on a scale of 1 to 100. But the same index found that airline websites got a satisfaction rating of 80. In fact, airline websites ranked slightly higher than websites for online travel businesses like Travelocity, Expedia and Priceline, which got a score of 77. The highest-rated websites were for credit unions (86)
April 4, 2014
If you go THE BEST WAY TO DUBLIN, IRELAND From LAX, United, Delta, US Airways, American, British, Lufthansa and Aer Lingus offer connecting service (change of planes) to Dublin. Restricted round-trip fares from $659 to $1,214, including taxes and fees. From Dublin, there's a direct train to Westport. The three-hour trip costs about $45 each way. WHERE TO STAY Knockranny House Hotel, Castlebar Road, Westport; 011-353-98-28600, www.knockrannyhousehotel.ie . This elegant hotel, set in a Victorian-like mansion on a hill, is nicely located near bicycle rentals for the start of a greenway ride.
April 2, 2014 |
As NASA plans to send astronauts to an asteroid or even to Mars in the coming decades -- missions that could last well beyond 30 days -- they're grappling with an ethical dilemma. How do they handle decisions on long-distance space exploration when it could expose astronauts to high or unknown health hazards? To help develop an ethical framework for venturing into this unknown territory, the space agency asked the Institute of Medicine to convene a panel of experts to offer some helpful guidelines.