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July 10, 2011 | By Dan Blackburn, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The White Mountains that straddle the California-Nevada border are known for their extreme environment. They get less than a foot of rain a year. The wind blows almost constantly, and the temperatures can dip to well below zero. Hard to imagine, then, that they're home to the oldest living things on the planet — the ancient warped and twisted bristlecone pine tree, a big draw for photographers, painters and other artists. "Whether old or young, sheltered or exposed to the wildest gales, these trees are irrepressibly and extravagantly picturesque," John Muir wrote, "offering a richer and more varied series of forms to the artist than any other species I have yet seen.
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June 2, 2012 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
First published on July 3, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012. The harbor area of southwest Los Angeles County is the closest thing we have to a blue-collar coast. It's where cruise ships call, where ton upon ton of maritime machinery hums and looms, where the Queen Mary passes its awkward retirement. A little farther west, the Pacific pounds the bluffs and pebbles of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, and 22 miles off the mainland, the island of Santa Catalina primps and sparkles for weekend admirers.
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July 3, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The safety net at LAX became significantly smaller last week when the city of Los Angeles, which operates the airport, ended a $400,000-a-year relationship with the Travelers Aid Society and absorbed the management of the volunteers who run and staff the information booths. The change, which went into effect Friday, does not substantially alter how the information program works: Red-jacketed volunteers will still assist travelers in navigating one of the nation's most daunting airports.
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July 17, 2011
VANCOUVER, CANADA Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival When, where : July 31, downtown Highlights: This exuberant street party draws more than 650,000 to see floats, dancers and musicians. Cost: Free Info: (604) 687-0955, http://www.vancouverpride.ca/vancouver-pride-parade COURTLAND, CALIF. Courtland Pear Fair When, where: July 31, Primasing and Washington avenues Highlights: Vendors sell an array of pear-infused edibles, including fries and cider.
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July 3, 2011 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel Editor
Question: On May 12 I booked three tickets on a Singapore Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Singapore for travel on July 21, returning a month later. Two days later, the fares dropped $200. When I called its customer service to ask for a refund, it said that because my flight bookings were nonrefundable, it could refund me only the difference in taxes, which worked out to $2 each. Although it is no secret that passengers pay different amounts for tickets, why would I be penalized for making a booking early?
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July 10, 2011 | By Johanna Stromqvist, Special to the Los Angeles Times
New Yorkers are always on the run. Bankers rush from Wall Street to Midtown; harried shoppers tear through the narrow streets of NoLita and SoHo. Travelers may find it hard to keep up with the pace - unless they bring their running shoes and join the race. City Running Tours has guided joggers through the Big Apple's hectic streets for five years. Clients traveling solo, in pairs or in groups can book a personalized tour. A guide will meet you at your hotel lobby, subway stop or nearest landmark, then run at your pace for the distance you choose.
NEWS
June 2, 2012 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
First published on July 3, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012. The harbor area of southwest Los Angeles County is the closest thing we have to a blue-collar coast. It's where cruise ships call, where ton upon ton of maritime machinery hums and looms, where the Queen Mary passes its awkward retirement. A little farther west, the Pacific pounds the bluffs and pebbles of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, and 22 miles off the mainland, the island of Santa Catalina primps and sparkles for weekend admirers.
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July 17, 2011 | By April Orcutt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
You may have heard of the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, or the gathering of sun worshipers to celebrate the summer solstice at Britain's Stonehenge, but Europe has plenty of other less famous but equally unusual festivals. Some date back many centuries, but others have more recent origins. Although certain festivals reflect serious local traditions and seem odd to Americans, others are just plain nuts to everyone. We've found a few to tickle your fancy and introduce you to some lesser-known cultural eccentricities of our European friends.
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July 10, 2011 | By Janis Cooke Newman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Nobody does hip like the bicyclists of San Francisco's Mission District. Weaving in and out of traffic with their Timbuk2 messenger bags slung over one shoulder, they make even a bike helmet look cool. Until recently, emulating them took a big dose of fearlessness. But now that the city has completed a spiffy new bike corridor along Valencia Street — home to some of the hippest and flattest Mission real estate — even those who require training wheels can be Mission bicyclistas for a day, including out-of-towners with rented rides.
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July 3, 2011
ECUADOR Chocoholics tour Equatortrekking's "Gourmet Journey Along the Cacao Route" follows the path of the recently released documentary "El Cacao" by visiting chocolate factories, family-owned cocoa plantations and restaurants that use it in indigenous dishes. Also included is a walking tour of Quito, Ecuador's capital. Itinerary: Guayaquil to Vinces, Hacienda Cañas, Rio Muchacho, Quito and Baños Dates: Departures July 15 and 30, Aug. 15 and 30 and Sept.
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July 17, 2011
TOURISM Presentation Author William D. Chalmers will discuss his new book, "On the Origin of the Species Homo Touristicus," and the state of authentic travel in the age of reality TV. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220 SOUTH AMERICA Slide show Mort Loveman will present "Venezuela: Exploring the Amazon and Orinoco River. " When, where: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Roxbury Park Community Center, 471 S. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills Admission, info: $1 for Beverly Hills residents; $2 for others.
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July 17, 2011 | By April Orcutt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
You may have heard of the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, or the gathering of sun worshipers to celebrate the summer solstice at Britain's Stonehenge, but Europe has plenty of other less famous but equally unusual festivals. Some date back many centuries, but others have more recent origins. Although certain festivals reflect serious local traditions and seem odd to Americans, others are just plain nuts to everyone. We've found a few to tickle your fancy and introduce you to some lesser-known cultural eccentricities of our European friends.
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July 10, 2011
A beautiful Italian getaway It's not often an article can transport me from my Tarzana kitchen to the seaside hills of Taormina, Italy, but "Oh, Go Ahead, Indulge Yourself" [July 3], by Janis Cooke Newman, did just that. What a beautifully written piece. For a moment I was able to escape and breathe in all the beauty that is Italy. Thank you for painting such a scrumptious picture … and for my mini-getaway. Janine Sharell Tarzana In your excellent survey report "Foreign Tourists' Favorite Places to Visit in the U.S.," [July 3]
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July 10, 2011
BACKPACKING FOR WOMEN Workshop Experts explain the differences between men's and women's gear, plus how to make sure you have been fitted and outfitted correctly. When, where : 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Arcadia, 214 N. Santa Anita Ave. Admission, info: Free. (626) 447-1062 FRANCE Slide show Mort Loveman will present "French Connection: Cities and Villages by Le Car" When, where: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Roxbury Park Community Center, 471 S. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills.
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July 10, 2011
SANTA PAULA Citrus Festival When, where: July 15-17, Harding Park Highlights: This annual celebration features a citrus and avocado pavilion, plus carnival rides, entertainers, a car show and craft vendors. Cost: $5; $2 for ages 10 and younger; carnival rides extra. Info: http://www.santapaulafestival.org MENLO PARK, CALIF. Connoisseurs' Marketplace When, where: July 16 and 17, Santa Cruz Avenue Highlights: This outdoor festival brings together 250 artists who sell their works and compete in a juried show.
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July 10, 2011 | By Johanna Stromqvist, Special to the Los Angeles Times
New Yorkers are always on the run. Bankers rush from Wall Street to Midtown; harried shoppers tear through the narrow streets of NoLita and SoHo. Travelers may find it hard to keep up with the pace - unless they bring their running shoes and join the race. City Running Tours has guided joggers through the Big Apple's hectic streets for five years. Clients traveling solo, in pairs or in groups can book a personalized tour. A guide will meet you at your hotel lobby, subway stop or nearest landmark, then run at your pace for the distance you choose.
TRAVEL
July 3, 2011
SOUTH AMERICA Slide show Mort Loveman will present "Brazil: Rio and Iguaçu Falls" When, where: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Roxbury Park Community Center, 471 S. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills. Admission, info: $1 for Beverly Hills residents; $2 for others. (310) 550-4761 CAMPING Workshop Unsure about cooking outdoors? Learn campsite cooking options, plus menu planning and keeping it simple. When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Rancho Cucamonga, 12218 Foothill Blvd.
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July 17, 2011
VANCOUVER, CANADA Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival When, where : July 31, downtown Highlights: This exuberant street party draws more than 650,000 to see floats, dancers and musicians. Cost: Free Info: (604) 687-0955, http://www.vancouverpride.ca/vancouver-pride-parade COURTLAND, CALIF. Courtland Pear Fair When, where: July 31, Primasing and Washington avenues Highlights: Vendors sell an array of pear-infused edibles, including fries and cider.
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July 10, 2011 | By Jane Engle, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
If you think flying is tedious, try figuring out what your flight will cost. Fees for bags and optional services, such as seat selection, extra legroom, Internet access, onboard entertainment and other choices can plump up airfares by $100 or more. And you may need radar to find the fees. "I've actually challenged airline executives to find their fees for me, and they can't find them on their own websites," said Charles Leocha, director of the Consumer Travel Alliance, an advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. Help may be on the way. Under a new federal rule dubbed "Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections," each airline would be required to list all its so-called ancillary, or optional, fees on a single Web page, linked from its home page.
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July 10, 2011 | By Dan Blackburn, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The White Mountains that straddle the California-Nevada border are known for their extreme environment. They get less than a foot of rain a year. The wind blows almost constantly, and the temperatures can dip to well below zero. Hard to imagine, then, that they're home to the oldest living things on the planet — the ancient warped and twisted bristlecone pine tree, a big draw for photographers, painters and other artists. "Whether old or young, sheltered or exposed to the wildest gales, these trees are irrepressibly and extravagantly picturesque," John Muir wrote, "offering a richer and more varied series of forms to the artist than any other species I have yet seen.
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