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]
July 3, 2011
BIG BEAR Big Bear Paddlefest When, where: July 9 and 10, Meadow Park Highlights: This annual event celebrates kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding. Events include clinics for beginner and advanced rowers, boat and board demos, sports exhibits, kayak and canoe races and a kids' fun paddle. Cost: Adult racers $45; clinics $25; kids race free Info: http://www.bigbearpaddlefest.com INCLINE VILLAGE, NEV. Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival When, where: July 15 to Aug. 21, Sand Harbor State Park Highlights: Take in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" on Tahoe's shore.
July 10, 2011 |
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.