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Read your way around the world this holiday season

Read your way around the world this holiday season

If you are looking for a book for that traveler on your gift list or something special for yourself, here are my picks:

Wowed by metal monsters and flowers

Wowed by metal monsters and flowers

You can always count on the Anza Borrego Desert to deliver surprises, and we weren’t disappointed on a recent visit.In late October, we drove over the mountains to see some of the 131 Sky Art sculptures that inhabit the acres around the town of Borrego Springs. We expected to be wowed by these metal monsters, […]

Renaissance in Barrio Logan

Renaissance in Barrio Logan

Artist and community activist Salvador Roberto Torres stands in Chicano Park, a southeast San Diego neighborhood, surrounded by some of the massive murals he painted more than 40 years ago.

Goods and gadgets that make your travel easier

Goods and gadgets that make your travel easier

In the constant pursuit of goods and gadgets that make travel easier and more fun, here are products I’ve discovered for you or your favorite gadabout:

  Gifts and gadgets to help with your holiday listIf you need practical and clever gifts and gadgets for the gadabouts on your holiday list, here are some ideas that both veteran and novice travelers will love.• Touted for their antioxidant properties (said to help protect against cell damage), aroniaberries (often called chokeberries) now come […]

Birds and paradise in Palm Desert

Guests call her the Bird Lady, but her real name is Linda Whittington and she loves her job at the Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Desert. The animal care specialist and aviary expert has charge of the health and welfare of the hotel’s bird and fish collection. You can meet Whittington almost […]

Holiday gifts to give your favorite traveler

Since we have officially entered the holiday shopping season, here are a few good reads for the travelers on your list. Whether you live in California or like to visit, you’ll love perusing “Greetings from California: Legends, Landmarks & Lore of the Golden State” (Voyageur Press).This oversized hardcover (but small by coffee-table standards) is a […]

Two-lane road serves as gateway to memorial

Unlike the crystal clear, warm September day on which United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into the Pennsylvania countryside, today borders on biting cold. Heavy dark clouds hover and the wind cuts right through us as leave the car and walk toward the flight path of the hijacked airliner, one of four that terrorists brought down […]

Former cowboy nightclub now favored by tourists

Lex Chamberlain looks pretty much like you’d expect with a name like that: Tall and lanky, a shock of gray hair escaping from his black cowboy hat. His jeans are worn, and he wears a huge turquoise and silver horse that pulls together his bolo tie. Chamberlain is a fourth-generation Utah Mormon who inherited his […]

These products can help make traveling a lot easier

As a travel writer, I’m occasionally asked to evaluate products for travelers, and I’ve found some great gadgets for gadabouts among the latest group. Katie Grove of Columbus, Ohio, got tired of hassling with her winter coat on her frequent trips to New York City and came up with this solution — the Abrigo Bag. […]

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