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Golf Maui at Wailea Golf Club
Michael Castello // 09.07.09
The Hawaiian Islands have been described as paradise and considered one of the most isolated area on the planet. The Wailea golf course is paradise for the avid golfer and one of the newest courses on Maui. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., it is a par-72. Ocean views are abundant and a double holed green shared by holes 10 and 17 make for interesting play. read more
 

Slide and video presentation on Ecuador
From The Los Angeles Times // 08.15.09
ECUADOR Presentation Using slides and video, veteran traveler Marilyn Murphy will present her experiences in Ecuador, including Quito, the Northern Highlands and the Galapagos. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 56 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to...


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Your Scene: A touch of blue on the Emerald Isle
From The Los Angeles Times // 08.14.09
Hallie Masler of Westwood snapped this gull last month as they both sailed Alaska's Inside Passage. \"The clouds lent an eerie light to the open vistas while the sea gulls delighted in swooping all around our ship,\" Masler says. \"I just stood out on deck and clicked away, ending up with this pe...


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Cruise lines' siren song: Big bargains
Si Liberman // 08.14.09
Buffeted by recessionary winds and swine flu fears, cruise lines are trying to entice passengers with prices and perks rarely seen in recent years: discounts off brochure prices of 70% or more, stateroom upgrades and hundreds of dollars in shipboard credits. And the cuts are in a range of cruise ...


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Medieval hill towns of Provence manage to maintain their charms
Susan Spano // 08.14.09
Some people say it served Peter Mayle right when a fan tracked him down in Provence and walked into his sitting room uninvited. The English writer's books -- \"A Year in Provence\" (1991), \"Toujours Provence\" (1992), \"Encore Provence\" (2000) and \"Provence A-Z\" (2006) -- turned the village o...


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San Francisco Ferry Building a waterfront foodie heaven
Christopher Reynolds // 08.14.09
Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles TimesThe Ferry Building sits along the Embarcadero at the foot of Market Street. Once a busy hub for San Francisco commuters arriving by ferry from across the bay, the landmark nowadays teems with foodies hungry for all things organic, artisanal and upscale. Mor...


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Massachusetts' Garden in the Woods as a 45-acre haven for native plants
Susan Spano // 08.14.09
Trillium, goldenstar, five spot, wild bleeding heart. They sound like the ingredients for a magic potion. Actually, they are what I found blooming at the New England Wild Flower Society's Garden in the Woods near Framingham, about 20 miles west of Boston. The 45-acre preserve is no...


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Mexico City offers tourists free health insurance
From The Los Angeles Times // 08.14.09
1 Mexico Officials in Mexico City hope to lure skittish tourists with unusual bait: free health insurance. Under a new program, tourists who stay in participating hotels in the city are eligible for free coverage for emergency medical care, hospital stays, prescription drugs and ambulance serv...


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Planning your trip to Massachusetts
Susan Spano // 08.14.09
NEW ENGLAND WILD FLOWER SOCIETY'S GARDEN IN THE WOODS 180 Hemenway Road, a few miles north of Framingham, Mass.; (508) 877-7630, www.newenglandwild.org. It is open April 15 to Oct. 31; admission, $8. WHERE TO STAY Longfellow's Wayside Inn, 72 Wayside Inn Road, Sudbury, Mass.; (800) 33...


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Visiting homes of American literary giants
Alex Deuben // 08.14.09
In New England, history is as thick as the soil. Of special note are the homes and estates of the nation's greatest writers. For many of us, visiting these homes helps keep the literature alive. Here is a sampling of what the region has to offer. Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House 399 Lexing...


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