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Readers recommend: Cooking tours in Italy
From The Los Angeles Times // 08.14.09
ITALY Appetizing trip Tania Pascuzzi organizes cooking tours in gorgeous Tropea. We cooked in a country home, rolling pasta, grilling fish and sampling wines. Italy Tours, Tropea, 12 Piazza Raponzoli, Tropea; 011-39-09-6361-952, www.initalytours.com. One-day cooking class, $215. -...


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Letters: Little people, big moment
From The Los Angeles Times // 08.14.09
Little people, big moment \"Off to See the Wizard,\" by Jay Jones [Aug. 9], was fantastic. He referred to Jerry Maren, one of the surviving Munchkins. My son and I were privileged to meet Jerry and his wife in July 2005. He told us \"Judy [Garland] made it a point every morning prior to filmin...


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Get L.A. advice on Travelin' Local
Jen Leo // 08.14.09
Travelin' Local welcomes tourists to the Southland and gives a guided tour complete with good-quality photos, walking maps and budget-conscious attractions for families as well as independent travelers. What's hot: Hyperlocal blogs are all the rage, so I've had my eye on Travelin' Local for a...


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Planning your trip to San Francisco
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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Poipu a picture perfect island vacation
Gary A. Warner // 08.12.09
POIPU, Hawaii -- Poipu is postcard perfect Hawaii, guaranteed. Or as closed to it as you can get in the real world. The resort strip on the southern end of Kauai is an as-advertised version of a island vacation -- endless sun, great beaches, good food, maybe some golf or snorkeling. Days filled w...


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Travel Web sites: What's the difference?
Ellen Creager // 08.12.09
A traveler booking a night at the Ft. Wayne Marriott hotel on Aug. 19-20 may get a surprise when checking prices online. There are only two possible prices. Expedia, Orbitz, Priceline, Travelocity and Cheaptickets.com uniformly quote $149 before taxes. Hotels.com, Lastminute.com and Ma...


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Seven great spots and one favorite snack to get you through Hong Kong
Vivian Yan // 08.12.09
HONG KONG -- I grew up hearing stories about Hong Kong. My parents lived there until they were teens, before moving to America. I knew that before a typhoon, cockroaches flew like mad in the skies. I knew that you could toss coins down to a street vendor and they would throw up a snack to your ap...


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Grand Rapids: A relaxed urban getaway
Phil Vettel // 08.12.09
I'm sitting with my wife on the fringe of Rosa Parks Circle as a multiracial band blasts bluesy tunes for a small but very receptive crowd--it's like a Dave Matthews concert in miniature--and it occurs to me that, for the slightly stressed, this western Michigan town represents the ideal urban ge...


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The other side of the road
Rick Steves // 08.12.09
Driving in the British Isles is wonderful -- once you remember to stay on the left and after you've mastered the roundabouts. But be warned: Every year I get some emails from traveling readers advising me that, for them, trying to drive in Great Britain and Ireland was a nerve-wracking and reg...


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News from around the world
From The Associated Press // 08.12.09
Gov't asking why airline passengers were stranded WASHINGTON -- The overnight stranding of 47 airline passengers on an airport tarmac in Minnesota has grabbed the attention of the Obama administration and Congress. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the department's general counsel is...


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