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Your Scene: A surreal Great Barrier Reef
From The Los Angeles Times // 07.25.09
Clark Woodford of Los Angeles was about 60 miles out to sea above Australia's Great Barrier Reef when he took this shot. \"I love the view with the curvature of the Earth in the distance,\" Woodford says. He and partner, Bob Read, were on a helicopter ride between Hamilton Island and Hardy Reef, ...


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Tours and cruises in Europe, Mexico and Bhutan
Avital Binshtock // 07.25.09
SPAIN AND FRANCE On the Mediterranean See the best of provincial Europe by booking Royal Caribbean's five-night Western Europe Cruise, then hopping aboard the decked-out Navigator of the Seas. (Ice skating, anyone?) Itinerary: Málaga, Spain, to Ajaccio, Corsica, and Provence, France...


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Wine events in Santa Barbara wine country
Susan Denley // 07.25.09
For the most comprehensive information about activities in the Santa Barbara wine country, contact the at www.sbcountywines.com or (805) 688-0881. Although the association offers a great roundup, it's worth contacting your favorite wineries directly to see whether they have special events plann...


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The Lost World of Venezuela's Mt. Roraima
Reg Green // 07.24.09
Ever since my wife saw the Disney/Pixar movie \"Up,\" she's been calling me Mr. Fredricksen. He's the 78-year-old man who dreamed all his life about going to the Lost World and finally makes the trip. \"It's you,\" she says, \"including the impatience.\" But, really, I've been pretty patien...


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Planning your trip to Venezuela
Reg Green // 07.24.09
THE BEST WAY TO VENEZUELA From LAX, Continental, Delta, American, Mexicana, LACSA and Copa offer connecting service (change of plane) to Caracas. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $663. Check with your outfitter to find out about internal transportation to your jumping-off point. WHAT TO...


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Readers recommend: Exquisite dining in Santa Cruz
From The Los Angeles Times // 07.24.09
CALIFORNIA Exquisite dining While overnighting in Santa Cruz, I had dinner at the new dining room at the Bonny Doon winery. It was superb. I heartily recommend it. Bonny Doon, 328 Ingalls St., Santa Cruz; (831) 425-3625, www.bonnydoonvineyard.com Fixed-price dinners, $32. -- Dan H...


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France's Vaux le Vicomte vs. Italy's Villa Farnese
Susan Spano // 07.24.09
I spend a lot of time looking for a second home in Europe. You know -- the sort of place to spend lazy weekends and my golden years. A friend has a country house in Provence, and another escapes to a beautiful little apartment overlooking the Côte d'Azur. I have narrowed it down to two pr...


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Find the right beach resort for you
Jen Leo // 07.24.09
Myidealbeach.com is the best five-minute work distraction this side of a Mai Tai. Whether you can take a vacation or merely dream of one, get swept away to a dreamy beach resort customized just for you. What's hot: It's a quick and easy three-step questionnaire that asks your travel preference...


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Letters: Pala Casino and Kauai dining
From The Los Angeles Times // 07.24.09
Common sense is what's missing Regarding \"Pala Casino Upgrades Pay Off\" [July 12], I was amazed at what Beverly Beyette, the writer of the story, did -- or, rather, did not do -- when she was told she was being charged $200 (refundable) in case something was missing from her room. Any norma...


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Planning your trip to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Christopher Reynolds // 07.24.09
THE BEST WAY TO COEUR d'ALENE From LAX, Southwest and Alaska offer direct service (stop, no change of plane). Delta and Alaska offer connecting service (change of plane) to Spokane, Wash. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $228. Coeur d'Alene is 30 miles by car. WHERE TO STAY Co...


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