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San Francisco Getting Hello Kitty Jet Service (But Los Angeles is Losing It)

There are special boarding passes and baggage stickers, Hello Kitty crew uniforms, and the seats are transformed into Hello Kitty with headrest covers and pillows. Meal service features utensilves, cups, and napkins that are Hello Kitty. The lavatories are stocked with themed toilet paper. Continue reading San Francisco Getting Hello Kitty Jet Service (But Los Angeles is Losing It)...
Tags: Advice


6 Cities That Deserve Another Chance

Travel isn’t always rainbows and puppies. Sometimes bad things happen and sometimes we visit places that we don’t like. I know, I know, there’s something good to be found everywhere; except when you don’t want to find it. Usually when I don’t like a new city or destination it’s because I was in a bad mood or something rubbed me the wrong way. I’m a fairly temperamental person and when I decide I don’t like something, I tend to never deviate from that idea. So in a spirit of reconciliation, I be...
Tags: Travel, Milan, London, La, Toronto, Los Angeles, Canada, Italy, Sydney, Athens, Vancouver, Melbourne, Montreal, Florence, Southern California, Top Travel Tips


How JetBlue Putting Someone on a Flight 90 Minutes Later Cost the Airline $2500

I was approached by someone recently about a fascinating interaction with JetBlue, and I thought this was worth sharing here. I suppose the moral of the story is that if you think you’ve been wronged and the airline isn’t owning up to their side of things, you could consider small claims court. It’s their fault if they can’t bother to show up. But be warned: this doesn’t sound like a typical outcome. Our story begins last October when a man who we’ll call Rigoberto (no reason, I just like ...
Tags: Travel, New York, California, La, Los Angeles, Jetblue, Rigoberto, New York s JFK


Cheap flights April

By April, your New Year’s resolution is pretty much shot, right? You made it to Valentine’s Day and cutting carbs still didn’t land you a date, so once St. Paddy’s rolled around it was time to drink all those carbs back in the form of green beer. It’s cool, but now that you’re not so worried about counting calories, it’s time to go all in and stuff yourself with tacos, moles, chiles, guacamole, and all the other stuff you’d been depriving yourself of all year. Lucky for you and your newfound ...
Tags: Travel, Sacramento, America, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Dallas, Buffalo, Cheap Flights, Latin America, Trinidad And Tobago, Skyscanner, Monterrey, Southern California, All, San Francisco California, Buffalo New York


"'Poppy Apocalypse': Small California city overrun by thousands of tourists declares 'public safety crisis.'"

WaPo reports.Officials in Lake Elsinore, Calif., located just over an hour southeast of Los Angeles, announced Sunday that they had closed off access to their famed California golden poppy fields after “Disneyland size crowds” inundated the city of about 66,000 over the weekend, straining resources and creating a “public safety crisis.”"This weekend has been unbearable,” the city said in Sunday’s announcement, which was shared across social media platforms. “We will evaluate all options next wee...
Tags: Travel, Law, California, Poetry, Los Angeles, Disneyland, William Blake, Flowers, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Lake Elsinore Calif, Wild Flower Hold Infinity


Cranky on the Web: Hidden City Ticketing Can Get You in Trouble

If you’re going to miss your flight, call the airline. Immediately. And be nice – Los Angeles TimesI got further into the discussion about hidden city ticketing for this one, including what happens if you miss a flight in your itinerary.
Tags: Travel, Los Angeles, Customer Service, Cranky on the Web


Norwegian Cruise Line free cruise

To celebrate the North American launch of its new ship Norwegian Joy in May 2019, as well as Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10, 2019), Norwegian Cruise Line giving away free cruises to 15 educators and their plus ones in the US and Canada via its Giving Joy campaign. If you know any exceptional teachers, nominate them before April 12 on the Norwegian website. Teachers can also nominate themselves. Once the nominations are in, anyone can vote for their favorite teacher. In addition to the se...
Tags: Cruises, Travel, US, Los Angeles, Canada, Alaska, Miami, West Coast, Panama Canal, Seattle, All, Norwegian Cruise Line, Mexican Riviera, Cruise line, Andy Stuart


Where to Stay in Los Angeles

The second most populous city in the United States, after New York City, Los Angeles is the unofficial capital city of the West Coast. Claimed by the Spanish in 1542 but not settled until the late 18th century, Los Angeles passed into American hands just over 170 years ago and grew exponentially from then onwards.
Tags: Travel, California, Hotels, Los-angeles, United States, West Coast, New York City Los Angeles


Nikkei cuisine and where to find it

“Nikkei” just sounds like a word people are going to use wrong. You can almost hear a half dozen people sitting around a violet-lit table in some SoHo hotspot asking stuff like, “Is the octopus tonight Nikkei? Perhaps you could go back and ask the chef.” While the waiter looks on confused another chimes in, “Kylie ONLY eats Nikkei now. It’s like sushi, but lower-carb.” “And, like, all the fish has to be flown in from Peru,” says another. “And they mix it with six different kinds of pomegranat...
Tags: Travel, Japan, London, Nikkei, US, Toronto, America, Los Angeles, Washington Dc, Peru, Miami, Lima, Crossfit, Martini, Best Restaurants, All


Millions of butterflies migrating

Seeing one butterfly is enough to make us giddy, so the swarms of millions of painted lady butterflies currently flying at speeds of 25 mph from southeastern California to the Pacific Northwest and Canada for the spring season are just blowing our minds. The painted ladies are cousins to the monarch butterfly, and are colored orange, white, and black. The population explosion this spring is due to the heavy rainfalls in the desert of northern Mexico and southeastern California and the flower ...
Tags: Travel, California, Mexico, Los Angeles, Canada, UC Davis, Flowers, Pacific Northwest, Los Angeles Times, All, Shapiro, Arthur Shapiro, Department of Evolution and Ecology


Best pie shops in the United States

March 14 is Pi Day . In the numerical format that Americans list dates where the month is first followed by the day, it’s 3/14, or 3.14, which are the first three numbers in pi. For people not currently taking a high school math class or in a math-oriented career, that’s about the extent of common knowledge about pi. Pie, on the other hand, is something we can celebrate on Pi Day as well as every other day. That extra “e” turns a conversation about a math equation into a conversation about a d...
Tags: Travel, Google, New York, Kentucky, La, New York City, Los Angeles, United States, Nashville, Pie, Bg, Dessert, Denver, All, Savannah, Brad


Lyft giving away free rides in March

For Women’s History Month , Lyft is honoring the contributions of women in a big way. The ride-sharing company will be offering free rides up to $10 to locations associated with women’s history, such as monuments, museums, and female-owned businesses throughout the month of March. Each rider can only use the free ride once, however, and to very specific locations. The promotion is available in 37 cities across the US and Canada, and each city has its own unique discount code which needs to b...
Tags: Travel, Lyft, Minneapolis, Boston, New York City, US, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Chicago, Canada, Hawaii, Washington Dc, New Jersey, San Diego, Dallas, Miami


Hawaii for Lovers

Hawaii is calling. For many Americans this is their one big, lifetime, bucket-listed dream destination.   Being a US state- the language, transportation, currency and in large part- the culture is similar to the mainland. Plus, its relatively close: Hawaii is a mere 190 million inches away for Los Angeles.  That math translates to a simple 6 hour flight to paradise.  Recently Southwest airlines announced that they will begin service to Honolulu.  The starting price you ask?  $49 (one way,...
Tags: Travel, US, Los Angeles, Alaska, Hawaii, Island, Pearl Harbor, Islands, Destinations, Lanai, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, Southwest, Honolulu, Oahu


Best family trips in South America

Perhaps you hadn’t been thinking of South America as a family travel destination. The huge continent is actually a fantastic place to explore with the kids — full of otherworldly landscapes, sand dunes, dinosaur sites, sky-high cable cars, national parks, and super beaches. For parents with an adventurous streak, there’s no better place to bring the family. From Ecuador down to Uruguay, here are some of our favorite places. Ecuador Photo: Stephanie Frias If Ecuador isn’t on your bucket li...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Europe, Usa, Colorado, California, US, Los Angeles, Atlantic, Chile, Beverly Hills, Brazil, Argentina, Patagonia, Peru, South America


How to fly with legal marijuana

Navigating the web of marijuana laws in the US is tricky — even in the states that allow recreational cannabis. Things get even more complicated when you’re traveling to and from a legal recreational state by plane. Federal agencies have authority in airports once you pass security — including in states with legal recreational and medical marijuana. Which means that within a span of minutes you can take weed from a place where law enforcement is cannabis friendly in pre-security, to where law...
Tags: Travel, California, Boston, Marijuana, US, America, Los Angeles, Cannabis, Portland, Tsa, Las Vegas, Nevada, Sfo, Usa Today, Seattle, Orange County


Stay Boutique & BLLA Broke Barriers at LA Conference

Los Angeles - Stay Boutique Live - THE TRIFECTA 2019 proved to be the ultimate authority on all things boutique at its annual conference held at Magic [email protected] Reef in downtown Los Angeles on February 11-13th attended by more than 290. The thought-provoking two and a half-day conference brought out the biggest movers and shakers in the flourishing community that continues to break barriers in the most inclusive industry of our time, the boutique industry, announced June 2018 by BLLA.
Tags: Travel, Los Angeles, Magic [email protected] Reef, LA Conference


Winter rains bring perfect spring hiking to post-wildfire Southern California

If you're an urban hiker planning a trip to Los Angeles, your timing is just right — above-average winter precipitation has set the region up for what could be an especially memorable wildflower season.
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, News, Life, Los Angeles, Southern California


Reading the Tea Leaves: Southwest Starts Selling Tickets to Hawai’i

It has been anticipated for years, and as of yesterday, Southwest has finally started selling tickets for its first Hawai’i flights. Even though this is only the beginning of the airline’s service rollout, there is a lot we can glean from this. Flying Soon > Flying Profitably It took Southwest a long time to get all the government approvals, but it was only about a week ago that the final sign-off came through. Some airlines might have looked at that and said, “Ok, summer is hi...
Tags: Travel, California, US, Los Angeles, Alaska, San Jose, Oakland, Baltimore, Rockies, Southwest, Hawai, Honolulu, Kona, Kahului Maui, Andrew Watterson, Kahului


A family guide to skiing Mammoth

Family ski trip to Mammoth Lakes: Everything you need to know The Mammoth Lakes overview Before you go On the mountain Off-mountain activities Mammoth Lakes local guide Images by Scott Sporleder #wedge-0 { background-image: url('https://d36tnp772eyphs.cloudfront.net/blogs/1/2019/01/Scott-Sporleder-Mammoth-Snowboard-24-of-32-1-560x420.jpg') }@media(min-width:560px){ #wedge-0 { background-image: url('https://d36tnp772eyphs.cloudfront.net/blogs/1/2019/01/Scott-Sporleder-Mammoth-Snowb...
Tags: Travel, California, US, Los Angeles, Starbucks, States, Snowboarding, Orange County, Pacific, Sierra, Reno, United Airlines, Family Travel, Travel With Kids, All, Winter Travel


Week 13: Selfies, Art and Natural Beauty of LA

Once again on our morning of departure from LA we did a quick about face and change of plans. We wanted to go to Death Valley, but after a few phone calls to reserve an RV campsite we realized it was not the best decision. Everything was booked out as it’s peak season now. Death Valley is not an ideal summer destination. We also learned there are a few road closures thanks to weather destruction. So there is a fair bit of work going on AND gold mining, which meant the chances of us getting accom...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Asia, Usa, Hollywood, Instagram, California, La, Los Angeles, Ireland, Katy Perry, Korea, Las Vegas, Warner Bros, Cher, Jack


Weekly Roundup, Friday 1 March 2019

A section of the brightly colored houses and shops facing out to the harbor in the lovely little town of Tobermory, on the Isle of Mull. We’ll spend two nights here on the Scotland’s Highland Highlights tour in September. Good morningAnother week with a disrupted review – the product I was testing abjectly failed at the thing it was primarily intended for.  To be fair, I have to give the manufacturer a chance to respond – maybe it is a bad unit, for example.However, there’s lot we do have this w...
Tags: Travel, Google, South Korea, Spacex, Elon Musk, Scotland, Russia, Miscellaneous, Cars, Los Angeles, Newsletter, Tech, Tesla, Nasa, Earth, David


Does Rolls-Royce Really Want to Make Jet Engines?

The “uncontained failure” of a Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine on a Qantas A380 almost caused the plane to crash.  Subsequently all A380s with these engines had to be grounded while modifications were made. Coming from an English-heritage country (New Zealand), Rolls-Royce has always been a brand with special magic to me, and to most other people of English extraction.In decades now well past, the name Rolls-Royce was the sine qua non of highest quality, highest reliability, ultra-prestigious motor...
Tags: Travel, UK, Science, Ge, France, Miscellaneous, US, Los Angeles, Tech, Vw, Current Affairs, Sydney, New Zealand, Qantas, Airbus, Bmw


Best bridges in the United States

Bridges seem to captivate people more than any other structures, not only as engineering marvels that connect previously separated areas but also as local icons that become unmistakable parts of a city. They’re places to relax, places to hone your photography skills, and sometimes places to beat your head against the steering wheel when stuck in traffic. But they always bring a sense of wonder and a little bit of closeness to the water. So it’s no wonder that bridges are among the most photog...
Tags: All, Bridge, Bridges, Iconic Bridges, Prettiest Bridges, US bridges


The Vampires play the Byron Theatre, Friday 15 March

The Vampires release their sixth studio album Pacifica and will be touring Australia in March, playing the Byron Theatre Friday 15 March. Two years on from their highly praised work The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke, The Vampires return with a new offering: Pacifica. The Vampires are trailblazers for a new generation of creative jazz talent from Australia, having gained critical attention worldwide by pushing the genre into new realms. Creating a distinctive sound that is undoubtedly their own, th...
Tags: Travel, UK, News, Australia, Los Angeles, Culture, Pacifica, Byron Bay, Lionel Loueke, Lampedusa Italy, Jeremy Rose, Jonson Street, Alex Boneham, Nick Garbett, US Downbeat, Alex Masso


A Canadian in Australia thirty days. The start

After a 33 hour trip total time including a 15 hour leg from Los Angeles to Melbourne from Fredericton. NB Canada I finally arrived in Melbourne. Was not a good start to my trip since my luggage did not make one of the legs. It came today. I left C
Tags: Travel, Australia, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Fredericton NB Canada


Amtrak stuck for 36 hours in Oregon

An Amtrak train stranded for 36 hours, with 183 people on board, has finally returned to Eugene, Oregon. But not without its fair share of hardship. While the train was en route to Los Angeles on Sunday, it hit a tree that had fallen onto the tracks and was rendered inoperable. Heavy snowfall covering the tracks further complicated matters, turning the ride into a 36-hour ordeal. Tim McMahan, a spokesperson for Union Pacific Railroad, told CNN that the train ceased working in Oakridge, Orego...
Tags: Travel, Oregon, Los Angeles, Cnn, Agatha Christie, Amtrak, Coo, All, Eugene, Oakridge, Union Pacific Railroad, Scot Naparstek, Tim McMahan, Oakridge Oregon, Rebekah Dodson, Amtrak Crash


Delta Pushes to End Its Narita Hub, But Others Have a Different Plan

Next year, another round of slots at Tokyo’s close-in Haneda airport opens up, and the battle to procure them has begun. American, Delta, Hawaiian, and United have all staked their claims with some looking to gain more than others. This isn’t a transformative change for any of the airlines except for Delta. If Delta gets what it wants, it should mean the end of its Narita operation entirely. I’m sure I don’t need to remind you why Haneda is so much more desirable than Narita, but, well, of...
Tags: Travel, Japan, La, Singapore, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Delta, Dallas, Tokyo, Las Vegas, United, American, Japan Airlines, Ana, Honolulu


Week 12 of our RV Road Trip: Learning to Love Los Angeles

Sometimes you have to visit a place a second or third time before you can appreciate it. I think it’s because we change so much. Through those changes we see the world through eyes that have different values and interests. My opinion of Los Angeles has always been that it’s overrated. If I HAVE to pass through here, I head straight for the South Bay Beaches of Manhattan Beach and Hemosa Beach as I have had a liking for the local feel down there. But the rest of LA, no thanks! Manhattan Beach, ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Facebook, Usa, New York, Hollywood, Beyonce, Instagram, Australia, California, Jay Z, La, US, Los Angeles, Chicago, Sydney


Rare snowfall in Western US

Notoriously dry parts of the US are getting a rare treat this week as a winter storm is bringing snow to desert areas like Joshua Tree National Park and Las Vegas, as well as parts of Los Angeles. Just outside LA, snow dusted large areas of the desert and caused traffic delays near Joshua Tree National Park. In Vegas, the National Weather Service reported the first significant snowfall in a decade, with 0.8 inches falling at McCarran International Airport. Since the region isn’t used to s...
Tags: Travel, California, La, US, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Snow Storm, Winter Storm, All, Phoenix, Western US, Joshua Tree National Park, Flagstaff Arizona, McCarran International Airport, McCarran Airport, Las Vegas LA


Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 February 2019

Enjoy the good life in the beautiful towns and villages of France’s Loire Valley this September. See details below. Good morningThere’s more craziness this week than I can remember for a long while, and much of it gleefully commented on in the last couple of items below.I prepared a review of a fun little gadget that I’d got prior to Christmas, and was going to present it to you this morning.  But I checked and could no longer find the gadget on Amazon, or on the official supplier website either...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Europe, England, London, California, France, Scotland, Trains, Miscellaneous, US, Samsung, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Newsletter



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