Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Sights to See: Penguin Colonies near Punta Arenas, Patagonia, Chile

Penguin Colonies near Punta Arenas
at Seno Otway  43 mi. NE.  This colony of Magellan Penguins (also know as Jackass penguins) has approximately 3,000 members.  Reached via dirt roads, it is accessible only from September to March, and is best November through February. 

at Isla Magdalena  20 mi. NW.  The Magellan Penguins here are more timid, but there are more than 120,000 of them.  Reached via ferry, it is a pleasant half-day afternoon excursion. 

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Travel Articles: Santa Clarita, California

SANTA CLARITA, CALIFORNIA Cowboy Festival
Whether or not you were raised on cowboys like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, you’ve probably heard of them.  What you might not realize is that these rough, tough, gun-totin’ guys loved to sing in the saddle.  It’s an old cowboy tradition, as is spouting straight-shooting, and sometimes downright silly, poetry.
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Friday, July 26, 2013

Sights to See: Punta Arenas, Patagonia, Chile

PUNTA ARENAS is situated picturesquely at the western edge of Patagonia, across the Strait of Magellan from Tierra del Fuego.  The southernmost city in South America, it was named "Punta Arenosa" (Sandy Point) by J. Byron who discovered it in the 17th century.  It was settled as a penal colony in 1848, then attracted immigrants and became one of South America’s most prosperous cities.  That changed when the Panama Canal was built in 1914.  The weather is unpredictable, and I’ve heard people say you can experience four seasons in one day.  Residents counteract the long, gray winters by painting their roofs and houses in bright colors.  It is a popular departure port for Antarctic expeditions. Pack hiking shoes and a windbreaker jacket to wear over layered clothing.  It can get chilly in Chile. 

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Travel Articles: Bermuda

BERMUDA:  Something for Everyone in Island Paradise
Looking for a good night's sleep?  Instead of buying that new mattress you've been thinking about, perhaps you should instead sock the money into a vacation at the deluxe Cambridge Beaches resort in Bermuda.  You'll fall asleep to the song of singing frogs, awaken to a cheery call of "Room service," then dine on your balcony to the sounds of the sea lapping below while you stare out at the blue, blue sea.  Perhaps if you stay here long enough, you might be able to develop a healthy sleep habit that translates to your bed at home. Read more. . .

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Things to Do: Kier Design & Gift Garden Antiques, Pacific Palisades, California

Kier Design  15260 Antioch St., (310) 459-0980.  This tiny shop is stuffed with a mixture of home decorating accents and antiques that lean to the beachy.  Everything from a dinner plate-sized dried starfish to a silver candelabra.

Gift Garden Antiques  15266 Antioch St., (310) 459-4114.  M-Sat 10-6, Sun 11-5.  Next door, this shop has a browse-worthy collection of silver, china, and crystal.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Things to Do: Number One Beauty Center, Santa Monica, California

Number One Beauty Center  1426 Montana Ave. #3, (310) 656-2455.  My hands-down favorite beauty shop anywhere, this small store is stocked with everything to make you look gorgeous.  They seem to carry it all, from a variety of shower caps to the most luxurious body creams, and items in between such as wide-tooth combs, hair clips, and nail polish.  You name it, they usually have it, plus the clerks are knowledgeable and helpful.  And the stars shop here--keep your eyes peeled!

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Things to Do: UCLA Thrift Shop, Westwood, California

UCLA Thrift Shop  1601 Sawtelle Blvd./Massachusetts Ave., 310-479-4133.  Daily 10-5.  Operated as a charity for the UCLA Medical Center, this small thrift store stocks designer clothing, large pieces of furniture, and bargain books.  An annex (across the street at 11271 Massachusetts Ave., (310) 478-1793) contains a nice selection of children’s clothing and toys plus household linens and accessories.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Things to Do: Olde Town Antiques, Oakland, Oregon

A scenic back-country loop leads past cows munching contentedly on the bounty of the area’s lush, green rolling hills, and on into the low-key, old-time town of Oakland featuring a small museum and brick buildings dating to the 1890s.  You’ll cross a one-lane concrete bridge on this freeway loop. 

Olde Town Antiques  110 SE Locust St., (541) 459-1479.  M-Sat 11-4, Sun 12-4.  Five dealers operate within an atmospheric former tavern featuring three brick walls, a very high ceiling, and the original black bar.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Good Eats: Casa Nostra, Pacific Palisades, California

Casa Nostra  1515 Palisades Dr., off Sunset, (310) 454-8889.  L-D daily; $$.  Reservations advised.  Tucked away in a canyon in the Santa Monica mountains, this Italian spot provides a spectacular view of the hills from its parking lot and a satisfactory view from the front of its extensive sheltered patio.  The large and open indoor dining room is pleasant, too.  The menu features many usual items, including pizza, but it is worthwhile to note that the ravioli, pappardelle, and gnocchi are housemade and delish.  My dining partner and I s
plit a colorful bruschetta plate piled high with colorful diced tomatoes, a satisfying chopped vegetable salad, and a perfect order of pumpkin-stuffed ravioli in a sage butter sauce.  We left stuffed, and happy, too. 

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Sights to See: Palisades Park and Camera Obscura, Santa Monica, California

Palisades Park  Runs from Colorado Ave. to San Vicente Blvd., north of the pier.  This long, narrow, cliff-top park features expanses of grass, sheltering shade trees, and ocean views.  It is a popular jogging-biking-skating-walking path.   
     The Camera Obscura is accessed through the Senior Center (1450 Ocean Ave., (310) 458-2239.  M-F 9-3, Sat 11-4.  Free.).  Camera obscuras are thought to date back to at least ancient Greece and maybe before.  It is believed that Renaissance painters--perhaps even Leonardo Da Vinci--might have used one to project live images onto their canvases.  In Victorian times, the cameras were a popular seaside attraction in both the U.S. and Europe.  To see the one here, situated within an 1889
building that is adjacent to the Santa Monica senior center, you need only deposit your driver's license at the office in trade for a key to the very dark room the camera resides in at the top of some stairs.  There you will turn a wheel in the center of the small room to steer the lens and mirror located in the turret above, which will then project an image from outside onto a large white disk.  We saw the traffic on Ocean Avenue, some strollers in Palisades Park, and got a glimpse of the ocean.  Built in 1898 and given to the city in 1907, this camera was installed here in 1955.  I was able to find only three other camera obscuras in the U.S. that are open to the public--all in San Francisco:  one by the Cliff House and two at the Exploratorium.

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Good Eats: Huckleberry Café, Santa Monica, California

updated July 17, 2015

Huckleberry Café  1014 Wilshire Blvd., (310) 451-2311.  M-F 8-8, Sat-Sun 8-5; $$.  No reservations.  A good spot for casual dining, light meals, and people watching, this bakery-cafe is well known for its delicious breads and pastries--muffins, Valrhona chocolate-stuffed croissants, cinnamon rolls, cakes, pies.

dessert case at Huckleberry Cafe in Santa Monica, California

Breakfast offerings include green eggs and ham, maple bacon biscuits, and duck hash; unfortunately it is only served until 11 a.m.  But lunchtime sandwiches can bring a smile to your face, too.  My favorite is the marinated red pepper-burrata mozzarella-prosciutto with basil dressing on a baguette, but next time I plan to try the housemade brisket on ciabatta. 
red pepper-burrata sandwich at Huckleberry Cafe in Santa Monica, California

A large selection of salads are available as sides (I loved the roasted baby carrots with avocado, cumin seeds, and lemon juice
carrot-avocado salad at Huckleberry Cafe in Santa Monica, California

and the colorful red beets with kale.)
beet salad at Huckleberry Cafe in Santa Monica, California

From among the dazzling array of desserts, I chose well--an exquisite salted-caramel square.
salted-caramel square at Huckleberry Cafe in Santa Monica, California

Counter service is fast and friendly but requires that you get in line and crane your neck to study the blackboard menus above (unfortunately there are no printed versions).
interior of Huckleberry Cafe in Santa Monica, California

Take-out service is busy, and from behind that counter you can see the workings of the partially visible kitchen.
pick-up counter at Huckleberry Cafe in Santa Monica, California

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Magellan’s travel supply store is next door.  Stop in for a browse of suitcases, clothing, and accessories galore.
cape for sale at Magellan's travel supply store in Santa Monica, California

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Great Sleeps/Good Eats/Annual Events: Wolf Creek Inn, Wolf Creek, Oregon

Wolf Creek Inn  100 Front St., (541) 866-2474.  9 rooms.  B-L-D daily.  The  oldest continuous-use hotel in the state of Oregon, this inn was built in 1883 as a "first-class traveler's hotel" for people journeying on the 16-day stagecoach route from San Francisco to Portland.  An orchard north of the dining room holds  mature apple and pear trees planted in 1885.  President Rutherford B. Hayes, Clark Gable, and Carole Lombard have all slept here, and Jack London wrote in a room on the second floor.  An annual Oktoberfest is held in late September to early October. 

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