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Luxury Hotels and Resorts in Vietnam

Vietnam offers a variety of luxury hotels, resorts, and villas. In my last post, I profiled some of my favorite accommodations. Here are three more wonderful places…

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Added by Elizabeth Hansen on May 13, 2011 at 4:53pm — No Comments

A Tour of La Jolla's Grand Homes

La Jolla homes are some of the most beautiful and expensive in the United States, and it's not surprising that many visitors to San Diego would like to take a peek at them. Unfortunately, the most intriging houses are surrounded by view-obstructing walls and…

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Added by Elizabeth Hansen on May 11, 2011 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Upcoming Events in La Jolla, California

Now through May 15 – UCSD is offering The Campus Guide Architectural Tour in celebration of UC San Diego’s 50th Anniversary. These special edition tours featuring inspired…

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Added by Elizabeth Hansen on May 1, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Guard Your Goodies When You Travel

Smart travelers pack carefully for their vacations and take everything they need to stay healthy, and it's equally important to safeguard those items while you're on the road.



One precaution is to divide prescription meds and other critical…

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Added by Elizabeth Hansen on April 25, 2011 at 6:35pm — No Comments

Vietnam Travel Companies

Of all the trips I’ve taken, the one to Vietnam stands out as being the biggest surprise. I expected to meet people who didn’t like Americans – and was greeted by smiling faces. I knew very little about the history, other than the period of the “American War,”…

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Added by Elizabeth Hansen on April 22, 2011 at 10:20pm — 4 Comments

Unique Things To Do In La Jolla, California

Our part of San Diego is known for great beaches, restaurants, and shopping.



In addition, here are my Top Ten Favorite Only-in-La Jolla Activities:



1. Take a surf lesson.…

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Added by Elizabeth Hansen on April 20, 2011 at 9:14pm — No Comments

The Royal Wedding

Will you be there when Kate Middleton walks down the…

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Added by Elizabeth Hansen on April 1, 2011 at 5:31pm — No Comments

“World’s Best” La Valencia Hotel

San Diego has some wonderful hotels, but none are better loved than La Valencia. “The Pink Lady” has been a landmark in La Jolla since 1926.

 

For many years, I naively thought I was the only one whose heart skipped a beat at the sight of La Sala, where potted palms and traditional furnishings welcome guests to have a drink and enjoy the ocean…

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Added by Elizabeth Hansen on March 28, 2011 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

La Jolla: Wedding Flowers and More

Designer Paula Pryke has arranged flowers for weddings from Seoul to Sydney, including some of the most romantic spots in Europe.



On Thursday, April 7 at 1:30pm, the London-based expert will share her knowledge,…

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Added by Elizabeth Hansen on March 21, 2011 at 11:16pm — No Comments

Dubai's Best Luxury Hotels

The best travel advice I ever received? “Pick your hotel carefully. More than any other factor, it will color your impression of the destination.”…

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Added by Elizabeth Hansen on March 9, 2011 at 11:05pm — No Comments

La Jolla Bargain Shopping

San Diego’s favorite coastal community has a reputation for being expensive, but shoppers can find some great deals if they know where to look.

 

For example, the “Bargain Bash” at Torrey Pines Christian Church on Friday (9am-2pm) and Saturday (9am – noon), March 11 and 12, is…

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Added by Elizabeth Hansen on March 9, 2011 at 9:09pm — No Comments

Vote for me?

Vote for me. Doesn't that sound pathetic? But the truth is I just last week learned that I've been nominated in the Luxe Travel Writers category in a competition on…

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Added by Elizabeth Hansen on February 21, 2011 at 4:34pm — No Comments

La Jolla Calendar of Upcoming Events

It's January, but the sun is shining and there's lots to do in San Diego's favorite seaside community.

 

Now through April 10 – Join the team from Birch Aquarium at Scripps…

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Added by Elizabeth Hansen on January 27, 2011 at 10:23pm — No Comments

What Is Authentic Luxury Travel?

When I first started writing about Authentic Luxury Travel no one seemed to know what I meant. Most folks thought that ALT was synonymous with five-star resorts and high-end cruise ships. In those days, I spent a lot of time defining “authentic” as it applies to travel.



But times have…

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Added by Elizabeth Hansen on January 26, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Want to Fly On the Farmers Airship?

"I wonder what it would be like to fly on one of those things?” I said to hubby when I saw the Farmers Airship float over the Home Depot parking lot on Saturday.



Well, guess what? I’m about to find out – and you can, too.…



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Added by Elizabeth Hansen on January 24, 2011 at 9:57pm — No Comments

Tiger Playing in Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course, Jan. 24-30

Tiger Woods will return to the site of the 2008 U. S. Open next week when he plays in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Hometown boy Phil…

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Added by Elizabeth Hansen on January 21, 2011 at 5:22pm — No Comments

Oprah in Australia - Airs January 18-21

Paul Hogan (AKA Crocodile Dundee) promised to “slip a shrimp on the barby” for us and Americans and others flocked to Australia in record numbers. Will Oprah Winfrey have the same impact on Australian tourism?

 

We’ll soon find out. The four shows she taped down under will air January 18 -21, and rumor has it that she waxes lyrical about the place and touts its many attributes.

 

Of course, I couldn’t agree more. For ten years I wrote and revised…

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Added by Elizabeth Hansen on January 18, 2011 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Insider's Guide to Peru

Machu Picchu has been on my bucket list for a long time, but the thought of being herded around like a tourist has kept me from booking a flight to Peru. I’d love to see this UNESCO World Heritage site but, until now, I didn’t know how to do it in a way that felt…

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Added by Elizabeth Hansen on January 17, 2011 at 12:51am — No Comments

La Jolla Wine Tours

 

Where are La Jolla’s best restaurants?



Our eclectic…

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Added by Elizabeth Hansen on January 16, 2011 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Christmas Shopping in La Jolla, California

Like other areas of San Diego, La Jolla has a plethora of stores – but there’s one very special place in our community that I’m afraid you might overlook: The St. James Gift Shop, located in La Jolla's cultural district, under the bell tower of St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal…

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Added by Elizabeth Hansen on December 31, 2010 at 6:55pm — No Comments

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