It’s amazing what you’ll find hidden in plain sight in this country’s 37.8 million square miles if you look beyond your biases.My name is Catharine Hamm, and I’m the oft-surprised travel editor for the Los Angeles Times. Welcome to Unexpected America, a cool package of articles about destinations you might not know about.We have other surprises too: a mysterious side of Lee Vining, good news for vegan/vegetarian cruisers, bad news for budget watchers in Vegas; and odd news from the cabins of America’s airlines. All this and more as we begin the dash to summer’s unofficial end. And one last thing (besides the End paper), if you’re taking a car trip, please read the nugget about unsafe roads in California and the West. And we’re off.It’s not what you don’t know...It’s what you think you know that can hurt. To wit: The flyover states are a cultural desert. Or you can’t find a decent bar in Salt Lake City. Pshaw. In … [Read more...] about Escapes: Shed the travel blinders and find the unexpected U.S.
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Published 6:00 am PST, Saturday, January 26, 2019 In this Dec. 19, 2018 photo, members of the Unofficial Hand Lettering Society of Silver Spring gather during a weekly meeting in a coffee shop in Silver Spring, Md. From left are, Maggie Chang, Wendy Phelps, Heather Kopf, and Kori Zick. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via AP) less In this Dec. 19, 2018 photo, members of the Unofficial Hand Lettering Society of Silver Spring gather during a weekly meeting in a coffee shop in Silver Spring, Md. From left are, Maggie Chang, Wendy Phelps, ... more Photo: Bill O'Leary, AP Photo: Bill O'Leary, AP Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close Image 1 of 5 In this Dec. 19, 2018 photo, members of the Unofficial Hand Lettering Society of Silver Spring gather during a weekly meeting in a coffee shop in … [Read more...] about When the written word becomes art, 1 letter at a time
Heartfelt tributes have been paid during an inquest into the death of a much-loved painter and decorator. David Osbaldiston, 45, of New Street, New Mills, was found hanged in woodland on April 15 last year, Chesterfield coroners' court heard on Thursday.Coroner Sophie Cartwright concluded that Mr Osbaldiston tragically took his own life.Paying tribute to her son during the inquest, Denise Osbaldiston said: "David was very outgoing - he was the life and soul of any party."He was a very happy person who loved his friends and family."He never said he felt suicidal."I last spoke to him the day before he died and there was nothing that caused me any concerns about him."When I found out he'd died, I was confused and bewildered."I don't know why he did it."The inquest heard Mr Osbaldiston - who liked keeping active and supported Liverpool Football Club - went for a bike ride with his friend John Dexter on the morning of April 14.Mr Dexter said: "He was laughing and joking and talking about a … [Read more...] about ‘Very happy’ painter and decorator took his own life in the High Peak
Johann Wanner Professional Christmas Tree Design: The Christmas Shop in Basel, Switzerland Weinachtsbaumschmuckausstattungsgeschäft. At 40 letters long, Weinachtsbaumschmuckausstattungsgeschäft’s the longest word there is, at least on the snowy-sweet streets of Basel. And while pharmaceutical powerhouses steam away on the outskirts, here in the Old Town, alchemy takes on a more festive form. For Weinachtsbaumschmuckausstattungsgeschäft translates to mean “Christmas Tree Ornaments & Amenities” and it’s the home of one of the most famous Christmas bauble makers in the world: Johann Wanner. “Designers may dress women,” he tells me. “I dress trees.” “Designers may dress women,” he tells me. “I dress trees.” Wanner himself stands immaculately dressed in a waistcoat, jacket and tie, surrounded by baskets of baubles, flaxen-haired cherubs and dripping twinkling lights. Passers by recognise him as … [Read more...] about Basel at Christmas: Meet the Man Who Decorates The Pope’s Christmas Tree
Updated 2:51 pm CST, Monday, December 17, 2018 FILE - In a Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 file photo, holiday decorations adorn the letters on the toll booth structure on the Holland Tunnel approach, in Jersey City. Motorists complained that the decorations don't look right. More than 21,000 people voted in a poll commissioned by tunnel operator the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Poll numbers were released Monday, Dec. 17. The consensus? Move the tree from over the “N” in “Holland” to over the “A,” and remove a wreath hanging over the “U.” less FILE - In a Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 file photo, holiday decorations adorn the letters on the toll booth structure on the Holland Tunnel approach, in Jersey City. Motorists complained that the decorations don't ... more Photo: Julio Cortez, AP … [Read more...] about Gimme an ‘A’: Tunnel authority to move decoration after poll