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  • Tripping Through Vietnam

    Helen Argyriou, Special to the Culver City Observe|Feb 29, 2024

    Embarking on a journey through Vietnam feels like stepping into a realm of wonder and magic. Once marred by the scars of war, Vietnam has evolved into an enchanting destination, offering a spectrum of experiences-from opulent accommodations to embracing the rugged allure of hiking, biking, and backpacking adventures. For a first-time exploration, the key cities to immerse yourself in include Hanoi, where a day or two is well-spent, followed by Halong Bay, Ninh Binh, Hue, Danang, Nha Trang, Ho...

  • Encountering Polar Wonders: A Churchill, Manitoba Adventure

    Helen Argyriou and Robert Zirgulis|Dec 7, 2023

    Deciding to witness the majestic polar bears in the polar bear capital of the world proved to be a challenging yet rewarding endeavor. Despite planning five months in advance, securing accommodations in Churchill, Manitoba, proved to be a monumental task. After booking Via Rail train and flight tickets, it became evident that planning at least a year ahead is advisable for this unique adventure. Churchill, Manitoba is located approximately a 4-hour flight from Los Angeles, followed by a 7-hour...

  • Road Trip into the Heart of Africa: Uganda and Rwanda

    Robert Zirgulis and Helen Argyriou|Dec 7, 2023

    The allure of Africa's natural wonders and captivating wildlife is an irresistible call to adventure. The journey to visit the mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, and chimpanzees in Uganda and Rwanda is a challenge that beckons the intrepid traveler. From permits and visas to enchanting wildlife encounters, this expedition is a true safari of a lifetime. Visas, Permits, and Your Trusty Car Your journey to the heart of Africa begins with meticulous planning. Securing permits for the Mountain...

  • Iksan Hosts Culver City Delegation

    Nov 2, 2023

    On October 17-21, an official delegation headed by Culver City (CC) Mayor Albert Vera, CC Council Member Freddy Puza, along with Culver City Sister City Committee (CCSCC) President Lisa Saperston, and five other CCSCC board members, visited Iksan City, South Korea to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of their Sister City relationship. During their stay, the group paid courtesy visits to the Iksan City Council and to the Mayor of Iksan where symbolic gifts were exchanged. The delegation was special...

  • "Is a Year of Unlimited Travel Worth It? Exploring the Pros and Cons"

    Helen Argyriou, Special to the Culver City Observer|Oct 12, 2023

    Are you considering the allure of unlimited travel for a year, but you are uncertain about its value? Let us explore whether such an adventure is worth your time and money. Exploring Unlimited Travel Options Travel enthusiasts often come across enticing offers from various companies that promise a year of unlimited travel for a fixed fee. The idea sounds captivating, but the devil lies in the details. Airasia.com vs. Volaris.com: A Tale of Two Passes The journey began with my attempt to...

  • Unveiling the Wonders of Nepal

    Helen Argyriou and Robert Zirgulis, Special to the Culver City Observer|Sep 21, 2023

    Nepal, a land of diversity and enchantment, presents a kaleidoscope of experiences that cater to every traveler's desires. From the awe-inspiring Himalayas to the vibrant cultural tapestry, this country is a playground for adventurers, seekers, and explorers alike. Here's a guide to some of the best things to do in Nepal: 1. Trek through the Himalayas: Nepal is the epitome of trekking paradise. With an array of trails ranging from easy day hikes to epic multi-week expeditions, it's a dream come true for trekkers. Explore the iconic routes like...

  • Road trip Middle East: A Playground for Adults

    Sep 7, 2023

    We embarked on a journey to the enchanting Gulf region, with Dubai as the starting point and side trips to Abu Dhabi, Oman, and Doha. Little did we know that this adventure would be a whirlwind of excitement, cultural immersion, and unforgettable experiences. The highways were a joyride of complexity which need to be taken with patience and determination. Upon arriving in Dubai, the iconic Burj Khalifa was a mesmerizing vision. Standing at the base of the world's tallest building, I marveled at its sheer height before ascending to its observati...

  • California State Parks Encourages Visitors to Recreate Responsibly This Labor Day Weekend

    Aug 31, 2023

    As Labor Day weekend approaches, California State Parks is excited to welcome outdoor enthusiasts to the state's diverse landscapes of trails, beaches, lakes, mountains and deserts. However, to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all visitors, the department encourages visitors to "Recreate Responsibly" by following important safety tips such as Know Before You Go, Plan and Prepare, Play It Safe and Leave No Trace. To further enhance safety and park experiences, State Parks also invites visitors to use the department's innovative smartphone apps...

  • Road Trip Adventure from Tijuana to Ensenada

    Helen Argyriou and Robert Zirgulis, Special to the Culver City Observer|May 25, 2023

    Special to the Culver City Observer Embarking on a road trip from Tijuana to Rosarito Beach may seem like a fun and exciting adventure, but it can also be filled with moments of fear and uncertainty. But fear not, for the journey is worth it, especially when you take in the scenic views and attractions along the way. Discussing this with your friends will provoke some frightful comments but forge ahead as this is an easy 2-hour drive from Sant Monica. One of the highlights of the trip are the...

  • A Day Trippin Road Trip To Ojai from Culver City

    May 18, 2023

    Do you ever want to get away from it all for just one day? Well a day trip to Ojai from Culver City is a perfect getaway for nature lovers, adventure seekers, and those who seek relaxation. The Ojai winter rains have given way to a most glorious spring seen in years! It’s such a pleasant scenic drive that takes views of orange orchards, babbling brooks, and open country with magnificent mountain views Getting There: There are different ways to reach Ojai. My preferred scenic route is to take the 101 North from Culver City, and follow the signs...

  • Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts in the Maldives Unveil Special Romance Packages to Celebrate Love Throughout the Year

    Feb 9, 2023

    February is known as the month of love and with Valentine's Day around the corner, Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts in the Maldives unveil special packages to create impactful romantic moments to delight their guests. Couples are welcome to select from bespoke packages curated to facilitate lasting memories surrounded by breath-taking tropical views and picturesque white sand beaches. Stroll down memory lane or create new memories this Valentine's Day at Cinnamon Velifushi Maldives, a luxury resort...

  • Taiwan is Featured Destination on "Inside SoCal"

    Feb 2, 2023

    As faces turned upward toward the illuminated night sky and "The Brilliant Light of the Jade Hare" main lantern took central stage, the world-famous Taiwan Lantern Festival commenced on Sunday, the first time back in Taipei since 2000. Continuing through Feb. 19, 2023, the event celebrates The Year of the Rabbit, incorporating design elements of modern robot modeling technology as well as ancient calligraphy, plus traditional Taiwanese opera music along with hopes for stability, peace,...

  • Santa Catalina Island, the Isle of Romance

    May 19, 2022

    By Chanin Victor Special to the Culver City Observer If you've never been, it's one of California's gems, an unkept secret among A-listers, vacationers, and those who live for adventure and the outdoors. It's reminiscent of the Italian Riviera, with colorful dots of houses and buildings terraced along its rocky coast. Its loveliness and relaxed nature exude charm. In a word-enchanting! When planning the perfect weekend adventure to Catalina Island, here's everything you need to know. Here is a...

  • The Westin Carlsbad Resort and Spa Perfect For A Memorable Coastal Getaway

    Mar 31, 2022

    BY: Chanin Victor Observer Travel Editor Suppose you're searching for sunsets, ocean breezes, and spectacular views and want to escape to luxury. In that case, The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa is the perfect hotel for a memorable coastal getaway. It is a family-friendly resort and a dog-friendly resort too. The Westin Carlsbad, located in the upscale coastal community of Carlsbad, California, offers unparalleled panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, 208 exquisitely appointed guest rooms and 28...

  • South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

    Feb 3, 2022

    By Chanin Victor In the heart of Temecula Valley Wine Country and surrounded by 63 acres of beautifully tended vines, you’ll find family-owned South Coast Winery Resort and Spa. Bask in an idyllic setting and experience Southern California’s wine country for a peaceful sojourn. Delight in an unforgettable wine-tasting occasion. Bring the kids (and dog), stay for the weekend, and immerse yourself in a complete wine country adventure. Temecula Valley is the inland oasis to enjoy when looking for a weekend getaway. You’ll find incredible dining, e...

  • Big Bang Theory

    Feb 3, 2022

    By Samuel Alioto, facts from Reuters. January 14th's eruption of Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai volcano, located on the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire, sent tsunami waves across the Pacific Ocean. The audible report carried some 2,300 kilometers away in New Zealand, a distance of over 1,430 miles. It was widely reported (including by seismologist Lucy Jones), that this was "a once in 1000 year event." Actually, the eruption was a once in 1000 year event at this particular undersea volcano,...

  • Flight Cancellations Across US

    Jan 6, 2022

    By Wire services and Observer Staff On Thursday, United and Delta announced more than 1000 more cancellations due to rain and staff shortages tied to the omicron variant of COVID-19. Some of the cancellations are as late as January 14, 2022. Some passengers have been sleeping in airport for days, in order to standby for a flight West Coast airports have been hard hit. Sea Tac Airport, an Alaska Airlines hub, cancelled 1000 flights through the middle of January It started on Christmas Eve, when...

  • LAX Pups

    Jan 6, 2022

    By Sarah Storkin, Observer Staff Writer Therapy dogs dressed in Christmas outfits helped 200,000 passengers a day pass through Los Angeles International Airport during the holiday period, reports the @LAXPups project. "Happy "Howl"idays from our @LAXPUPS," says a tweet from the dogs. Or someone with fingers associated with them. The dogs are named "Serjio, Mia, Mason and Ellie. If you are flying this holiday season, look out for them greeting guests in the terminals. #LAX #LAXPups. LAX airport...

  • Thanksgiving Travel Bounces Back

    Nov 25, 2021

    According to AAA, 53.4 million Americans will take a trip for turkey and togetherness, with nearly 290,000 Idahoans among them. AAA predicts this year’s holiday travel volume will be just 5% below pre-pandemic levels. This year, the Thanksgiving holiday travel period runs from Wednesday, November 24 through Sunday, November 28. “Thanksgiving will be a continuation of the strong travel activity that we saw for Memorial Day and Independence Day this year,” AAA Idaho public affairs director Matthew Conde said. “While the COVID-19 Delta variant...

  • Claremont: The Ultimate Weekend Getaway + Awesome Family Vacation Pt.2

    Oct 14, 2021

    By Chanin Victor A favorite hidden gem with Angelenos and one of the most quintessentially California places to visit, live or go to college. Claremont, California is the ultimate overnight or weekend getaway for an awesome family vacation. Notable as a college town with some of the nation's most highly respected educational institutions, Claremont, the city, is a distinctly, quaint suburb of Claremont full of idyllic tree-lined streets, a walkable downtown village, a relaxed, casual...

  • The Paia Inn: Chic, Boutique, Beach Hotel, in Hip Maui Surf Town

    Sep 23, 2021

    The Paia Inn, a chic, boutique, beach hotel, is located in one of the hippest surf towns on Maui. This private oasis with North shore vibes will appeal to every traveler who wants to live like a local while on a beachy, chill vacation in Hawaii. Relax, meditate, and feel the "aloha" when you stay at this historical, bohemian destination. Traveling alone, as a couple, or with the family, you'll love this secluded beachfront inn with private beach access, tranquil outdoor lounging areas, and islan...

  • San Diego Train Halted for 2 Weeks

    Sep 23, 2021

    By AP 9/16 San Clemente, CA - Train service was halted Thursday for the next two weeks as crews shore up unstable ground along cliffside railroad tracks in coastal Southern California. The planned closure between the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo station in southern Orange County and the Oceanside stop in northern San Diego County is expected to last until Oct. 3. "Between the sea, the sand and the earth, there has been some movement of the railroad tracks" in southern San Clemente, Metrolink...

  • Weekend Getaways in California

    Aug 19, 2021

    By Chanin Victor Experience quintessential California living at this destination resort where rest and recreation go hand in hand! The Quail Lodge and Golf Club is a beautiful, luxury hotel in Carmel, California that's affordable, family-friendly, dog-friendly, and full of leisurely activities for your entertainment and enjoyment. The distinctly modern Quail Lodge, located on the sunny side of Carmel, is secluded and serene on 850 panoramic and scenic acres. Looking out on the horizon towards...

  • Experience Lux Beach Living on Your Next Family Vacation

    Jul 29, 2021

    By Chanin Victor A Fun and Charming Central California Coast Destination: Family-Friendly and Pet-Friendly The Central California Coast along the Pacific Ocean is a favorite for family road trips year after year. Need some beach therapy? One stop you definitely MUST include on your itinerary for your next family vacation is the small town of Pismo Beach! Beach, sand, surf, and sunshine,... that is Pismo Beach. It's a place to relax, rest, and find tranquility. A shining star and the only hotel...

  • Catalina Reopens, or at Least Tries

    Jul 22, 2021

    By Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff Writer Catalina Island, 26 miles off the California coast, is still struggling to attract visitors with yet another "reopening" announcement. The island shut down in March 2020 until mid-June of that year in an attempt to stop the spread there of Covid-19. But its June 2020 reopening to tourism was hampered by the public health guidelines set in place by Los Angeles County and the State of California. Out-of-county visitors were supposed to quarantine upon...

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