Regarding the Readers Recommend column [Dec. 1]: I was surprised at the L.A. Times' timing and insensitivity in printing a reader's recommendation of a resort in the Dominican Republic, given that government's recent act of stripping the citizenship of Haitians born in their country — a civil rights violation condemned by the international community.
Fond memories of Union Station
Thanks to Christopher Reynolds for his article on Union Station ["A Set for Past and Future," Nov. 24]. I have long thought it to be the most beautiful building in town.
My earliest memory of the place was in the mid-'50s when I was about 10 years old. A bunch of us kids were going on a field trip to San Diego to visit the zoo. We lined up at the then-ticket counters (now closed to the public) to buy tickets. Suddenly behind me was a noise of happy children. I turned to see the most popular TV star of the day (for us kids at least). Roy Rogers was about 15 feet from me in...
We had only three days in Paris, so we used Joan von Ohlen's concierge service, offering "customized itineraries for independent travelers." Von Ohlen, an American living in Paris, recommended little-known museums and hidden parks, arranged a fascinating small tour on the French Revolution and introduced us to Paris' best macarons. She found us a hotel and great restaurants in a charming neighborhood. Flexible, fascinating and reasonable.
Joan von Ohlen, Joan's Personalized Paris, http://www.personalizedparis.com. Daily itineraries from $150.