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Twicer app helps travelers add voice-over to vacation videos

Here's an app that lets you add your voice to your travel videos before you share them with friends and family.

Name: Twicer

Available: iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Requires iOS 7.1 or later.

Cost: Free

What it does: Lets you record video or import existing video and add commentary.

What's hot: Sharing videos with friends and family can be boring, but with this app you can add depth and context to the video before sharing on it on Twitter, Facebook, Twicer, by text, email or your own blog. If you want to see a good sample before you make your own, look at the great series of travel Twicer videos from "Etienne.Leroy" on zip-lining, body-boarding, river-rafting and relaxing in Costa Rica. Other video categories include food, science and tech, shopping, gaming, fashion and more. Videos are automatically saved to your camera roll in their own Twicer album folder.

What's not: Tread carefully through the "Places & Travel" category, as well as others. Videos are user-filed so some may not be...

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Letters: Cuban realities and 'Havana moments'

I beg to differ with the criticism by letter writer Michael Sulman that the U.S. "has done everything possible to destroy [Cuba's] economy over the last 50 years" [Letters, May 17].

It was Fidel Castro and his cronies who destroyed Cuba's economy by eliminating all free enterprise and replacing it with Stalinist-style doctrinaire communism. The U.S. made overtures to Castro shortly after he overthrew dictator Fulgencio Batista, but Castro spurned us for the Soviet Union. He then nearly caused a nuclear holocaust by urging Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev to bomb our cities during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. He and his brother have brutally suppressed all dissent during their disastrous 56-year rule.

Let us hope for the sake of the Cuban people that this failed Marxist experiment ends soon, as it eventually has in nearly every other nation that has tried it.

Peter Rich

Los Angeles


Regarding "On a Roll," May 10: Does access to the new Cuba, with its lure of some 50 years of being locked...

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Climbing Kilimanjaro, hiking John Muir Trail, touring Japan



An REI expert will discuss climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Marangu Route.

When, where: 7 p.m. Tuesday at the REI store in Arcadia, 214 N. Santa Anita Ave.; Wednesday at the Rancho Cucamonga store, 12218 Foothill Blvd.; and Thursday at the Santa Monica store, 402 Santa Monica Blvd.

Admission, info: Free. (626) 447-1062 for Arcadia; (909) 646-8360 for Rancho Cucamonga; and (310) 458-4370 for Santa Monica.



Learn tips, logistics, route planning and more to prepare for through-hiking the John Muir Trail.

When, where: 7 p.m. Friday at the Adventure 16 store, 11161 W. Pico Blvd., L.A.

Admission, info: Free. (310) 473-4574.



Frank McKown will discuss a classic tour of Japan, including Tokyo, Nikko, Mt. Fuji, Nara and Kyoto.

When, where: Noon Saturday, May 30, at Gitana Restaurant, 260 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank.

Admission, info: $21 for lunch and program. Hosted by the Network for Travel Club. RSVP to Odette Ricasa at (323) 578-3601.


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Reader Recommendation: Pato Thai Cuisine in Flagstaff, Ariz.

My wife and I traveled to Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon and stayed in Flagstaff, Ariz., where we came upon this great university city full of small restaurants. One place took me by storm. Pato Thai had the best spice flavorings of anywhere we have ever eaten, and we have traveled a lot in the Far East. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give it a 15. Amazing food and varying spices in every dish, and at reasonable prices.

Pato Thai Cuisine, 104 N. San Francisco St., Flagstaff; (928) 213-1825,

Leonard & Linda Dugdale

Rancho Mirage

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Nine things you need to know about the world's biggest Disney Store
Paint the Night preserves wacky whimsy of Main Street Electrical Parade

Disneyland’s new 1.5 million-light show Paint the Night recalls the upbeat and offbeat nature of the Main Street Electrical Parade and is a worthy successor to the beloved nighttime parade that left the Anaheim theme park nearly two decades ago.

Based on a parade at Hong Kong Disneyland, the new Paint the Night is part of the Anaheim theme park’s 60th anniversary celebration with floats from "Cars," "Toy Story," "Monsters Inc.," "Beauty and the Beast," "Little Mermaid" and “Frozen” as well as 76 performers in lighted costumes.

Disneyland's 60th Anniversary: Overview | Parade | Fireworks | Water Show | Ride Updates

Paint the Night starts with a float featuring the feisty and silly Tinkerbell wearing a glowing green dress that sets a “light” tone for the rest of the parade -- in both the high-wattage and light-hearted sense of the word.

The most massive float by far is Mack, a life-size version of the big-rig truck from “Cars” powered by 25,000 lights. Mack’s bobtail trailer is filled with...

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