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Finding the heart of Shanghai, a haven for Jews in World War II

As I walked through Shanghai’s Hongkou district on a cold February day, I saw the names written in English, seven times, on a museum’s bronze perimeter wall. First name. Middle initial. Then Kessler — my last name.

I was stunned. They were among the Jews, 13,700 of them, who had spent some or all of World War II here and were present during the 1944 census conducted by the occupying Japanese.

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When it comes to getting to the airport, err on the side of caution because the odds are never in your favor

Question: I was flying out of San Luis Obispo on Sept. 16 on United. The flight was scheduled to leave at 9:35 a.m. I arrived at the airport at 8:45 a.m. There was no one at the United counter to check me in. Because there was no kiosk, I walked over to security to ask how I could check in. I was told that I was too late.

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New 100-passenger Celebrity Flora will explore Galápagos Islands on weeklong itineraries

The Galápagos Islands in Ecuador give visitors a once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness animals found nowhere else on the planet. Now Celebrity Cruises has announced it is designing a ship expressly for touring those dazzling shores.

The Celebrity Flora, a 100-passenger ship, will begin sailing out of Baltra Island in the Galápagos in May 2019, on alternating seven-night inner and outer loop itineraries.

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Cool, close to home, and just what you need for kids

I am an avid reader of the L.A. Times. As a father of twin girls, I am always looking for things to do with them. Please continue providing us with "cool" things to do. Really enjoy this new section of Travel; keep up the good work.

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With renovations and new restaurants, LAX hotels are taking off

The $14 billion in improvements at LAX have stolen the show, but the airport is not the only place that’s getting a face-lift.

Check out the nearby hotels on Century Boulevard for a happy surprise for out-of-town guests or for you if you have an early flight.

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Warmest wishes (and gear ideas) for toasty travels

Traveling to a cold-weather destination for the holidays? Here are some neat new take-alongs for warming up inside and out.

Big sippers

When I take my coffee on the road, I want it to stay hot, but not in those off-tasting, thick-lipped metal or plastic mugs. The tough, sipper-friendly, double-wall thermal Borosilicate Glass Tea Tumbler from Sun's Tea fills the bill.

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