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Distant Lands hosts talk on overlooked European travel destinations

A roundup of travel talks and workshops on Europe, oases, high-altitude hikes and more



Author Patricia Schultz ("1,000 Places to See Before You Die") delves into Europe's often overlooked destinations, such as the Market Square in Krakow, Poland, and Scotland's remote Hebrides Islands.

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena.

Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220.



Hostelling International will conduct a workshop on exploring Europe by rail. Topics include Eurail passes and classes of service.

When, where: 7 p.m. Thursday at the REI store in Huntington Beach, 7777 Edinger Ave.

Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (310) 393-9913, Ext. 3104.


Slide show

Join hiker and author Elaine Pike ("Footsteps of Gopal") as she discusses high-altitude trekking, acclimation and gear.

When, where: 7 p.m. Friday at the Adventure 16 store in Los Angeles, 11161 W. Pico Blvd.

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



Patricia Schultz will discuss her books and travels, followed by a question-and-answer session and book signing.

When, where: 7 p.m. Friday at Traveler's Bookcase, 8375 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles.

Admission, info: Free. (323) 655-0575


Field class

Hike to the Lost Palms oasis and learn about the native plants along the trail and the role palm oases play in the ecosystem.

When, where: 8 a.m. Saturday at the Cottonwood Visitor Center.

Admission, info: $60. (760) 367-5535

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