Mexico Loreto, Baja California: Mexico's relaxed fit http://www.latimes.com/media/alternatethumbnails/photo/2007-05/26362050.jpg http://travel.latimes.com/articles/la-tr-loreto12nov12 http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-loreto-pg,0,2385591.photogallery?track=rss Thirty years ago, the Mexican government designated five areas for tourism development -- Cabo San Lucas, Cancún, Huatulco, Ixtapa and Loreto in Baja California Sur. The first four have flourished as tourist destinations. Development in Loreto is still in its infancy -- but hurry, because as we know, babies grow up fast.
A portal to the new Berlin http://www.latimes.com/media/alternatethumbnails/photogallery/2007-05/29871311.jpg http://travel.latimes.com/articles/la-tr-berlin24jul24 For Westerners, the center of Berlin suddenly shifted east when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. The geographic heart of the metropolis still lies in the bohemian neighborhood of Kreuzberg, with its big, loft-like apartments and sometimes raucous night life. But reunification of East and West has meant that the city's spiritual core has returned to Museumsinsel -- Museum Island -- a spot of land in the Spree River that is home to an array of seminal art museums stuffed with astounding collections.
Tibet: Lhasa layer by layer http://www.latimes.com/media/alternatethumbnails/photogallery/2007-05/19840412.jpg http://travel.latimes.com/articles/la-tr-tibet9oct09 http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-tibet9oct09-pg,0,3458431.photogallery?track=rss Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, literally translates as "god ground." It's been called the farthest goal of all travel, the most hidden city on Earth, the hub of the kingdom of enlightenment, the locus of Shangri-La. Hardly a destination on Earth has been more mythologized.
Malice in the palaces of Tudor London http://www.latimes.com/media/alternatethumbnails/photo/2007-05/29869782.jpg http://travel.latimes.com/articles/la-tr-england5dec05?single_page=y Trace the history of the Tudors, one of England's ruthless royal dynasties, in a tour of four sites intimately linked with the family. To visit these royal and religious residences is to step back into Britain's past, to a time of murder and mayhem.