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06/08/2010 | | Travel Writer | Travel

I remember my first visit to San Francisco’s Mission District.

It was in the mid-1990s, and while the commercial boulevards teemed with shoppers and families by day, much of the area felt run-down and seedy.

05/25/2010 | | Travel Writer | Travel

I am a passionate swimmer who can’t pass up a beach. I jump into the sea every chance I get, even if the breeze is a mite chilly and the water temperature barely grazes 60.

From Miami to Scotland, Brooklyn to Uruguay, I have left my bag on the beach while splashing in the surf, and in 15 years, I have never had anything stolen. That’s partly because I’m lucky. But mostly, it’s because I have a careful system designed to minimize both theft and the damage such theft would cause to my trip.

05/11/2010 | | Travel Writer | Travel

Mayor Michael Bloomberg may be the most famous Jew currently spiriting away for Bermuda weekends. But he has plenty of company.

After all, this easy-to-reach island paradise — just 700 miles off the Carolina coast — mixes the pastel, palm-fringed prettiness of the Caribbean with the East Coast’s temperate seasons. Winter feels, and looks, springy; late spring and summer bring perfect 80-degree days, a bathtub-warm ocean and a convivial, but never crowded, feel in the city centers.

05/04/2010 | | Travel Writer | Travel

Palm Beach in May? Why not? New Yorkers tend to regard Florida as the ultimate winter destination — a balmy, palm-shaded escape from frigid wind chills around Chanukah time.

But May and June are my favorite Florida months, with more reliable weather and a deliciously warm ocean. When the official high season ends as snowbirds fly north for Passover, all of a sudden Palm Beach takes on the feel of a friendly small town, with locals making small talk at the deli and fishing off the beach. And this year the deals are as sweet as the temperatures.

04/27/2010 | | Travel Writer | Travel

The Deep South is astonishingly lovely in the heady days of mid-spring. In the quiet corners of rural Mississippi, the droning hum of tractors and bees provides a lazy soundtrack for a lush green landscape of flower-dotted fields and gently swishing trees in full blossom.
 

04/27/2010 | | Travel Writer | Travel

The Deep South is astonishingly lovely in the heady days of mid-spring. In the quiet corners of rural Mississippi, the droning hum of tractors and bees provides a lazy soundtrack for a lush green landscape of flower-dotted fields and gently swishing trees in full blossom.