11/16/2015 - 19:00 | | Travel Writer | Travel

Paris, the shimmering City of Light, is under siege as I write this. For many Americans, the coordinated terrorist attacks that paralyzed the city felt like a punch in the gut — a sensation all the more sickening because Paris is among the most familiar and beloved of foreign destinations.

11/09/2015 - 19:00 | | Travel Writer | Travel

A little light is nice -- but since everything is on a grander scale in Houston, winter truly is a festival of lights, thousands of them, for Chanukah and beyond. You’ll find them twinkling from the windows of houses; illuminating trees and streetlamps in the city’s many characteristic neighborhoods; and even lighting up the sky for one of the South’s premier Chanukah events.

11/02/2015 - 19:00 | | Travel Writer | Travel

Recently, a colleague wrote asking for vacation advice. She and her husband badly needed a getaway, but her prematurely deteriorated hip joint made walking more than two blocks painful, and she would have to wait a year for surgery with her preferred doctor. With her limited mobility, she wondered: What were her options?

10/26/2015 - 20:00 | | Travel Writer | Travel

This week, like everybody else, we’re talking about tipping.

Tipping is an essential part of travel — whether parking the car in a Midtown garage or dining out in Milan. From spas to bars, hotels to guided tours, trips are full of moments that call for some kind of gratuity.

10/19/2015 - 20:00 | | Travel Writer | Travel

Roaming around southern New Hampshire, I could see why politicians enjoy hanging out in the state.

10/12/2015 - 20:00 | | Travel Writer | Travel

From Poland to Portugal, nobody knows Jewish Europe like Ruth Ellen Gruber.

On a given week, the Philadelphia-born journalist might be checking out a newly opened museum, inspecting the restoration of a prewar synagogue, or picking her way through forest brambles in search of long-lost tombstones. That explains how Gruber found herself recently in the wilderness south of Prague, where she stumbled onto an 18th-century Jewish cemetery in a clearing near a faded sign marking “Synagogue Street.”