Hilary Larson's travel tales and tips.

Tips For The Campus Bound

04/26/2016 - 12:00
Travel Writer

The summer I was 16, my parents made the classic mistake of organizing a college tour when school was out of session. Devoid of regular, academic-year activity, the dozen or so Northeastern campuses were a pleasant blur of ivy-clad brick walls, Greek columns, and tour guides walking backwards — all more alike, alas, than they were different.

Students on a college tour, a spring ritual for many families. Photos by Wikimedia Commons

Land Of The Lingonberries

Midsummer is coming! There may be no better place to celebrate the warm-weather solstice than in Sweden.

04/19/2016 - 12:46
Travel Writer

Midsummer is coming! There may be no better place to celebrate the warm-weather solstice than in Sweden, where the longest, sunniest days of the year are cause for weeklong festivities. Aquavit is drunk, toasted, and drunk some more; families pack up for the country’s many beaches. If you find yourself in the land of Ikea this summer, make like the Swedish royals and head to Småland, a region of thick forests, crystalline lakes and idyllic beaches in the country’s southeast.

A typical scene in rural Småland. Wikimedia Commons

Bauhaus And Beer Tours, Anyone?

04/12/2016 - 15:57
Travel Writer

This modernist apartment building in Tel Aviv is part of architectural tour of the city. Ross Belfer

Are you interested in the Tel Aviv art market, but unsure which galleries to explore? Heard about the city’s nightlife scene and wish you knew a local to take you somewhere cool? Find yourself in Israel on business or for the 14th time, wondering what could make this trip memorable?

Tel Aviv, a city with intoxicating energy and industry, plus incredible architecture. Ross Belfer

Who Said Only Adults Get To Have All The Fun?

04/05/2016 - 16:27


"Exploring’s Israel’s outdoor activities and beautiful nature is always a wonderful way to spend the day."


Israel Ministry of Tourism

The Other Córdoba

04/05/2016 - 16:17
Travel Writer

One of my former professors of Spanish literature used to say he was from “the other Córdoba,” since that name evokes, for many people, a city in Andalusia, Spain.

Plaza San Martin, Cordoba.Flickr

A Macedonian Revival

03/29/2016 - 13:39
Travel Writer

The most amazing thing about Skopje’s crumbling medieval fortress is not its stunning view over the city, or its complex history. The most amazing thing is that it survived at all.

The National Archeological Museum of Macedonia in Skopje, part of the city’s makeover. Wikimedia Commons

Return Trip

03/29/2016 - 09:56
Travel Writer

Don’t look backward. 

That’s my advice for all the nostalgists who long to return to the scene of an early, life-changing overseas adventure. That first whiff of exoticism, the shivery thrill of unfamiliar smells and foreign accents, the picturesque dilapidation of the Old World — all of it intoxicates in a way no successive trip will.

And should there be a successive trip, disappointment is all but inevitable.

Return visitors to Israel, or anywhere else, will enjoy sights, like the Design Museum in Holon. Flickr

Vermont; A Vacation With Socialist Leanings

Sanders phenomenon has cast a fresh spotlight on the rugged, quirky, individualistic tradition of Jewish New Englanders.

03/15/2016 - 13:28
Travel Writer

Bernie fever has reached such a pitch in the green hills of Vermont that at farmer’s markets around Manchester you can buy Bernie Sandwich Bread, a marble rye that pays homage to the democratic socialist senator’s Brooklyn roots.

The gift shop at the Ben & Jerry’s Factory, in Manchester. credit: Flickr

‘In 5 Or 10 Years, It’ll Be Like St. Martin’

03/08/2016 - 18:08
Travel Writer

You wouldn’t know it from all the breathless articles about the wide new world of Cuba travel, but tourism in Castro’s paradise is still illegal in the eyes of Uncle Sam.

Still largely undeveloped, Cuba offers scenes of simple charm. Wikimedia Commons

New Dawn For An Old Jewish Center

Visiting Wrocław, a European Capital of Culture for 2016

03/01/2016 - 15:40
Travel Writer

One of the proudest buildings in Wrocław, a European Capital of Culture for 2016, is the White Stork Synagogue. Its white-brick neoclassical façade fairly shimmers since a restoration was completed in 2010, the bittersweet revival of a structure that outlived most of the community it today represents.

Wroclaw’s old city, a jumble of cheery Baroque facades in pink, pistachio and daffodil yellow. Wikimedia Commons
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