Hilary Larson's travel tales and tips.

A Mayan Paradise

01/12/2016 - 15:45
Travel Writer

I remember being confused when I started hearing about Belize. Everyone was going there, and the name sounded sort of familiar, but where was it? Why couldn’t I place it?

The Mayan pyramid at Caracol. Wikimedia Commons

A Changing Mission

01/05/2016 - 15:46
Travel Writer

Walking down Valencia Street in San Francisco’s Mission District, I swooned slightly amid a swirl of visual stimuli.

The colorfully frescoed Women’s Building in the Mission District, where the Mission Minyan meets. Wikimedia Commons

Where To Go In ’16

12/29/2015 - 15:11
Travel Writer

2015 was a rough year for the world. From a travel perspective, it was a year when the world became smaller — when people from very different places, culturally and geographically, became far more aware of each other’s circumstances and motivations.

The colonial city of Trinidad, Cuba. Wikimedia Commons

Eastern Exposure

12/22/2015 - 12:15
Travel Writer

If you thought of Chanukah as a holiday that unites Jews everywhere, Rabbi Marvin Tokayer has a message: Think again.

Rabbi Marvin Tokayer at concert hall in Birobidjan, Siberia. Photos courtesy of Lotus Tours

Greater Boston’s Jewish Hub

Brookline excels in the suburban pursuits of eating, shopping, and outdoor leisure.

12/15/2015 (All day)
Travel Writer

I’ll admit it: Charming though it may be, Boston can literally drive me crazy. My Honda and I have gotten lost more times than I can count amid picturesque alleys and baffling bridges.

A shot of Washington Street in downtown Brookline. Wikimedia Commons

Laid-Back In The Caribbean

12/07/2015 - 19:00
Travel Writer

Some people came away from last week’s summit on climate change fretful about our planet’s future, or optimistic about the work ahead. Personally, as I perused a front-page New York Times photograph of the ocean-lashed Marshall Islands, I thought about all the islands I’d better visit before the sea swallows them up.

French Guadeloupe offers a rich history, a mixture of several cultures and tranquil beaches. Wikimedia Commons

From Copenhagen To Knoebels

11/30/2015 - 19:00
Travel Writer

Cartoon characters come to life, heart-stopping adventure rides, a smorgasbord of virtual worlds — all wrapped up in a sunny Florida package. This is the classic American family vacation Disney World has promised for generations.

Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens, an Old World amusement park, at night. Wikimedia Commons

The Prettiest Spanish City You’ve Never Heard Of

11/23/2015 - 19:00
Travel Writer

Given the violence rattling the world today, escape is certainly in order. And few escapes are quite so ideal as Las Palmas, a pastel Spanish city in the far-flung Canary Islands.

Christopher Columbus used this mansion in Las Palmas as a base for his Atlantic voyages.  Wikimedia Commons

A French Kiss

11/16/2015 - 19:00
Travel Writer

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.

Chez Marianne in the Le Marais district of Paris.  Wikimedia Commons

Where Chanukah Is Really Big

11/09/2015 - 19:00
Travel Writer

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.

Holiday season ice-skating inside the Houston Galleria mall. Wikimedia Commons
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