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Hilary Larson's travel tales and tips.

Diaspora Encounters To Cherish

01/20/2015
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What does it mean for Jewish travel if everyone makes aliyah?

I ask this question rhetorically, of course. No matter how charged the rhetoric or how tense the security situation, some Jews will always feel a stronger pull to their native or adopted territory — to the brilliance of South African sunshine or, yes, the warm, crisp baguettes and tidy green parks of the Paris Marais. And the solidity of our American Jewish community is reassuring.

A corner in Paris’ heavily Jewish Marais neighborhood.

Lanzarote: Lava And Light

01/13/2015
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When the midwinter chill sets in, New York Jews head to Florida; British Jews head to Lanzarote, the most spectacular of Spain’s Canary Islands.

The rocky coast of Lanzarote.

Thoughts On The Sharing Economy

01/07/2015
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Lately a day rarely goes by without headlines about Airbnb, Uber and the so-called sharing economy — social-media, app-driven services that, for better or worse, are transforming modern travel.

A Catalan country home, known as a masia, is the kind of residence you can book through Airbnb. Wikimedia Commons

Where Sephardic History Abounds

Djerba is more than just a beach vacation; it also offers a window onto a historic Jewish culture.

12/30/2014
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Every day will be a little bit lighter now, but this week is still among the darkest of the year, and the chilliest. So it’s the perfect moment to take a closer look at the sunny Mediterranean shores of Djerba, Tunisia, one of my recommendations for Jewish travel in 2015.

A stall in Djerba’s Houmt Souk.  WIkimedia commons

Where To Go In 2015

12/23/2014
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Why do we pack up our suitcases, head to the airport and leave the familiar behind? Leisure and recreation are important, sure, but for most of us, travel is essential for the fresh perspective it offers — on our fellow humans, on Jewish communities throughout the world, and on cultures and lifestyles that may seem alien but that force us to reconsider our own points of view.

El Ghirba Synagogue, the oldest temple in North Africa, with its cerulean arches and intricate tile work. Wikimedia Commons

High Art

12/16/2014
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A few years ago, when a series of health crises sent me into a whirl of alternative-medicine panaceas — meditation, chi gong, hypnosis — a friend laughed and told me, “Sounds like soon you will be living in Sedona.”

The red rocks of the Senoran desert loom over Sedona.  Wikimedia Commons

Latkes (And Okra, Anyone?) In The Big Easy

12/09/2014
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New Orleans is famous for knowing how to party. And while Mardi Gras is the best-known annual festivity, the Big Easy — as this renascent Louisiana city is called — puts on quite a show for Chanukah, too.

What’s frying in New Orleans? It’s latkes, ubiquitous there during Chanukah, a few months before the city’s famed Mardi Gras.

Travels With Zelda (And Other Babies, Too)

12/02/2014
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Regular readers of this column have probably observed that in addition to my husband, Oggi, another family member has begun to make an appearance: our baby daughter, Zelda.

The author’s daughter contemplating the JetBlue destination map. Hilary Larson/JW

Making A Pitch For Hamptons-Style Zionism

East End rabbi’s Herzliya condo project aimed at those who want to ‘own a piece of Israel.’

12/02/2014
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If they buy it, they will come.

That’s the philosophy behind a new luxury apartment project in Israel called The Hamptons in Herzliya Pituach that’s attempting to link two very swanky locales in the service of strengthening diaspora Jews’ connections to Israel — and selling high-end apartments.

A seaside marina in Herzliya Pituach as seen in video ad for The Hamptons condo project. Courtesy of The Hampton Synagogue

On (And Off) The Jewish Heritage Route

11/25/2014
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‘You can’t tell Americans how to pronounce Kosice,” my husband, Oggi warned me.

We were planning an excursion to Slovakia’s second-largest city, a former European Capital of Culture with a stunning historic center and a well-preserved trove of Jewish heritage sites. But Kosice has the misfortune to be graced with a name whose middle syllable, for English speakers, is the kind of vulgarity that elicits titters from my inner 8-year-old.

Kosice’s Pushkinova Street synagogue is a center of Jewish life in the Slovakian city’s Jewish community. Wikimedia Commons
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