Hilary Larson's travel tales and tips.

Wine, Wildflowers And Kolache, Texas Style

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Texas isn’t an especially popular vacation destination for New Yorkers. (Many Democrats, you may recall, viewed President George W. Bush’s choice of hot, arid Midland for summer vacations as proof of his poor judgment.)

A scene of America with a German twist: Main Street, Fredericksburg, in Texas’ Hill Country. Hilary Larson/JW

South By Southwest

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Strolling around the pretty Spanish plaza at the heart of Old La Mesilla, Texas, watching children play and families chat in the public square, I thought: Why aren’t there more places like this in the U.S.?

View over Cuidad Juarez from El Paso, above. Hilary Larson/JW

The Wild Jewish West

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The last time I saw the sun, it was setting over Tucson, Ariz.

Oggi and I started our cross-country drive in sunny Los Angeles. But somewhere in western Texas, we awoke to a cold drizzle, which turned into a week of rainstorms and unrelenting gray skies that we managed to follow, thanks to the jet stream, all the way to Boston. Where, as I write this a day after our arrival, the rain has just turned to — you guessed it — snow.

Congress Street in downtown Tucson. Wikimedia Commons

The Art Of Languor

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Along the boutique-dotted boulevards of Palm Springs, Calif., the most pressing issues of the day are delightfully trivial.

Palm Springs residents relax on the lawn of an apartment complex, framed by the San Jacinto Mountains. Hilary Larson/JW

Echoes Of The Rothschilds

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When I am asked about my least favorite airport, I never hesitate. While my relationship with JFK, my home base, is of the love-hate variety, there is no airport I loathe the way I loathe Frankfurt.

The Deutsche Bank building in Frankfurt. Hilary Larson/JW

Where Snow Is Always Welcome

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Few of us welcome snow in New York, where it perhaps looks picturesque for a half-hour in the park — but then mostly just snarls up commutes, collects in dirty piles on the corner and fouls up sidewalks with slush.

The slopes of Bansko feature quality skiing at reasonable prices.  Wikimedia Commons

A Shell Of A Time

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On my first visit to Sanibel Island, the skinny, kidney-shaped isle just off the coast of Ft. Myers, Fla., I learned about the “Sanibel Stoop.”

A Sanibel Island beach.  Hilary Larson/JW

Tips For Winter Driving Journeys

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Somewhere east of Providence, R.I., the winter finally caught up with me.

A snow-covered road along the author’s route in the South Coast area of Massachusetts.  Hilary Larson/JW

A Shore Thing

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Some people come to Santa Cruz to surf; others come to stroll the boardwalk and ogle the sea lions. There are thrill rides for children, redwood forests for nature lovers and sunsets for everyone.

On the boardwalk in Santa Cruz. Amy Larson

Irish Pluralism On Display

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Tucked into the Gothic arches and dank, mossy halls of Trinity College Dublin is the Weingreen Biblical Antiquities Museum. It’s a small collection of artifacts from around the eastern Mediterranean, spanning the ninth millennium B.C.E. to the late Middle Ages, and it was renamed in the 1970s to honor one Professor Weingreen, a Hebrew scholar who taught at Trinity for 40 years.

Dublin’s Temple Bar, in the city’s cobblestoned central nightlife district. Wikimedia Commons
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