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Hilary Larson's travel tales and tips.

The Jewish Connection

07/23/2013
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After only a day and a half in Oslo, I started to recognize people on the street.

Oslo’s Holocaust Center features some intensely personal displays. Hilary Larson

A Jewish Eye For V.I.

07/16/2013
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Who knew there were rainforests in Canada? Snow, mountains, stormy Pacific beaches: those you expect. But Vancouver Island — a sprawling landmass just across the Inside Passage from its namesake city — has all of these and dense coastal rainforest, too.

Canada’s Pacific coast at Tofino boasts watery inlets and a temperate rainforest.  Tourism BC/J.F. Bergeron

Northern (Jewish) Exposure

07/09/2013
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I woke up every couple of hours during my first night in Trondheim, Norway. I couldn’t resist peeking out the window to see if it ever got dark. And no, it didn’t.

Trondheim’s old wharves along the Nidelva River. Hilary Larson

The New Price Of Vacationing

07/02/2013
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‘Paris is so expensive,” one girlfriend complained over a basil martini at a recent girls’ night out. We had all recently returned from jaunts overseas, and the topic had turned to that perennial kvetch of American travelers: how expensive “Europe” is.

Receipts from a recent European jaunt. Hilary Larson

The Book On Summer Culture

06/26/2013
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Always havens for warm-weather culture, the artsy towns of the Berkshires — from Stockbridge and Great Barrington to Pittsfield and North Adams — have developed a distinctly bookish identity of late. This summer’s lineup of lectures, book groups, film screenings and classes might have you wondering if you’re really vacationing in the mountains — or on a college campus.

A view of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass. Photo courtesy Berkshire Visitors Bureau

Every Day, A Jewish Celebration

06/18/2013
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There is so much raucous nightlife on Ibiza that it can be a challenge to appreciate how very tranquila this island can be. Best known for its international D.J. scene and jet-set parties, Ibiza — the liveliest of Spain’s Balearic islands — is also a paradise of limpid turquoise coves, sun-baked villages and stunning Mediterranean vistas.

Ibiza, a scenic Spanish island. ©Xescu Prats, courtesy Consell Insular d’Eivissa

Pacific Heights

06/11/2013
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It was still April, but the temperature unexpectedly soared into the high 90s in Southern California. The sidewalks sizzled; the canyons seemed to shimmer. A hot blanket of haze settled over the valleys.

The craggy shoreline of Laguna Beach offers a combination of beautiful scenery, warm air and surprisingly chilly water.

Old World History, New World Recreation

06/04/2013
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On my first visit, St. Augustine, Fla., was not what I expected.

Intrigued by the romance of a place founded by Spaniards more than four centuries ago, I imagined it might share some of the flavor of colonial settlements in Latin America: cobblestone streets, pastel haciendas and shady courtyards.

The Old Town I actually saw, though, felt more like the Wild West than San Miguel de Allende.

The Spanish-style Cathedral Basilica, left. Right, strolling along in St. Augustine’s Old Town. Hilary Larson

Rules Of The Road

05/28/2013
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I loved my 2009 honeymoon, two weeks of frolicking among the villages of Italy’s Ligurian coast.

The long and winding road: Off the beaten path in Bulgaria. Photos by Hilary Larson

Biscayne Boulevard Rising

05/21/2013
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For most visitors — and I am no different — Miami is essentially South Beach. Even though its wide, sandy beachfront and Art Deco landmarks aren’t in Miami proper, South Beach feels more like our idea of Miami than the empty sidewalks and soulless glass towers of downtown.

Shoppers in the Miami Design District northeast of downtown. Hilary Larson
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