Hilary Larson's travel tales and tips.

The Art Of Languor

03/09/2015 - 20:00
Travel Writer

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

03/02/2015 - 19:00
Travel Writer

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

02/23/2015 - 19:00
Travel Writer

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

02/16/2015 - 19:00
Travel Writer

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

02/09/2015 - 19:00
Travel Writer

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

02/02/2015 - 19:00
Travel Writer

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

01/26/2015 - 19:00
Travel Writer

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

Diaspora Encounters To Cherish

01/19/2015 - 19:00
Travel Writer

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

01/12/2015 - 19:00
Travel Writer

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

01/06/2015 - 19:00
Travel Writer

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
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