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In this Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 photo, Christmas lights adorn a building on the banks of the Medellin river, in Medellin, Colombia. The city once wracked by drug violence has undergone massive social and economic transformation, and it’s now known in tourist circles for spectacular Christmas light displays that veil churches, buildings, parks and even the Medellin River with glittering cascades of color. (AP Photo/Luis Benavides)

Medellin’s Christmas lights dazzle

Monday, December 22, 2014

Medellin, the city once wracked by drug violence, has undergone massive social and economic transformation, and it’s now known in tourist circles for spectacular Christmas light displays that veil churches, buildings, parks and even the Medellin River with glittering cascades of color. The spectacle can be seen in neighborhoods around the city every night through Jan. 12 from 6 p.m. …

Berlin exhibition evokes final months of WWII

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The tense expression on Ilse Grassmann’s face belies the festive occasion. It’s Christmas 1944 and she is sitting at home with her three youngest children, the table bare of food or gifts. Her husband is due to be called up soon to join Nazi Germany’s hopeless attempt to win the war. Their 18-year-old …

Travel Talk: Take a look at the travel trends for 2015

Sunday, December 14, 2014

I’m a research nut. I love delving into facts and figures and trying to mine nuggets that will help us be smarter about everything from grocery shopping to (of course!) travel. So when I found that Expedia, in concert with the Airlines Reporting Corp., unveiled its report “Preparing for Take-off: Air Travel Trends …

Travel Talk: Avoid a potential nightmare scenario – always pack your ID

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A few days before I travel – international or domestic, it doesn’t matter – I have the same nightmare. It goes like so: I finally weave through a long line and arrive at airport security, and as I …

Tourists watch solar alignment in Egypt temple

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hundreds of visitors gathered in Egypt on Wednesday at the Great Temple of Ramses II to watch the sun illuminate colossal statues, a rare 3,200-year-old astronomical ceremony that happens twice a year. At dawn at Abu Simbel, local …

New England raking in millions from leaf peepers

Sunday, October 19, 2014

On Mount Monadnock, hikers file up the 3,165-foot peak in lockstep, protected from drizzling rain by a luminous golden canopy of leaves. They’re not just gazing at foliage – they’re looking at cold, hard cash. Money really does …

Dogs welcome at St. Louis museum about, well, dogs

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Exhibits include dog paintings, dog sculptures and displays about famous dogs. But what really makes this St. Louis museum unique is the visitors: Dogs are welcome, and curators aren’t worried about the canines knocking things over or making …

Come sail away in a powerchute

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The enormous fanlike propeller behind the passenger whirs, then begins to howl as the pilot hits the accelerator. The wheels bump along the gravelly desert and a small jolt tugs on the safety belts as the chute billows …

Baggage Check: Talking through feelings hurt by a spouse and a good friend

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Q: My husband has become very involved in online message boards, to the point that it’s all he talks about. There is a woman on several of these boards with him. She lives across the country, but I know they Skype a lot. He doesn’t think he’s doing …

Ray Duckler: Leave the rest behind and come over here

Friday, October 10, 2014

‘I have to show you,” Deborah Ramsey said, with the enthusiasm of a child. “I have some in the trailer.” Ramsey rushed inside, dressed in khaki shorts, a pink top and sandals, as though she had something precious …

Family travel five: Let literary figures inspire your itinerary

Sunday, October 5, 2014

A good book can transport us to magical places and encourage exploration. Here are five places with stories to tell and the characters behind them: 1. A.A. Milne’s “Winnie the Pooh,” Winnipeg, Manitoba: A century ago, a Canadian soldier launched a literary legacy when he adopted a black …

Cycling France’s Loire Valley

Sunday, September 28, 2014

There are hundreds of miles of bike trails through the chateaux towns of France’s Loire Valley – and that’s what tripped us up. We’d been trying to cycle the 17 miles from Chenonceaux to Chaumont, but kept getting …

Travel Talk: Vacation and weather: can’t have one without the other

Saturday, September 27, 2014

In my mind, vacation and weather are inextricably intertwined. It’s really hard to think about one without thinking about the other. Everyone wants the weather on their vacation to be grand – whatever that might mean for your …