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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 …

Take the train to the Grand Canyon

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The drive to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim is easy enough. Get to Flagstaff and it’s only about 90 miles across Arizona’s high country. But why take a car when you can ride a train, especially one like …

Summer archaeology school looks at 2 sites

Sunday, June 15, 2014

A caribou hunting encampment and Mount Jasper are the sites two archaeological programs in New Hampshire this summer. Participants in the school will learn site documentation, artifact identification, data recovery skills and field mapping. They will investigate Mount Jasper, a site in Berlin that was used for more …

Chaucer’s tales still lure visitors to Canterbury

Sunday, June 8, 2014

After nearly 1,000 years, murder in the cathedral is still luring visitors to Canterbury. It was in the Canterbury Cathedral in 1107 that Archbishop Thomas Becket was killed, viciously, by four knights who believed they were doing the …

Budapest: 5 free things to see, fountains to parks

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Since the fall of communism in 1990, Budapest’s central districts, mainly those straddling the Danube River, have undergone several stages of renewal – raging from simple cosmetic improvements to full reconstructions. Development money from the European Union over …

Travel Talk: The scariest part of flying? The germs

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Lots of folks are afraid to fly. I get it. In fact, I had horrible fear of flying for several years. Specifically, I was afraid of tumbling out of the sky in an out-of-control spin that would end …

Hiking in the American Southwest

Sunday, May 18, 2014

‘Excuse me, coming through, sorry, thank you!” I kept repeating loudly and urgently as I hiked up Picacho Peak, which rises like a Western saddle from the endless desert just off Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz. …

Travel Talk: How to protect your money while traveling

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Ah spring! The daffodils are blooming, lawns are greening up . . . and readers, friends and colleagues are asking how to protect their money on upcoming trips. After all, you can survive without your luggage (at least …

New Mexico: 5 free things in Santa Fe

Sunday, May 11, 2014

There’s no doubt this capital city has truly earned its nickname as The City Different. Its skyline is not made of skyscrapers, but rather a collection of flat-topped adobe buildings that has taken more than four centuries to …

Street art and trendy cafes in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Sunday, May 4, 2014

For the last few years, a neighborhood called Williamsburg has been the epicenter of Brooklyn cool. But with prices for Williamsburg condos hitting $4 million and up, young creative types are migrating to trendier – and less expensive …

Travel Talk: When booking rooms, ask the right people the right questions

Sunday, April 27, 2014

We’re back! After a winter of snowbirding with our pooches Maggie and Millie, we’re settled in at home in Bow. But more about what we learned on the road in another column. This column has to be about …