Normandy: 75 years after D-Day

What I remember most about visiting Gettysburg is the mint chocolate chip ice cream I ate after we’d finished walking aimlessly through the grassy, Civil War battlefields dotted with information plaques. I imagined similarly dull days when my husband last month outlined his grand idea for us to visit the World War II D-Day beaches […]

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The best places for people watching this summer

Living in Europe for nearly five years has taught me the art of nursing a minuscule espresso while watching the world pass by on a sunny day. No Starbucks, no iPhone, no book. Just you and a prime spot on the sidewalk. There are few activities as delectable as this. Here are my favorite places […]

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Have a peaceful weekend

My son and I are hopping on a train to Zurich this afternoon, where we’ll meet my husband for the weekend. Somehow we’ve lived in Switzerland for nearly five years without ever having visited the country’s largest city! We’re headed to the Zurich zoo tomorrow and hope we can practice our Schweizerdeutsch (Swiss-German). If you […]

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Are you going somewhere this year?

  I’m not speaking metaphorically about your New Year’s Resolutions, although mine is to meditate more (the ultimate destination, right?). I’m asking if you are literally going somewhere in 2019 because January is the best month to book flights, according to Skyscanner.com. The flight search engine website reported that from January to March of 2018, domestic […]

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On visiting Jerusalem

  I try to keep my travel writing light and useful — lots of “how to”s and photos of beautiful places. But after visiting Jerusalem last month I was left so speechless, so in awe… I’m still confused how to put my experience into words. Something happened to me in Jerusalem. Some door inside my […]

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One reason I’m afraid to move back to the U.S.

  This time of year I find myself thinking more and more about stuff. About shoes and gadgets and scarves and face creams. I find myself lured onto websites with the promise of “20% OFF” and Googling “the perfect gift” for family members who would probably be happy to simply spend time together — the […]

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Bite-sized Portugal: Within 25 miles of Lisbon

When I began asking friends where we should visit on our family trip to Portugal, their answers ranged from Porto in the north to Faro in the south, from the Douro Valley vineyards to the Algarve coast. And while I would’ve happily spent two weeks zigzagging across the country, I knew one of us would not […]

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