Oct 082012
Amazing Fall Foliage in Rainbow New England Glory of NH

A person is a lucky duck to have a birthday in October and live in New England. It’s as if the whole scene is having a rainbow confetti party in your honor!

This weekend I celebrated my thirty-first birthday in a sweet, rural, rented lake house in New Hampshire with my husband, his burly male friends, and a whole bunch of BBQ meat.

A fire crackled constantly in brick fireplace, we mushed together [...Read More!]

Sep 292012
Sunset in Back Bay, Boston, Naughty on a Chocolate Tour

I was naughty on the second half of the Boston Chocolate Tour that I attended with a dozen other bloggers. In fact, I got naughty combined with creepy and hallucinatory… and it’s all the fault of the city and the sky.

I was focused on the chocolate and the clan at first… honest I was. The whole first hour and a half, I chomped the deep cocoa squares, smiling through chocolate-creamed teeth, [...Read More!]

Sep 162012
Beautiful Wedding Photos for My 500th Blog Article

This is the FIVE-HUNDREDTH article I have written on my Around the World “L” Travel Blog since its birth in 2009! The timing is fitting for three reasons. Read on to hear them…

First, as you can see from these photos, I just got married!

What does that have to do with this site? Well, I started this blog when I left my job to voyage around the world for a year alone in [...Read More!]

Sep 082012
Our Wedding Was on a Reality TV Show! Details Here.

Um, so… I was on reality TV this weekend. And our wedding was, too. It was really fun!  Here are answers to frequent questions.

Q: WHAT? Which show?

A: The show is “I Found the Gown” on TLC, and we are in the “Bargain Hunting Brides” episode. See it by clicking that link or by scrolling to the bottom of this article for the embedded video.

Q: How did this happen???

A: I randomly bought my wedding [...Read More!]

Sep 052012
Photos of a Chocolate Tour in Boston to Make You Drool

When someone asks, “Want to go on a chocolate tour?” you scream, “YES! YES!” then do a crazed dance around your house, squealing with joy. This is what happened to me thanks to Hiphost Tours and their Chocolate Tour of Boston. Little did I know the awkward moment it would cause.

The first Chocolate Destination of the tour was Beacon Hill Chocolates (by the MGH stop on the Red Line) where all these luscious [...Read More!]

Jul 162012
Wedding Planning is Travel to a Crazy Foreign Country

“What kind of wedding do you think you’ll have if you ever get married?” my roommate Meg asked me our Sophomore year in college.

“Easy,” I declared. “I’ll have a potluck in a field and wear a rainbow colored dress I make myself.”

Well, it’s a decade after that conversation, I’m getting married in five days, and my rustic wedding prediction was totally wrong.

Instead, Colin and I are going FULL OUT into Wedding [...Read More!]

Jul 072012
My Speech With the Mayor at the Boston Hostel Opening

Perhaps you read in the Boston Globe that Boston just opened the New Boston Hostel: a gorgeous, affordable 480-bed hostel in the heart of downtown…

…and that I gave a rousing speech to the packed crowd at the grand opening and ribbon-cutting, alongside the Mayor of Boston!

Here is the text of my speech.

Hello, my name is Lillie Marshall, and I am a 30-year old Boston Public Schools teacher. Any guesses how [...Read More!]

Jun 252012
The Funniest Signs on Cape Cod, Thanks to Sandwich, MA

Notice the extreme seriousness of my face in the lead photo of this article.

But dearest readers, I ask you: How can you NOT be saddened, thinking of all the ham sandwiches in history that have been burned by toasters?

How can you NOT sniffle, remembering that veggie panini scorched by your Mickey-Mouse-shaped grill that went rogue last summer?

How can a single tear NOT roll down your cheek, recalling that day you put [...Read More!]

Jun 092012
Improve Your Relationships: Travel for a Day or More!

Want to improve your romantic, friendship, or family relationships?

Here’s an easy method that works, and is even backed up by science: Travel for a day trip or longer.

Why does travel enhance human connections? Expansion.

To elaborate on the research behind this, let’s draw from the excellent New York Times article, “The Happy Marriage is the ‘Me” Marriage.” In this article, Tara Parker-Pope pulls together a number of recent studies to explain that happier [...Read More!]