Oct 302012
 
A Hidden Hike in the Beautiful Berkshire Mountains

Remember how one secret to a happy relationship is to take exciting weekend trips? Let’s add to that: Make your relationships even more thrilling by including hilarious and brilliant family members in your travel plans! Ensure that all parties involved enjoy hiking and making dramatic poses in pictures. And eat a lot.

So it was that my husband Colin and I drove three hours on an October Friday evening from Boston to [...Read More!]

Oct 212012
 
Jewish Wedding Traditions in Joyful and Romantic Photos

Today marks the three month anniversary of our epic wedding (married life has been lovely so far, thanks for asking!), so let us commemorate it with a final wedding article: an entertaining yet educational piece using the final photos from our nuptials to illustrate the glorious traditions of a Jewish wedding.

The Ketubah is the sacred Jewish marriage contract, and Colin and I signed it in an intimate room right before the actual wedding ceremony. A Ketubah [...Read More!]

Oct 112012
 
Autumn Leaves, Unplugging, and Living on a Pond Raft

As you saw in my recent fall foliage article, I was in the heart-stoppingly gorgeous middle-of-nowhere, New Hampshire for my birthday. Throughout the weekend, the theme of “unplugging” and “being cut off from civilization” recurred… in part because my husband‘s friend decided to live for 24 hours on a raft and boat.

Let us call this friend “Cory” to mask his identity. See that lake in the photo, above? See the raft forty [...Read More!]

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!]