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Montreal artist Benny Wilding's mural at at the Beaubien Metro station in Montreal celebrates the St-Hubert's past.

CHRISTOPHER MUTHER

Big things are happening in a petite Montreal neighborhood

The Petite-Patrie neighborhood of Montreal is finding new life as a haven for fun boutiques and hot restaurants.

Do I deserve compensation for my canceled Vueling Airlines flight?

When Vueling Airlines delays David Levine’s flight, it owes him compensation under European regulations. Why isn’t it paying him, as promised?

The bar at Peregrine restaurant at The Whitney, a new boutique hotel.

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The Whitney is a former nurses’ dorm, transformed with care

Say hello to The Whitney, a new 65-room luxury boutique hotel in Boston’s Beacon Hill. Goodbye, John Jeffries House, which operated as a functional but no-frills hotel/hostel hybrid in this space for many years, post-dorm.

A crumbling classroom in Pripyat, Ukraine.

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What it’s like to tour Chernobyl

The Ukrainian government is promoting the Exclusion Zone as a tourist destination. I had to go.

The Buffalo Roundup in Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota is a glimpse of the frontier spirit of the Old West.

Thundering out of an iconic American past: The Buffalo Roundup in South Dakota’s Custer State Park

In a practical sense, the roundup helps manage the size and health of the herd. For the bison, it’s an annual checkup, complete with a weigh-in and vaccinations for the new calves. For the rest of us, the roundup is a glimpse of a real ritual of the west.

Deatrich Wise Jr. (pictured last season) was selected by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of University of Arkansas.

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The VIP Lounge with Deatrich Wise Jr.

The Patriots defensive end said Jamaica is his all-time favorite vacation go-to spot. (And he can’t go anywhere without his charger.)

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Cycleboat Boston offers pedal-powered sightseeing tours of Boston Harbor. It has pedal stations for 10 riders — with coolers for easy-reach-beers set up in front of stations.

Cycling on the water with beer? It’s real, and it’s in Boston

Cycleboat Boston offers pedal-powered sightseeing tours of Boston Harbor. It can accommodate up to 16 people, and is BYOB (and food).

Eric Goodwin on a visit to St. John in the US Virgin Islands.

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VIP Lounge with entrepreneur Eric Goodwin

When he’s not operating one of his many restaurants or hospitality consulting and recruiting businesses, Goodwin loves to travel — especially to St. John in the US Virgin Islands.

A room at the Moxy hotel, which opens in September in the Theater District.

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Micro hotels are the next big thing in Boston

For those who aren’t familiar with the term, a micro hotel has tiny rooms — in some cases as small as 50 square feet — with large social spaces for mingling, working, eating, and drinking.

If you go . . . N.H. border towns

Step back in time in Southern New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire Farm Museum chronicles agricultural life in New Hampshire from the early days of America to the present.

Simpler, gentler: A journey through the eastern N.H. hinterlands

The multiple hamlets of Milton and Wakefield are sometimes called the “New Hampshire Border Villages.” These places also exist on the border of then and now.

Q&A with Madeline Bilis, author of ‘50 Hikes in Eastern Massachusetts’

The Dudley native hiked and walked more than 160 miles researching her book.

Gondwana Ecotours has launched its Polar Bear Adventure Tour in September 2019, a 7-day polar bear photography adventure to the northernmost U.S. town: Utqiaġvik (formerly known as Barrow) in Alaska. Guests can capture images of polar bears, snowy owls, and the northern lights, talk to tribal elders about native life in modern times, view equipment used in tribal whaling expeditions, and more.

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Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters in Brewster.

Finding good coffee on the Cape is no longer a grind

Whether you’re looking for a place to pull up an Adirondack chair in the morning sunshine, cold brew in hand, or a cozy table and a warm cappuccino to ride out that one rainy afternoon on your vacation, the number of maverick coffeehouses is on the rise on the Cape.

Waterville Valley Resort sits on Corcoran Pond, where you can rent pedal boats, canoes, kayaks, or paddle boards.

Looking for a New England getaway before summer ends? Here are some suggestions

Sure, it’s August. But there’s still time for a late summer vacation.

Boston, MA - 6-13-2019 - Why is this pedestrian on Ashburton Place under an umbrella protecting himself from the rain even though the sky is blue? Behind him is actually a photo/mural that is on outside of the ArcherResidences on Beacon Hill. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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New ways to appreciate Boston’s architecture

Pull out an app and learn about the buildings around you whose details you may not have noticed, or take a walking tour of architecturally rich neighborhoods.

The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed First Unitarian Society Meeting House in Wisconsin.

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‘What better way to tell the story of a place than through its buildings?’

There’s an increasing interest among travelers in architecture, which has been moving from the background to the foreground among the principal things that draw people to a destination.

A woman rests her barer feet on an airplane tray table from this photo from the Instagram account Passenger Shaming

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No one — and I mean no one — wants to see your bare feet on a plane. Ever.

I can’t believe I actually need to say this, but it’s necessary, so here it goes: In the name of all that is holy, please leave your shoes and/or socks on your feet when you’re on an airplane.

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How to afford a trip to expensive Switzerland

Switzerland has a well deserved reputation for being very costly, but there is a secret to traveling within the country: Travel like the Swiss.

Nic Rouleau (seen in front of Pont du Gard in France) is in the touring production of “Hello Dolly.”

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The VIP Lounge with actor Nic Rouleau, coming to Boston for ‘Hello Dolly’

We caught up with Rouleau, 32, to talk about all things travel.

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Passengers at O’Hare International Airport waited to be screened at a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint in Chicago.

Why your Global Entry application may be taking forever

According to US Customs and Border Protection, a surge in immigration and the government shutdown at the beginning of the year are responsible.

 Since 2015, the US share of the international travel market has dropped 2 percent: In laymen’s terms, we’re losing the tourism race.

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As US headlines grow grim, foreign travelers continue to take vacations elsewhere

Would you choose to vacation in a country currently dominating headlines for its gun violence, domestic terrorism, and humans locked away in cages?

Cycle a picturesque coastal route from Gloucester to Maine

Great Freedom Adventures creates bike tours all over New England, and its latest option is self-guided.

BOSTON, 6/30/2019 - From left, Morgan Tansey of Westford, MA and Taylor Aslani, of Orange, CA,wait for a flight to visit her family on Costa Rica, after their first flight was cancelled due to weather. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Metro, Desk)

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Logan, JetBlue rank low for on-time arrivals, especially in the summer

There are more delays out of Logan during summer months than winter thanks to vacation crowds and unpredictable weather. Logan has the fifth worst record among US airports for on-time arrivals.

Visitors to Star Island dock in sheltered Gosport Harbor, with views of the historic Oceanic Hotel (Pamela Wright) 04starisland

A shining Star in the Atlantic

Our trip out to Star Island, part of the storied Isles of Shoals, a group of nine islands straddling the New Hampshire and Maine border, was short and scenic.

The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa in November 2018

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How to pick a honeymoon destination

“If you think you’re going to do constant hikes and mountain trekking, and your husband wants to lay on the beach, you’ll have your first newlywed fight pretty quick,” said travel blogger Amy Hartle.

Delta has outfitted its 700th plane with seatback entertainment.

More seatback screens, nicer meals, free Wi-Fi, and wine? Delta rethinks economy

Delta Air Lines is making changes in the economy cabin, and, get this, the changes are for the good of passengers.

For two weeks’ vacation, all you need is a carry-on and these handy travel tips

Traveling always comes with a certain amount of anxiety, so the more you can do up front to alleviate some of it, the better your time away will be.

Kate McCulley of Adventurous Kate’s solo female travel blog on Table Mountain in Cape Town.

A Q&A with Adventurous Kate

Reading native Kate McCulley was a 22-year-old with an English degree working at an office job in Fort Point Channel when she read a blog about a man circling the globe by himself and thought: This is what I need to do. Now she’s teaching women how they can travel the world alone, safely.

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I canceled my Emirates ticket within 24 hours. Where’s my refund?

When Scott Cocking canceled his ticket from Kathmandu to New York within 24 hours of booking it, he expected a full refund from Emirates. He did not get one. Can anyone persuade Emirates to change its answer?

A section of the frescoed mural “The Epic of American Civilization.”

Two fine arts sites beckon in New Hampshire

In Cornish, a sculptor’s home and studios, with a view; up the river road, a Mexican muralist’s masterpiece.

Story Land in Glen, N.H., partners with Autism Speaks to host a Sensory Friendly weekend twice a year.

Autism-friendly travel for kids on the spectrum

Here are some ideas and tips for traveling — far-flung or nearby — that are autism-friendly.

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We drove a 30-foot RV through the Southwest — and lived to tell about it

Renting a car and booking hotels would’ve been easy. But for Sedona, the Grand Canyon, and Zion, we wanted memorable.

28thrifty - At WilmaÕs Eclectic Finds, the home goods have a distinctly beach-y vibe. (Diane Bair for The Boston Globe)

Skip the T-shirt shops, already: Thrift(y) shopping on the Cape

Why the bounty of bargains over the bridge? Consider the demographic: Many Cape residents are older and downsizing. Plus, they buy oodles of stuff for their grandkids, and then the kids outgrow it.

Tavin Fisher, 7, aboard the steam engine.

Clark’s Bears is everything: Bear shows, bumper boats, nostalgia, and more

Clark’s Bears, also known as Clark’s Trading Post, celebrated its 90th birthday last year as a venerable New Hampshire roadside attraction.

Craig Rodwell, founder of the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop in the Fall of 1969

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The parade is over, but the party continues. Celebrating 50 years of Pride in New York

I may have missed Madonna, but I was adamant that I was not going to miss all the exhibitions and art filling New York through the remainder of 2019.

Kathy Najimy and her family visited Lebanon in 2007.

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The VIP Lounge with actress Kathy Najimy

On Aug. 4, she will be at The Art House in Provincetown with friend and fellow actress/activist Debra Messing. The show is part of the 2019 Town Hall series that is raising funds for Sandy Hook Promise.

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Park it here on the Cape Cod Rail Trail

Feel like doing just a bit of the rail trail, or ready to go end-to-end? Here are some places to park your car for free.

The 192 rooms — sorry, “chambers” — at the Virgin Hotel in San Francisco are succinct without feeling cramped, helped in no small part by floor-to-ceiling windows letting the sunshine in.

In San Francisco, new destinations over the top

How to be over the top, but not obnoxiously so? If there’s a way to do indulgence tastefully, the new Virgin Hotel comes close.

Neon-lit Beale Street, home to more than two dozen bars and nightclubs, is TennesseeÕs most-visited attraction. (Diane Bair) 16memphis

You can visit, as long as you promise not to sing ‘Walking in Memphis’

Even after a few days of biscuit-and-gravy-fueled sightseeing, you’ll barely capture the city’s flavor.

21capetrail - TheyÕve eliminated hairy road crossings on the Cape Cod Rail Trail by using bridges and tunnels. (Diane Bair for The Boston Globe)

Cool cruising along the Cape Cod Rail Trail

Traveling through the towns of Yarmouth, Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham, and Wellfleet, the Cape Cod Rail Trail “passes through all types of neighborhoods: residential, commercial, woodlands, ponds, bogs, trees, fields, swamps and creeks.”

Casey Affleck stars in “The Finest Hours,” a 2016 film based on the 2009 book by Casey Sherman (who attended Barnstable High School) and Michael J. Tougias that chronicles an extraordinary and heroic rescue off Chatham in 1952 by the US Coast Guard.

Some of the Cape’s finest hours: On the big screen and printed page

Cape Cod has provided inspiration and settings to many a novelist and filmmaker. If you’re heading to the Cape this summer, you may want to check out a book or a movie before you go.

Sculptor Patrick Dougherty at a window of his stick sculpture,

Get stuck on sticks with a visit to ‘A Passing Fancy’

Over the last 30 years, Patrick Dougherty has completed more than 250 stick sculptures, or “stickworks,” all over the world, and involving community volunteers is a hallmark of his process.