Places like Brooklyn Boulders, where climbers scale the peaks safely, give Somerville that trendy edge.

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Places like Brooklyn Boulders, where climbers scale the peaks safely, give Somerville that trendy edge.

At Brooklyn Boulders, cyclists can park their bikes inside.

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At Brooklyn Boulders, cyclists can park their bikes inside.

At Bloc 11, what’s to eat with your exotic coffee could be locally sourced.

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At Bloc 11, what’s to eat with your exotic coffee could be locally sourced.

Bloc 11 customers can read, work, caffeinate, chat, and eat food made onsite.

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Bloc 11 customers can read, work, caffeinate, chat, and eat food made onsite.

Records — the old-fashioned vinyl kind — rule the roost at Somerville Grooves.

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Records — the old-fashioned vinyl kind — rule the roost at Somerville Grooves.

For those who prefer “tree books” to e-books, Hub Comics offers a well-curated collection, with comics and hard-bound collections,

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For those who prefer “tree books” to e-books, Hub Comics offers a well-curated collection, with comics and hard-bound collections,

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There are many bike lanes, but you may have to push your fixed-gear bike a bit through Somerville’s seven hills.

Union Square is hipster central

Move over, Cambridge. These days, anyone seeking a countercultural adventure comes to Somerville. By Clea Simon

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/07/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/edison.jpg No vacations from scary food allergies

Raising an allergic toddler, especially one still nursing, is a high-stress life.

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Traveling alone as a woman to New York City can be exhilarating — or overwhelming.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/08/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/IMG_2881(1).jpg Vermont’s Basin Harbor Club Gets Better With Age

It’s easy to see why multigeneration families from all over the country return to Basin Harbor Club every year.

The Tip

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/22/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/holydoor.pgeg.jpg Holy Door opens in Quebec City

Visitors to Quebec City this year can enter Notre-Dame de Quebec Basilica-Cathedral through the first Catholic Holy Door outside of Europe.

FOOD | TRAVEL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/08/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/photoA.jpg More than the daily catch in Bristol

Best known for its Fourth of July parade, the seafaring town of Bristol is starting to garner a reputation for excellent meals on any type of budget.

Christopher Muther

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/27/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/06Muther%20-1084-1086.jpg In defense of the Knee Defender

After a fight about more legroom, a plea for air travel common courtesy.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/07/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/DSC00901%20(5).JPG Wrestling with a guilty conscience while watching bulls toppled

I’ve come to Villavicencio, Colombia, to understand the fascination of watching bulls flipped over at high speeds.

Travel Troubleshooter

What happened to the repair records?

After Jiuguang Wang is involved in a fender bender, Europcar didn’t send the repair record to the company that insured the vehicle. Is he stuck with the bill?

“Gassed: In Arduis Fidelis” (1919) is by Gilbert Rogers, a portraitist who served in France in the Royal Army Medical Corps. Its motto was “Faithful in Adversity.”

IWM (IMPERIAL WAR MUSUEUMS)

London’s Imperial War Museum revisits horrors of World War I

The World War I exhibition introduces visitors to the trials and triumphs that marked the “War to End All Wars.”

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/14/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/reddevils.jpg Treading lightly atop battlegrounds

Who knew how many bodies had been carried into the now gutted chambers a few feet beneath us?

Check In

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/11/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/GUANAHANI-ADMIRAL-VIEW3.jpg Hotel Guanahani & Spa

It’s not easy to stand out on beautiful Saint Barthélemy, the chic French Caribbean island.

Secret of the week

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/25/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/GLOBESECRETAQUARIUM.jpg One of the best shows at the aquarium is free

Seven Atlantic harbor seals are on permanent, free display.

News, apps, deals, and gear

Here, There, and Everywhere

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/14/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/Cambodia1.jpg From food celebrations to Cambodian adventures

News, apps, deals, and gear from New England and beyond.

Weekend fun guide

Weekend Fun Guide

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/06/11/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/new_england_map.jpg Things to do around New England every weekend of summer 2014

New England’s hottest, coolest, jazziest, beachiest, blueberry-est summertime festivals.

Globe Magazine

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/05/12/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/MAG0518_COVERwhitesky.jpg New England travel guide: 12 classic destinations

Make new memories, or refresh old ones, by exploring these great locations.

Cape Cod and the Islands

Henry David Thoreau, circa 1855.

Henry David Thoreau’s ‘Cape Cod’

We thought this brief passage from Thoreau’s chapter titled “Across the Cape” would be an appropriate way to say goodbye to the Cape for the summer.

Nonstop destinations from Boston

Pilsen is the center of the Mexican community.

The hunt for Chicago’s next hot neighborhood

A tour of three of Chicago’s emerging neighborhoods: Pilsen, Logan Square, and Andersonville, plus a look at the scene at the new Godfrey Hotel.

A Tank Away