Holidays

Visit The Hague to gather the pearls of Dutch art

By Anthea Gerrie, December 1, 2016

"It's all about Amsterdam," shrugged the car rental agent, proffering a map of the capital as we picked up our vehicle, bound for some of the Netherlands' other great treasure-houses of art.

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The hottest trend in holidays? Taking the whole family with you

By Maxine Clayman, November 25, 2016

It used to be that you couldn't wait for your first taste of freedom. Getting away from mum and dad and going on tour with Habonim, or spending the summer working on a Kibbutz was the ultimate dream.

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Take a bite out of foodie Philly

By Rupert Parker, November 17, 2016

With more history than Washington DC, a similar buzz to New York and a compact walkable centre, the biggest surprise is that it's taken so long to rediscover Philadelphia.

But the city, America's first capital, now has more visitors from the UK than any other overseas country, tempted for a long weekend by direct flights and its unique attractions.

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Angouleme: The comic capital

By Fiona Tarbet, November 11, 2016

Being something of a comic book geek (understatement of the century) the thought of a trip to the art haven of Angoulême, named the International City of Comics and Image, had me swimming in a sea of Aquaman back issues.

But the French city is not simply a hot spot for comic collectors, with its rich history of visual arts, there's far more than first meets the eye.

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Mothers-to-be: time to pamper yourself with a 'babymoon'

By Jessica Weinstein, November 8, 2016

‘Take this opportunity to rest before the baby comes, you’ll never have another chance to just focus on yourself.” So the prevailing wisdom goes — and it’s advice that I’ve been given by family members, colleagues, even the man at the post office. So I decided to listen and booked a babymoon.

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Iceland: the magic circle

By Sharron Livingston, October 27, 2016

One. This is the unassuming name for what must be one of the world’s most interesting roads.

Its 832 miles encircles Iceland and offers some of the most dazzling experiences that nature can muster. This single road brings you brooding mountains, tortured lava plains, thunderous waterfalls, jagged icebergs, boiling mud pools and glaciers.

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A tale of two cities

By Anthea Gerrie, October 21, 2016

'We know the Jews lived around here," says my guide Mara Castaño, pointing mournfully towards the river which runs through Valladolid, "but there is nothing left of them."

The city's ghetto may have crumbled following 500 years of disuse but the community has been sorely missed since the Sephardim were expelled from Spain, she adds.

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Four have fun in Cornwall

By Sarah Ebner, October 6, 2016

Penzance is not the most obvious place to find a Jewish cemetery, so I was delighted - and more than a little intrigued - to visit a beautifully kept burial ground on a family holiday to Cornwall.

Jews initially came to Penzance from Germany and Holland, with the first synagogue in the area built in 1768.

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The sound of alpine silence

By Anthea Gerrie, September 29, 2016

The hills were alive with the sound of music - odd, as when I stopped to listen, there was only the faint tinkle of a distant cowbell.

Welcome to the Austrian Tyrol - land of glorious contradictions. That sense of music filling meadows which are actually distinguished by the blessed sound of silence is only the half of it.

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Norway's feast for the senses

By Russell Kett, September 23, 2016

Ready to be tempted? Seven days of cruising around southern Norway's spectacular scenery on an adults-only ship, avoiding flights with a round trip out of Southampton - and kosher meals at no extra cost? What could be better? In my case, nothing.

From the moment we arrived at the dockside to board P&O's Arcadia, everything clicked into place.

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