Images of Frida Kahlo, that nice Jewish girl in traditional Mexican dress who has become the most merchandised art icon in the world, tell you a lot about her native land. That Mexico, where the Catholic conquistadores and indigenous tribes who preceded them were immigrants themselves, is an inherently tolerant country whose Jews feel a deep sense of identity with their adopted country.
There is something both comfortably familiar and appealingly exotic about Budapest. Wander the parliamentary area, whose buildings were inspired by Westminster, the high-end shopping malls that showcase global brands and some of the many museums, and you will feel totally at home.
Glide and weave in front of the Cathedral as festive lights sparkle overhead and stewards keep watch. A spectacular lantern procession is led from Winchester's Great Hall to the Cathedral on November 21. Prices start from £8.50 for adults and £5 for children.
As we sailed out of Venice, my love of cruising went up a notch. It was a beautiful late September afternoon and the sight of a buzzing St Mark's Square a few hundred yards away soon had me on cloud nine, albeit there was not a cloud in the sky.
The Piz Gloria restaurant, 10,000ft above the Swiss village of Mürren on Mount Schilthorn, is still welcoming Bond fans nearly half a century after it became the villain's hideout in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
It was here that Blofeld (aka Telly Savalas, complete with white cat) plotted to destroy the British establishment.
Skiing in Austria is hardly an unknown quantity - to many it's almost as familiar as "do-re-mi".
After all, Salzburgerland's claim
to fame is the cinematic blockbuster Sound of Music, and for me, its ski region- the Gastein Valley - does offer some of my favourite things that make up a fabulous ski holiday.
A new bridge linking Hong Kong and Macau should make a two-centre trip combining these former British and Portuguese colonies a reality. The project, linking the cities' colonial charm and cosmopolitan buzz, is due to be completed in 2016. We take a closer look at both destinations.
Ski resorts normally resound to the constant hum of shuttle buses, the excitable shouts of tourists racing to be first to the lifts and the unbearable boom of Eurotrash pop echoing from a myriad of bars.
If a two, or even three centre holiday is not enough, then how about a three nation afternoon? It's one of the intriguing possibilities thrown up by a short break in Basel. On a walking tour of the pretty, compact city on our opening morning, our guide explains that Germany is just a couple of miles away (a tram takes you there) and France is equally close.