Holidays

Forget Grace Kelly. I'll have the Bardot

May 12, 2011

As Count Rudi takes my hand and brushes it with the lightest of kisses, it's impossible not to feel just a little impressed as I switch down a gear and ease into my stay at the Marbella Club Hotel.

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Tanzania: combining safari and tropical beaches.

By Judith Baker, May 5, 2011

Serengeti, and Zanzibar in the east African country of Tanzania conjure images of explorers, traders and old civilizations. These days Tanzania is a destination for a different kind of explorer - those looking for a different holiday experience.

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A rich tapestry of Norman history

April 28, 2011

Think Normandy and two things normally come to mind: D-Day Beaches and the slightly soggy part of France you pass through on your way to warmer climes in the Dordogne or Provence.

Whilst the former is richly deserved and a good reason to explore the region, the latter proves nothing but our infatuation with avoiding "British" weather when we go abroad.

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Napoli ever after

By Jennifer Lipman, April 21, 2011

Spaghetti doesn't grow on trees, but if it did, it would be at the Gragnano pasta factory. There are piles of the stuff everywhere, fresh from the mixer, hung up to dry and heaped on trays ready to be packaged and plated.

The smell of pasta - of Italy really - is in the air as chef Antonino explains in broken English the process of making the country's signature dish.

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Next year in Jerusalem

April 14, 2011

We say it every Pesach but, for most, the words do not venture beyond a spiritual notion. But if you are going to turn aspiration into reality, prepare to cast away preconceptions.

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Making the most of Greece

By Lucy Tobin, April 7, 2011

There can't be many links between Turkey Twizzlers and a dream Grecian holiday. But here's one. When Jamie Oliver condemned the Twizzler for being unhealthy during his school dinners TV series, the negative publicity sent sales soaring.

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A hotel that thinks it is a playground

By Simon Round, March 24, 2011

Suffolk is not as flat as you might think. From the road, the undulations seem gentle but if, for example, you should find yourself at the bottom of one of these undulations with two small children - both learning how to ride bikes - the hill can appear as daunting as the north face of Everest.

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All par for the course on the Spanish coast

By Barry Toberman, March 17, 2011

Fairway to heaven or a good walk spoiled?

Golf can divide opinion to the point where a keen clubber's paradise is their partner's purgatory.

But on the southern Spanish coast, the 148-roomed NH Almenara Golf Hotel and Spa in Sotogrande is endeavouring to appeal to both the tee-time set and those for whom greens more readily conjure up images of
vegetables.

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As cold as it gets, but what a way to break the ice

By Barbara Lantin, March 10, 2011

The sound of cracking ice is familiar to many cruise passengers. But the splintering noise we heard on our fifth day in Greenland had nothing to do with cubes tinkling in a tumbler of Scotch. From the creamy cliff-face of the Eqip Sermia glacier - 5km from our hillside vantage point but seeming much closer - came the roar of the ice-wall splitting and falling.

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Secret summer sojourn in a Swiss ski resort

By Jenni Frazer, March 4, 2011

Sometimes the incongruous and the unexpected provide the happiest of marriages. As with Christmas in July, so with Switzerland in high summer.

There is still, for romantics, a bit of snow, right up at the top of the mountains. But everywhere else is like something from a child's colouring book: the greenest of green trees, the bluest of blue lakes and skies.

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