Sea islands

By Rupert Parker, June 12, 2014

I'm standing by the jetty on Cumberland Island waiting for the ferry back to St Marys and can see dolphins and manatees frolicking off the coast.

It's less than three hours' drive from SeaWorld in Orlando, but here I'm seeing animals in their natural habitat.


Happiness is a town called Harrogate

June 6, 2014

Harrogate has recently been named the happiest place in the UK in which to live - for the second consecutive year. So what makes this quintissential English town so special?

There's no denying its attractive and historic Georgian architecture.


Where to get your thrills this summer

By Sharron Livingston, June 6, 2014

Duinrell Amusement Park and Tiki Waterpark
Where: near The Hague in Holland

Why: It may be in the heart of lush forest and near to a sleepy, wide beach but you'll get white knuckle rides and thrilling water slides at this amusement/water park combo.


Dublin: Tales of one city

By Sharron Livingston, May 27, 2014

I recently discovered that Dubliners are avid storytellers with a lyrical lilt, humour and a lot of poetic licence.


I ventured away from Brent Cross and survived

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2014

For a Jewish girl who has lived in London her whole life, all my shopping, sporting and general out-and-about activities have been confined to the north-west of the capital.

Like many members of the community, I prefer to spend my free time in local areas where there is parking, rather than travelling to places that may be just a few tube-stops away.


Right on in Brighton

By Cecily Woolf, May 2, 2014

Festival season is coming to Brighton on May 3 for three-weeks with Israeli-born dancer, choreographer, percussionist and composer Hofesh Schechter as guest director.


The ski chalet where the super rich go to chill out

By Barry Toberman, May 2, 2014

As our car navigates the winding road up towards the Austrian resort of Oberlech, the alpine scenery is breathtaking, the early spring sunshine making inroads into the snow atop the mountain peaks. The stunning panorama is apposite as our destination is the summit of luxury accommodation and service.


Enjoy a Vegas wedding

By Barry Toberman, February 17, 2014

We do love a simchah. And many also quite enjoy a flutter. So if in Vegas for the latter, why not take in a wedding? Or to be precise, Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding. OK, so the nuptials are fictitious, being the focal point of the long-running show, which is currently playing in Vegas’s Bally’s hotel.


Tripping the Northern Light fantastic

By Sharron Livingston, January 17, 2014

One of the most spectacular natural light shows is about to take place in our skies this year thanks to the Solar Maximum. This is the term for the period of greatest solar activity in the 11-year solar cycle of the Sun.It results in the most dynamic Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) display in a decade. But it won't last long.

To see the best of it head, north towards the Arctic.


The Azores: Taking tee amid the volcanoes

By Eugene Costello, January 17, 2014

Looking out to the right from my airplane window there was a long mass of land, a long mound covered with patchwork fields.