The inside guide to days out in Israel this Pesach

April 12, 2016

At Passover, Israelis pack their car boots or their backpacks and head out to green open spaces, theme parks, museums, exhibitions and shipping areas. How can you get in on the act?

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What made Maria Callas sing?

By Sharron Livingston, April 11, 2016

The town of Sermione on the southern shores of Lake Garda is probably the most popular seaside resort in northern Italy. It is also a spa with Roman origins - you will find the small town and its thermal springs on the tip of a protruding peninsula that divides the gulfs of Desenzano and Peschiera.


Take a hike!

April 10, 2016

The greenery is so lush and the water is so plentiful that if it was allowed you would jump in. Welcome to Banias, one of the most impressive waterfalls in the Middle East. It is a bit of a schlep to the Golan Heights but it is worth it to see Banias and to hike along one of the trails in the large nature reserve.


To see or not to see: follow Shakespeare around England

April 7, 2016

The great William Shakespeare aka The Bard of Avon, will be commemorated across England this year to mark 400 years since his death in 1616. During his short 52 years on earth he penned stories that are still loved today. Here we round-up some of the best ways to celebrate Shakespeare's life and works, and where to discover the untold stories of England's Bard.


Bye bye concierge, hello Connie

By Sharron Livingston, April 4, 2016

If Hilton has its way, the suited-and-booted concierge with a dapper hairstyle may well become a thing of the past — and sooner than you think.


Zulus and Zemirot

By Sharron Livingston, April 3, 2016

South Africa's Zimbali resort extends over 700 hectares and offers a rare combination of lush forest, soft-sand beaches and an 18-hole golf course on the lovely KwaZulu-Natal's Dolphin Coast, along the Indian Ocean.

"Zimbali" is the Zulu word for "valley of flowers" and this goes some way to describing the blossoming environment.


Andorra: Ditching the piste is snow much fun

By Sophie Ibbotson, March 31, 2016

What can you do while others take to the slopes? This is something to contemplate when holidaying in a ski resort, but have no penchant for skiing.

The tiny, landlocked principality of Andorra, situated in the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain, offers far more than simply sliding straight down the piste.


The living is Portuguesey

By Sharron Livingston, March 24, 2016

The Algarve, on Portugal's south coast, has long been a favourite of Britons chasing the sun. It always delivers those sunny days, even out of season and is particularly lovely in April, when spring flowers are in full bloom, the crowds have thinned and temperatures hover around a pleasant 20° to 25°C. And it's only a four-hour flight from the UK.


How Jewish is the Sistine Chapel?

By Michael Knipe, March 23, 2016

Looking up at Michelangelo's frescos on the ceiling, we could see seven Hebrew prophets - Daniel, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Joel, Jonah and Zechariah.


Greece: In the lap of the gods

By Simon Rocker, March 17, 2016

As a zig-zag of lightning split the sky, the omens did not look good. Zeus, king of the gods, must have got out on the wrong side of bed. His home, Mount Olympus, the tallest mountain in Greece, lay across the water, visible on a clearer day. But by the time we had finished our breakfast at Ikos Oceania resort, the storm clouds had passed us by, leaving normal duty to be resumed by the pool.