Holidays

Strictly Caribbean and other winter escapes

By Lucy Miller, December 4, 2008
For those craving Caribbean sunshine along with kosher cuisine, USA-based Club Kosher is offering vacations in Punta Cana in the sun-soaked Dominican Republic next month. The holidays — for seven or 10 days from January 15-25 — are based at the Melia Caribe Tropical, a five-star beachside resort which offers, in addition to seven swimming pools, tennis, horse-riding, mountain-biking, windsurfing, sailing, snorkelling and kayaking. There is also a spa, gym, live shows and organized activities for children.

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Scotland: Go west for whisky galore

By Anthea Gerrie, November 27, 2008

As if the west coast of Scotland, with its dramatic Highlands and romantic islands, needed any added incentive for visitors beyond its grandeur and beauty, it has recently been officially named the Whisky Coast, presumably to entice aficionados of the wee dram for which the country is even more famous than its lochs.

Many of the finest single malts are made in esoteric spots such as Islay and Kintyre, and distilleries - taking their lead from European wineries - are now laying on informative and entertaining tours.

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Cyprus: Jeep thrills and other pleasures

By Louise Scodie, November 20, 2008

Did you hear the one about the Roman Catholic who became a Jew, whose Jewish daughter then became Greek Orthodox? There's no punchline here. Just a very confusing story, relayed to me by a burly Cypriot during a jeep safari through the Troodos mountains, near Paphos, in Cyprus.

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Art is the real gain in Spain

By Julia Weiner, November 13, 2008

The art in Madrid starts the minute you enter the new terminal at Barajas Airport. Designed by the Richard Rogers Partnership, it won the prestigious Stirling Prize for architecture in 2006. The building, which is three-quarters of a mile long, is a futuristic revelation, filled with colour and natural light.

It was so big that by the time we made it to the luggage carousel, our suitcase was sitting there waiting for us.

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Warsaw: re-birth of a culture capital

By Peter Moss, November 6, 2008

The Polish capital is an utter enigma. Brooding and intense, the largely grey imprint of Stalin is writ large across the avenues and boulevards. Yet it is quite possibly the most fascinatingly, almost beguilingly, re-birthed and culturally rich European capital city.

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Brilliant Brooklyn beckons

By Anthea Gerrie, October 30, 2008

Sitting in a mikveh house with a rabbi discussing the finer points of Orthodox matrimonial law may not be an obvious thing to do on a shopping trip to New York, but as of this year, it is an interesting option.

The Lubavitch - who else - have eagerly embraced the establishment of a Jewish heritage trail in the city. Their own contribution is a guided tour of the Chasidic community of Brooklyn's Crown Heights, location for their own world headquarters and home to many other strictly Orthodox groups.

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London draws the art lovers

By Anthea Gerrie, October 23, 2008

Two blockbuster shows of rarely seen work by major Jewish artists provide a compelling reason to travel to the heart of London between now and Chanucah. That's not the familiar and easy-to-reach West End, but the ancient heart of the city, including a significant stretch south of the river which remains a mystery to many North Londoners, let alone out-of-towners. 

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Hooray Henley for the perfect weekend

By Elle Jackson, October 17, 2008

Even if we are still choosing to take our main holidays abroad, lots of us are taking weekend breaks in the UK. And with accommodation of the quality offered by chains of chic boutique hotels and the grander country house properties, you can understand why.

One of the "boutique" brands to have revolutionised our weekending habits is the upscale Hotel du Vin chain, sister brand to the Malmaisons.

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Israel: Hot happenings for Succot

By Lydia Weitzman, October 8, 2008

There's plenty to lure you away from the poolside in Israel this month.

It can be tough going to Israel for Succot. Firstly, you have to pull out those summer clothes that you have packed away having hardly worn them this year. It may be mid-October, but in Israel you can be pretty sure of warm days, albeit cooler nights in the succah.

Then, you have to get over any lingering guilt feelings about flying off to the sun while the topics of the day with friends and family are the impending chilly British winter and the credit crunch.

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Bold and beautiful in the Baltics

By Andy Mossack, October 3, 2008

Pastel-pretty Riga is rich in Jewish history. Go, before it gets as popular as Prague.


You know of course, begins the shammas of Peitav, Riga's only surviving synagogue, "that this shul did not get burned down by the Nazis only because the church next door is so close.

"So instead, they used it as a stable for their horses." My gaze followed his pointing finger towards the fabulous gold-embossed Ark: "Luckily, we managed to hide the Ark and all the Torah scrolls before they got here."

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