Holidays

Slick city breaks

By Jan Shure, May 15, 2008

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Why Irish eyes are smiling

By Lee Lixenberg, May 9, 2008

A tour of Belfast city centre reveals a city revived after years of turmoil

There was a saying doing the rounds among battle-hardened people of Belfast during the height of the Troubles in the 1970s and ‘80s, which went something like this: “Anyone who isn’t confused here, doesn’t really understand what’s going on.”

Today, a confident new Belfast is emerging from the fog of battle and tourists are returning in droves to spots once made famous for all the wrong reasons.

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El Al finds a less turbulent flight path

By Dan Martin, May 9, 2008

It can be demanding when the El Al security regime cross-examines you to discover what is the purpose of your visit to Israel, who do you know in the country, whether anyone has asked you to carry a gift to someone there — and umpteen other intimate questions. So next time, how would you like to break off half-way through to switch on the kettle, step into your slippers, and slump into your living-room sofa while you recapture your strength to go on?

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Come to the beautiful south

By Anthea Gerrie, May 2, 2008

Visitors invariably head to Ayers Rock and Sydney neglecting South Australia. Don’t, we say.

In a country packed with show-stoppers like Ayers Rock, Sydney Harbour and the Great Barrier Reef, it is not surprising South Australia remains relatively undiscovered by visitors.

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Rush for the golden city

By Gita Conn, April 25, 2008

Says the best way for first-time visitors to see San Francisco is just to take the tourist trail

First-time visitors to San Francisco, heads bursting with images from books films countless TV series and the lyrics from so many songs, may not know quite where to begin exploring this most iconic of American cities.

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The reign in Spain, or how Cordoba's Jewish life lingers on

By Jules Stewart, April 18, 2008

The charm of what was once the world’s largest city is undiminished

My first visit to Córdoba was made, inadvertently, in 1973, when I was taking my family on a summer holiday to Málaga. After juddering along a pot-holed road from Madrid for 11 hours in the 100-degree furnace that was a dilapidated hired Seat, we threw in the towel and reconciled ourselves to an overnight stay in Córdoba.

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Venice, open houses and online Israel

By Lucy Miller, April 11, 2008

Israel’s Ministry of Tourism has launched a new internet site which allows visitors to Israel, and those planning a visit, to ask questions and receive recommendations and information before and during their stay, with a team of licensed tour guides from the Israeli Tour Guides Association providing answers within 48 hours of a posting. The site will also feature 300 tourist attractions and 500 accommodation options and will serve as a forum for exchanging information, personal recommendations and travelogues.

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What to do in Israel at Pesach

By Lydia Weitzman, April 11, 2008

Wherever you are going in Israel, there’s plenty to keep everyone happy

Israel at Pesach provides the perfect holiday — café-hopping instead of cooking and matza rambling with sun hats replacing raincoats. And with hol hamoed — the intermediate days of the holiday — falling midweek, there are hundreds of events, festivals and happenings all over the country as well as all the regular sites and sights. An extra bonus is free entry into 50 museums and parks around the country, thanks to Bank Hapoalim.

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Choose your dream island

By Anthea Gerrie, April 4, 2008

From hush to hedonism, Greek islands have it all

 

Recommending a Greek island is like talking up a favourite restaurant. You love the food and atmosphere, but will they suit other people’s taste?

While the islands share a chilled pace, abudance of fresh, tasty fare, rich history and a glorious sense of joie de vivre, they differ enormously in look and feel.

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