Holidays

Israel: Staying on the right track

By Nathan Jeffay, August 15, 2008

We find some great days out by train to lure you away from the poolside


Thanks to Israel's fast-improving rail network, which now transports almost two million passengers a month, tourists with even a minimal sense of adventure can leave their poolside for a great day out without having to suffer sweltering bus stations, drivers on short fuses or baffling road signs.

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The Eastbourne supremacy

By Anthea Gerrie, August 8, 2008

The town is fast becoming cool - and it has nothing to do with the climate


It's God's waiting room. People come here to die," grimaces the young heroine of Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, a new film set in Eastbourne. Hero to heroine: "Really? I heard it was the new Brighton!"

Eastbourne Council could not be more pleased with the line if they had written it themselves, since for years they have been trying to change the view of the resort as the exclusive province of retirees and ageing holidaymakers.

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A taste of vintage California

By Anthea Gerrie, August 1, 2008

We join the Sideways wine trail and discovers some quirkier corners of the US riviera

 

When a quirky little film called Sideways garnered an Oscar and a cult following for its portrayal of the joys of flirting amidst the California vines, it started a whole new branch of the tourism industry.

Since the film came out in 2004, Los Angeles party people have been heading north 100 miles to Santa Barbara County to socialise over weekend wine-tasting and a good meal in one of the restaurants featured in the film.

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Gleneagles: The hotel that will suit your kids to a tee

By Suzanne Baum, August 1, 2008

We find that Gleneagles's stuffy reputation is unfounded

 

Staying at one of the world's best hotels with two, lively, accident-prone boys in tow is not everyone's idea of a relaxing break. Especially when the hotel in question is Scotland's renowned Gleneagles, a five-star deluxe property once associated with stuffy opulence and elitist golfers.

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The perfect Bordeaux blend

By Seth Sinclair, July 25, 2008

We raise a glass to the charms of France's Bordeaux region

 

Having introduced viniculture to the Bordeaux region, the Romans regarded the fruit of the vine as so sacred that the theft of a grape was punishable by the slicing off of an ear. I kept this in mind as I held a bunch of ripening Merlot grapes. I chose a plump one to taste, but glanced down the row of vines first, just in case. Standing guard at the head of each row was not a centurion, but a single rose bush.

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Get some kip at the best airport hotels

By Anthea Gerrie, July 25, 2008

Starting the summer holiday with an early-morning flight?


The opening of Heathrow's newest terminal may have been a sorry affair but the new Sofitel at Terminal 5 aspires to break all previous records for luxury accommodation at a British airport.

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Top ideas for summer getaways

By Kate Collins, July 25, 2008

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New age comes to the Galilee

By Anthea Gerrie, July 18, 2008

Meditation, mosaics, art and adventure — they are all on offer in the north, says Anthea Gerrie


Whether it’s the sweet mountain air, the fertile soil or the legend of water being turned into wine by a maverick Jew 2,000 years ago, there is certainly something discernibly magical and mystical about the Galilee.

You only have to stand in the centre of Safed, where the mysticism of the kabbalah was disseminated by rabbis hundreds of years ago to feel it — and you will not be alone.

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Spas, bars and Latin odysseys

By Kate Collins, July 18, 2008

El Al, the national carrier of Israel, has been rated one of the top five long-haul airlines operating from the UK in a consumer survey published in Which? More than 200,000 Readers of the magazine responded to a postal survey, placing El Al ahead of any UK carrier. Criteria included quality of cabin staff, cleanliness and value for money.

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Cream of English counties

By Ivor Baddiel, July 9, 2008

A cottage holiday in beautiful North Cornwall has more to offer than just cream teas

 

The path down to Tintagel Castle on the North Cornwall coast cuts down through cliffs to a tumultuous sea which thrashes against impassive rocks and gaping caves, one of which is meant to be the home of legendary wizard, Merlin.

It’s an impressive landscape and, as one approaches the supposed birthplace and home of King Arthur, it’s possible to imagine all manner of magic and mystery.

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