Holidays

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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Happy cultural revolution

By Daralyn Danns, April 4, 2008

This summer’s Olympics offer a perfect excuse to see Beijing and Shanghai

The Chinese may be worried about the protests currently surrounding the Olympics, but they have produced a no expense-spared, futuristic-looking Beijing that, on August 8, will stun the world.

From the moment you arrive at Beijing airport’s new state-of-the-art terminal, designed by Sir Norman Foster — the world’s largest airport building, and one which works efficiently — you cannot help but be impressed.

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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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How Brighton rocks at festival time

By Cecily Woolf, April 4, 2008

For big-time culture consumers, Brighton not only has the second largest arts festival outside Edinburgh, but lots more to offer the visitor beyond the tourist trail. Brighton itself has been a vibrant town since the days of the Prince Regent, but during the annual Brighton Festival (from May 3 to 25 this year) there is an extra buzz.

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Historic Italy, cool for kids

By Jo Carlowe, March 28, 2008

A hotel that is close to perfection for children — and not a bucket and spade in sight

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Football, fish and the fast-track to flights

By Kate Collins, March 28, 2008

Heathrow has just become the first city in El Al’s network to permit passengers to check in and print an airport authority-compatible final boarding pass at home. A fast drop-off desk means passengers with luggage can arrive two hours 15 minutes before departure, and those without bags just 90 minutes (www.elal.co.uk; 020 7121 1400).

Good news for fish-eaters going south. Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli is opening two restaurants in Brighton. His latest deli-style Zilli’s Café at the city’s new myhotel opened last week, and in May a 120-seat Zilli’s restaurant, serving modern Italian food, will open in the hotel, with outdoor dining in summer (www.zillialdo.com; 01273 900 300).

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Take the plunge on the sunshine coast

By Jan Shure, March 28, 2008

Marbella is one of those destinations that sounds infinitely more glamorous than it actually is. Marbellla’s Old Town is perfectly charming, if in need of some world-class cafés and shops, but it is difficult to maintain the illusion that the town’s Puerto Banus is still glamorous.

Around 15 years ago, in its heyday, you could not open the Daily Mail diary page without seeing cash-splashing sheikhs or an Alaia-clad fake-tanned model/actress/whatever “frolicking” there.

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