Holidays

Debrecen, Hungary’s historic second city

By Lucy Daltroff, August 28, 2012

The plane landed, the orchestra started playing and the locals got out of their cars and clapped.

That is when I realised the real significance of being on the first flight from Luton to Debrecen, Hungary’s second city.

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UK: The Lake District

By Angela Epstein, August 3, 2012

‘Shalom”, boomed the dark-haired young man behind the reception desk as we checked into Armathwaite Hall.
The kind of greeting routinely proffered at a Tel Aviv sea-front hotel, perhaps? Not at all what you would expect to find on arriving at a 17th century former stately home nestling on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake.

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Turkey: Fethiye

By Victoria Prever, August 3, 2012

‘That was the weirdest thing I’ve ever done,” said my husband, flopping on a sunbed. “I was lying in a steam room while some woman in a swimsuit covered my eyes with a cold flannel and threw ice over my head.” After a traditional hamman treatment — Turkish bath — he could do little more than lift his cocktail.

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Mauritius - where the dodo lives on

By Jennifer Lipman, July 18, 2012

‘But Mauritius is a honeymoon destination,” complained my fiancé. “You can’t go there without me.” He wasn’t wrong. Located in the Indian Ocean, 1242 miles off the southern tip of Africa, flying to Mauritius felt like a journey to the edge of the world.

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City break in Seoul

By Karen Glaser, July 18, 2012

Somewhere in South Korea is a young woman who was named Leah, after my daughter. When we met on a sunny Friday morning in Seoul she said her “English name” was Eileen, adding that she wanted to change her Western moniker because it sounded like “alien.” Could I suggest an alternative?

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Santa Monica: La Dolce Vita

By Sharron Livingston, June 19, 2012

It was 7.30am one December morning and I was stretching my limbs in the bright morning sun to the softly spoken instructions of yoga teacher Lauren Eckstrom from ESP Wellness Center. She gently coaxed out more length and deeper breaths until I could almost touch the bright blue skies.

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Miami: Life is more than a beach

By Jenni Frazer, June 12, 2012

On January 1 1927, excited fans crowded into Miami’s Coconut Grove Theatre to see The Sorrows of Satan, the new “moving picture” by D W Griffith.

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Carry on camping in Northern France

By Lianne Kolirin, June 8, 2012

We were halfway through day three of our week in France and I was practically down on my knees begging my children to sit down and watch TV.

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Argentina: Get ready to tango

By Anthea Gerrie, June 2, 2012

Perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised to spot a row of Israeli flags lining an entire city block in the Argentine city of Mendoza. After all, Argentina has the world’s sixth largest Jewish population, even if most live in the capital Buenos Aires.

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Who says it’s wrong to play with your food?

By Sharron Livingston, May 10, 2012

La Tomatina

Where: Buñol, Valencia , Spain

When: A week long celebration culminating with a squashed tomato fight on the last Wednesday of August

What: There is no reason for this event other than pure fun.

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