Holidays

A gourmet visit to St Lucia: Old spice, new tastes

By Rupert Parker, August 12, 2015

It's 6.30 in the morning, just after sunrise, and I'm on the lookout for a fishing boat, and specifically, a naked fisherman. I've been told that every morning he sets out with his friends and the combination of his dreadlocks and his bare body is an irresistible lure for fish.

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Austria: It's not just an army that marches on its stomach

By Lianne Kolirin, August 6, 2015

The hills are alive with the smells of Michelin-starred cuisine. Throughout the summer, a selection of delectable dishes dreamt up by some of Europe's top chefs are on offer in the Austrian Alps. There's only one catch: you have to climb a mountain or two to taste them.

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Rise and shine - Menorca sparkles as a tiny holiday destination

By Victoria Prever, July 30, 2015

Unlike its Balearic siblings, Mallorca and Ibiza, Menorca isn't party central. But don't get the wrong idea - there's plenty to do at night-time on this tiny island, half the size of Hertfordshire and just 47km from end to end. Yet with 216km of coastline there are plenty of beaches.

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Puglia offers rare urban buzz in Italy's rural heel

By Anthea Gerrie, July 23, 2015

A Magen David is the last thing you'd expect to stumble across in a remote Italian city famous for its baroque churches. But Lecce was a throbbing centre of Jewish life 500 years ago - and now the Jews are back in Puglia, their footsteps are being traced, unearthed and commemorated.

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Why the Swiss are such good sports

By Barry Toberman, July 17, 2015

Chocolate, cheese and clocks. None too shabby a triumvirate, granted. But what else does a major Swiss city have to offer? Quite a lot, as I discover after arriving in Lausanne, a 40-minute train ride from Geneva airport.

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A Greek tragedy . . . Or just an inconvenience?

By Sharron Livingston, July 10, 2015

As Greece decides what to do about its €323 billion debt and whether to abandon the euro, hotels are facing a drop in last-minute bookings, and holidaymakers who have already booked are wondering whether to go.

Whatever you decide, the most important piece of advice is: don't rely on ATMs - they may not all be topped up regularly - and take enough cash for your stay as well as your cards.

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Forgotten Caribbean: why you should holiday in Haiti

By Judith Baker, July 8, 2015

Haiti has always been a Caribbean destination with a difference. Although the country has all the trimmimgs of a tropical paradise - the beaches, the weather, the flora and fauna - a series of disasters, both political and natural, have meant it has not enjoyed the mass tourism of its neighbours.

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Think you know Israel? Some unexpected suggestions for the seasoned tourist

July 3, 2015

Many readers have such a strong connection to Israel that they hold all their simchas there or regularly nip over to visit friends and family. Yet this tiny land has lots more to offer your inner tourist, so why not mix it up and try something different? Here are our suggestions:

Adventures in the Golan

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How to stay out of trouble when abroad

June 29, 2015

Last week a Brit was jailed forposing naked on a sacred mountain in Malaysia. It wasn't that long ago that a couple kissing publicly in Dubai faced a similar fate.

Indeed if you even swear on Whats-App while in the Emirates you could be fined £45,000. And if you are contemplating debauched drunken behaviour in Magaluf this summer you may end up forking out €3,000 for the privilege.

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Crystal-clear memories of Ireland

By Rosa Doherty, June 25, 2015

As a child I was dragged year after year on a two-week summer holiday to Ireland where it rained often. I bemoaned my parents for choosing our "cheap and boring holiday" while classmates jetted off to sunny climes.

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