Europe

Visit The Hague to gather the pearls of Dutch art

By Anthea Gerrie, December 1, 2016

"It's all about Amsterdam," shrugged the car rental agent, proffering a map of the capital as we picked up our vehicle, bound for some of the Netherlands' other great treasure-houses of art.

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Angouleme: The comic capital

By Fiona Tarbet, November 11, 2016

Being something of a comic book geek (understatement of the century) the thought of a trip to the art haven of Angoulême, named the International City of Comics and Image, had me swimming in a sea of Aquaman back issues.

But the French city is not simply a hot spot for comic collectors, with its rich history of visual arts, there's far more than first meets the eye.

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A tale of two cities

By Anthea Gerrie, October 21, 2016

'We know the Jews lived around here," says my guide Mara Castaño, pointing mournfully towards the river which runs through Valladolid, "but there is nothing left of them."

The city's ghetto may have crumbled following 500 years of disuse but the community has been sorely missed since the Sephardim were expelled from Spain, she adds.

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Four have fun in Cornwall

By Sarah Ebner, October 6, 2016

Penzance is not the most obvious place to find a Jewish cemetery, so I was delighted - and more than a little intrigued - to visit a beautifully kept burial ground on a family holiday to Cornwall.

Jews initially came to Penzance from Germany and Holland, with the first synagogue in the area built in 1768.

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The sound of alpine silence

By Anthea Gerrie, September 29, 2016

The hills were alive with the sound of music - odd, as when I stopped to listen, there was only the faint tinkle of a distant cowbell.

Welcome to the Austrian Tyrol - land of glorious contradictions. That sense of music filling meadows which are actually distinguished by the blessed sound of silence is only the half of it.

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Norway's feast for the senses

By Russell Kett, September 23, 2016

Ready to be tempted? Seven days of cruising around southern Norway's spectacular scenery on an adults-only ship, avoiding flights with a round trip out of Southampton - and kosher meals at no extra cost? What could be better? In my case, nothing.

From the moment we arrived at the dockside to board P&O's Arcadia, everything clicked into place.

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Piedmont: Eat, drink and slow down

By Janice Hopper, September 16, 2016

The rhythms of harvest time may not dictate our lives any more but with autumn's festivals and their symbolic foods approaching, as well as Slow Food week from October 1-7, it's a good reminder to take the time to enjoy the best of nature's bounty.

And where better to indulge than Piedmont in northern Italy, the birthplace of the Slow Food movement in 1986 and an area that's still a foodie deli

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A Jewish Greek odyssey

By Angela Epstein, September 2, 2016

The canopy of leaves over the lakeside café in Mavili Square offered blessed relief from the hot summer sun.

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Menorca: On your bike

By Andy Mossack, July 29, 2016

To someone like me, who's not an experienced biker, a seven- day self-guided biking tour around Menorca was starting to sound a little ambitious.

But Xavier Mendez, Freewheel's local rep, had other ideas. "All these routes are very easy," he insists as I climb on the bike in Menorca's capital Mahon to test it out for size.

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Paris - and all that jazz

By Naomi Firsht, June 17, 2016

In Paris you can have a perfectly wonderful weekend just wandering the streets indulging in the fine Parisian art of "flanerie" (strolling around). But if you are looking for a deeper connection to the City of Lights then I suggest you give your trip a soundtrack.

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