Europe

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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Heady days in the Canaries

By Barbara Lantin, May 13, 2016

As we are now entering the "magic tunnel", Rob - our tour guide - tells us coach-load of sceptical holidaymakers: "It may look dull and overcast here, but when the coach emerges, the sun will be shining."

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Cultured coastal capers

By Cecily Woolf, May 4, 2016

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To see or not to see: follow Shakespeare around England

April 7, 2016

The great William Shakespeare aka The Bard of Avon, will be commemorated across England this year to mark 400 years since his death in 1616. During his short 52 years on earth he penned stories that are still loved today. Here we round-up some of the best ways to celebrate Shakespeare's life and works, and where to discover the untold stories of England's Bard.

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Andorra: Ditching the piste is snow much fun

By Sophie Ibbotson, March 31, 2016

What can you do while others take to the slopes? This is something to contemplate when holidaying in a ski resort, but have no penchant for skiing.

The tiny, landlocked principality of Andorra, situated in the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain, offers far more than simply sliding straight down the piste.

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How Jewish is the Sistine Chapel?

By Michael Knipe, March 23, 2016

Looking up at Michelangelo's frescos on the ceiling, we could see seven Hebrew prophets - Daniel, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Joel, Jonah and Zechariah.

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