Europe

Bold and beautiful in the Baltics

By Andy Mossack, October 3, 2008

Pastel-pretty Riga is rich in Jewish history. Go, before it gets as popular as Prague.


You know of course, begins the shammas of Peitav, Riga's only surviving synagogue, "that this shul did not get burned down by the Nazis only because the church next door is so close.

"So instead, they used it as a stable for their horses." My gaze followed his pointing finger towards the fabulous gold-embossed Ark: "Luckily, we managed to hide the Ark and all the Torah scrolls before they got here."

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Spa-studded and stately

By Gerald Jacobs, August 28, 2008

Budapest is dazzling, but there's more to Hungary than just its capital


Just a block or so from the Astoria Hotel, you can see the city has real character. Along the main avenues, groups of people exchange animated gestures and conversation. Down the side-streets, old men sit on doorsteps, their creased, lugubrious faces veiled by cigarette-smoke. Presiding over all this sits the grand, historic synagogue, one of the most magnificent temples of Jewish worship anywhere on earth.

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The Eastbourne supremacy

By Anthea Gerrie, August 8, 2008

The town is fast becoming cool - and it has nothing to do with the climate


It's God's waiting room. People come here to die," grimaces the young heroine of Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, a new film set in Eastbourne. Hero to heroine: "Really? I heard it was the new Brighton!"

Eastbourne Council could not be more pleased with the line if they had written it themselves, since for years they have been trying to change the view of the resort as the exclusive province of retirees and ageing holidaymakers.

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Gleneagles: The hotel that will suit your kids to a tee

By Suzanne Baum, August 1, 2008

We find that Gleneagles's stuffy reputation is unfounded

 

Staying at one of the world's best hotels with two, lively, accident-prone boys in tow is not everyone's idea of a relaxing break. Especially when the hotel in question is Scotland's renowned Gleneagles, a five-star deluxe property once associated with stuffy opulence and elitist golfers.

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The perfect Bordeaux blend

By Seth Sinclair, July 25, 2008

We raise a glass to the charms of France's Bordeaux region

 

Having introduced viniculture to the Bordeaux region, the Romans regarded the fruit of the vine as so sacred that the theft of a grape was punishable by the slicing off of an ear. I kept this in mind as I held a bunch of ripening Merlot grapes. I chose a plump one to taste, but glanced down the row of vines first, just in case. Standing guard at the head of each row was not a centurion, but a single rose bush.

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Spas, bars and Latin odysseys

By Kate Collins, July 18, 2008

El Al, the national carrier of Israel, has been rated one of the top five long-haul airlines operating from the UK in a consumer survey published in Which? More than 200,000 Readers of the magazine responded to a postal survey, placing El Al ahead of any UK carrier. Criteria included quality of cabin staff, cleanliness and value for money.

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Cream of English counties

By Ivor Baddiel, July 9, 2008

A cottage holiday in beautiful North Cornwall has more to offer than just cream teas

 

The path down to Tintagel Castle on the North Cornwall coast cuts down through cliffs to a tumultuous sea which thrashes against impassive rocks and gaping caves, one of which is meant to be the home of legendary wizard, Merlin.

It’s an impressive landscape and, as one approaches the supposed birthplace and home of King Arthur, it’s possible to imagine all manner of magic and mystery.

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A Lot in laid-back Gascony

By Anthea Gerrie, July 4, 2008

The last beautiful area of France remains almost ignored by tourists

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Berlin: Capital gain, with some pain

By Linda Kelsey, June 27, 2008

It is impossible to view Berlin as just another city break

From an upper storey of the Hotel de Rome, Rocco Forte’s plush new temple of contemporary good taste, the view is majestic. The square below and its surrounds were designed by Frederick the Great to showcase his political power and his interest in art and science.

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Greek treats, bridge and all that jazz…

By Kate Collins, June 20, 2008

This year’s New York Jewish Museum annual education visit is “Greece through Jewish Eyes”. Taking in Athens, Delphi, Thessaloniki and other sites, and looking at Jewish settlement in Greece from the third century BCE, the trip will run from September 12 to 22.

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