Europe

France: On my way with Catherine

By Gerald Jacobs, September 28, 2015

I have recently returned from floating down the sun-caressed rivers of Burgundy and Provence in the warm embrace of France's favourite actress Catherine Deneuve. Tough, eh?

All right, that's not exactly true. I was not actually in the arms of the still-stunning star of Les Parapluies de Cherbourg.

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Shakespeare may have slept here but I did it the Hatha-way

By Sharron Livingston, September 10, 2015

I may never have rubbed shoulders with royalty or dined with any literary greats but I can claim to have dined and slept in the same building as Elizabeth 1, Shakespeare and Lord Nelson.

That's because, like them, I stayed at the Spread Eagle Hotel and Spa in Midhurst in the heart of the Sussex countryside.

I spent a restorative 24-hours in this quaint 37-room warren of a hotel.

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Austria: Take the green line on a leisurely rail journey

By Judith Baker, August 20, 2015

In an age of high-speed travel it is a real treat to take a leisurely rail journey through the gorgeous Austrian landscape. The train meanders through the mountains and postcard-pretty towns, which means hopping on and off as and when the fancy takes.

This is what you can expect to find along the way.

Salzburg

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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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Lords of the Ringstrasse: 150 years of Vienna's grand boulevard

By Beverley D’Silva, June 20, 2015

Last month Vienna hosted the Life Ball, an Aids benefit and Europe's biggest charity event. The streets around City Hall were rammed with revellers, dressed as fantasy creatures, angels and fairies daubed in gold (this year's theme) like Klimt paintings. The festivities, crazy music and transgender catwalk shows went on beyond the early hours.

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Dublin's got the craic

May 18, 2015

Dublin's funky nightlife, the Irish craic (fun), its special brew - Guinness - its literary heritage and its dividing Liffey river can now be enjoyed during a Glatt kosher nine-day tour.

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Prague: Footsteps of Kafka

By Harry Wall, May 16, 2015

In most cities of the world, you need to do some research to find the places of Jewish interest. Not so in Prague, where among the most popular tourist attractions are also Jewish sites: Josefov, Prague's Jewish Quarter, and anything connected to the writer Franz Kafka.

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Portugal: High tees and pine trees

By Richard Burton, April 26, 2015

Easyjet dropped us off, but it was a Mercedes that picked us up. V-class, chauffeured, air-conditioned and WiFied up from bumper to boot.

It was 10am, and as the luggage belt at Faro airport rumbled with golf bags, our driver, all in white and in army-clean shoes, rolled us down the coast towards Albufeira through villages scarred by economic strife, to a gated hideaway where

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