Europe

The draw of Picasso

By Jessica Elgot, January 19, 2012

Most tourists can't get out of Malaga fast enough. They take a cheap flight to the airport, hire a car and head for the Costa Del Sol. Cruise passengers hop off at the port, many on to a waiting tour bus, to take them on to Grenada.

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Portman planning Safran Foer animals documentary

January 6, 2012

Natalie Portman will no longer be eating cheesecake on Shavuot - because reading Jonathan Safran Foer's novel Eating Animals persuaded her to become a vegan.

The Oscar-winning actress is now planning a documentary, based on the book.

Jonathan Safran Foer told a French website: "Natalie Portman is going to make a movie of it. She wants to make a very personal documentary.

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Having a not so riotous experience in Athens

By Angela Epstein, December 29, 2011

So here's the conundrum: a chance arises to grab a much needed mini-break but my husband and I have conflicting wish lists. My perfect tick-box break has to include stunning architecture, an abundance of history, perhaps a dash of Jewish culture, the rattle and hum of a vibrant city. He wants a sun lounger with back support, decent weather and a sea view.

Mmm.

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Salzburg: These hills are alive...finally

By Sharron Livingston, November 10, 2011

Throughout my youth and childhood, I must have watched countless repeats of the Sound of Music.

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Away from the beaches of Lanzarote

By Barry Toberman, November 3, 2011

Sun, sand, sea, Sangria. Lanzarote has them all in spades.

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Kosice: Shock and ore!

By Andy Mossack, October 19, 2011

Hot on the heels of Slovakia's capital, Bratislavia, is the republic's second city Kosice; a city that is finally emerging from the shadows to be named Capital of Culture for 2013.

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Real Mallorca

By Sarah Dranes, September 22, 2011

I packed my bags for Island life in Mallorca in May 2009 but I am not new to Spain - far from it. Marbella guided me from my 20s through to my 30s but I reached my seven-year itch and I had to move on.

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Time for sharing a hideaway?

By Gloria Tessler, September 15, 2011

A luxury villa in a beautiful secret location may not suit the adventurous globe-trotter. But if you hanker after - and can afford - an exclusive beauty spot with your own concierge and a private chef, a Hideaways Club villa could be an option. Less of a time-share, they say, than an investment.

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Trust me: just jump

By Jessica Elgot, August 4, 2011

My Sunday mornings aren't usually cliffhangers, unless I'm trying to remember the night before.

I'm more at home drinking strong coffee in my local greasy spoon.

But this particular day, with the wind whipping my hair, swaying above the deep azure sea, I am actually cliff-hanging. On the edge of a cliff in northern Jersey.

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Wake up on a hill, luncheon on a beach - in the same resort

By Sharron Livingston, July 14, 2011

The telephone rang in my bedroom at the Bon Sol hotel. It was my travel companion. "I've just been to the gym" he informed me. "Now I am having breakfast at the beachside restaurant. Come quickly its gorgeous out here"

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