Europe

Luxembourg envoy welcomes Langdon cyclists

June 21, 2012

British Ambassador to Luxembourg Alice Walpole welcomed the four Langdon residents completing a four-day 275-mile sponsored bike ride from London. The quartet — James Manton, Guy Ben-David, Benjamin Kraus and Daniel Welck — enjoyed a celebratory picnic at the embassy.

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Tiara Yaksta Cannes, France

By Sharron Livingston, May 10, 2012

From Nice airport it was a pleasant tootle along the twisty N8 coastal road. I was heading for the tiny town of Théoule-sur-Mer where they say, the water quality around its cliffs is the best in Europe.

I had chosen the Tiara Yaksta boutique hotel for its discreet location and found it was so hidden that I passed it at least three times.

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In search of childhood memories

By Gloria Tessler, March 15, 2012

As a child, I remember my Aunt Rozita and Uncle Salo spending three months every winter in Madeira.

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Portugal's birthplace is the capital of culture

By Barry Toberman, March 1, 2012

'Portugal was born in Guimaraes," explains our tour guide during the 30-mile road trip from Porto airport to a 2012 European Capital of Culture. Now the affection which the Portuguese display for the nation's 900-year-old birthplace is to be shared with a wider audience, as organisers expect a doubling in visitor numbers to one million.

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Park up and go Jurassic

By Barbara Lantin, February 23, 2012

Firstly, a confession. I've been visiting Bournemouth regularly for more than 30 years and had no idea that for the past ten there has been a World Heritage Site on its doorstep.

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Carry on camping

By Martin Bright, January 26, 2012

It's at least three decades since I stayed in a caravan.

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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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