The Americas

Down New Mexico way

By Anthea Gerrie, June 17, 2016

The Silicon Valley capital, San Jose, is now the closest gateway to the beauty spots, vineyards and cultural treasures of central California. But San Jose is also a great jumping-off point for the national parks of the west and south-west in a year when New Mexico, just two super-scenic states away, is attracting art aficioadoes to the landscape made famous by artist Georgia O’Keeffe.

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Mexico City: A city to sing about

By Anthea Gerrie, December 3, 2015

Images of Frida Kahlo, that nice Jewish girl in traditional Mexican dress who has become the most merchandised art icon in the world, tell you a lot about her native land. That Mexico, where the Catholic conquistadores and indigenous tribes who preceded them were immigrants themselves, is an inherently tolerant country whose Jews feel a deep sense of identity with their adopted country.

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Las Vegas: Worth a gamble

By Barry Toberman, November 26, 2015

Off to Vegas and not a big gambler? The city has a great deal more to offer than the ubiquitous slot machines and gaming tables.

So here are five ways to have fun spending your dollars for a guaranteed return - or even keeping your cash in your pocket.

Enjoy the view

Superficial though the Las Vegas Strip may be, the panorama is spectacular, particularly at night.

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New York, New York: Core views of the Big Apple

September 10, 2015

There was a time when the best view over New York was to be had from the Empire State Building. First timers to the Big Apple would traditionally head to Fifth Street and West 34th Street where this iconic building rises up seemingly into the sky, to take a lift to the 86th or 102nd floor observation decks.

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New York's kosher restaurant steak-out

By Sharron Livingston, May 14, 2015

New York City has more Jewish inhabitants than anywhere in the world except Israel - almost 1.2 million. With so many kosher mouths to feed it's not surprising that several kosher restaurants have appeared on the gourmet landscape and its not just about delis, bagels and falafel. Here are four good kosher steakhouses to blow your tastebuds away.

Wolf and Lamb

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The Caribbean -done differently

By Jennifer Lipman, February 26, 2015

It didn't start brilliantly, when we missed our connecting flight from Bogota to the coastal city of Santa Marta, and ended up running around Colombia's main airport, frazzled and grappling with paltry information and appalling Spanish, to secure a later one.

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BVI: A tourist to the Bitter End

By Rupert Parker, January 15, 2015

I'm taking the bus from the terminal building at Antigua to the twin-prop plane standing on the tarmac. We pull up and I get out with my luggage to board, but the door's closed. The bus driver is right behind, turns his key in the door, pulls down the steps, and leads us on board. He's the pilot, and the guy who I thought was helping with the luggage, is his first officer.

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The view?I got it from Amazon

By Anthea Gerrie, November 13, 2014

Forget the Amazon. Just getting to our five-star eco-lodge on the riverbank was adventure enough.

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Red hot among the chilie peppers

By Liz Gill, October 30, 2014

It's one thing never to have sampled an ingredient, quite another never to have even heard of it. Yet here, spread out on the chef's table among the more familiar limes and lemongrass, is something called galangal.

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Calakmul Hotel, Mexico

By Sharron Livingston, May 27, 2014

There was no snooze button when the howler monkeys began their early morning howl. It was an unrelenting crack-of-dawn wake-up call. But in any case the light was already filtering in through the screens and mosquito netting that are the cabana walls. That’s how it goes in the jungle.

The cabanas are simple, with a ceiling fan, surprisingly comfy beds and an ensuite shower.

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