The Americas

Take a bite out of foodie Philly

By Rupert Parker, November 17, 2016

With more history than Washington DC, a similar buzz to New York and a compact walkable centre, the biggest surprise is that it's taken so long to rediscover Philadelphia.

But the city, America's first capital, now has more visitors from the UK than any other overseas country, tempted for a long weekend by direct flights and its unique attractions.


The Jews of the Caribbean

By Deborah Cicurel, September 8, 2016

I'm sitting on the edge of a fishing boat, dangling a rod in the sea for the first time in my life, when my line suddenly pulls tight. To my surprise - and slight horror - an eel thrashes in the air. I throw it back, lean in the sun to relax and pray I don't catch anything else.


Lights, camera, explore

By Cathy Winston, August 18, 2016

Forget Hollywood. For film buffs, all eyes are turning further north to Toronto, with the annual International Film Festival running from September 8-18.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.