The Americas

Brilliant Brooklyn beckons

By Anthea Gerrie, October 30, 2008

Sitting in a mikveh house with a rabbi discussing the finer points of Orthodox matrimonial law may not be an obvious thing to do on a shopping trip to New York, but as of this year, it is an interesting option.

The Lubavitch - who else - have eagerly embraced the establishment of a Jewish heritage trail in the city. Their own contribution is a guided tour of the Chasidic community of Brooklyn's Crown Heights, location for their own world headquarters and home to many other strictly Orthodox groups.

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A touch of Parisian style

By York Membery, September 4, 2008

The year 1608 might not mean much to most Brits but it has a special place in Quebeckers' hearts. For it was the year that the French explorer Samuel de Champlain landed in Quebec City - hence the lavish year-long 400th anniversary celebrations.

So what better time to visit a city -- named after the Algonquin Indian phrase for "where the river narrows" - which regards itself as the heart and soul of French Canada (even if Montreal, 140 miles upstream, might beg to differ).

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A taste of vintage California

By Anthea Gerrie, July 31, 2008

We join the Sideways wine trail and discovers some quirkier corners of the US riviera

 

When a quirky little film called Sideways garnered an Oscar and a cult following for its portrayal of the joys of flirting amidst the California vines, it started a whole new branch of the tourism industry.

Since the film came out in 2004, Los Angeles party people have been heading north 100 miles to Santa Barbara County to socialise over weekend wine-tasting and a good meal in one of the restaurants featured in the film.

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America’s real rock star

By Gita Conn, June 27, 2008

Spend a few days amid the beauty of California’s most famous national park

Winter, spring, summer or fall, there’s no best time to visit Yosemite.  Each season adds its own special effects to one of nature’s most spectacular creations.

Travelling almost 200 miles by coach from San Francisco in a severe winter storm to get there could be considered foolhardy.  But our driver-guide negotiated the steep, narrow ascents and descents on hair-pin bends,  chattering away as remorselessly as the pounding rain. 

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Time to fall for New England

By Anthea Gerrie, June 26, 2008

Autumn is not the only time to enjoy this rustic corner of the USA

It is a shame, given its varied delights, that New England is reduced in the public consciousness to the cliché of a Cape Cod cottage. Certainly the region’s coastline is littered with pretty, shuttered, white clapperboard beach houses, but this diverse region also embraces ski resorts, picturesque villages lined with antique shops and small, red-brick towns where life seems to have barely changed in decades.

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Sex and the city break

By Kate Collins, May 19, 2008

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Rush for the golden city

By Gita Conn, April 24, 2008

Says the best way for first-time visitors to see San Francisco is just to take the tourist trail

First-time visitors to San Francisco, heads bursting with images from books films countless TV series and the lyrics from so many songs, may not know quite where to begin exploring this most iconic of American cities.

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Venice, open houses and online Israel

By Lucy Miller, April 11, 2008

Israel’s Ministry of Tourism has launched a new internet site which allows visitors to Israel, and those planning a visit, to ask questions and receive recommendations and information before and during their stay, with a team of licensed tour guides from the Israeli Tour Guides Association providing answers within 48 hours of a posting. The site will also feature 300 tourist attractions and 500 accommodation options and will serve as a forum for exchanging information, personal recommendations and travelogues.

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Gardens, golf and a Grand Tour for mums

By Lucy Miller, March 21, 2008

If you are heading to Eilat this weekend, you may want to catch a concert during the Eilat Piano Competition. The annual event is sponsored jointly by the Rubinstein International Music Society and the Isrotel hotel chain, which has eight hotels in the resort. This year’s competition, consisting of 11 piano recitals, piano concertos with orchestra, chamber music, a dance performance and even a pop music performance, finishes on Sunday (00972 3 519 7777).

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