The Americas

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 27, 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 20, 2008

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Rush for the golden city

By Gita Conn, April 25, 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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The Caribbean: So glad I pushed the boat out

By Jenni Frazer, January 31, 2008

I am having breakfast and the flying fish are having a leaping competition in the seemingly endless stretch of water in my eye-line. Once again, the sky and the sea are that exact shade of brilliant blue that you see in the brochures but never quite believe you will see for yourself. It is a view you can never tire of and for 10 perfect days, it was mine — well, mine and 3,020 others’.

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