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Anthea Gerrie
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Hotel of the week: The Francis Hotel

By Anthea Gerrie, January 17, 2014

What you really want when you get to the Georgian architectural extravaganza that is Bath, is a hotel that really lets you live the dream. The Francis is one of just a handful in this elegant town which lives up to the promise, but has been rather delightfully reinterpreted with a touch of je ne sais quoi by the French.

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Sun, sea and kassams? Gaza border promoted as tourist destination

By Anthea Gerrie, January 2, 2014

It is cut off from beautiful beaches by barbed wire and a target for missiles, but the area around the Gaza border is being touted as Israel’s newest tourist attraction.

That’s according to the Tourism Ministry, which is throwing NIS 2 million (£350,000) at an area visitors have avoided for years over safety fears.

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Peru: Heading for the hills

By Anthea Gerrie, November 27, 2013

A gift from the Jews!” declares my tour guide, pointing out the white Jesus extending his arms over Cuzco in the manner of its more famous neighbour in Rio.

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Hotel of the week: Sloane Club, London

By Anthea Gerrie, November 15, 2013

Anyone who’s ever wandered past those millionaires’ mansions in Belgravia and wondered what it would be like to live the life can now do so for a few days courtesy of the Sloane Club.

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Thai the knot

By Anthea Gerrie, November 12, 2012

They married on an oriental beach, on the night the earth came closest to the full moon in 50 years. It sounds like the kind of exotic celebration that only a professional wedding planner could pull together, but Justin and Alison Freeden made all their own arrangements for their dream wedding on a Thai beach.

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Israel asks citizens to boost tourism as patriotic duty

By Anthea Gerrie, October 19, 2012

Israelis are being pressed to entice more tourists to the Jewish state as their patriotic duty — with the incentive of winning a holiday at home for themselves.

The Ministry of Tourism is launching a new website this month containing postcards and video clips visitors can use to introduce overseas friends, family and colleagues to the country.

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Golan Heights - the French-style Israeli winery which is hitting the heights

By Anthea Gerrie, July 19, 2012

Chateau Golan is one of Israel’s top wineries, but also one of the country’s best-kept secrets. It is just down the road from the huge Golan Heights Winery, where Israel’s premium wine industry was born. But apart from the fabulous fertile soil of the Golan and the fact both make wonderful wines, they are as different as chalk and cheese.

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By the Skin of his Teeth

By Anthea Gerrie, June 22, 2012

John Izbicki’s autobiography, Life Between the Lines (Umbria Press, £12.95), opens with his memories of running down the street as a five-year-old, exuberantly shouting: “I am a Jew!”. As this was in Hitler’s Berlin, it gave his parents understandable cause for anxiety.

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Something for Croatians to crow about

By Anthea Gerrie, June 21, 2012

Could we soon be asking for a nice glass of malvasia? It would not be the first time a beautiful and distinctive grape has put a whole new country on the wine map.

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Georgian Food - world cuisine’s best-kept secret

By Anthea Gerrie, June 14, 2012

Georgia, nestling on the Black Sea’s south-eastern shore and blessed with a Mediterranean climate, is home to some of the world’s finest organic produce as well as original food traditions. The cuisine is one of the most exciting you can find, still pervaded by the influence of one of the world’s oldest Jewish communities.

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Argentina: Get ready to tango

By Anthea Gerrie, June 2, 2012

Perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised to spot a row of Israeli flags lining an entire city block in the Argentine city of Mendoza. After all, Argentina has the world’s sixth largest Jewish population, even if most live in the capital Buenos Aires.

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The best wines for summer

By Anthea Gerrie, May 29, 2012

When spring starts to segue into summer, a different style of wine is called for — one with a bit of fragrance that seems to mark the change of seasons and with enough personality to work both as an aperitif as well as with food.

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My time in Vidal Sassoon's Los Angeles empire

By Anthea Gerrie, May 17, 2012

Joining Vidal Sassoon’s Los Angeles-based empire as he metamorphosed from celebrity snipper into shampoo tycoon, self-styled health guru and TV personality, was an Alice-in Wonderland experience.

In those early days, it seemed to be a bunch of ex-hairdressers, a couple of money men, one research chemist and me.

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Villa San Michele Florence, Italy

By Anthea Gerrie, May 3, 2012

It's not every hotel that can boast a facade designed, it's rumoured, by Michelangelo. But then not every city is packed with the work of Michelango and other Renaissance greats who have attracted visitors to Florence for hundreds of years.

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Artist haunts are picture perfect

By Anthea Gerrie, May 3, 2012

Those of us who remember Margate and Cliftonville from childhood seaside holidays now have a reason to travel back to the East Kent coast on a sentimental journey.

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