Slick city breaks

The Jewish Chronicle - - TRAVEL - BY JAN SHURE

SPE­CIAL­IST SIN­GLES t r a v e l o perat o r Friend­ship Travel is of­fer­ing an ex­tended choice of city breaks t his spring and sum­mer, i nc l u d i ng Ber­lin, Nice and Mi­lan. A three-night break in Ger­many’s fed­eral cap­i­tal, de­part­ing on May 23 and Au­gust 8, costs from £388 per per­son, while a two-night break to Mi­lan, de­part­ing on July 25 or Oc­to­ber 17, costs from £278. Three nights in Nice, de­part­ing June 27 and Septem­ber 5, costs £380. All prices in­clude ac­com­mo­da­tion with break­fast, re­turn flights, trans­fers and the ser­vices of a Friend­ship Travel host (0871 200 2035, www.friend­ship­travel.com).

If you have ever wanted to book a hol­i­day home for your en­tire ex­tended fam­ily, Help­ful Hol­i­days now has nearly 40 prop­er­ties through­out the West Coun­try for up­wards of 14 guests, with the largest — Cole­hayes Park, a Grade II-listed coun­try house in Devon — sleep­ing up to 70. Ideal for fam­ily gath­er­ings, cel­e­bra­tions and friends tak­ing a New Year hol­i­day to­gether, many can also of­fer pro­fes­sional cater­ing and maid ser­vices. Op­tions in­clude an­cient farm­houses, his­toric manors, con­verted barns, sea­side man­sions and grand fam­ily houses, with prices from £85 per per­son per week. One of the most spec­tac­u­lar is Casa del Rio, built in 1935 and mod­elled on Pick­fair, the Hol­ly­wood home of Douglas Fair­banks and Mary Pick­ford. Stand­ing in ter­raced gar­dens which lead down to the river and a quay with two boats, it also has a heated in­door pool, and cin­ema. It costs from £175 per per­son per week based on 16 shar­ing. Some short breaks avail­able in win­ter (01647 434063; www.help­ful­hol­i­days.com).

Any­one head­ing to Paris next month may wish to take a look at a new ex­hi­bi­tion at the city’s ex­cel­lent Jewish His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum lo­cated in rue du Tem­ple, on the edge of the buzzy Marais. The ex­hi­bi­tion on looted art and resti­tu­tion fo­cuses on the 60,000 works of art stolen from Jewish fam­i­lies dur­ing the oc­cu­pa­tion of Europe, and par­tic­u­larly France, dur­ing the Sec­ond World War. Run­ning un­til Septem­ber 28, it will in­clude works loaned by in­di­vid­ual col­lec­tors and mu­se­ums, in­clud- ing the Is­rael Mu­seum in Jerusalem, and will fea­ture paint­ings by Cézanne, Delacroix, Matisse, Monet and Seu­rat ( www.mahj.org; 0033 1 53 01 86 53).

If you have en­joyed a re­cent JC travel fea­ture on Slove­nia by Rabbi Andrew Gold­stein, you may want to visit the Lake Bled, tucked away amidst the Ju­lian Alps, an hour’s drive from Ljubl­jana. Spe­cial­ist op­er­a­tor Black Tomato is of­fer­ing three nights in the Re­lais & Chateau Vila Bled Ho­tel, with its own private lido and “well­ness” spa, and lo­cated by a lake and against a back­drop of snow-capped moun­tains.The pack­age costs from £499 per per­son, based on two shar­ing and in­cludes break­fast, flights and private trans­fers (020 7610 9008; www.black­tomato.co.uk).

The Gal­le­ria Vit­to­rio Emanuele, Mi­lan’s il­lus­tri­ous shop­ping ar­cade

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