New guide opens up a new Holy City

The Jewish Chronicle - - Life/travel -

COM­PRE­HEN­SIVE new guide to Jerusalem, pub­lished by back­packer friendly Rough Guide may prove as use­ful to any­one vis­it­ing Jerusalem for the 10th time as well as those go­ing for the first time. Ef­fi­ciently re­searched by au­thor Daniel Ja­cobs, it is stud­ded with facts and in­for­ma­tion that al­lows read­ers to dis­cover the less tourist-trod­den ar­eas, as well as to find ob­scure and eclec­tic mu­se­ums and places to eat and sip a cock­tail. The cul­tural and se­cu­rity in­for­ma­tion is ap­peal­ingly ac­cu­rate, and the au­thor’ s aware­ness that — due to Jerusalem’s lim­ited size — most vis­i­tors will in­cor­po­rate other cen­tres, means there are good sec­tions on Tel Aviv and the Dead Sea. The Rough Guide to Jerusalem costs £12.99 and is in book­shops now (www.roughguides.com). KOSHER DIN­ERS head­ing for the Costa del Sol will be happy to hear that the now quite chic Tor­re­moli­nos has a new (kind of) kosher restau­rant. Re­opened in new premises in Plaza Gamba Ale­gra — just off the charm­ing Casile San Migues — its of­fi­cial name is Eithans, though my lo­cal spy, Stan­ley Lerner, tells me it is known lo­cally as Mol­lies. Serv­ing meat dishes, it is open from Sun­day to Thurs­day for lunch and din­ner, and Fri­day for lunch only (00 34 952 05 30 64). FANS OF Barcelona have a new ex­cuse to re­visit: a new ho­tel, down on Nova Bo­cana, at the start of the glam­orous Barceloneta beach board­walk. A mem­ber of Star­wood’s W Ho­tels brand, the 26-storey, sail-shaped prop­erty sits per­pen­dic­u­lar to the new dock and Port Vell, with stun­ning sea and city views from most of the 473 guest rooms. It fea­tures Spain’s first Bliss Spa; a sig­na­ture restau­rant by Miche­lin-starred Cata­lan chef, Car­les Abel­lan, a rooftop bar, fit­ness fa­cil­ity and di­rect ac­cess to the beach. To cel­e­brate its de­but, the ho­tel is of­fer­ing an open­ing rate of €249 (£227) per night for a dou­ble room, in­clud­ing a wel­come cock­tail, break­fast, com­pli­men­tary ap­pe­tiser or dessert with din­ner, up­grade and other good­ies. Of­fer valid un­til Fe­bru­ary 27 (www.who­tels.com). IT’S CER­TAINLY a long way to go for a cou­ple of days, but if you are head­ing to the US in late Novem­ber, there is an op­por­tu­nity for Bea­tles fans who also like to keep kosher to in­dulge their pas­sion in Stam­ford, Con­necti­cut. Charles Rose­nay, of Kismet Travel, well known State­side for his Club Kosher glatt kosher va­ca­tions, is to present BEAT­expo 2009, a con­ven­tion for Bea­tles fans on Novem­ber 29 at Stam­ford’s Hol­i­day Inn. The event will fea­ture pre-show con­certs on Novem­ber 28 by trib­ute bands; a rock and roll flea mar­ket/ mem­o­ra­bilia mar­ket­place; rare video shows; spe­cial ex­hibits and dis­plays and an auc­tion. Among the guests is Sid Bern­stein, now 91, the leg­endary Jewish pro­moter who took The Bea­tles to Amer­ica, Peter Tork of The Mon­kees, Greg Hawkes from The Cars and Den­nis Fer­rante, John Len­non’s record­ing en­gi­neer (www.ToursAndEvents.com/ BEAT­expo.htm; 001 203 795-4737; Liver­poolTours@aol.com). MALCOLM Green of Kosher Ser­vices World­wide, and the third gen­er­a­tion of the Green fam­ily in the kosher ca­ter­ing busi­ness, is to mark the 90th an­niver­sary of the dy­nasty in 2010, with two kosher hol­i­day ven­trues: in sum­mer, he is tak­ing over a ho­tel near Padua ( pic­tured), Italy, for a kosher sum­mer sea­son and is also run­ning a 10-day kosher trip to Ire­land (00 972 9 8626442; kosheris­rael@013.net). FOR THOSE with young chil­dren, or who sim­ply pre­fer the idea of a hol­i­day apart­ment rather than a ho­tel, a new web­site en­ti­tled www.is­rael­va­ca­tion­homes. com, is of­fer­ing hol­i­day apart­ment lets in Her­zliya Pi­tu­ach. All apart­ments have pools, air-con and on-site laun­dry fa­cil­i­ties.

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