The Porter grandparents' short stay in paradise was in Mahé and Praslin, the two largest of the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean. Besides bus trips around the islands, every morning Mike picked up breakfast from the thousands of mangoes scattered under the trees along the pavements. "I suppose one could starve here", he sums up, "but he'd have to try very hard".

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Treasure islands
Category: Travel
Issue No. 177
 

An account of two "exciting months" touring the United States from coast to coast. The couple, who keep kosher, are welcomed and helped, whenever necessary, by the local Jewish population. Their trip begins in Virginia, and continues through New Orleans, Texas and San Francisco.

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America in the fall
Category: Travel
Issue No. 177
 

The ESRA tour group enjoyed a wonderful trip to The Salad Trail on Moshav Talmei Yosef, 7km from the southern Gaza border. Highly recommended for all ages and tastes

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All aboard for the Salad Trail
Category: Travel
Issue No. 177
 

Here we are given a fascinating and informative glimpse into modern-day Russia and a comparison to her violent past.

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All that glistens.  Russia’s ‘golden’ past was overwhelming
Category: Travel
Issue No. 177
 

The journey took a couple of hours with an early start but an enjoyable time was had by all. The mountainous region, the views and an excellent guide all contributed to the bonhomie of the group as the hike progressed peacefully up hill and down dale.

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Water disappointment! Pool was almost dry
Category: Travel
Issue No. 177
 

By chance the Cronins chose to visit a sleepy town – Liptovsky Mikalas – in a valley between the Tatra mountains. They find an impressive synagogue, built in 1906, which is here described in detail, and really fits the description of "amazing". At the synagogue there is a small display of photographs of Jewish families who once lived in the town, and an appeal is made for more photos of Jews who once lived in the town. The photos should be sent to nemcova@mik.Im.sk.

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Discovering the largest synagogue in Slovakia
Category: Travel
Issue No. 176
 

The 40 day-trippers who went to the Rakevet HaEmek museum find out that there is a possibility that the old railway line which once went to Syria may be partly restored, linking Afula and Beit Shean with the existing coastal line in Israel. From the museum the trippers were taken on a "tasting spree" at the Spice Way and the Tulip Wineries. Their last stop was at Beit Lechem HaGlilit, to see the Templar buildings built by the German founders of the village.

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Train line that was so slow, it was said that donkeys moved faster!
Category: Travel
Issue No. 176
 

When Lydia Aisenberg spotted a sign on a yellow cab at the Bulgarian Golden Sands resort in Varna that read "I speak Ivrit" she went to investigate. The 30-year old driver who had never been to Israel explained how he learned Hebrew and also showed Lydia and Israeli friends some wonderful sites, as she describes.

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Where Israelis resort to swopping Red for Black
Category: Travel
Issue No. 176
 

Amusing account of this visit to a lovely town situated near the Chinese border in northwestern Vietnam. Travel conditions to get there were cold and frugal but the amazing views, lush vegetation and meeting the locals more than made up for it once they had arrived. A trip to the local market saw souvenir options that included a huge variety of food, drink and even animals.

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A bustling and crowded town, Sapa attacks all your senses
Category: Travel
Issue No. 176
 

Cynthia Barmor returns from a visit to the “old country” and reports that the news is both bad and good. She compares the clean and efficient Cape Town with the grimy and grim Johannesburg, where corruption is rife and blatant and the daily toll of murders numbers in its tens. Good news: Soweto, once a crime-ridden township near Johannesburg has flowered into an up-scale suburb, with malls, supermarkets, homes and gardens.

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Sign of the times - There’s a real sense of freedom in the new South Africa, but corruption is rife
Category: Travel
Issue No. 175
 
 
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