Travel London Lite Friday, 28 August 2009 15 Joinamuletrain BE FIRST on World Expeditions new eight-day trek across the Djebel Sarho range in Morocco, leaving on 17 October. Youll be welcomed by the nomadic Ait Atta people, whose hospitality ensures an authentic Moroccan experience. This expedition offers the opportunity to travel with a mule caravan, with your camp transported in the centuries-old traditions of North Africa. 595pp (excluding flights), see STA celebrates TO MARK its 30th birthday, STA Travel is offering 30 per cent off all adventure tours, some incredible air fares and package deals. A Thai island-hopping trip that was 379 is now 266; a seven- day California discovery package is down from 650 to 455, flights to LA now start at 345, while Rio starts at 409. Fancy it all packaged up? How about Crete for 156? Leaving 22 September, self-catering, departs Stansted. See Japans the draw ILLUSTRATION enthusiasts should check out Japan Journeys seven-day Manga tour. It includes an afternoon at the Nippon Animation Studios, a visit to the Ghibli Museum designed by Hayao Miyazaki, the Academy Award- winner for Spirited Away, and takes in dozens of anime and Manga stores. At Harajuku, see Manga fans dressed up as their favourite characters. From 1,325pp, inc flights, see ATurkish summer FANCY some last-minute summer sun? Head to Dalyan on the south coast of Turkey for a 699 holiday. The itinerary includes a boat trip, Turkish bath, snorkelling and sea kayaking, plus plenty of time to relax. The holiday is tailored for solo travellers and includes return flights from Gatwick, transfers, seven nights accommodation, all activities, breakfast daily, three evening meals and most lunches. Departs 1 September. See Takingoff... UP, BUT EDGY, OLD-SCHOOL NYC LIVES ON IN WILLIAMSBURG EDITED BY OLIVIA WALMSLEY Widening horizons: Olivia and Luisa on the Brooklyn Bridge and sampling the delights in Williamsburg across the East River from Manhattan Widening horizons: Olivia and Luisa on the BrooklynWidening horizons: Olivia and Luisa on the Brooklyn GRAND ST BEDFORD AVE WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE Miss Favela Diner Marlowe & Sons Vutera Caracas Mini Minimarket Pema Hotel Delmano Beacons Closet E A ST R I V E R MANHATTAN NEW JERSEY BROOKLYN BRONX WHERE TO GO IN WILLIAMSBURG(, with its charm- ing one-off pieces by local design- ers. Nearby, at Pema ( we snapped up gold gladiator san- dals and Panama hats. No Williamsburg shopping trip is complete without a stroll down Grand Street, which runs perpen- dicular to Bedford Avenue. Browse plants and home accessories at the popular garden emporium Sprout (, then pop into Moon River Chattel (001 718 388 1121) for homewares including glass apothecary jars and pioneer-era picture frames. CULINARYMECCA IF ALL that retail therapy is mak- ing you ravenous, youre slap-bang in a culinary mecca. From new American cuisine to Latin street food, youll be spoilt for choice. We became obsessed with Caracas Brooklyns ( palm-sized corn cakes filled with Venezuelan ingredients like paisa cheese (2.75) and roasted pork shoulder (4). And we may have been on a girls trip, but dinner at the romantic bolthole Vutera (001 718 599 0069) felt like date night. A hidden gem beneath the Rose Live Music bar (, we devoured roast poussin (10) and scallops with risotto (12). Diner ( and its sister restaurant Marlow & Sons ( epitomise the Brooklyn culinary scene. At Diner we tucked into Hangtown Fry (an omelette featuring fried oysters and pickled vegetables) and beer- battered soft-shell crab. SPEAKEASYDRINKING WILLIAMSBURG also boasts world- class watering holes. Sink into a black banquette at Hotel Delmano (001 718 387 1945), a stylish speakeasy serving prohibition- inspired cocktails such as the Corpse Reviver No.2 (gin, Cointreau, lillet, lemon juice and pastis, 7). But for cooling off in summer, retreat to the Czech-influenced Radegast Hall & Biergarten ( Following that international theme, Miss Favela ( is a lively Brazilian bar and restaurant beneath the roar of the Williamsburg Bridge where the punters quaff 5 fruit caipirinhas and scoff feijoada, a hearty pork stew. Meanwhile, Sunday is no day of rest. The bartenders at Turkeys Nest Tavern (001 718 384 9774) will serve your margarita in a Styrofoam cup to go. Drinking in public is illegal, but whos going to guess what youre sipping? Now try doing that in Manhattan... British Airways offers return flights from London to New York from 299 per person ( index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html