• Israel: A land of contrasts

    As the cornerstone of the Christian, Jewish and Islamic faiths, the small yet diverse nation of Israel attracts throngs of travellers and pilgrims every year in search of its sacred sites, archaeological treasures and spectacular natural wonders. While the mention of names such as Jerusalem, Bethlehem and the Sea...

  • Our Top 10 World Wonders

    When it comes to the Top 10 World Wonders, (or even ten top world wonders, not even the top ten) opinion is no doubt divided. But we’re sure no one can really disagree that these are some of the world’s most fascinating places, offering a window on a world...

  • The Hidden Gems of Israel – by Matthew Teller

    This week our guest blogger Matthew Teller shares his inside knowledge of Israel. I remember blinking as I unfolded the map. It was brightly coloured, with photos alongside – obviously designed for tourists – and it showed a slice of northern Israel, either side of the biblical city of...

  • 1000 year-old Crusader treasure unearthed in Israel

    Israeli archaeologists have located a 1000 year-old hoard of gold coins, unearthed at a famous Crusader battleground where Christian and Muslim forces fought for control of the Holy Land. Over 100 coins dating back to the time of the crusader battles have been found in Israel. The coins were...

  • Simple, tasty recipes of the world – tabbouleh & chicken kebabs

    Tabbouleh is a salad that hails from the Middle East, made with bulgar wheat, tomatoes, chopped parsley, mint, lemon juice, shallots, spices and olive oil. You’ll find tabbouleh in numerous Middle Eastern regions, including Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan and more. There are numerous ways of preparing this classic salad, but...

  • The Most Important Historical Landmarks in Israel (6 minute read)

    With a history that stretches back millennia, Israel ties the world’s most prominent religions together. With numerous holy sites that are revered by millions even today, Israel is a fascinating place to visit. Here we’ve compiled a few of the most important historical landmarks in Israel into a mini-gallery....

  • Things to do in Tel Aviv (4 minute read)

    In case you’re left with extra time on either side of your tour to Israel, travel writer Matthew Teller offers a few ideas for things to do in Tel Aviv if you have a day or two to spare. Tel Aviv is just about the sexiest city on the...

  • A Recipe from Israel – Roasted Aubergine with Walnut Salsa (3 minute read)

    Jerusalem’s confluence of culture gives rise to extraordinary flavours. Try this delicious recipe from Israel for Roasted Aubergine with Walnut Salsa from the inspirational Yotam Ottolenghi. I have always been intrigued by the flavours that Yotam Ottolenghi uses in his cooking. The combinations of flavours seemed unusual to me...

  • Knights of the Old City – take a trip into Jerusalem’s past

    Jerusalem is of huge importance to the Abrahamic religions, and is considered one of the holiest cities in the world. But even if you aren’t religious, there’s an old-world charm and a cultural history guaranteed to captivate you. Of course, Jerusalem isn’t just about ancient history – history is...

  • Where am I? Tel Aviv or Sydney?

    As an Australian native, I found Tel Aviv, Israel to be remarkably cosmopolitan and oddly familiar. Are you heading to Tel Aviv? Start with a good restaurant by the sea and enjoy an intoxicating sunset over the Med; then see a play or musical performance in the evening, or...

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