Book Review: Experience Spain from Lonely Planet

Book Review: Experience Spain from Lonely Planet

Last year I posted a review of Experience Italy, a Lonely Planet guide that explored the country and its culture in depth. Now the second book in the series – Experience Spain – has been published. Again, this is much more than a conventional guidebook; it is a feast...

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Shabbat of a Lifetime, a Unique Jerusalem Experience

Shabbat of a Lifetime, a Unique Jerusalem Experience

The Sabbath (or Shabbat) is a unique time in Jerusalem. Families come together and all work stops for twenty-four hours. One of the most important elements of the Sabbath is the Friday evening meal. I was privileged to experience this at first hand with Shabbat of a...

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Revisiting Jerusalem at TBEX International

Revisiting Jerusalem at TBEX International

I spent the summer of 1976 as a kibbutz volunteer in the far north of Israel. While I was there I travelled around the country, visiting Jerusalem, Haifa, the Golan Heights and many other places. It was one of my first ever foreign trips and I’ve never forgotten the...

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The Mission District Murals of San Francisco

The Mission District Murals of San Francisco

San Francisco is famous for its colourful and provocative street art. You can find it everywhere, with a thousand or more murals across the city. But the greatest concentration is in the Mission District, with whole streets full of vibrant murals and mosaics. Balmy...

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The Stairways of San Francisco

The Stairways of San Francisco

San Francisco is built on 49 hills – not just ordinary slopes, but tall steep inclines. Yet the city’s early planners and developers chose to lay out the roads in a grid pattern, paying no heed to contours. This resulted in some very steep streets, causing problems...

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