Palestine:

Bad Coffee in Paris?

3 February 2012 | Living

‘Why do the French make such horrible coffee?’ I used to think when I lived in Paris in 1996. If I’d bothered researching the question I’d quickly have found the answer – bad coffee was French government policy. The French government pushed the cheaper, lower quality ...

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Madaba & Mosaics

9 January 2012 | Places

▲ Mosaics in the Archaeological Park in the Jordanian town of Madaba. I spent two weeks in Israel and Palestine just before Christmas 2011. You can check my reports on my travels in Palestine, the problems of Hebron, the Wall, an encouraging visit to Nazareth, ...

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The Roundabout Route to Rachel’s Tomb

1 January 2012 | Places

And Rachel died, and was buried on the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem. And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel's grave unto this day. — Genesis 35:19-20 ▲ Rachel’s Tomb – perhaps 100 years ago? It had to be one of the weirdest f...

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Stars & Bucks

31 December 2011 | Living

◄ Palestine is one of those unusual countries without a McDonalds and when the big brands aren’t present you can be pretty certain some strange replacements will pop up. Like Ramallah’s Stars & Bucks coffee shop, right in the centre of Palestine’s de facto capital...

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A Tale of Two Cities – Nazareth Today, Hebron Yesterday

29 December 2011 | Places

▲  The Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth is supposed to be on the site of Mary’s home, where the Angel Gabriel appeared to announce that she might be a good virgin, but she was still going to have a baby. The church is a curious structure, plonked on top of t...

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