Comments from Recent Visitors
"Madeleine gave us an objective view of the people and places we see on the news."
"She is no nonsense, easy to work with, and very flexible. I recommend her highly."
"Madeleine kept our children, 10, 13, 15 yrs interested and engaged (as only a former teacher can), and her depth of knowledge was welcome by the adults in the group."
"We were a diverse group - different ages, religions, athletic abilities - and Madeleine managed to accommodate us all."
"Madeleine gracefully navigated complex issues of faith and culture and we came away with a much better perspective of Jerusalem through 3,000 years of history"
"Madeleine has a talent for listening to what we're interested in and crafting an itinerary that when experienced, flows perfectly while she is open to being flexible and the serendipity of discovery"
"Madeleine was incredible - a huge wealth of information, extremely professional and a wonderful sense of humour"
Thursday, December 15, 2011
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Saturday, September 3, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Born in 1958 in the village of Silwan just south of the Old City, Yousef is one of 8 children - 5 boys and three girls. He learned his trade through his late father, a fabric merchant. Despite hardships - the family lost two homes in Katamon and Baka and a shop in Mahane Yehuda in west Jerusalem after 1948 - he is always positive and has a ready smile.
Yousef has owned his store on the Christian Quarter Road since 2003 but has traded in the Old City since 1973. A father of 4, he lives with his wife, three girls and a boy in the village of Anata close to the northern Jewish neighborhood of French Hill.
While I was sitting with him and drinking a refreshing glass of mint tea, I asked him what his dream was. He told me that he'd like to live on a mountain, somewhere green away from the city.
Feel free to pop in and view some of the rugs and fabrics. His honesty, fair prices and good quality have made him popular with his loyal, local clientele. There is no pressure and you will always be greeted with a warm smile especially if you tell him that I sent you!
Saturday, July 2, 2011
One of my favourite areas are the three Crusader market streets which make up the Cardo of the ancient Roman-Byzantine city. These are Butchers' or Meat Market, Spice Market and Engravers' Market.
For those of a strong disposition, take the first left along Butchers' Street - Shuk HaLahamim in Arabic and Katzavim in Hebrew - walk past animal heads and entrails and walk almost to the end. On the left side is Abu Taher, a small restaurant run by Taher and his male cooks. Ask to see the daily specials simmering on the stove. The hummus is also good.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
One of the main problems caused by the large volume of birds is damage to agricultural land. In order to overcome this the birds are fed corn to divert their attention from the local produce without causing harm to the birds themselves.
Last week I had the pleasure of viewing some of the 30,000 cranes who had dropped in for their seasonal visit which began last October. I joined a group of tour guides on a tractor-drawn hide which entered deep into the special bird area during feeding time. Oblivious to our presence, the birds swooped on the food and provided us with a breathtaking show.
The Agamon is open all the year round. Here one can see not only birds but also water buffalo, take part in a bird banding workshop and enjoy the unique flora and fauna of the area. The 5 mile trail encircling the Agamon Hula can be experienced on foot, bike, multi-passenger vehicle or club cart. Fun for all ages!http://www.agamon-hula.co.il/
Friday, February 11, 2011
Last night I experienced my first meal served in total darkness at the Nalaga'at (do touch) Center in the Port of Old Jaffa. After overcoming my initial apprehension, I allowed myself to be guided into the dark restaurant by the blind wait staff. What an amazing time we had! Without vision, my other senses were sharpened as we enjoyed a creative three-course meal.
Dining at BlackOut is one of the three outstanding experiences offered to the visitors of the “Nalaga’at” Center. The Center - the first of its kind in the world, seeks to promote interaction between deaf-blind, deaf, and blind individuals and people able to hear and see, regardless of cultural or social distinctions.