Europe and Middle East

French Cookery Lessons: French Houseparty Style

From filleting fish to spinning sugar, my 6 day “Gourmet Explorer” french cookery course at the French House Party near Carcassonne was a culinary delight.

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The Pera Palace, Istanbul.

The Pera Palace is an Istanbul legend since 1832 when passengers from the Orient Express were carried in sedan chairs up the hill  to stay overnight.

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French Cheeses in the Negev

Who would have thought that in such an arid place as this you could produce Camembert cheeses of the utmost delicacy, but that’s exactly what they’ve done. Naot Farm in Ramat Hanegev, a 2 hour drive south from Tel Aviv, is the realisation of a dream for them both and a real throwback to Israel’s early pioneering days. Here is where you will find authentic french cheeses in the Negev.

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Relaxing With Water Maidens in Eilat

Well this was a first. Lying on my back in the water with my eyes shut,  listening to underwater music whilst being gently twirled around by a water therapist. This is relaxation Jim, but not as we know it. it is instead, relaxing with water maidens in Eilat.

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Diving with Dolphins in Israel

‘That’s Dana’ said Andrew my diving buddy, pointing at the glorious streamlined body leaping fully out of the water to assembled gasps, ‘she’ll come over to say hello when we’re down there’. I truthfully had a moment, right there and then.

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Jerusalem. Thousands of years in the making.

It was a sound that, given the circumstances, instantly transported me back thousands of years.

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