Our best photos from Israel and West Bank
As far as a Middle Eastern destination, Israel is a bit of a disappointment. Of all the things it has in common with its neighbours, it has an edge in none. The castles are better in Syria. The coast is better in Lebanon. The desert is better in Jordan.
And being a highly developed society, Israel has embraced the kind of thinking that stamps out any possibility of fun risk-taking: everything is fenced, padded, and fortified for your protection.
The best of Israel, is of course, the Jewish element, which is present in the sense of humour of the people, the adornments of the cities, and in the philosophies. The town of Safed, for instance, is a treasure of Jewish-inspired art and mysticism, which you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
Here is a selection of photos from our two weeks in the country, including a day trip to the West Bank.