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Travel Lens: Yotam Ottolenghi’s World

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Star chef, restaurateur, and food writer Yotam Ottolenghi is known for combining flavors and traditions from his Middle Eastern upbringing with those from the Mediterranean, North Africa, and Asia to create his own brand of fusion forged from a well-stamped passport. Here’s a look at the world through his unique lens (and appetite).

Just Back: Jerusalem

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Many people dread spending time with their in-laws, but not “National Geographic Traveler” researcher Christine Blau. For her, marrying a journalist from Jerusalem means inheriting a network of kindred local guides and a lifetime of visits through which to figure out their complex city. Here are some of the highlights from her latest trip, in her own words.

Family Time in the Holy Land

Opportunities for outdoor play abound in Jerusalem—you just have to know where to find them. Here’s a brief guide to six great activities for the young (and young at heart) in one of the oldest cities in the world.

Lessons From the Holy Land

Aziz Abu Sarah, a Muslim, works with an Orthodox rabbi as well as a former banker to give dual-narrative tours of the Holy Land with their company, Mejdi, and with National Geographic Expeditions. His approach, which has earned praise from church groups, executives, and even UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, is drawn from his experience of growing up Palestinian in Jerusalem. Here are a few life lessons from this intrepid traveler.

Jerusalem From All Sides

I had planned to write a review of the new hotels and restaurants on the horizon in Jerusalem — a story about the city’s present and future. But when I arrived, I was overwhelmed by the past, and by an intense desire to know something, anything, for sure.

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog on Wednesdays for our Travel Lately roundup.

Behind the Lens in Jerusalem

Photojournalist Alexandra Avakian’s coverage of Egypt appeared in the September 2011 issue of Traveler, and you can see the fruits of her labor in a story about Jerusalem in the May issue. Photo editor Krista Rossow asked Alexandra what it was like going on assignment in a city with such a long and complicated history. This is what she had to say.

Travels on the Run: Jerusalem’s Walls

For National Geographic Books Senior Editor Barbara A. Noe, going on a run is the best way to get oriented in a new city, and a great way to take in the sights. So lace up your shoes and read on to get Barbara’s tips on where to run in some of the world’s greatest places — and what to see along the way.
Photo: Ekaterina Negoda/My Shot

Walking Above Jerusalem

By Barbara A. Noe On a recent trip to Jerusalem, when I learn I can climb onto the high stone ramparts surrounding the Old City and spy into the different neighborhoods from above, I head straight to the entrance at Jaffa Gate. These ancient stone ramparts showcase a microcosm of conflicted religious life in the…

Out of Office: A Christmas Card from Bethlehem

National Geographic senior books editor Barbara A. Noe is just back from a visit to Bethlehem.  The crowd crushes around me. It’s stifling hot. A woman says she’s going to faint. Everyone tries to be in good humor, but the Russians are behind, pushing en masse. I’ve been waiting in line for an hour or…

The World’s Best Knafeh

Sabina Lohr dishes on her favorite Middle Eastern dessert. We all have foods that we crave; tastes that we long for well after we’re done traveling. My craving is knafeh, a sweet, cheese-filled pasty that I first discovered years ago, served fresh and toasty on a round metal platter in a small Druze village restaurant…

Unearthing Jerusalem’s Temple Mount

Sabina Lohr is back from Israel, where she volunteered on an archaeological dig. Read about her adventures in Oman here. I once commented to an Israeli friend about the impossibility of seeing everything that his country holds.  “In Israel every rock is thousands of years old.  And every rock has a story behind it. So…