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First broadcast:
Saturday 18 February 2012

John McCarthy discusses the diverse attractions of Israel as a destination. It's a land whose tumultuous existence often overshadows a rich, cultural life. The very word 'Israel' is often synonymous with conflict and religious tension, but John looks beyond the political debate to find what it has to offer the ordinary traveller. His guests are a travel writer, Samantha Wilson, a keen hiker, Alma Smith and a chef, Adi Gilo who spent many summers living and working on a kibbutz.

Producer: Margaret Collins.

  • Samantha Wilson

    is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Israel. After completing a degree in Archaeology in the UK, Samantha embarked on a world trip and after falling in love discovered Israel. She has since travelled to every corner of the country rescuing stray animals and writing.

    Israel (Bradt Travel Guide)
    Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides
    ISBN-10: 1841623628
    ISBN-13: 978-1841623627

    Find out more about Samantha Wilson
  • Alma Smith

    is a youth worker in North London. During her gap year in 2006, she hiked, for two months, the length of Israel from south, near Eilat, to the Golan Heights in the north along a pathway prepared especially for hikers. Alma has been visiting her relatives and travelling the country regularly since childhood.

  • Adi Gilo

    is a chef in London. She first went to a Kibbutz when she was taken there by her parents at just a few months old. Adi regularly visits her grandparents who now live permanently on Israel’s first ‘green’ kibbutz. She also enjoys the thriving night life of Telaviv.

  • Music played at the start of Excess Baggage:

    Title: With You I Won/Nitzacht Iti Hakol
    Performer: Amir Benayun
    Album: With You I Won / Nitzacht Iti Hakol
    Label: Helicon Records
    ASIN: B001FW8K5E

    Find out more about Amir Benayoun


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