Jean-Michel Blake

FOOTLOOSE: Champions of the Flyway

Shawarmas soon become our β€œbread and butter” along with equally fantastic tasting falafels, both of which we finished off with healthy doses of humus, the local favourite chickpea spread. The first few days were spent exploring Eilat, birding and taking in this magnificent country whilst admiring the Israelis for their farming abilities in the seemingly desolate landscape. One of these farming areas, Yotvata, was a major attraction, not only for the birdlife which included the Bimaculated, Crested and Greater Short-toed larks, Egyptian nightjars and Pharaoh eagle owls, but also for its cafΓ©, which serves what is quite possibly the best ice cream I have ever tasted. Very welcome after a long morning stomping around the desert!