Decades of research may have shown that prolonged exposure to the sun without proper protection increases the risk of everything from skin cancer to wrinkles, but Gwyneth Paltrow is throwing caution to the wind. After all, how can anything natural be bad for you?
A garden refuge in the heart of Jerusalem Five years ago, the plot of land on the grounds of the Natural History Museum in Jerusalem was barren and unused. Today it has become the city’s largest community garden. Designed as a space to grow organic crops, the garden — located just a stone’s throw from a busy street - is also an educational institution and an urban refuge for the people of Jerusalem. The community garden is open to anyone, and regular visitors include school children, artists and a nursery for mentally disabled adults. DOWNLOADS: VIDEO: - HiRes: www.megaupload.com - HiRes NoNarration: www.megaupload.com - Streaming: www.megaupload.com - Streaming NoNarration: www.megaupload.com DOCUMENTS: - INTRO: www.megaupload.com - SCRIPTS: www.megaupload.com Please credit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel for any use of these videos
Tourists discover Israel’s Negev desert History and scenery come together for visitors to Israel’s Negev Desert. Israel’s Negev Desert accounts for more than 55 percent of Israel’s land, but only about 8% of its population. Here, among spectacular desert vistas, you can find an increasing number of unique tourist accommodations. Along the ancient Spice Route, for example, a unique desert B&B offers visitors individual cabins with small private pools and wine made on site. Its name, Carmey Avdat (Vineyards of Avdat) Farm (www.carmey-avdat.co.il draws on Avdat, an important ancient Nabatean city. Several grape-pressing areas, a farm and churches were uncovered by archeologists at this site. Isrotel Beresheet (Genesis) (www.luxury-hotels-israel.com a new luxury hotel opening this spring, is located on a cliff above Machtesh (Crater) Ramon, a landform unique to the Negev and Sinai deserts. The largest natural crater in the world at 40 kilometers (24.8 miles) long and 10 kilometers (a bit more than six miles) wide, the Ramon formed when soft rocks buried under hard surface rocks eroded, causing the hard upper layers to collapse in the shape of a heart. DOWNLOADS: VIDEO: HiRes-Narration: www.megaupload.com Hi Res NoNarration: www.megaupload.com Streaming-Narration: www.megaupload.com Streaming-NoNarration: www.megaupload.com DOCUMENTS: INTRO: www.megaupload.com SCRIPT: www.megaupload.com Key Words Negev Desert, Spice Route, Carmey Avdat, Isrotel Beresheet, Machtesh Ramon …
Fashion designers rub shoulders with vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables, and coffee shops abut shawarma joints in Jerusalem’s famous Mahane Yehuda market. By Harvey Stein (Israel MFA) At the 250 shops in Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda Market you can buy freshly ground spices; produce ranging from fresh meat, fish and poultry to fruit and vegetables; candy and halva; and Judaica both traditional and modern. There are juice bars and traditional Middle Eastern bakeries in the hundred-year-old-plus market that was first cleaned up and organized by the British in the 1920s, when they put in permanent stalls and roofing. The market, or ‘the suk,’ as it is locally known, has undergone its own special versions of facelifts every few years, ever since. Most recently, modern coffee chains and trendy fashion boutiques have added themselves to the scene. Co-owner of the clothing and accessory shop 30 Walnut Street, whose name is also its address, Limor and her partner design and make all the clothes that they sell. Limor says that the suk is “full of life and hope” and deems it “…the most exciting place in Jerusalem.” Download links (copy/paste to browser): Streaming video: www.megaupload.com Download: www.megaupload.com Script: www.megaupload.com