Great start to the New Year

Travel Talks Leicester continued with Lockdown video-casts in the New Year. The first three talks of 2021 generated strong interest with one of our sessions, led by returning speaker Ruth McIntosh, already generating an impressive 473 views on our YouTube channel. This is a record for our group.

The three 2021 talks available to view free on demand are:

Ruth McIntosh started our January 2021 lockdown series with “Biking from Bordeaux”. You can see more about this on her blog: https://slow-cycle.com/. Also, check out Ruth’s book, “In Search of Adventure”. Head over to this llink:
https://slow-cycle.com/2020/10/07/in-search-of-adventure-the-book/

Eleanor Davidson folllowed with an innovative approach: “Travels with my books through time and place”. Armchair travelling is almost as good as the real thing says Eleanor who cherished her books from a young age.

On Friday 22 January we welcomed Jan Parsons of Guildford Travel Club who presented “Palestine: Beyond the Wall”.

Jan Parsons’ Palestine: Beyond the Wall – our 40th Lockdown online talk.

Palestine is a land of striking contrasts, from its ancient limestone hills crowned with scattered villages and more recently dense clusters of Israeli settlements, to the vast stretches of the Judean desert, rich in remarkable sites and buildings. Very few tours visit places like Mar Saba, Hisham’s Palace and the palm-shaded oases of this beautiful landscape.

Jan travelled through Palestine in 2017 with the Palestine Exploration Fund, meeting some of the hospitable Palestinian people across the West Bank including Bedouins and the Samaritan community with their ancient customs. In her video we will visit the holy sites in Hebron, a volatile city where tensions run high, Qumran, home to the Dead Sea Scrolls and Temple Mount in Jerusalem – a significant site to the three major world religions. Jan’s talk will also address the impact of the Separation Wall in the context of the more recent history of Palestine.

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