Israel has never been a place I considered visiting. It was just never on my radar but I jumped at the opportunity to visit with my bf who has lived and visited Israel many times. I couldn’t have asked for a better tour guide 🙂
street art outside our hotel
the carmel shuk
The shuks were probably one of my favorite things about our trip! They are pretty much in every city. They are kind of a mixture between a swap meet and a farmers market. I obviously was attracted to all the food! Really wish we had these at home.
walking around Jaffa
cute shop at the shuk in JaffaHaifaShrine of the Báb
We started the trip in Tel Aviv and made our way up and down Israel. We went to Haifa, Jaffa, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Eilat and Jordan.
The Old CityThe Western Wall also known as the Wailing Wallmen and women must stand on different sides
Via Dolorosa and Church of the Holy Sepulchrethey have the best signs!
shuk in Jerusalem the streets of Jerusalem
I’d say that my favorite place was definitely Jerusalem, specifically the Old City. It was so amazing being somewhere with so much history. There’s a certain magic that one feels when walking down the narrow cobble stone streets and alleys. Knowing that the Old City has been around since the 11th century is mind blowing! Whenever I’m in places that have been around for hundreds or in this case thousands of years, it always makes me think of the many people who’s footsteps I’m walking in. That one time long ago they were standing where I was standing and seeing what I was seeing (for the most part!).
There’s two other places that we went to that I highly recommend for everybody to visit and one of them is the Dead Sea! I still cannot get over the fact that I was at the lowest point on Earth! Traveling and getting to visit these types of places makes me realize how much of this planet I have yet to see.
The Dead Sea
Jordan on the other side
Although the weather was not agreeable on this trip we made the best of it and enjoyed the sun whenever it decide to come out. Thankfully the sun came out for a bit whilst we were at the Dead Sea and I got to go into the water and get some great views of the Dead Sea. I wish I would have had the guts to fully get in the water but it was just too ice cold but that just means I have to go back again some day 😉
the path up to Masadait’s about 700 steps to get up to Masada!
Masada was built in 37 BCE!
We took advantage of the fact that we were going to be at the Dead Sea to hike up to Masada. We woke up an hour before sunrise so that we could watch the sunrise from there. The hike was a tad strenuous for me but for Adam it wasn’t too bad. Although I complained the majority of the time I’m glad we got to watch the sunrise from up there…it was gorgeous! (even though it was a tad cloudy) Also, you get a great view of the dead sea.
If Israel isn’t on your list of places to visit I suggest you put it on your list! I truly enjoyed Israel. I felt safe the whole time I was there. I got to drive around since the driving is pretty much the same as in the states. The food is ahhhmazing! I can definitely live on that Mediterranean diet. (you haven’t had great pita and hummus until you’ve had it there!) and more than anything it felt so special to be in the land of milk and honey with all its rich history.
The third place I recommend isn’t in Israel but Jordan and that is one of the World Wonders, Petra! Blog post on that coming soon 😉