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The old city, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

The old city

A travel blog entry by eric

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... didn't matter. The old city is also known as East Jerusalem.  The residents and businesses are primarily Arab.  Israel only recently gained control of the old city after the 1967 war.  So the government was just beginning excavations of ...

Surroundings, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Surroundings

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... ; Commercialism?  Advertising?  Luxury?  Religion comes first.  Also survival.  For every Jew in Israel, there are 10 Arabs in surrounding countries that want to destroy their country.  Military service is mandatory for ...

Shabbot at the Kotel, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Shabbot at the Kotel

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... and explains their story.   We spent our whole time in the Israeli Museum looking at the artifacts of ancient Judah and Israel which included seeing the actual KQ Ostracon. Tomorrow morning it’s back to the dig for our week two and the ...

The First Week at the Dig, Beit Meir, Israel travel blog

The First Week at the Dig

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... other students, professors, adventures, and archaeologists from around the world.  They came from the US, Korea, Belgium, and of course Israel.    After lunch on Sunday, we boarded busses and took the 20 minute ride to the site,  ...

Galilee of the Nations, Kiryat Shmona  Israel, Israel travel blog

Galilee of the Nations

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... nbsp; This morning began the day with a little Sunday service at the hostel then we headed for the sites along Israel's northeastern borders.  First Biaanias the site of Caesarea  Philippi.  This Caesarea was an ancient, very pagan ...

They shall bear fruit in their own age, Beit Shemesh, Israel travel blog

They shall bear fruit in their own age

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... what happens to me at home,  so I’m realizing I’m walking in something divine here, much like the children of Israel in the wilderness whose shoes and clothes did not wear out in 40 years in the wilderness.     Right ...

Ein Gedi and the Dead Sea, Ein Gedi, Israel travel blog

Ein Gedi and the Dead Sea

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... and exciting adventure,  however I'm sure I would not feel this way if this happened to me several times a week.  Israel has been really criticized with its tight security and walls and fences that make it hard for people to exit the west ...

3 weeks of Israeli Delight, Caesarea, Israel travel blog

3 weeks of Israeli Delight

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Wednesday, July 25th     Waiting in Ben Gurion,as before takes a lot longer to exit Israel than enter   Beit Shemesh.  For the first few checkpoints the three of us together then we were separated I actually went through ...

Afterward Part 1:  Changes to Make Back at Home, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Afterward Part 1: Changes to Make Back at Home

A travel blog entry by journeyer

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... for themselves.  Here are some of the changes that I plan to make in my life as a result of this trip to Israel: ˇ        Find an answer to the question that Harvey raised when we were leaving Yad ...

Day 27: Private walking tour of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Day 27: Private walking tour of Jerusalem

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... walking into a large private mansion.  One of the highlights was the Beliefs and Believers exhibit which contained items from the Israel Museum. There is a human figure made out of pottery that is 10,000 years old and it looks like it could have ...

Day 26:  Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Day 26: Yad Vashem

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... clients for the day who are also staying at the Mount Zion Hotel; they are taking a short break and are off to the Israel Museum which is open late tonight. We have dinner at the Lavan Café Restaurant at 11 Hebron Road, in the Cinematheque.  It ...

Photography Tips for Israel, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Photography Tips for Israel

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... courtyard.   And then there are those photos of the countryside taken from a moving car.  Yes, photographically Israel offers many challenges! I am not a professional photographer, but someone who has a keen interest in ...

Day 13: Korazim,Nof Ginossar,Hammat Gader,Hula, Tiberias, Israel travel blog

Day 13: Korazim,Nof Ginossar,Hammat Gader,Hula

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... little shade, and see the mosaics which are beautiful.  Fodor's describes these mosaics as among the finest ever found in Israel.  We comment that although they are so well preserved, if someone is not a mosaic aficionado, if someone had gone ...

Day 5:  Zichron Yaacov, Ramat Hanadiv, Zichron Yaakov, Israel travel blog

Day 5: Zichron Yaacov, Ramat Hanadiv

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... more about the history of our forefather's families than we had from our own families; our families, instead of going to Israel, came to the U.S., but the initial reasons for leaving Russia,  Austria and Poland were probably the same. It is time ...

Day 8:  Rosh Hanikrah, Montfort Castle, Rosh Hanikra, Israel travel blog

Day 8: Rosh Hanikrah, Montfort Castle

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... (also spelled Rosh Haniqra) this morning.  These are the grottoes that both Harvey and I remember from our first visit to Israel.   Rosh Hanikrah is on the border with Lebanon so you see signs about the border crossing.   We park ...

Day 16: Wadi David, Ein Gedi, Israel travel blog

Day 16: Wadi David

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... Dead Sea. Steep canyon with high walls set against the flatness of the Dead Sea plain.  This wadi is a microcosm of Israel, full of contrasts. Before returning back to the bus, Zabu reviews the map of the area and makes some additional hiking ...

Herod's fortress, Masada, Israel travel blog

Herod's fortress

A travel blog entry by eric

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To the east and west of the Dead Sea are several mountains and rock formations.  The most prominent of all is a Roman fortress built by Herod - Masada! In 67AD, the Jews rebelled against the Romans.  It was their last stand, as it was quickly ...

Tel Aviv:  Arrival Day!, Tel Aviv, Israel travel blog

Tel Aviv: Arrival Day!

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... the square below, we enjoy the night air and the complimentary desserts, tea and dried figs, dates, and apricots.  I ask Harvey to pinch me again to remind me that this is real and we are truly in Israel.  Click here to see more ...

Tiberias and the North (Golan Heights), Tiberias, Israel travel blog

Tiberias and the North (Golan Heights)

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Finally, some good exercise!  We wake up bright and early for a morning hike in the Golan Heights, a disputed territory that Israel captured from Syria in the Yom Kippur war.  Yael, our guide, has us play a fun game as we trek down the ...

Ancient Tel, Beit Shemesh, Israel travel blog

Ancient Tel

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... casemate city fortified border walls strong an issue of a holy time and a holy people a holy king   Ancient Judah, Israel spoke to the world Ancient in splendor Ancient in might Ancient messenger from G.d Ancient  whispers of promise   ...

Day 3:  Ayalon Institute, Weizmann Institute, Tel Aviv, Israel travel blog

Day 3: Ayalon Institute, Weizmann Institute

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... today's term) and is beautiful architecture.  It was a worthwhile tour, giving us insight into the beginning period of Israel and personalizing it around one individual.  History came alive.  It was interesting that of all the gifts ...

Jezreel Valley, Megiddo, Israel travel blog

Jezreel Valley

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... can't keep them straight.  Of all of them, the Jezreel Valley is the largest and perhaps most prolific. Israel has always been a strategically important region.  It marks the intersection of three continents.  There are political, ...

Day 10:  Eastern Galilee and Golan, Tiberias, Israel travel blog

Day 10: Eastern Galilee and Golan

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... map of eastern Golan.   We find the cherry trees, we find the UN monitoring vehicles that patrol the border between Syria and Israel, we find the kibbutz, but we don't find people to ask where the you-pick fields are.  The hours of the day ...

Day 30:  Rest day!, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Day 30: Rest day!

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... terrace:  1) the Old City wall and 2) the West Bank barrier wall.   It is another one of those only in Israel moments as I absorb this time in history. Tonight when we arrive at Lavan for dinner, we say we have reservations and we are ...

Bedouin Tents, Eilat, Israel travel blog

Bedouin Tents

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My alarm has now been changed to Bob Marley's 'Three Little Birds' which opens with the line, "Don't worry about a thing, cause every little thing is gonna be alright!"  This minor adjustment feels like the best thing I've ever done when the alarm ...

Gettin' Ready..., Raanana, Israel travel blog

Gettin' Ready...

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My room looks like a backpacker war zone. All equipment for my upcoming trip is sprawled out on the floor and examined daily. Trying on my rain jacket and hiking shoes have become part of my regular morning routine along with coffee and a shower (Not at ...

The Rabbi's daughter, Beit Meir, Israel travel blog

The Rabbi's daughter

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... she gave me a ride back to Ramot Shaperio Guest House.  As I recalled from my first trip.  The people of Israel are not cardboard fixed figures….holy Jews…radical Arabs.  They are people….really no different from the ...

Day 23:  Eilat, Eilat, Israel travel blog

Day 23: Eilat

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... only other couple in the hotel and they are our next door neighbors.  Keith is from the U.K. and Atmit is from Israel.  Harvey determines that Keith has commitment issues and Atmit absolutely agrees. We talk and laugh. Then comes the live ...

David's Royal Storehouses, Beit Shemesh, Israel travel blog

David's Royal Storehouses

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... (July 2013)   Royal storerooms were also revealed in the joint archaeological excavation of the Hebrew University and the Israel Antiquities Authority at Khirbet Qeiyafa.  These are the two largest buildings known to have existed in the tenth ...

Day 29: Ticho House, Mahaneh Yehuda Market, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Day 29: Ticho House, Mahaneh Yehuda Market

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... street musicians in Tel Aviv from Russia, this seems a perfect way to combine our music interest and see another side of modern Israel.    The Ticho House is a renovated 19th century house and the concert is in an intimate venue. ...

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