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Shalom from the centre of world religion!, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Shalom from the centre of world religion!

A travel blog entry by danly

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... stopped for lunch at a local restaurant which served up the usual hummus, falafel, various dips, pickles and chips.  I think Israel runs on hummus. After lunch we walked to the famous Western (Wailing)Wall where we could see Jews praying and ...

Sun and Sand in Israel, Tel Aviv, Israel travel blog

Sun and Sand in Israel

A travel blog entry by danly

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... in others but here it was showing several times a day in English so jackpot for Ly.  The billboards had been banned in Israel because they contained the word Sex in it so we were worried that the movie might be heavily censored.  We had seen ...

Reflections, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Reflections

A travel blog entry by journeyer

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... to also make the trip!  It's not only about visiting sites that you have heard about since you were a child.   Israel is an extremely interesting country, one that gets under your skin and touches your heart and soul.  It may be a ...

Day 15: Masada, Ein Gedi Spa at Dead Sea, Ein Gedi, Israel travel blog

Day 15: Masada, Ein Gedi Spa at Dead Sea

A travel blog entry by journeyer

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At 4:40 AM, it's DARK! Other than the front desk clerk, no one else is in the hotel lobby.  At this time of day, it can only be Zabu who walks in a few minutes after us. We meet and I am immediately curious about this man.  He appears to be in ...

Lessons Learned Part 1:  Trip Planning, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Lessons Learned Part 1: Trip Planning

A travel blog entry by journeyer

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... the spirit that they will stimulate your own thinking and be a springboard for discussion with you and your traveling partner. WHAT MAKES ISRAEL UNIQUE?  Read about the country of Israel and ask, what makes this place unique?  What is it that ...

Lessons Learned Part 2:

Lessons Learned Part 2: "On The Trip"

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... fun and useful.  Don't over do your practice.   PUT YOURSELF IN SITUATIONS WHERE YOU WILL EXPAND YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON ISRAEL.  I had my favorite question that I liked to ask:  "why can't people be tolerant of one another and why ...

Day 4:  Megiddo, Caesarea, Zichron Ya'acov, Zichron Yaakov, Israel travel blog

Day 4: Megiddo, Caesarea, Zichron Ya'acov

A travel blog entry by journeyer

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... the broad flower and tree lined boulevard of Route 2. Harvey is our designated driver and I'm the navigator. Our primary tools are the "Israel Touring Atlas and Easy Guide" from A Carta Atlas as well as a large folding map of Israel. As we drive north, ...

Afterward Part 2:  Personal Themes and Takeaways, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Afterward Part 2: Personal Themes and Takeaways

A travel blog entry by journeyer

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"Every traveler brings back a different lesson.  And every traveler brings back the same lesson, which is self-discovery."   By Joseph Dispenza, The Way of the Traveler "One's destination is never a place, but rather a new way of ...

Palm Sunday, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Palm Sunday

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... Palestinian Chistian Scouts led the procession from the Mount of Olives to Bethany, where the Patriarch of Jerusalem spoke of peace between Israel and Palestine, echoing what the Pope said of the violence in Iraq: "Enough!" In the morning, I walked the ...

Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus, Capernaum, Israel travel blog

Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... twelve basketfuls were collected afterwards.  The number twelve is significant as the number of apostles as well as the tribes of Israel.  The grass was green during this event, so it likely took place during the spring. A breeze blew across ...

Tel Lachish, Shoresh, Israel travel blog

Tel Lachish

A travel blog entry by leafmold

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July 13th Tel Lachish Yesterday we stopped early and drove several miles south to Tel Lacish.  An ancient city mentioned many times in the Bible.  It's most famous conquest by Assyrian King Sennacherib in 701BC during the reign of ...

Escping Yom Kipur, Nazareth, Israel travel blog

Escping Yom Kipur

A travel blog entry by orizarska

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... home with their families fasting and praying on that day. Non religious Israelis stay home, watch video and stuff themselves. No such thing in Natzaret, an 80% Muslim town in the North of Israel, where Jesus Christ have spend his childhood, the bible ...

Dead Sea Spa, Dead sea, Israel travel blog

Dead Sea Spa

A travel blog entry by orizarska

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It was heat, mud and salt... Pictures speak for ...

Nazareth, Nazareth, Israel travel blog

Nazareth

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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Day 28: Knesset, Supreme Court, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Day 28: Knesset, Supreme Court, Israel Museum

A travel blog entry by journeyer

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... Knesset chamber in Tel Aviv, used when the state of Israel had just been formed. Our guide gave a clear explanation of the Israel system of government and how it is different from the US and England.  It really is very interesting, even though I ...

Jumpin Scorpions, Beit Meir, Israel travel blog

Jumpin Scorpions

A travel blog entry by leafmold

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July 19h     Throughout the dig I often felt like a dental hygienist working on a massive giant's teeth.   While we unearthed lots of small artifacts the main thing we came to was walls and architecture.  Whenever we hit a rock ...

Watermelon Break, Beit Meir, Israel travel blog

Watermelon Break

A travel blog entry by leafmold

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July 11th   Watermelon Break We have just completed our fourth day at the dig.  This has been a fantastic experience! I get up each morning at 4am, then we gather tools and lots of water and begin to dig by a little after 5am. We have a ...

Day 2: Old Jaffa, Yeminite Quarter, Zappa Club, Tel Aviv, Israel travel blog

Day 2: Old Jaffa, Yeminite Quarter, Zappa Club

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... in the air, giving Sarit flowers and taking photos from their cell phones, it is hard to believe that there are any worries in Israel.   The only thing on these peoples' minds is the music.  After an evening of pulsating music, we make our ...

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

Tiberias and the North (Golan Heights)

A travel blog entry by madman96

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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 ...

Day 7:  Old Akko (Acre, Acco), Acre, Israel travel blog

Day 7: Old Akko (Acre, Acco)

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... Harvey's eye.  Being from Florida, we love fresh orange juice and we haven't had any since we've been in Israel.  A golden opportunity for only 10 shekels!  Should we have bargained?   Now with some refreshment, we redirect ...

Easter Sunday, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Easter Sunday

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... to the Mount of Olives in the morning, with a view over the town.   In the afternoon, I walked to the Israel National Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls, passing a wide variety of characters and people barbequeing in the sunny parks. ...

Day 24:  To Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Day 24: To Jerusalem

A travel blog entry by journeyer

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... they just want to process us.  We are put off, expecting some welcome or friendliness, as we have had in every hotel in Israel so far. The bellboy takes us to our room, and right outside our room in the hallway are dirty dishes. I'm thinking, I ...

Bedouin Tents, Eilat, Israel travel blog

Bedouin Tents

A travel blog entry by madman96

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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 ...

Temple Institute Quest, Old City, Israel travel blog

Temple Institute Quest

A travel blog entry by leafmold

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July 15th    The Temple Institute Quest Each morning I automatically get up and have a fantastic quiet time , of prayer and watching the sun as it spills into the Old City.   Today before catching the light rail to Central bus ...

Purim!, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Purim!

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... from Venice, so people wear costumes, drink, anything goes for the festival.  Meanwhile in the desert, the largest rave party in Israel was in full swing, seeing that the spring equinox, full moon, and Purim were on the same day.  On the way to ...

Day 32:  Archaelogical Park, Western Wall Tunnel, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Day 32: Archaelogical Park, Western Wall Tunnel

A travel blog entry by journeyer

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... and what is waiting for us.  It is hard to believe that we have one more day to our trip!  We talk about Israel as such a country of contrasts, of all we have seen and experienced. We open a half bottle of merlot with pasta and salad and toast ...

Day 11:  Tzfat, Safed, Israel travel blog

Day 11: Tzfat

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... who are playing and at the same time raising some money.    That will be for our next trip to Israel! Monday's intention is "Keep Perspective.  All things are transient.  (Subtitle:  This too will pass).  Today there ...

Sunrise over Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Sunrise over Jerusalem

A travel blog entry by leafmold

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July 6th The Adventure Begins July 5th begins early. The time in Israel is 7 hours ahead of Virginia time,  so for the past few days I have been going to sleep by 7pm and waking up at 3am!  I have the exact opposite schedule of my 18 year old ...

The Jesus Boat?, Beit She'an, Israel travel blog

The Jesus Boat?

A travel blog entry by leafmold

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Mon, July  23rd     Today there are lots of places to see with only a two more days!  We traveled to Capernaum the home town of lots of the Apostles.   Included is a ancient 1st century synagogue and the ruins of ...

The day of rest, Tel Aviv, Israel travel blog

The day of rest

A travel blog entry by madman96

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A late morning is accompanied by a very quiet city as we do a walking tour of Tel Aviv.  The square in front of city hall provides for story time (Yael is always telling great stories that are always chalk full of color and fact), but the mood ...

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