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

Lessons Learned Part 1: Trip Planning

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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 ...

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

Caesarea - the first major man made harbor, Caesarea, Israel travel blog

Caesarea - the first major man made harbor

A travel blog entry by madman96

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... 12 years ago and I had very fond memories of the ruined port so I was extremely excited to revisit the "most romantic place in Israel" according to our guide, Yael.  It also happens to be the most expensive area to live in the country at the moment, ...

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

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

Nazareth, Nazareth, Israel travel blog

Nazareth

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

Day 28: Knesset, Supreme Court, Israel Museum

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Jerusalem: The Land of Milk and Honey, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Jerusalem: The Land of Milk and Honey

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We arrive in Tel Aviv, pick up our bags, exchange money (I wind up having to bargain with the guy after he tries to rip me off and get the guy to reduce his  bid/ask spread from 3% to 1%), and get on the road to Jerusalem.  45 minutes later ...

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. ...

Tel Aviv Weekend, Tel Aviv, Israel travel blog

Tel Aviv Weekend

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... is still well worth the 2 hours standing in the rain. -          One trip to Israel: Free -          One taxi ride to the game: 40 shmeckles ...

Day 24:  To Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Day 24: To Jerusalem

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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 ...

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

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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 ...

Shabbat in Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel travel blog

Shabbat in Tel Aviv

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... we wouldn't be going there!  I will most definitely venture back here after the trip is over! Independence Hall, where Israel was declared a state not 60 years ago provided for a good museum before returning to the hotel to light the candles for ...

Day 31:  Archaelogical Dig at Beit Guvrin, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Day 31: Archaelogical Dig at Beit Guvrin

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... on Route 1, so much shorter going back on the direct route! The surrounding area of west Jerusalem, like everywhere else in Israel, is full of small interesting places waiting to be explored.  There are plenty of options for several days in this ...

The Red Sea, Eilat, Israel travel blog

The Red Sea

A travel blog entry by eric

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Fishes and more fishes.  Eilat is located on the northern tip of the Red Sea.  Home of world class deep sea diving.  For a close look at the marine life, my tour went to an underwater observatory. Some of the tour went snorkeling after ...

Stations of the Cross, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Stations of the Cross

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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With Carlos, who was from Boston and also staying at the Palm Hostel, we left for Via Dolorosa to walk the Stations of the Cross for Good Friday.  At 10:30 the large morning procession past all fifteen stations began.  A group carried a large ...

An Unexpected Break in Israel, Tel Aviv, Israel travel blog

An Unexpected Break in Israel

A travel blog entry by justinrowe

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... boarded another bus South down to Eilat and caught a taxi to the border (I wasn't game enough to walk that stretch again). Israel was really different from Egypt and Jordan so I found that it was a great break. In some ways it was much more like ...

The Dead Sea: Spiritual Water and Tikkun Olam, Ein Gedi, Israel travel blog

The Dead Sea: Spiritual Water and Tikkun Olam

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... of its Biblical references and asked me to see if I could find more information for the project, even if a little. Linda explained Israel's current philosophy, where the land has seen one thousand or more years of neglect. One of the focal points of ...

A GOOD ENDING, Matta, Israel travel blog

A GOOD ENDING

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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... Dor and some friends.  Now, I had a warm feeling for their land, too.  And I was happy I was a traveler. peace, Israel and friends Modern Oddyseus Thanks to Shimrit; Braha; Ido; Isan; Yahud & Huvan; Zviya; Teodor; Noah & Ftah; ...

Day 6:  Haifa, Haifa, Israel travel blog

Day 6: Haifa

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After another delicious breakfast at Villa Carmel, we pack our bags and take some photos.  Harvey and I take a few minutes to make some notes about our stay here.   Ariela and Gabby have only recently offered their Villa as a bed and ...

Dead Sea Mud Princess, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Dead Sea Mud Princess

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There is so much I've experienced over the past three weeks that I'll have to let most of the pictures speak for themselves.  I'll also share some of my thoughts on the more complicated angles of life next week.  In the meantime, two of my ...

RELIGIOUS, MOUNTAIN TOWN, Tzfat, Israel travel blog

RELIGIOUS, MOUNTAIN TOWN

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... and make creative, echoing noises.  Asaf, who works as an outdoor youth leader, named this castle as his favorite place in Israel. The conversation turned to Daniel.  Asaf, a disciplined army veteran who'd go out of his way to help someone or ...

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