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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

A travel blog entry by journeyer

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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 ...

Shabbat in Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel travel blog

Shabbat in Tel Aviv

A travel blog entry by madman96

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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

A travel blog entry by journeyer

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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

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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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

A travel blog entry by journeyer

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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

A travel blog entry by crystalwaitekus

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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

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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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 ...

Day 1: Promenade, Carmel Market, Neveh Tzedek, Tel Aviv, Israel travel blog

Day 1: Promenade, Carmel Market, Neveh Tzedek

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Feel the gentle ocean breeze and drink the fresh air.  Our first full day in Israel begins with a full spread breakfast buffet at our Hotel Cinema.  Yummy. With full stomachs and a map marked by our front desk staff, we make our way to the ...

The Divide, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

The Divide

A travel blog entry by byrnedm

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Day 9: Drive from Western Galilee to Vered Hagalil, Tiberias, Israel travel blog

Day 9: Drive from Western Galilee to Vered Hagalil

A travel blog entry by journeyer

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... at Vered Hagalil, we call it a night and happily doze off to sleep.  It was the end of our ninth day in Israel.  We have explored Tel Aviv, Zichron Ya'akov, Haifa, Akko and Rosh Hanikrah.  We have reached a milestone in our itinerary as we ...

Day12:Tel Hazor, Tel Dan, Tel Hai,  Metulla, Tiberias, Israel travel blog

Day12:Tel Hazor, Tel Dan, Tel Hai, Metulla

A travel blog entry by journeyer

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... your way, not getting hung up on "seeing the movie", and expecting the unexpected. We are so close to the northern most town of Israel, Metulla, that we decide to swing by and take a look.  If you squint your eyes and don't read the Hebrew signs, ...

WUSS OUT, near the borders, Israel travel blog

WUSS OUT

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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... weren't going to hatch.)  I had to get to Iran first.   I devised a stategy where I'd go illegally to Israel's friendliest neighbor, Jordan; turn left and go to Syria; pass some small hills between Syria and Turkey; if possible, get ...

Beyond the Headlines, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Beyond the Headlines

A travel blog entry by crystalwaitekus

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Jerusalem was the place I was most excited about visiting, but it was also the most challenging. I didn't have a lot of outward expectations prior to arrival.  However, I've been surprised by my reactions on an inner ...

Israeli hiker's body found in Yunnan, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Israeli hiker's body found in Yunnan

A travel blog entry by happysheep

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... proved it beyond doubt." Kidron's insurance company sent a team to China to take his body to a forensic institute and then to Israel, Kidron said. "They found him 500 meters from where he had fallen. I was hoping he was still alive. I knew there ...

Haifa: The Port City, Haifa, Israel travel blog

Haifa: The Port City

A travel blog entry by madman96

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... faith was started in Haifa as yet another break off from Islam, and now the 4th monotheistic religion to claim Israel as its holy land. They basically believe that nature's beauty will overcome and have created aesthetically beautiful sites around the ...

My favorite place, Caesarea, Israel travel blog

My favorite place

A travel blog entry by eric

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... palaces belonging to Pontius Pilate.  I was surprised to see tablets bearing his name. The northern coast of Israel has always been strategically important.  Caesarea has also been inhabited by Phoenicians, Crusaders and Muslims.  Nearby ...

Jesus' birth home, Nazareth, Israel travel blog

Jesus' birth home

A travel blog entry by eric

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I made a short stop in Nazareth on the way to Galilee.  It's a small city situated along the side of a hill.  As soon as I got out of the bus, I started looking for the cliffs over which the townspeople tried to throw Jesus. The main sight ...

Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Israel travel blog

Sea of Galilee

A travel blog entry by eric

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I spent seventh grade at a British international school in Jerusalem.  My favoUrite coloUr is blue.  My headmaster asked me my surname.  In history class, I was learning about the contributions of the Roman Empire.  In scripture, it ...

Golan Heights, Banias, Israel travel blog

Golan Heights

A travel blog entry by eric

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... ; No tanks.  No noise.  No guards.  But there are a few abandoned fortifications.  This is also land Israel recently gained control of. I liked visiting Banias.  The temperatures are much cooler at this elevation.  And the ...

YOU SAY YOU SELL STORIES??, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

YOU SAY YOU SELL STORIES??

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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... Maybe there are other reasons?  Here are the reasons given to me by the people I'd call ... The Top 5 Assholes of Israel! # 5. In Eilat, a vacationing Hassidic man told me he wasn't interested in what I had almost before I began talking.  ...

Day 25:Tower of David Museum,Enrico Macias Concert, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Day 25:Tower of David Museum,Enrico Macias Concert

A travel blog entry by journeyer

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... can't quite absorb that we are here in Jerusalem, the iconic city, and how it appears to be so different from everywhere else in Israel. We go down for breakfast and we meet two people who say they are with a messianic group and start giving us more ...

ENCOUNTERS WITH RELIGIOUS PEOPLE, Tzfat, Israel travel blog

ENCOUNTERS WITH RELIGIOUS PEOPLE

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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...   Of course, there are Israeli's, on kibbutzes and in Tel Aviv, for example, who have independent views on "God."  Israel is a complex place.  But, we're talking about Tzfat now. One of my favorite things about Tzfat is that it's ...

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