Last look over the mist filled valley before we left the Fortress

Road trip in the Gholan Heights of Israel part 2

Driving up north to Nimrod Fortress we drove through the mist covered mountains. All along the side of the road were fences with “Danger, Landmines” signs covering them. We couldn’t see down into the valleys and coming around one bend we saw the castle perched on top of a mist covered mountain. It looked like something out…

Grass made from glass, absolutely beautiful!!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique

This weeks Photo Challenge is Unique.  I traveled to Jerusalem a while ago and there I came across this beautiful “fake grass”. It is GRASS made out of GLASS!!! I have never before seen anything like it and thought it was stunning!! This was inside David’s Tower museum and it was part of a glass art…

The Basilica of the Annunciation

A glimpse of Nazareth during my Israel adventure

It was 29 December, day 6 of my Israel adventure as I headed towards a rainy 15 degree Nazareth. I had a lazy morning before heading to the central bus station to catch a bus from Jerusalem to Nazareth. I couldn’t believe how much security I had to go through just to get inside the…

Jerusalem beyond the cross

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

This weeks Photo Challenge is Beyond. In Jerusalem I shot this photo from the top of a small hospital. I had an amazing view of the Old City of Jerusalem.  I captured the old buildings of the city in the background as the first thing your eye actually catches is the cross in the foreground. The Old…

The Bell Tower of the Domica Cathedral

Morning spent Exploring the Old City of Jerusalem

It was Tuesday 27 December, day 4 of my Israel Adventure and so far it had been stunning, filled with great people and extraordinary places to see.  I started my day early and walked from New Gate down to Zion’s Gate where I exited the old city to go to David’s Tomb and the room of…

A priest standing in front of his small church

Exploring Mount Zion in Jerusalem, Israel.

Monday 26 December 2011 The rain finally let up so this morning I took the hostels free city tour, it is a 3hour walking tour that was very informative and we had a great guide that made it a lot of fun! We walked through little alleyways and past so many old buildings it was…

Yad Vashem

Christmas Day at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

Day 2: Sunday 25 December 2011  It rained all day long and was about 15 degrees and very foggy. The city was covered in a white mist. I took the tram to the Holocaust museum, it is a stunning building and everything was so well presented. It was a stunning yet very depressing experience. Yad…

Inside the Church of the Nativity

The night before Christmas spent in Bethlehem, Israel!!

 Saturday 24 December 2011 At 3o’clock the afternoon on my first day in Israel I joined the Abraham hostel tour to Bethlehem. Unfortunately the guide was absolutely useless, he didn’t give us any extra information about the area or even tell us where we were going or what we were going to see.  He took…

Bethlehem candles

Travel theme: Multiples from Israel

Here is my contribution to Ailsa’s travel theme: multiples this week. I took this photo in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, which is one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. The structure is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth, and thus it is considered sacred by…

The church has amazing lanterns hanging all over!!

Christmas in Jerusalem, Israel starts!!

This was going to be my very first Christmas all alone so I wanted to make it really special, and what better place is there to spend Christmas than in Israel?! As I started my Israel adventure I put my I-pod on random. I stepped out of the flat with my backpack and the theme…