Sometimes a place or a building makes a big impact on you and lingers in your thoughts long afterwards. The Domica Cathedral and my experiences inside a couple of years ago is still with me even today. The Cathedral is a grand structure surrounded by narow alley ways. The church is very impressive and looms over the alley that leads around the building. There were no clear markers to where you … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Domica Cathedral of Jerusalem
Jerusalem is an amazing city filled with great people and extraordinary places to see. You can pick any street to wonder down and you will be surrounded by the most amazing architecture ever. Millions and millions of feet have walked across these same cobbled streets. Some in search of adventure and others on a pilgrimage through this historical city. Early in the mornings the streets are quite … Continue reading The cobbled streets of Jerusalem
This weeks photo challenge is Narrow: From spaghetti to the quiet alley behind your house, this week show us something narrow. This reminds me of all the narrow alley ways and lanes that fill the old city of Jerusalem. I got to explore these cobbled walkways a couple of years ago. Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Narrow
I dont always plan out all my holidays in detail in advance and my Israel trip was one of these. I didn’t have any specific plan of action once I arrived in Nazareth so when two strangers at the hostel mentioned a road trip to the North of Israel all around the Sea of Galilee I couldn’t think of one reason not to go. Going on a road trip with two … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Sea of Galilee in Nazareth
The David’s Tower museum in Jerusalem is where Jesus was said to have been condemned, it was interesting but a bit of a let down compared to all the other sites in Jerusalem. The audio guide was definitely useless!! But walking around the tower and museum was still worth it all. Built to strengthen a strategically weak point in the Old City’s defenses, the citadel that stands … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Towers and Markets in Jerusalem
Jerusalem is filled with so many beautiful and historic places that after a week of exploring this city, I still hadn’t seen everything I wanted to see. Early morning I met up with one of the other hostel ocupants, the Canadian girl, Bobbi who went with me to the Dome of Rock where Abraham had to sacrifice Isaac. The Muslims built a beautiful mosque covering this rock. … Continue reading Jerusalem’s Dome of Rock Mosque
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 us to the Shepherd’s Field first. “And there were shepherds … Continue reading Christmas night in Bethlehem, Israel!!
Driving through the mist covered valley we were met by the silence of the deserted castle set on the top of the mountain. Staring out over the mist covered valleys below felt like I was in the middle od a dreamy, fairy tale world. It was as though we were cut off from the rest of the world and the mist left you wondering if there … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy
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This week, share a photo of something that says “twist” to you. It might be that perfect ice cream cone, a yummy bit of liquorice, or something unexpected that surprised, shocked, or startled you. Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist
Jerusalem is an amazing city filled with great people and extraordinary places to see. You can pick any street to wonder down and you will be surrounded by the most amazing architecture ever. Millions and millions of feet have walked across these same cobbled streets. Some in search of adventure and others on a pilgrimage through this historical city. Early in the mornings the streets are quite … Continue reading The Old City of Jerusalem
I stayed at Fauzi Azar Inn while in Nazareth. It is a great hostel with fabulous people and on my last morning I did their free tour of Nazareth. It was very interesting exploring the old city and I really enjoyed it. I got to see what Nazareth really looks like away from the usual tourist sites. We walked through the town with a great … Continue reading Last day of my Israel adventure I spend exploring Nazareth
Someone told me and my 2 new traveling partners about a lovely walk in the Gholan heights so we decided to do it. One of the first things we saw on our walk were the little Hyraxes who live all over the place. They are little animals found around the Golan Heights that share 90% of their DNA with elephants. They are actually quite ugly if you … Continue reading Hiking to Waterfalls and Elephant DNA Hyraxes in Israel
Early Sunday morning, 1 of January the 3 of us headed up to Susita- an excavation site on the top of a mountain close by. We drove past a UN truck and along some more danger landmine signs all the way there. The city of Hippos, also known well as Susita, was founded on this hill overlooking the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee … Continue reading Susita,the City of Hippos in the Gholan Heights of Israel
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 of Lord of the Rings. Walking around the ruins of … Continue reading Road trip in the Gholan Heights of Israel part 2
In Nazareth I stayed at Fauzi Azar Inn and there I met Pia a German girl looking for someone to rent a car with and drive up north in to the Golan Heights. I haven’t actually made any solid plans on what I wanted to do yet and a road trip in Israel sounded like loads of fun. We also met a polish guy at … Continue reading Road trip in the Gholan Heights of Israel part 1
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 exhibition that was going on inside the museum. New to The … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique
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 bus station. Think my backpack and I were searched twice!! … Continue reading A glimpse of Nazareth during my Israel adventure
After lunch on Tuesday 27 December, I walked down to a small cemetery just outside the Old City. It was one of the most peaceful cemeteries that I have ever been in, it overlooks a valley and is filled with shady trees. There after walking around a bit I found Oskar Schindler’s Tomb. It was totally covered in stones as the Jews don’t put leave … Continue reading Oskar Schindler, Mary Magdalene and hot Sahlab in Jerusalem
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 city of Jerusalem is filled with church domes. If you … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond
This weeks photo challenge is Illumination and what better form of light is there than candlelight!?!? I went on a road trip to the North of Israel with 2 other travelers that I had met the night before we left. The three of us headed towards Tiberias and from there up north all along the coast of the sea of Galilee up to Nimrod Castle and back … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination from the Sea of Galilee
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 a bit overwhelming. We went to the Western Wall … Continue reading Exploring Mount Zion in Jerusalem, Israel.
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 Vashem is Israel’s official memorial to the Jewish victims of … Continue reading Christmas Day at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.
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 Christians. I came across this stack of wooden crosses outside … Continue reading Travel theme: Multiples from Israel
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 song to mission impossible started. Let the adventure start was … Continue reading Christmas in Jerusalem, Israel starts!!