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  • The Western Wall (Wailing Wall)

    Jerusalem Favorites

    There is a plant between the rocks of the western wall. The name of the plant is Capparis spinosa (in hebrew it is "Tsa'laf"). There is a legend about the plant : When the romans attacked Jerusalem there was a boy called Tsalaf (the hebrew meaning of sniper) that stood on the western wall and fired arrows on the romans so they couldnt pass. The...

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  • Old Jaffa

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Favorites

    Zohara and I joined Nathalie, Gil, Andie and Aydin for a walking tour of old Yaffo. This section is today the artists quarters and a few restaurants and studios. There is also a place where you can take a course on "wine appreciation" (gee, I appreciate it without a course ;O)) Do this tour in Spring or Fall in cooler weather, or if you do it in...

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  • The beaches

    Eilat Favorites

    The dophin reef has a very nice beach, so while enjoying the dolphins, you can have a bath is a separate area, and have some food of the restuarant. As usual our waitress talked in spanish as she was from Uruguay.

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  • Bahai Shrine & Temple

    Haifa Favorites

    Visit the Bahai Temple and its gardens. The Bahai religion was founded in 1863 by Mirza Husayn, a Persian who was later known as Bahaullah. Haifa serves as the world center of this religion. See my travelogue on the gardens.

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  • The Old City Gates

    Jerusalem Favorites

    The Dung Gate is also known as Sha'ar Ha'ashpot or Gate of Silwan. The gate is situated near the southeast corner of the Old City, southwest of the Temple Mount. The gate is the closest to the Western Wall and is a main passage for vehicles. Directly behind the gate lies the entrance to the Western Wall compound. Buses stop on the road outside...

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  • Beach Activities

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Favorites

    The centre of life in Tel Aviv is, without question, the beach. From March-November, Friday & Saturday is full of people sunning themselves or simply gathering as family units, picnicing. Summer evenings and throughout the night are also busy. Early morning throughout the year you will see hardy souls braving the waves or simply being too healthy...

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  • The German Colony

    Haifa Favorites

    Walking the streets of the old German Colony can give you a glimpse of the life of the immigrants to Israel. These German immigrants built a "colony" or neighbourhood around themselves to help them cope with a new life in a new country, a way to insulate themselves and instill a feeling of "the old home" while beginning a new home. You can see many...

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  • Outside the Wall

    Jerusalem Favorites

    Gehenna, gehinnam, or gehinnom are terms derived from a geographical site in Jerusalem known as the Valley of Hinnom, one of the two principal valleys surrounding the Old City. Gehenna is cited in the New Testament and in early Christian writing to represent the final place where the wicked will be punished or destroyed after resurrection. You...

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  • Tours / Routes Guieds

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Favorites

    Your Own Pocket Concierge A new App that going to help to look the best places to be in the city! is called "Reserved" you can download it to your iPhone or android, it shows you the best restaurants and reserve table, explore the city nightlife bars, book a hotel room & flights, all of these in english and you can do it through the app. For...

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  • Mount Carmel Area

    Haifa Favorites

    go up to the Carmel mt by the cablein bat galim! visit the st of panorama where you can see the whole city underneath you can also go to the beach and have food by the sea side in the little caffes or restaurants as well as swimming eating shawarma and falafell with my family ini hadar!

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  • The Quarters

    Jerusalem Favorites

    The Jewish Quarter is one of the four traditional quarters of the Old City. The Quarter is situated in the southeastern corner of the Old City. You can enter it through the Zion Gate or the Dung Gate or through the Jaffa Gate passing along the Armenian Quarter. The most interesting sites there: the Western Wall Plaza, Cardo Street, Hurva Synagogue,...

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  • Israeli Official guides / sites

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Favorites

    Your Own Pocket Concierge A new App that going to help to look the best places to be in the city! is called "Reserved" you can download it to your iPhone or android, it shows you the best restaurants and reserve table, explore the city nightlife bars, book a hotel room & flights, all of these in english and you can do it through the app. For...

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  • Mount of Olives

    Jerusalem Favorites

    Being on a Holy Land Pilghrimage, Daily masses are a norm and for our Jerusalem Day Tour and Pilgrimage, we chose to celebrate Mass at the Dominus Flevit Church in Mount of Olives, the biblical site where jesus wept upon seeing the old city and the magnificent second temple whom he sensed it's future destruction (and is now the Dome of the Rock and...

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  • History and Facts

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Favorites

    Tel Aviv and Jaffa are Kind of two cities that belong to same Authority. Both has long history and you can still see all those remians till this days in many parts of TA and Jaffa. In the pic's you can see the Area by the Dolphinarium which is quite close to old Jaffa (or Yaffo as we call it). This area has buin changed over the Years and now you...

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  • Temple Mount

    Jerusalem Favorites

    The Temple Mount or Noble Sanctuary is a elevated plateau in the Old City rich with history and religious importance. It is currently governed by the Waqf, or Supreme Muslim Religious Council. It has names in Hebrew Har haBáyit and in Arabic Haram esh-Sharif. The Temple Mount is sacred to Jews, Muslims and Christians. It is believed to be the...

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  • Dizengoff St.

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Favorites

    Dizengoff Square certainly is one of Tel Aviv's most distinctive squares. All the guides will tell you that it is pedestrianized -- I have found this to be a bit misleading. Truth is, there are streets from all directions and especially Dizengoff Street bisects the square. With the red-white painted curbs it looks more like the Monaco F1 racecourse...

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  • Church of Holy Sepulchre

    Jerusalem Favorites

    this is a special place, always thousands of people inside, at any time of the year, hundreds of languagues are spoken , I loved to seat during hours in front of the tomb of jesus , looking at pilgrims who come here for the trip of their life ; I also sat outside on the stairs , and suddenly a group of 20 girls soldiers ("khayalot" in hebrew) came...

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  • The Promenade

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Favorites

    Take a walk on Tayelet (Hebrew word for promenade) it's a good chance to explore Tel Aviv's architecture. On one side you'll the beach and terraces on the other all the beautiful modern buildings. Each of them has it's character, don't miss it.

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  • The Citadel (Tower of David)

    Jerusalem Favorites

    Walking through the Tower of David Museum is like walking through a space age time capsule. In each room of this 2,000 year old citadel another era of Jerusalem’s history is detailed through state of the art displays and exhibits..

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  • Neve Tzedek

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Favorites

    Okay, so it is not a "true" burnt orange, it is only the color of burnt orange, or would you prefer the color Sienna....but anyway this home just stands out from its neighbors, both in the architecture and also in its upkeep. It is still being lived in and obviously the people who live there love the old building, it is just a pleasure to see. But...

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  • Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial

    Jerusalem Favorites

    Yad Vashem's task is to perpetuate the legacy of the Holocaust to future generations so that the world never forgets the horrors and cruelty of the Holocaust. Its principal missions are commemoration and documentation of the events of the Holocaust, collection, examination, and publication of testimonies to the Holocaust, the collection and...

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  • Tel Aviv Markets

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Favorites

    This is Shuk HaCarmel, the largest open market in Israel. We came to visit on one of the few holidays that the market is closed just to see what it looked like without people. Normally the place is packed with people from side to side moving in a human brownian motion, swaying with the rythums of people interacting with those around them. You will...

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  • The Church of All Nations

    Jerusalem Favorites

    A Sunday school teacher asked the children just before she dismissed them to go to church, "And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?" Annie replied, "Because people are sleeping." another view of the Church of all Nations

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  • Azriely Center

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Favorites

    The circular building at night. The Azrieli Towers are the largest commercial center in the Middle East Admission is 20NIS (around 4 euros) paid at the reception desk, but if you have a reservation on the restaurant you do not have to pay it.

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  • Via Dolorosa

    Jerusalem Favorites

    Repeat the way of Jesus Christ carrying his cross along Via Dolorosa to Calvary (Golgotha). Start from Lion's Gate. Stop at the places where He stopped (14 times). Reach the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Absorb the sacred spirit and surprising atmosphere of this place. Good luck!

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  • The Yarkon Park

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Favorites

    Within the Yarkon Park is the Seven Mills historical site. It consists of a series of milling stations along the river. Today there is little left or preserved, but if you follow the map to the various stations along the river it is a very plesant walk. Here you can see the signpost (sorry it is only in Hebrew here) and the map that accompanies it.

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  • Culture

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Favorites

    The Tel Aviv Folk Club presents an evening of live folk music. Four different gigs in one evening Folk, 60's, Country, Bluegrass, Blues, Jazz, Irish, etc. (with a possible jam session at the end) in an acoustic, friendly, intimate and non-smoky ambiance. On the following dates for 2007: (the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month). 7 Feb, 21 Feb 7...

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  • Internet Cafes

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Favorites

    Internet Cafe's are available today in most of the places you'll visit, in the major cities its easier to find them as there are much more then in the small ones. Here are two links that will help you to find a Local I-Cafe's in the main cities of Israel: http://travelers.israel.net/internet/list.php3?sc=IL http://isranews.com/en_cafe.htm

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  • Health Care

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Favorites

    The Medical Center in Tel-Aviv offers dental first-aid and treatment 24 hours a day, every day of the week, including Saturdays and holidays Address: 18 Reines St., Tel-Aviv Tel: 03-523-9241 I hope no-one has to use this information, but it is worth knowing - one of my daughter's had to go there one weekend. I remember thinking it was expensive,...

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  • Forget the Shekels - bring US Cash!

    Every vendor - from large hotel to street vendor - I encountered in Israel was willing to accept US Dollars, and in fact, they seemed to prefer it. You can get Israeli Shekels from any ATM, and you will probably get a better exchange rate paying in local currency, but my advice would be to bring US dollars, and lots of small bills, to make your...

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  • MAIL

    Letters and packages are handled by iPost.Service in the post offices is a bit slow, but very extensive. The cost for sending postcards is low, but it takes time to get the stamps.

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  • ATM

    You find ATM in all cities and major shopping centers.Not all are suited for credit cards, but those that are offer an English menu on their displays.ATM also accept European bank cards.

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  • Letter box hours

    Letter boxes are emptied daily except on Fridays.Most boxes are emptied at 4PM; till 6PM you can drop letters at the post offices.

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  • Best time to visit Israel

    The weather is best in May & June, and then in late September & October. The temperatures are moderate then, there is no likelihood of rain in June or September, a minimal chance in May and a low chance of precipitation in October.Unless your aim is to visit Israel during the holiday season (Passover/Easter in April, Jewish New Year and High...

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  • IT'S NOT THE HAT !!!!

    Years ago when I visited the Wailing Wall, I had the good fortune to be travelling with a young lady. We noticed that people were walking toward the Wall and we approached. Suddenly we found ourselves being shouted at form every direction. That was when we realised we had walked past a large box containing cardboard Kippahs or Yarmulkes....

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  • Trips to the dead Sea and Massada

    The Dead Sea in Massada can be done as a day tour from Jerusalem, same as Florence can be done as a one day tour from Rome... It all depends on time and interest, but I would recommend doing this in 2 days: Go from Jerusalem to Kumran, then to Ein Gedi or Ein Boqeq and stay overnight there; next day Massada and Ein Gedi / Ein Boqeq (depending on...

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  • Travel Insurance

    I usually get one whenever I travel for more than a week. Below is a sample of the package I got in 2009 ... only cost me around Php1,500. Value for money. Be sure to get one from a reputable company.Economy (in Philippine peso) Coverage: 31days Medical Expense: Up to 500,000 Evacuation & Repatriation: Unlimited Personal Accident: 750,000 Child...

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  • Currency Converter

    .I must admit I'm a bit obsessive with details. Whenever I travel, I make currency charts from 1USD to 100USD.That way, I could easily gauge how much money I'm spending :0) Very helpful website for this is www.xe.com.August 2009 rates:1USD = NIS3.48 = PHP48.45 1NIS = USD0.29 = PHP13.92As of today (July26, 2011):1USD = 3.39ILS (Israeli Shekel) =...

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  • Visa Requirement

    .Israel tourist visa is NOT required for citizens of Philippines for a stay up to 90 days.Just make sure that your passport is valid for 6months and there are enough space for the stamp.Also make sure that you have all the important papers/document such as accommodation bookings, return flight bookings, etc.This website is...

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  • Planning Your Itinerary for Israel

    Israel, although small in size, is varied and rich in its geography, history, nature and ethnicity.There is a lot to see and to do, and planning your itinerary heavily depends on your preferences: Archaeological sites? Nature reserves? Jewish history and religion?Christian or Muslim religious sites? Israeli life and ethnic communities?...

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  • No need visa for Russians!

    Israel was the first country which I visited without visa. The agreement between the Russian and Israeli governments which allowed visiting our countries without visa was signed just before my visit. It was so convenient! That’s why I gathered in that trip for about two weeks and could change dates just before departure. Now I can revisit Israel in...

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  • My Eighth Day in the Holy Land

    19 April 2009 – Julian (Orthodox) Easter.Swimming and sunbathing from 8.00 till 10.00 (2 hours).A walk around Eilat from 10.00 till 12.00 (2 hours). The King’s City. Promenades. The Central Park. Coming back to the hotel and leaving the room.Driving by bus to the Ovda Airport from 13.30 till 14.30.Departure to Moscow by Aeroflot at 17.00. Goodbye,...

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  • My Seventh Day in the Holy Land

    18 April 2010, Saturday– Orthodox Great and Holy SaturdayA walk along Eilat’s Promenades from 9.00 till 11.00 (2 hours). Jordan border. Marina and lagoons.An excursion around the Aqaba Gulf by glass bottom yacht from 11.00 till 13.30 (2,5 hours). The Coral Reef. Watching underwater. After dinner a walk along beaches and promenades from 15.00 till...

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  • My Sixth Day in the Holy Land

    17 April 2009, Friday – Orthodox Great and Holy FridayAn excursion to Jordan (Petra and Aqaba) from 7.30 till 20.00 (12,5 hours).Driving by minibus to the Border Terminal and passing the border of Israel-Jordan from 7.30 till 8.30.Driving by bus from Aqaba to Petra via Wadi Rum and Wadi Musa from 8.30 till 11.30 (3 hours).An excursion in Petra from...

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  • My Fifth Day in the Holy Land

    16 April 2009, Thursday – Orthodox Great and Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday)A walk along the coast early morning from 6.00 till 7.00 (1 hour).Departure from Tel-Aviv 7.30.Driving by bus to Eilat via the Dead Sea (Ein Boqeq) from 7.30 till 14.30 (7 hours). Lahav forest. Arad. Negev desert.Accommodation in the Vista hotel.The first walk along Eilat...

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