ISRAEL

Unfortunately, we did not get to spend as much time here as we would have liked, but what we did see was magical. Walking where Jesus Walked and reading the town names that I had only read about in the Bible was unlike any other feeling. 

 

Here were some of the tops things we did in no particular order:

To Do:

  1. Float in the Dead Sea: The Dead Sea is the Lowest point on earth. It is unlike any other “beach” experience you will have. You are not there to tan and play in the sand, but instead to immerse your body in the natural minerals and salts of the clay and mud. 

  2. Explore the Old City of Jerusalem: The Old City of Jerusalem is a must-see! It houses many religious places including the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Dome of the Rock. Also see the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Church of all Nations. It is easy to lose track of time here and will most likely spend a full day in this area. Many markets and other hidden gems are also around this area, which are fun to stop and negotiate with. We highly recommend getting a tour guide or a local for this part of the trip. Hearing the history and the Biblical background of each of these places will blow your mind. Refresh your Biblical knowledge before this trip. I promise it will be worth it!

  3. Ride a Camel on the Mount of Olives- Have a tour guide for this part of the trip as well. The ride is short, but the view is absolutely breath taking.

  4. Enjoy the Tel- Aviv Beaches. The walk along the Tel Aviv water, this area felt a little like South Beach Miami. 

  5. Join a Family for a Shabbat Dinner: We were lucky enough to be invited into a local family’s home to take part in a Shabbat Dinner. This experience was awesome to say the least. The Shabbat starts on Friday evening at Sunset, so the time of the meal varies based on the time the sunsets. The meal was amazing, there was about 8 or 9 courses and it lasted hours.  

 

6.    The Shopping In this area is amazing. There are endless malls and shopping centers.

 

Best Restaurants: 

 

-Jessica Restro Bar, in Tel Aviv. 

 

We stopped into the restaurant called “Rooftop” in the Mamilla shopping center. The food was surprisingly excellent and the view of old Jerusalem was great as well!

 

We are BIG Brunch people. The two brunch spots we had were:

 

Zuni, in Jerusalem. You must try the Mascarpone and mixed berries French toast. It is out of this world! 

 

Benedict, in Tel Aviv. The pancakes are the best dish at this restaurant. Although the Eggs Benedict was a close second along with their Bacon. (It is safe to say, this was not a heathy eating vacation).