"To Israel to see the homeland of Jesus" Israel by angiebabe

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Israel is its military might to maintain security

First visited Israel on a 4 day tour in a group of 75 following on from our 3 week trip around Turkey with a group of 115 in October 1999. We stayed the 1st night somewhere near Galilee - visiting Capernum, Mount of Beautitudes, boat over Galilee to Tiberius, river Jordan, Jericho and King Herods palace, drive thruogh the Judean desert, Cana and bought 'wedding wine' - actually the most delicious wine ive had in my life!,Nazareth. 2 nights we stayed in Bethlehem driving across the border control each day visiting Jerusalem and the wailing wall, 12 steps of crucifixion, Church of Holy Sepulchre, Davids Tomb, Church of St Peter?, the beautiful Garden Tomb, Mount of Olives (bought a beautiful prayer shawl), and Garden of Gethsemane...shepherds field and a bedouin night near the hotel. Back to Tel Aviv to fly home...

2nd visit was to join a VT get together of 2 days in Jerusalem (I had 3 days - the first day was a full day driving around with VTer Fruitlover dropping my luggage off at Ein Kerem then to Qumran, Beat She'an, Lake Gallilee, Haifa and bus back at 1115pm from Tel Aviv, 2 days at Masada and 2 days in Jordan in September 2008.
The highlights of this trip were the hotel in a convent in En Kerem, Hezekiahs tunnel, visiting way down under the wailing wall into the area of the Holy of Holies, dinner with VTer Gilabrand and her family on Shabbat!, the Shrine of the book and a walk around the orthodox Jew district - especially as it was the afternoon of Shabbat.
The drive from Jerusalem to Masada in a safari truck through the desert and mountains of Judea was excellent, as was a visit up Masada and a float on the dead sea.....

then across the border into Jordan....another whole adventure!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:history that goes back for centuries, so much diversity of peoples and cultures here, a lot to see and experience and people are pleasant and helpful as anywhere
  • Cons:as much as muslims around the world knock or say they hate Israel they obviously dont know how much power the Muslim community has here - many things cant do or visit if theyve closed them for some reason
  • In a nutshell:the Bible comes alive here!
  • Last visit to Israel: Sep 2008
  • Intro Updated Aug 2, 2012
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  • Aurorae's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Great page with excellent info - I'd love to go back there SOON!

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      Apr 14, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      Thanks so much for visiting and ratings and glad you enjoyed my page! Id love to go back to Israel too! Next time I would get a car for a couple of weeks and drive a lot more places...esp would love to be there for spring time!

  • stevemt's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Lovely pages - I have been to Jersulem and hope fully will be back in Israel next year, so these pages are great to read and get tips - Many thanks for sharing - STEVE

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      May 16, 2013 at 6:32 AM

      thanks so much Steve for your visit and kind words...would love to have these pages showing even more of the special sights and places during 2 short trips Ive had - would also love to go back and had thought we would this year but are going to Turkey instead. Hope you get there again next year!

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Aug 11, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Thank you Angela for bringing back memory about one of the most interesting countries in the world. Yes, it deserves a longer trip and I dream come back one day because it's among a few countries where Russians needn't visa...

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      Dec 16, 2013 at 3:52 AM

      ive been wanting to get back too - I would love to drive around for a few weeks at leisure during Springtime in Israel!

    • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
      Dec 16, 2013 at 7:56 AM

      I wish you a splendid journey in springtime!

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Aug 2, 2012 at 6:04 AM

    Looks great - we're considering going to Israel next year and you've certainly added to my enthusiasm for a visit :-) Love the look of that En Kerem guesthouse!

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2008 at 10:31 PM

    The photos of our meal brought a smile to my lips. Glad you recorded it!

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      May 16, 2013 at 6:33 AM

      so glad you opened your house to us and put on such a wonderful meal and evening together in your home!

  • mavl's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2008 at 2:04 AM

    looking forward to your israel pages ma'am, have a safe and funfilled trip!

angiebabe

“be prepared, be respectful, try the food, meet the people, walk, walk, walk, keep your eyes open and take your camera”

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