Why I wanted to Visit Israel
Welcome to my first article for our Visit Israel Travel Series.
I’m excited to share my Israel travel series based on my recent travel experience to Israel. There was so much to see and do that I couldn’t put it all in one article so I’m going to break it out into a Visit Israel Travel series. I was struggling as to what order to share my experiences in Israel with you when it finally occurred to me I should share in the order I experienced everything. Duh makes sense right? This article is more of an introduction, a teaser if you will but I promise you won’t have to wait very long for the next one where we dive right into my amazing experiences in Israel. From Jerusalem, to the Dead Sea to Tel-Aviv there’s so much to share and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!
A photo of one of the first views I got of Israel, specifically this is in Jerusalem and you can see the Dome of the Rock (the gold top dome). I’ll tell you more about it in another article. I told you this is just a teaser 😉
Why did I want to Visit Israel?
I was always fascinated with Israel. I’m not even sure where the first stirrings of curiousity for the country began but I do know that for the longest time I was fascinated. In fact, when I was a teen I often wondered what it would be like to live in a kibbutz. For those of my readers who are unfamiliar with a kibbutz, it’s a term commonly used for a communal settlement or more typically, a farm. In case you’re wondering, yes I did get to visit a kibbutz, two in fact one for a chocolate making experience (boy that was delicious). I will be sharing more on my experiences at the two kibbutz and all of the fascinating places I saw and things I got to do and experience.
I took it as a good sign that when I arrived in San Francisco from Vancouver that there was a celebration for my direct flight from San Francisco to Tel Aviv. Why? It turns out it was the inaugural flight for this direct from San Francisco to Tel-Aviv. Some big wigs for United were there, the Mayor of San Francisco and coincidentally the Minister of Tourism from Israel. There was food and as you can see below live music.
There are so many people who travel to Israel that United needed a direct flight from San Francisco to Tel Aviv, interesting. It was a nice start to my travels as I got to have some hummus and pita right there and it got everyone in a festive mood before getting on the plane. I just had to share this surprise that I had at the beginning of my travel.
Another reason I’ve always been fascinated with Israel is its rich history. I’m not a religious person, I never have been but the history of Israel is fascinating regardless of what faith you belong to or even if you aren’t particularly religious at all. Even for someone like me who isn’t religious, the sites I saw and things I learned were invaluable experiences.
Just seeing the inside of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem was jaw dropping. The amount of people, people of different religions, the beauty of altars and more. This is just one of many photos I took in this beautiful church.
My desire to visit Israel was surpassed by what I actually got see and experience. It’s a beautiful country with such a rich and fascinating history that will want you going back to see more of it. I was only there for a week and felt I just scratched the surface of all it has to offer and yet I have so much to share! I got to experience so many things and the opportunity to learn about culture of the country. It was an amazing experience that I won’t soon forget.
Here’s a preview of what I did in Israel and of which I will be sharing in our future articles for our Israel Travel Series. I hope you got a glimpse of why I and anyone for that matter might want to visit Israel.
- Visiting the Jerusalem biblical zoo.
- Visiting Yad Vashem Museum, a holocaust museum.
- Walking tour of Machane Yehuda Open Market. It was an amazing outdoor market that was home to just about every food you can think of. It had fruits, veggies (both of which were so much more flavorful than what we get back home) dried fruits, spices, falafel, etc. I even got the opportunity to try the best coffee I’ve ever had.
- We visited the Old City of Jerusalem.
- We also were able to visit the Israel Museum which housed everything from pottery to sculptures of cultures that included Egyptian, Roman, etc.
- Attended the “Night Spectacular” at the Tower of David Museum in the citadel. It was a sound and light show of the 3,000 years of history of Jerusalem. It was simply breathtaking.
- Journeying to the Dead Sea. It was so much fun to be able to experience floating in one foot of water and see what is considered the lowest place on earth.
- Experienced the ruins of Massada, which are the ruins of King Herod’s mountain fortress. It was fun to ascend and descend via cable-car.
- Visited the Chocolate workshop of Kubbutz Dganya–this was something my entire family enjoyed. We decorated and put together our very own chocolate selection, which was a ton of fun. It was also quite delicious.
Some of the amazing writers I travelled to Israel with have published some of their articles. While we may cover some of the same topics we all have our own perspective, stories and photos to share so I thought I would share their articles with you. Make sure to check them out!
- Momfluential – Visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
- Momfluential – A Week’s Worth of Feral Israeli Cats – this is one of my favourites as I too was fascinated by these cats and you will see some of them in one of my upcoming articles. However, Ciarin has some amazing photos that you should see!
- Stuffed Suitcase – 7 Fun Facts About Israel You Probably Don’t Know – Kim takes wonderful photos and again another fun perspective on Israel
- Stuffed Suitcase – Discovering the Dead Sea