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Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Jaffa July 12th 2015

today was an emotional day mainly because of those who told us the story with such passion sorry I cant replicate it here you will have to make the trip yourself first we went from Jerusalem on the new 6 lane highway to Telaviv and stopped at Rehovot to see the Ayalon institute this is a kibbutz that secretly had a ammunition factory underneath, so secret that half of the 100 residents didnt know it was there and they made 2.5 million bullets over 3 years leading to independance in 1948 and another 3 million in the months after independence when it was no longer secret and worked 24hrs a day, it was the size of a tennis court and you entered under an industrial washing machine in the laundry which concealed the entrance and the ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv June 24th 2015

The next two days in Tel Aviv were an absolute blast and full of sun, sand, dancing, and debauchery. Established in 1909 on the outskirts of the ancient port city of Jaffa/Yafo, the city is very young and vibrant and has the 3rd largest economy in the Middle East, killer nightlife and a round-the-clock culture. Not sure how our group of lushes survived! After our first late night we let ourselves sleep in a bit before heading out for a sushi lunch and a break from Mediterranean cuisine. In fact, Tel Aviv apparently has the highest number of sushi restaurants per capita after New York and Tokyo, so we had to give it a go. We found a fun little place with an outdoor patio and really reasonable "businessman" specials with 3 courses - much needed. ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv June 23rd 2015

Our final morning in Jerusalem would consist of a visit to Yad Vashem, Israel's official Holocaust memorial and museum. The 45 acre complex consists of various sculptures and memorials, a synagogue, publishing center, research center, and several other things. It was established in 1953 and sits atop the Mount of Remembrance. Running on probably 12 cumulative hours of sleep since arriving in Israel, the morning was a bit of a struggle, but I do love Holocaust-related things so I persevered. The actual museum's layout was a winding trail of multimedia displays tracing the history of the Holocaust, though I will say they seemed to bounce around a bit from the Warsaw uprising to the death camps to the rise of anti-semitism, etc. Adding to the confusion were literally hordes of what looked to be Israeli military ... read more
Tel Aviv Marina
Rooftop pool and bar
Israeli rosé for days...

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District May 31st 2015

After many hours of traveling we touched down in Tel Aviv and were greeted at passport control with questions such as; whats your fathers name? Although odd we flew thru customs to the Deborah hotel and went to explore the beaches of Tel Aviv. Amid the large stretches of sand and hundreds of people enjoying outdoor activities we had our 1st falafel lunch. Later we met our tour group of 7 including us and enjoyed a dinner on the beach. Our group included a tech from the US who lives in Canada, a German tax guy, a Swiss operations start up, a Australian travel agent, a pharmacist from North Carolina and us. It didn’t take long to see we would all be fast friends. And in the morning it began ..we toured Jaffa and the port ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Jaffa January 16th 2015

After many months of waiting for this day to come, we finally were packed and ready to embark on a trip of a lifetime, a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. We drove to Pete’s house and he drove us to the airport arriving 3-1/2 hours early. We were one of the first to arrive to meet Dennis, our tour director. After going through security which was a snap, we went to the gate and since we had lots of time we had lunch and then proceeded to the gate where our fellow travelers were starting to show up. We spent time getting to know them and introducing ourselves before it was finally time to board the plane. The first leg to Philadelphia was uneventful, a mere 3 hour flight. We had about a 3.5 to 4 ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Jaffa December 21st 2014

Took Israeli transit into Tel Aviv today and visited the cute neighbourhood of Old Jaffa. This is a port city that lies on the Mediterranean Sea. It is here that Andromeda of the Greek myths was rumoured to be chained to a rock by her king father in order to appease Poseidon. Andromeda's Rock lies near a natural pier and is now marked by an Israeli flag. We strolled along the beach and visited some gardens. Several people tried to ask us stuff in hebrew today. Flattered that they think we're locals. One woman asked me something about the bus and another seemed to be asking Niklas for directions. Another was trying to sell me something at the bus station. How cute. Speaking of Jerusalem Central Station, we were quite impressed with a bakery we came ... read more
Old Jaffa Clock Tower
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Military Everywhere

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District September 14th 2014

Got myself a trip to Tel Aviv, in Israel, from standby. Not going to lie, I was a bit apprehensive about going due to recent going ons there but I ended up being surprised at how nice a trip it was. Had a night flight over from London and arrived at 5am local time. By the time we got to the hotel the sun was starting to rise. Could see some of it from my room window which overlooked the beach. Liking this place already! Had a sleep until about midday then time to head out in the sun. Chilled by the pool at first, then hit the beach and had a couple of beers. The beach was literally on our doorstep which was amazing. It is so gorgeous here! The beach was stunning and the ... read more
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Room with a view!
Pool

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv August 28th 2014

Zo, allereerst sorry dat ik zo lang geen posts gedaan heb. In de tussentijd heb ik zo veel gedaan en gezien! Ik ben drie keer naar Jeruzalem geweest, waarvan één keer met een tour, één keer met vrienden om het Holocaustmuseum Yad Vashem te bezoeken en één keer voor een fantastisch concert van de band Infected Mushroom. Ik heb in de dode zee gedreven, en de Judeese woestijn gezien (waar ik door mijn telefoon welkom geheten werd in Jordanië). Ik heb ontzettend veel Hebreeuws geleerd, met het resultaat dat ik nu in elk geval succesvol de weg kan vragen én het antwoord kan verstaan, zoals ik ongeveer een half uur geleden gedaan heb. Ik heb zo veel gedaan, dat het bijna geen zin heeft alles uitgebreid te beschrijven, en daarom zal ik mij beperken tot foto's. ... read more
Vrouwengedeelte van de klaagmuur
De Judeese woestijn
Het fort Masada

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv August 15th 2014

Laat ik beginnen met mij te excuseren voor het gebrek aan updates de afgelopen week. Ik ben druk bezig met mijn Hebreeuwse lessen, maar die zijn niet heel interessant om te beschrijven. Wel kan ik zeggen dat mijn Hebreeuws met sprongen vooruitgaat, waardoor ik steeds meer kan verstaan van de gesprekken tussen Israëli's in de supermarkt, bij de universiteit of op het strand. Dat de lessen in het Hebreeuws gegeven worden, begint steeds minder lastig te worden. En daarnaast is het ook nog gezellig hier! Gisteren en vandaag heb ik twee archeologische locaties bezocht, met een wisselend resultaat. Gisteren bezocht ik het Eretz Yisrael (land van Israël)-museum waar de doelstelling lijkt te zijn geweest de gehele geschiedenis, architectuur, cultuur en archeologie van Israël tussen 4000 voor Christus tot nu aan bod te laten komen. Helaas is ... read more
Opgraving
Overzicht Romeinse stad
Zwembad van Herodes' huis

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv August 7th 2014

Niet dat de woorden in de titel iets met elkaar te maken hebben. Gisteren was Tisha Ba'Av, de joodse rouwdag waarin de vernietiging van de tempel en de andere noodlotten die het joodse volk heeft moeten verduren in de afgelopen millennia herdacht worden. Als ik al verbaasd was hoe keurig men zich aan de sabbat houdt hier, dan werd ik nu compleet verrast. Alle straten waren volledig leeg, wat wel heel prettig was omdat ik besloten had een stuk te gaan fietsen. Hoewel er veel fietspaden zijn in Tel Aviv, is het op grote stukken gebruikelijk over het voetpad te fietsen. De fietstocht was prachtig, en erg bijzonder door alle stilte. Ik ben de rivier HaYarkon gevolgd voor enkele kilometers, waarbij ik onder meer gnoes en papegaaien passeerde, maar geen mensen. Ook vreemd was hoe, door ... read more
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De weg naar huis




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