Dubai 2011

Dubai 2011

We happened to visit Dubai almost by chance in December 2010. We were visiting India and had to change our tickets at the last minute due to a change in my schedule and the only tickets we could get required a 4-day halt in Dubai. We jumped on the chance...
[2008, 2009]: Jordan and Israel

[2008, 2009]: Jordan and Israel

We visited Jordan and Israel in 2008/2009. Our journey started in Amman, Jordan from where we went to Petra. A highlight was a visit to Petra at night on December 31, 2008 – what a lovely way to start 2009! From Petra, we went to Wadi Rum and finally crossed...
[2007]: Thailand, Laos and Cambodia

[2007]: Thailand, Laos and Cambodia

We visited Thailand, Laos and Cambodia in 2007. The planning started with a desire to visit the famed temples of Angkor in Cambodia and our planning led us to this three week journey to places that stole our hearts forever … Bangkok, Thailand Nov 15: And… We’re Off Nov 17:...
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Arriving Tel Aviv

We got our tickets in Jerusalem and while waiting for the train we met and chatted with a couple from the US who had just gotten married in Jerusalem and were off to the Tiberius for their honeymoon. They were very excited and happy that they got married in such an ancient city, amidst so...

Al-Aqsa Mosque and Haraam-es-Sharif

We were up and ready by 8 AM and on our way to the old city. We were advised that we should make it to Haraam-es-Sharif by 9 AM because it would be open to public. Due to the Gaza War, the visiting hours were random. On the way, we stopped by a coffee shop...

Masada and Dead Sea

We woke up early, excited to visit Masada and take a dip in the dead sea! We had watched a Masada miniseries that starred Peter O’Toole. The dead sea needs no introduction! Who does not want to float on water? The Taxi Mishap A few days ago, we had booked a taxi driver from one...

Yad Vashem

Today, being a Friday, meant that the city would start winding down in preparation of the Shabbat. We did not plan an elaborate day, instead focused on regaining our energy and visiting Yad Vashem and some parts of Meah Sharim, the ultra-orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem. We walked to an open air mall outside of the...

The old city of Jerusalem, revisited

Jerusalem, view from our hotel room We woke up at 7:30 AM, still tired from the previous day’s walking. Got dressed and headed right back to the old city. We entered visa Jaffa gate, found a restaurant and got some delicious food: Hummus, fuul and pita with nice hot chay. Breakfast done, we retraced our...

The old city of Jerusalem

Jerusalem We woke up early and a quick glance at the newspaper told us that there was no war resolution in sight. We dressed and at 10 AM we headed towards the old city. The walk to the old city was short and pretty. We entered the city through the Jaffa gate. The tourist center...

Jerusalem, at last!

Even though we had a bit of a mishap with Israir, we finally arrived at Tel Aviv’s Sde Dov airport at about 2:30 PM (as opposed to the original 9:30 AM). The flight was short and we got a glimpse of the dead sea from the air. We took a taxi to the Tel Aviv...

Israir: Broken customer service

After two days of pure relaxation in Eilat, we were ready to take on Jerusalem, like many who had before us! At 8:00 AM January 6, 2009 we are at Eilat airport ready to board our hour-long flight to Tel Aviv (from where we would take a train to Jerusalem). Sounds easy right? So we...

Two days in Eilat

January 3, 2009: After the immigration and customs, we got a cab to our hotel! The cab driver asked us about where we were from and in turn I asked him his origins. He mentioned his last name and told me that he was a Moroccan Jew, but was born and brought up in Israel....

Shalom Namaste!

After the Wadi Rum tour, we decided to skip lunch and headed straight to the border. Anna had to catch a bus to Jerusalem and we wanted to get to Israel ASAP. It was a Saturday and we were concerned that the border might close early because of Sabbath. The borders were very quiet and...

Wadi Rum

When we got to our room, we took our cold/cough medications, a shower and went to sleep. I woke up at 2 AM and tried to sleep until 5 AM with no luck. At 5 AM, we both were up for good. Since dawn had just started to break, I went up to the terrace...

Petra: Higher Places

I woke up 4 hours later at 7:30 AM. The antibiotics were finally working and my throat did not ache as much. Heena was absolutely fine – which means she had enough energy to make up for the time we spent sick. We ate a longish breakfast and at 10 AM were at the gates...