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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 to visit a new place!...

Akko and Haifa

On the last full day that we had, we decided to visit Akko and Haifa. Our original itinerary had allowed us a few days in Haifa and we were to make a day trip to Akko and Rosh Hanikra. However due to the rockets being pelted from Lebanon into Israel, near Rosh Hanikra, by the...

Last day in Israel

On our last day in Israel we met up with my ex-manager and friend Avinoam. Given the Gaza war Avinoam had helped us with advice on where to go and ensuring we’d be safe in the country. I had not met him in almost 10 years and was definitely looking forward to our meeting! Avinoam...

Jaffo

The plan today was to visit Jaffo, the famed ancient city which is purported to be almost 40 00 years old. History is buried under its present day, literally! Jaffa, or Yafo/Jaffo is interesting in the sense that it is a mix of Jewish and Arab residents living in the same space. We woke up...

Walking around Tel Aviv

This day we had to leave from our hotel to another one. We woke up in the morning, and used some of the provisions we’d gotten the previous night for our breakfast – coffee, bread+butter and some biscuits.  so we moved our stuff to the new  hotel, the Sheraton Tel Aviv. The Sheraton was pricy...

Caesarea

We woke up fairly early. I love this about vacations. The jet lag helps us get up very early and feels like we have so much time during the day! We showered and had breakfast in the room from the provisions we bought the previous night: Cheese sandwiches, coffee and biscuits. We were ready to...

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...