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Ein Shaviv St 70, Mitzpe Ramon, Israel
The rock of Masada which is towering almost 1000ft above the Dead Sea shore is one of the most impressive archeological sites in Israel. It is known for its flat top and the remarkable role it played in the Jewish history. (The siege of Masada by...
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Kalischer St 25, Yafo, 6516505, Israel
While it’s located mere minutes from Tel Aviv’s trademark beaches, the Brown TLV Urban Hotel is decidedly city-centric. Not coincidentally, it’s also in the center of town, surrounded by an array of distinctive neighborhoods like...
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מתחם גולדה מאיר, שדרות שאול המלך 27, תל אביב יפו, Israel
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art has doubled its exhibition space only recently with the compilation of the new building, designed by the American architect Preston Scott Cohen. The innovative building became an International landmark and attracts a lot...
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Kalischer St 25, Yafo, 6516505, Israel
Built in the 1910's, the Big Synagogue in Allenby street is one of the known monuments in Tel Aviv which serves as a cultural and religious center for the many residents in the area. When it was constructed,it’s beautiful dome stood in stark...
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Jaffa Port, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Tel Aviv has three beautiful ports. The Jaffa port scenery includes fishermen and their boats, hidden coffee shops and few stores. A line of warehouses turned into seafood restaurants, art galleries and a huge space that hosts music, Art and...
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Tarsat Ave 2, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Habima Theater is the National Theater of Israel. The building, originally from 1946 was in the Bauhaus style and was going through some renovations that lasted for few years. The new building, which contains various halls was opened to the public...
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Negev St, Israel
Imagine you book a 'million star hotel' experience and you surprise your loved one with a spending the night at the desert? It is possible and doable in Israel. You can either book a room in one of the guests houses in the Negev (the israeli...
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Haifa, Israel
Haifa is the largest city in northern Israel, and the third-largest city in the country. Haifa is a mixed city: 90% are Jews, more than a quarter of whom are immigrants from the former Soviet Union, while 10% are Arabs, predominantly of the...
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Levant

A route created by local guide Yamaan Safady ensures that hikers arrive at Petra the way pre-Christian-era travelers did: out of virgin desert, no tour buses in sight. The six-day, 50-mile “back door” route begins in the Dana Biosphere Reserve; at...

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Ein Gedi, Israel
There are various types of living in Israel. Whereas the majority are living in a city, the Kibbutz is the Israeli version of a socialist collective commune, where everyone is contributing and sharing the same standards of living and is...
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Heftziba, Israel
It was my last day in Israel and an impending snowstorm was about to hit the east coast of the US. While my friend Uri was trying to tell me about this amazing place he was about to take me to, all I could hear was “blah, blah, blah” as my mind...
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Pinkhas Eilon St 8, Holon, 5845400, Israel
From the moment the Design Museum Holon opened in February, 2010 in the city of Holon, five miles south of Tel Aviv, it attracted international attention. Like the exhibitions within, architect Ron Arad’s swirling, ribbonlike steel structure...
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Jerusalem, 9195000, Israel
Very interesting tours are available of the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) building, including the spectacular Chagall windows. Check the schedule for specific times of tours in English (or any other language you may know). Alas, no pictures allowed...
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Maze St 7, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
“An intimate bookstore and coffee shop with a quiet patio for read- ing, the Bookworm is the place to buy art, design, photography, and architecture books. The shop often stocks the book we wrote, The Practice.”—Architect Irene Kronenberg on Tel...
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Bethlehem
Traveling across the border from Israel into the West Bank stays with you, no matter which side of the conflict you support. Leave it to Banksy to comment.
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Mount Carmel
At Yemin Orde Youth Village, birds of paradise grow naturally in all corners of the village. This photo exemplifies to me the spirit of Yemin Orde as the jewel on the crown of Mt. Karmel. It is a place that embraces all cultures and celebrates...
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Israel
As we pulled into Hula Nature Reserve, two Vs of pelicans soared overhead. It wasn't even the right time of year for what we were told are jaw-dropping numbers of fowl – tens of thousands of over 200 species, including ducks, herons, cormorants...
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Nimrod
This is the view from Nimrod's castle in the Golan.
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Arbel, Israel
I'm a skeptical guy – doubtful of unseen forces, philosophical about what's mystical, mute on organized religion. It's my way of staying grounded (sometimes to my own detriment) when awander through cultures and places more at ease in the...
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Ma'ale Shazkh St, Jerusalem, 9411107, Israel
Beside the popular Yad Vashem, there’s a much smaller Holocaust museum in Jerusalem near David’s tomb & the Room of the Last Supper (one of them), which has a donations-based admission. What’s different about this museum is that all the items in...
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If you’re into antiques and/or vintage clothing, there’s a great market that convenes right beside the fountain in Dizengoff Square on Tuesdays (11:00-22:00) and Fridays (07:00-16:00). There are racks of great vintage clothing & jewelry, plus...
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Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
The tour will take us through the streets of south of Tel Aviv and around Florentin and the industrial and commercial zones of the city – the home of some of the most important street-artists like: DEDE, FALUJA, DIOZ, UNTAY, SIGNOR GI, WONKY...
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Arbel, Israel
It's nearly impossible not to trod on hallowed ground in Israel. In its north, along the shores of the Sea of Galilee, every mountain and valley seems to have had its shining moments in the blistering Middle Eastern sun. This is particularly true...
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Acre, Israel
This 12th-century mini-city was home to the Hospitaller knights in the Crusader period, one of the major eras in Old Acre’s history. It’s been nicely restored; I really enjoyed strolling through what remains of the two-acre compound, with its...
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Masad, Israel
The fortress of Masada is on the top of a plateau near the Dead Sea. The construction is amazing, especially considering how long ago it was made. It put me in mind of the Pyramids of Egypt. You can actually walk up the mountain (over 900 steps)...
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Ein Shaviv St 70, Mitzpe Ramon, Israel
We had two days to traverse the largest crater in the world, located in the barren landscape of southern Israel's Negev desert. The second day with our guide was the most rigorous. We hiked along a ridge overlooking both sides of the desert--the...
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Israel
From the end of October to early April, around 30,000 cranes spend the winter in the Hula Valley Reserve. Thousands more pass by as they migrate from Europe to Africa. We went in mid-Feb and were there during feeding time during sunset. The noise...
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Jordan
Dark-haired, dark-eyed, dark-skinned men ride horses up and down the path that leads to Petra‘s Siq, the mile-long entrance to the ancient city. I walk the stretch of the archeological park, clambering up hills and and rocks for better views of...
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Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt
You may have studied them in school and seen a million pictures, but that has probably done little to prepare you for actually seeing the Pyramids of Giza in real life. Standing in the shadow of the 450 foot tall Great Pyramid is a humbling...
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Mit Rahinah, Al Badrashin, Giza Governorate, Egypt
Memphis, located 24 km south of Cairo, was an ancient pharaonic capital city of Egypt during the Old Kingdom. Menes is said to have been the founder of Memphis in the early 3rd millennium B.C. In the New Kingdom, Memphis served as a second,...
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Jordan
A couple days after seeing the Pyramids we came to Petra and were completely blown away. The walk through the canyon only builds up the excitement and then the Treasury appears immediately in front of you. The Pyramids might have been one of the...
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Jordan
As is often the case with travel expectations, there’s so much more to a site than what we can see in the confines of a screen or read in black and white letters on a page. Often the real place is a shock of depth, colors and aromas, and the way...