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Tiberias, Israel
The Sea of Galilee pours into the Jordan River -- filled with rich spiritual history and where you can find Kibbutz Degania and Kibbutz Kinneret nearby (two of Israel's oldest and most well known communal settlements). We arrived there very...
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HaYarkon St 205, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 6340506, Israel
While Jerusalem is the official capital of Israel, Tel Aviv is considered to be the capital of style and culture. Enjoy starting your day with a stroll along the beach or a great, rich breakfast in one of many outdoor cafes along some of the...
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Eilat, Israel
Eilat is considered the far south city of Israel, just at the tip of the country, linking between Egypt in Africa and Jordan in Asia. It is considered one of the most popular touristic resorts in Israel, mostly for its weather (hot but not humid)...
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ד.נ עמק המעיינות, Nir David, Israel
Some might say that archeology is Israel's national hobby, as Israel is rich with archeological sites, more than 20,000 recognized sites in Israel, dating back to 150,000 BC. In 2005 UNESCO declared 3 sites in Israel as World Heritage sites...
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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
Peruse the colorful fares in the Old City's marketplace in Jerusalem, Israel. Get lost in the narrow, winding pathways that make up The Souk. Hidden treasures emerge at the turn of every corner. You can buy buckets of rich, fragrant spices and...
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Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Sixty miles of bicycle paths crisscross Tel Aviv. The best trail: a four-mile beachfront promenade that stretches from the Neve Tzedek neighborhood to the port. —Michele Chabin This appeared in the November/December 2010 issue.
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Ein Gedi, Israel
Visit an oasis just off the Dead Sea known as Ein Gedi. This nature reserve offers life in the middle of an endless, dry desert. It is full of water falls, lush hiking paths, and exotic wildlife.
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Ezor Hatzor, Israel
This was the view from my cabin during a trip to the Golan Heights in the north of Israel. The hand sculpture on the right was made from old car parts, and the vehicles on the left were parked right on the cliff overlooking the valley.
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Dead Sea Region, Israel
Mineral Beach at the Dead Sea. You can pay a lot of money for Dead Sea mud treatments, or you can go to public Mineral Beach and apply the mud yourself. It's a day trip from Jerusalem and you can easily get in Ein Gedi and Masada in the same day....
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HaNassi Blvd 107, Haifa, Israel
Garden terraces around the Shrine of the Báb on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel. 200,000 square metres of land, one kilometer up of Mount Carmel. Beautiful view of the Haifa. Haifa is the international headquarters for the Baha'i Faith, which began...
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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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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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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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Nazareth, Israel
The City of Nazareth, located in the Galilee, the Northern part of Israel, is the largest Israeli Arab city. It is one of the best known towns among Christians as it is where Jesus grew up. The city has more than twenty churches and the grandest...
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Rosh Pinna, Israel
Some might say that the Galilee area in Israel is like the Tuscany in Italy. Green lushes mountains, the Sea of the Galilee (Kinneret) the Hula Valley and little towns and kibbutzs villages. If you want to escape the city life and enjoy a romantic...
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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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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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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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The Shrine of the Book, Jerusalem, Israel
Located on the campus of the Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book was built to contain the Dead Sea Scrolls, written between the 3rd century B.C.E. and the 1st century C.E. and discovered by archaeologists from 1946 to 1956. The shrine is a...
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Jaffa Port, Tel Aviv-Yafo
For a nice calm break from the modern pace of Tel Aviv, spend some time in Old Jaffa. You can walk along the Mediterranean beach and get here. Some nice little artisan shops can be found in the nooks and crannies.
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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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Eilat, Israel
We took a four hour walk in the Arava desert at twilight, eventually reaching a small pool in the middle of the date plantation near the border with Jordan. As we walked we watched the moon rise and felt like we were walking on a twin moon-like...
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32, Hadar Street (Cl.5), Caesarea, 38900, Israel
The ancient city of Caesarea, which is located halfway between Haifa and Tel Aviv, was founded in 90 B.C.E. and has a wealth of history and archaeological ruins, most notably those that date from the Roman Empire. The impressive Roman aqueduct,...
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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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Wadi Rum, العقبة، Jordan
Visiting Wadi Rum, a series of desert valleys punctuating red canyons that run from north to south featured in the movie Lawrence of Arabia, is a must-do when in Jordan. Activities offered at the UNESCO World Heritage Site include hiking, riding...