Hey photobloggers, sorry I missed my update a couple of weeks ago as it was the night before going on my latest adventure. Now I am back, it is time to fill you all in. This holiday was many months (and if I am completely honest, years) in planning. A few days in Jerusalem, an overnight stay in Ein Gedi and then to finish in Tel Aviv.
Now what is important to know about Israel, is that you need to plan your dates as there are lots of Jewish holidays, which can affect what is and isn't open. I thought I had planned well and discovered a few days beforehand this may not have been as well planned as I thought. In September/October the new year is celebrated, 10 days later there is a day of atonement, then there is Sukkot, which is similar to a harvest festival and then one week later is Simchat Torah, which ends the new year celebrations but is also very religious. If you have an interest, please google these festivals as there are websites that can explain better than I can. It is also important to know that all Jewish festivals start in the evening. Our flight arrived the evening of Simchat Torah, so by the time we actually arrived there were not many places open. We were lucky enough to find a wine bar that served food that could accomodate.
The next day, which was the full day of the religious festival, did not effect us too badly, the walk to the old city of Jerusalem showed that everything was shut, but once inside the city there was plenty to see and do, and luckily things were not too busy. We were even lucky enough to witness some of the traditional dancing in the streets.
So after taking a gentle stroll and popping into places that were open, we found the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. From the outside this looks like a random building, but inside it felt like every strand of Christianity wanted to put its stamp on it.
Now after all that sight seeing we had to stop somewhere for some traditional lunch, falafel, which I think the first day was the best falafel I had all holiday, but none of it was bad.
There is a lot more to tell and show you about this amazing city, so I will update you in my next blog.
Thank you for visiting