A DAYTRIP TO JERUSALEM AND BETHLEHEM

The purpose of my trip was to spot the best places in Tel Aviv for you. I can’t tell you how much I loved dinner at Opa, my stay at The Saul was also perfect and I enjoyed many more great spots (see the list here). While I was in Israel I had to visit Jerusalem as it’s the holiest city in the world, the birthplace of the world so to say.

 

Jerusalem

I’ve booked a tour with Tourist Israel (apart from the tours their site is also a good resource if you’re planning a trip to Israel) and they took me to the highlights of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. It was really impressive to see those famous sights in real life. Yes, it was busy with tourists and pilgrims wanted to walk the twelve stations Jesus also walked with his cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, but still, you feel the ‘Divine Presence’ everywhere.

 

Bethlehem

The tour continued to Bethlehem in Palestina. We’ve visited the birthplace of Jesus and the two churches above it – the Orthodox Church was one long queue of people wanted to see the actual birthplace. The Catholic Church was less crowded. When we crossed the border to Palestina we got to see a part of the wall with a lot of graffiti on it. I wished I could stay longer, discover more, see The Walled Off Hotel by Banksy and maybe the JR artworks (if they are still there since the exhibition was in 2017). In Jerusalem, I would extend my trip with a stay at the Mamilla Hotel and dinner at Machneyuda of chef Assaf Granit. As always I want to see/learn more about the country. A good reason to come back!

 

I like to show you what caught my eyes during that trip:

 

 

Zion Gate, one of the gates to enter the old city of Jerusalem, was built in 1540. 

 

 

You can smell the fresh bread everywhere. 

 

 

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. 

 

 

One of the doors outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

 

 

The Western Wall 

 

 

The Western Wall and the Islamic Dome of the Rock in the background. The Wailing Wall is separated into a men’s only part of the wall and a women’s only part. You see the brown wall dividing it.

 

 

This is the Birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem

 

 

The Catholic Church 

 

 

 

2 Comments

  • Brit on the Move

    08.03.2019 at 23:42 Reply

    Hi there,
    Where do you start the day trip from or where did you stay at? I am asking because I would not mind seeing the sights mentioned but I don’t want to spend a ton of time in the region.
    I LOVE the photos you took. Not sure if they are the raw images or if there is a hue applied – either way stunning. If it is a hue please share the magic trick! I am also fascinated that this tour took you to the Palestinian side as well – that’s on my bucket list for sure!
    Overall, did you feel safe? Or, would you have if not on a tour?
    PS will be saving the info for Tourist Israel… Thanks, Nikki

    • Pauline Egge

      08.03.2019 at 15:13 Reply

      Hi Nikki, thank you for your message and enthusiasm for visiting Israel. I’ve started at my hotel in Tel Aviv (Hotel Saul, see: http://petitepassport.com/2019/02/hotel-saul-tel-aviv/). It was a day-trip of about 8 hours with the highlights of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. I didn’t stay in a hotel in Jerusalem, but if I had more time I would definitely stay at Hotel Mamilla.

      Thank you for the compliment on the photos. There’s a filter on them as I’ve used them for Instagram, but the beautiful thing about Jerusalem is that they only use that specific kind of limestone, so that makes the atmosphere even more special.

      I did feel safe everywhere – and I travelled on my own. I’ve booked a tour because it was my first time in Israel and I wasn’t sure, but you can easily travel and explore Jerusalem and Tel Aviv on your own. Of course, it’s really advisable to go on a tour as you’ll learn more as you have a guide with you.

      Have a great time Nikki!

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