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.
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.
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