The famous shared van ride of Israel happened again, on the drive from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. The ride wasn’t too bad though it wasn’t the most efficient way to travel. This time the van got full pretty soon but I ended up being one of the last drops. The trip took a lot longer than expected but I did finally get to the Crowne … Continue reading Tel Aviv – A vibrant city and the pride parade
For a tiny country as it is, it packs a lot of punch in terms of things to do. Though all of it is focused in largely two cities and a few towns around them. Transportation though is expensive and complex in its own way. Food is not too cheap, either but its usually of excellent quality. Hotels are a bit of a mixed bag … Continue reading Israel – Eat, Stay, Move!
A short drive from Jerusalem is the poorly named lake that probably just missed the natural wonder of the world tag. There are not many natural bodies that can boast of as many superlatives. It is the lowest point on dry Earth, its is the saltiest waterbody and is probably the craziest floating experience you can get. The mud and salts of this place make … Continue reading Dead Sea – The lake experience
Ten km by road can never be so far or so close. Far as the beginning and the end lie in two countries that are at war. The war is a war of existence and hence not something that is getting resolved anytime soon. Close because they define the beginning and end of the story of one of the most famous person ever to have … Continue reading Bethlehem – The Origin of the Origin
Everything in Jerusalem has at least a story – at times historical, sometimes political, often religious and almost always more than just one. Nearly every day would end up with a couple of hours on Wikipedia reading up all the stories, the controversies and the conspiracy theories on all I had visited that day. Culturally there was a sea of things to see, obviously highlighted … Continue reading Jerusalem – The story of the Origins
When I started planning my trip for Israel, the question I was most frequently asked was, why Israel? And then a few would follow it up with, is it safe? The seed for the trip to Israel was sowed 18 months ago during a cruise in Ha Long bay when I started a casual conversation with a couple who like me were watching for a … Continue reading Israel – Planning for the Holy Land