4 days in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv Beach

Tel Aviv was our last stop of our 2.5 month Middle Eastern tour. We wanted to save the best for last and that we did. Tel Aviv is considered one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the world. Titled the ‘Mediterranean Capital of Cool’ by the New York Times, this colorful and fun city combines sandy beaches with a buzzing cultural scene, incredible food (many many options for vegans), UNESCO recognized architecture, and a surprisingly international outlook. 

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Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee

Tabgha – Peacock Mosaic

Travelling through Israel we often found ourselves near many Bible Tour Buses – mostly Christians finding holy places from the New Testament. As I have mentioned in previous posts, we are not very religious people – we identify as spiritual people who believe in the “live and let live” philosophy of life. With that said, we try to balance our review of holy places from all perspectives and religions.

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Bethlehem – a day trip from Jerusalem

Separation wall in Bethlehem

We were excited to go on a short day trip to Bethlehem from Jerusalem and surprisingly  it was quite straight forward.  We caught bus #21 from the bus terminal across from the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem.  Since the bus is operated by a  Palestinian company there isn’t a clear schedule, but it runs quite frequently and the cost was 7 NIS/person.  We were reminded by our hotel to bring our passports together with the little white and blue entry visa paper which was issued to us at the border – those are necessary on the way back into Israel.

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Jerusalem – the city of gods – even if you don’t have one

Old Jerusalem Market

As our bus, from Jordan arrived at the Damascus Gate we were so excited to walk through the Old City.  With all of our exuberance we quickly realized that it would be best to drop our backpacks prior to venturing into the tight corners of the crowded cobble stoned Old Jerusalem.  Check in Jerusalem was our chosen accommodation for our next 4 nights.  It was a great stay as it is centrally located near many  cafe’s and shops and only a few minutes walk to the Old City.

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Amman to Jerusalem – crossing the border

We decided to cross into Jerusalem from Amman, Jordan.  It is relatively easy to do although pretty time consuming for such a small distance.   Flights were around $450  for the 45 mile distance.  There is also a service called www.amman2jerusalem.com that offered to take us from our hotel in Amman to the border (we would have been on our own at the border crossing – which to us sounded like the scariest part).  The service would then pick us up on the other side and take us to the hotel in Jerusalem for $250.  

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