Beautiful Places in Israel

I worked in Israel for 10 years as a Caregiver. I love this country and I treated it as my second home. The people in there is so nice and friendly. They always greet “Shalom” (Hi) and “Manishma?” (How are you?). The food is great, there is a lot of variant of food to choose Western, Arab and Asian food but my favorite is Jewish Iraqi and Tripoli food (the food of my first employer). People in Israel are Jews, Arab and Christian. There are two type of Jews, the religious and non-religious. Jewish observed Shabbat, it start Friday afternoon to Saturday evening the next day. There is no bus, only taxi and Sherut or mini bus you can ride to travel. There is no open Mall and no work.

The place that you must not missed to go is the most sacred sites in Jerusalem. Jerusalem Christians and Muslims as the biblical Holy Land. Within its Old City, the Temple Mount complex includes the Dome of the Rock shrine, the historic Western Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Western Wall and Dome of the Rock

 

Every time I visit  Jerusalem I never missed to go to Church of the Holy Sepulchre also called the  Church of the Resurrection, a church in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. The church contains, according to traditions dating back to at least the fourth century, the two holiest sites in Christianity: the site where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, at a place known as “Calvary” or “Golgotha”, and Jesus’s empty tomb, where he is said to have been buried and resurrected.

The Stone of Anointing, where Jesus’ body is said to have been anointed before burial

Street in Old City

 

If you are in Jerusalem it’s better to go to Dead Sea. Bus Egged number 486 travels from the Jerusalem Central Bus Station (platform 5) direct to the Dead Sea, Ein Gedi and Masada (no buses on Shabbat from Friday afternoon till Saturday evening). There is a public beach at the Dead Sea accessible to all about one hour from Jerusalem. I’ve been there for three times and I really enjoy it.

The Dead Sea is popular with tourists from all over the world for its reputed therapeutic effects. The water of the Dead Sea has a salt content of 29%, compared to 4% in the oceans, and is consequently substantially denser. This allows anyone to easily float on Dead Sea water because of its greater density. Its mineral composition is also different from ocean water since only 12–18% of Dead Sea salt is sodium chloride. A 2006 analysis of a commercial Dead Sea Salt product measured a 2.5% sodium chloride content; by comparison, 85% of the salt in normal ocean water is sodium chloride.

Dead Sea

 

The second largest part of Israel is Tel-Aviv and it has the largest metropolitan area. I lived in Levanda Street near in Central Bus Station. The Central Bus Station or Hatakana Hamerkazit where you can find all the buses to travel Israel from North to South. My most favorite part of Tel-Aviv is the beach because of the clean white sand and water.

Tel-Aviv Beach

Oh! don’t forget to go to ancient Mediterranean port of Jaffa or Yafo the oldest port in Israel founded 1909.

 

Now, we go to the third largest city of Israel Haifa. The beautifully set on the slopes of Mount Carmel facing the Mediterranean Sea, likened by some as ‘Israel’s San Francisco’. Although traditionally a working city, there are a number of great things to do in Haifa including the Bahai Gardens, German Colony, as well as a number of top museums. The city is also known across Israel for its mixed population of Jews and Arabs who peacefully coexist and the result is some amazing fusions of Arabic and Jewish cultures across the city.

Top view Haifa

The Bahai World Centre is the name given to the spiritual and administrative centre of the Bahá’í Faith. The World Centre consists of the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh near Acre, Israel, the Shrine of the Báb and its gardens on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel, and various other buildings in the area including the Arc buildings.

This is only few of beautiful places that you can go in Israel and there is a lot more. Because of my busy work, I only have 1 day off so I cannot travel a lot. This is only the place that I visited.  You can ask the travel agency for more information.

If you want to go in Israel to travel there is a lot of cheap hotel’s that you can stay, the food is not that expensive just don’t be picky and for transportation you must to take a bus or rent a bicycle than a expensive taxi. Their currency is New Israel Shekel or nis. The conversion is 1 nis = 12 Php. Filipinos with Philippine passports do not need to obtain a visa prior to travel to enter the country of Israel for stays of up to 90 days. A visitor with Philippine passport must ensure that it is valid for at least 6 months beyond the period of intended stay.

Check the Cheap Flights so you have an idea how much is the ticket.