In honor of Travel Tuesday, I have decided to dedicate this blog post to the tiny and beautiful state of Israel. This historic state is full of beautiful places to visit and explore. Having grown up there, I can say that between the nightlife in Tel Aviv and the holy city of Jerusalem, Israel offers a cultural experience to last a lifetime.
I lived in Israel for about seven years and every time I go back to visit, I go to new places and learn something new.
There are many travel sites to research destinations around the world, one of them being www.goisrael.com. This site provides very helpful and interesting information about the state of Israel. Here’s a little intro to this unique place.
“Nothing underscores the variety of Israel’s attractions more than realizing that within a few hours you can go from the snowy heights of Mount Hermon to the Judean Desert and the saltiest sea on earth, the Dead Sea, while visiting ancient biblical cities, covered markets and a high-rise metropolis on the way. This is what makes Israel truly a destination with something for everyone.
In Israel you have to use the word ‘old’ sparingly – the age of most of its cities is counted not in decades or in centuries, but in millennia. The ingenuity and complexity of some of these historical gems have won them a place on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List. And of course, Jerusalem is an incomparable highlight that is both historical and spiritual. Restored 19th century villages like Rosh Pina in the Upper Galilee and Zichron Ya’akov on Mount Carmel reveal another side of Israel – its pioneering days. Shops along these streets feature local arts and crafts that make the best gifts. They are often artist-owned as well, which holds the promise of getting to know some very interesting folks.
There’s no place like Tel Aviv to indulge your urban tastes. Classified by geographers as a ‘world city,’ it offers museums, opera, theater and dance, fine restaurants with cuisines from around the world, its own beautifully restored 19th-century quarter, Neve Tzedek and even antiquities, in the form of its ‘older sister’ – Jaffa, which also has galleries galore.”
Get started on your Mango Hebrew course and start planning your trip around the date of one of Israel’s many annual international events–whether music, sports, theater or film– and see how all the wonderful pieces fit perfectly together.