Kyla and Nick Around the World travel blog

The whitewashed hills of Jerusalem

Jerusalem was surprisingly green in places.

Jerusalem - In front of the Dome of the Rock, on Temple...

Inside the church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

At the Wailing Wall, the only remaining part of the Jewish Second...

Church of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

Solid Gold Menorah looking over the Western Wall

Armenian Quarter within the Old City, Jerusalem

At one of the stations on the Via Dolorosa - the way...

Kyla placing some rosaries on the slab where Jesus's body was purportedly...

At the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem - a memorial to a forced...

At the Israli museum, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls, with our...

Home of the Dead Sea Scrolls, manuscripts from 200BCE or so, containing...

The (backwards) hebrew character for Love, at the Israli museum sculpture park....

Out for dinner with Gili and Ayelet, two friends we met in...

We took a day trip from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea. 1st...

Masada, seen from a distance. The summit was occupied by a fortified...

On the gondola ride up to the top of Masada. The Romans...

You can still see the outlines of the Roman fortifications that were...

Floating in the Dead Sea

Ah, Che - our bestest buddy on this trip. At tourist stores...

Other beaches have sand, the Dead Sea has lumps of salt and...


We have been so incredibly busy here in the Holy Land.

Tel Aviv

We spent just less than a week touring Israel's largest city. Lots of time walking along the beaches, lots of time in Jaffa, lots of time trying to get to a museum we never did manage to make it to! After India, Tel Aviv was a great way to relax and enjoy the comforts of the western world (hot showers, tap water you can brush your teeth with, good coffee, fantastic breakfasts, sidewalks that work...)

On our last day in the area (this past Saturday), Ran took us on a whirlwind tour of the coast north of Tel Aviv - up as far as Haifa which was like 30 km from Lebannon. It was so much fun - lots of temples, Roman ruins, great food and scenary. Oh and a full view of Tel Aviv atop Ran's new office tower complex.

Jerusalem

That Saturday evening we caught the bus into Jerusalem where we are now spending our last night. We first spent out time in the Old City and then reconnected with two Israeli friends we met in Nepal - Aylet and Gili. They have also spoiled us!

Jerusalem is now one of Kyla's favorite cities - so much history, spirituality, culture... great museums, artwork, food... Please let the relative calm remain.

Dead Sea and Massada

Today we took a tour to the Dead Sea and Massada. Massada is an incredible event that is deep within the Israeli heart and is thought of often in looking forward to the future. Do a web search for the details.

And as for the Dead Sea. Weird! It was like bobbing around in an ocean full of olive oil. We had a lot of laughs learning how to manouver in the "water". All in all it was a really fun day. We learned lots.

Tomorrow we are off to Aqaba, Jordan to celebrate 4 years of marriage. We will likely stay there 2 nights before heading off to Wadi Rum to sleep in the desert in a Bedouin camp and then...

PETRA!!!!!



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