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28 Mar

10 reasons why you should visit Israel – part II

Israel, Akko, travel, trip

Because it was near, the next morning we took a short cruise on the Sea of ​​Galilee, the famous biblical scene where Jesus walked on water. Our group and a group of Chinese people, where the only ones on the boat and the hosts surprised us with a beautiful moment. They raised our countries flags and played each country’s national anthem. Then they taught us a traditional Jewish dance

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After the cruise, I went to Capernaum, the town where Jesus did three miracles, where we visited the ruins of the synagogue and home and St. Peter. We continued our journey to Nazareth where we visited the church that houses the spring where the Archangel appeared to Virgin Mary and then the church that houses the house where the Annunciation took place.

Israel, Capernaum, travel

At the end of the long day, but full of memorable experiences, in the evening we went to Haifa where we stayed at Villa Carmel Boutique. There I went to a local restaurant where we had the opportunity to attend a traditional engagement and observe local rituals: the arrival of the groom, meeting of the two families, the dressing of the bride with many jewelry, the priest’s blessing and specific music for this occasion .

Next day I visited one of the places that delighted me the most, Bahai gardens, which are considered the 8th wonder of the world and are part of the UNESCO heritage. The people who built these gardens belong to the Bahai religion and tend to build parks and gardens instead of churches or places of worship. Custom that seemed very interesting to me and with which I resonate.

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I liked the Bahai Gardens as much as the port city of Acre, this considered UNESCO heritage too , is an incredible mix of architectural styles.

Israel, Akko, Acre, Travel

Photo taken by Itamar Grinberg for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism

Eventually, went to Tel Aviv where we stayed for two days. We stayed at the Herods Hotel, located on the beautiful promenade of the city. After we had dinner in a traditional restaurant, where we ate a sensational fish dish, I went out to discover the nightlife. I did not expect to find so many clubs, so much fun and so many young people. The city has a sensational vibe. Tel Aviv is a very cosmopolitan city and people really know how to party, which I thought was very hard because I did not expect this!

I finished a great trip in Israel with a tour of Tel Aviv. Here I was at a local market where all the dishes were cooked on the spot. I, of course, was impressed by the varied & enormous quantities of fruits, but also by the vegetable stalls, because I make a lot of green juices, and among these stands I felt like I was in paradise.

I then made a tour of local designers and surprisingly saw some interesting items. Classic Israeli designers use predominantly cashmere in their pieces, with according prices, but also young avant-garde designers, with pieces of silver, wood, minimalist influences that I liked a lot and inspired me. I did not expect them to be so open mind on this kind of fashion.

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I tried to compress as much as possible my experience in Israel. I would have needed pages and pages to tell in detail what beautiful moments I spent there. The country is truly sensational and worth discovering every corner of it. Israel is not only a pilgrimage to the holy places. It is a modern country full of stunning natural beauty, great places perfect for fashion editorials, a good vibe, with plenty of street art, many avant-garde designers and with a good nightlife.

Worth to get there both as a holiday of 1-2 weeks and as a city break. El Al has often special offers for this.

And to wrap everything i told you about in these two post, i want to share with you 10 reasons why i’d go back to Israel.

1. The fairytale places. Finally visited legendary cities with a rich history and culture.

2. The food. Honestly I thought it was a culinary trip: from fish to organic vegetables and even sweets. I must admit that I exaggerated a bit with sugar.

3. The spices and seeds. It is one of the few countries in which I returned with seven different kinds of spices, including ginger powder.

4. The Beach. Besides Tel Aviv which has a beautiful beach and seafront, I was delighted by the therapeutic resorts, and the Red Sea that I did not get to visit. (Next time will it definitely be the first on my list)

5. The Dead Sea. Besides the unique landscape with rocky beaches, I took advantage of the therapeutic value of salt water.

6. The beauty products. I liked Ahava, and many other brands based on mud and minerals extracted from the Dead Sea.

7. The landscape. In every city I visited, I enjoyed extraordinary landscapes; both panoramas and natural beauties.

8. The night life. I managed to visit about six clubs within a few hours and I concluded that these people really know how to party

9. The fashion. I found traditional designers and young avant-garde designers. Unfortunately, we had only a few hours available for that. Next time I hope to have more time and maybe even get to the next FW.

10. Wellbeing. I know I have repeated this several times, but this country has given me a positive vibe and a sense of peace, despite what is said about it.

This is not just my opinion, but many readers who recommended me to visit Israel, and friends who have been there and want to return soon.

But there’s a saying in English: Do not listen to what they say, go see for yourself. ?

Have amazing travels and I’m waiting for your impressions.

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Israel, Capernaum, Trip

10 motive pentru care ar trebui vizitat Israelul

Pentru ca se afla in apropiere, a doua zi dimineata am facut o scurta croaziera pe Marea Galileei, renumita din scena biblica in care Iisus mergea pe apa. Pe barca respectiva eram doar noi si un grup de chinezi, iar gazdele ne-au surprins cu un moment frumos au ridicat drapelurile tarilor noastre si au pus in difuzoare imnul fiecarei tari. Apoi ne-au invatat pe toti sa dansam o hora traditionala evreeasca.

Photo taken by Itamar Grinberg for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism

Dupa croaziera, am plecat in Capernaum, orasul in care Iisus a infaptuit trei minuni, unde am vizitat ruinele fostei sinagogi si si casa Sfantului Petru. Ne-am continuat calatoria in Nazaret unde am vizitat biserica ce adaposteste izvorul unde si-a facut aparitia Arhanghelul in fata Fecioarei Maria si apoi biserica ce adaposteste casa unde a avut loc Buna Vestire.

Israel, Capernaum, Travel

La finalul unei zile lungi, dar plina de experiente memorabile, seara ne-am indreptat catre Haifa unde ne-am cazat la vila Carmel Boutique. Acolo am mers la un restaurant local unde am avut ocazia sa asistam la o logodna traditionala si sa observam ritualurile: sosirea mirelui, cunoasterea celor doua familii, impodobitul miresei cu foarte multe bijuterii, binecuvantarea din partea preotului, dar si muzica specifica pentru astfel de ocazii.

Urmatoarea zi am vizitat unul din locurile care m-au incantat foarte tare, gradinile Bahai, care sunt considerate a 8-a minune a lumii și fac parte din patrimoniul UNESCO. Cei care au construit aceste gradini apartin religiei Bahai si obisnuiesc sa construiasca parcuri si gradini in locul bisericilor sau lacasurilor de cult. Obicei care mi s-a parut extrem de interesant si cu care rezonez.

Israel, Bahai Gardens, Travel,

Gradinile Bahai mi-au placut la fel de mult ca orasul-port Akko sau Acra, si acesta considerat patrimoniu UNESCO, fiind un mix incredibil de stiluri arhitecturale.

Israel, Akko, Acre, Trip

Photo taken by Itamar Grinberg for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism

In cele din urma, am plecat spre Tel Aviv unde am stat 2 zile. Ne-am cazat la Herods Hotel, situat pe promenada superba a orasului. Dup ace am luat cina intr-un restaurant traditional, unde am mancat un peste sensational, am iesit in oras sa descoperim viata de noapte. Nu ma asteptam sa gasim atat de multe cluburi, atata distractie si atat de multi tineri. Orasul are un vibe senzational. Tel Aviv este un oras foarte cosmopolit, iar oamenii chiar stiu sa se distreze, ceea ce mi s-a parut foarte tare pentru ca nu ma asteptam la asta!

Am terminat frumoasa excursie in Israel, cu un tur al orasului Tel Aviv. Aici am fost la o piata locala unde puteai sa gusti din toate preparatele gatite pe loc. Eu bineinteles ca am fost impresionanta de cantitatile enorme si variate de fructe, dar si de standurile cu zarzavaturi, pentru ca imi fac foarte multe sucuri verzi, iar printre aceste standuri mi s-au parut ca sunt in paradis.
Am facut apoi un tur al designerilor locali si surprinzator am vazut cativa designerii oarte interesanti. Designeri clasici care foloseau preponderant casmirul in piesele vestimentare, la preturi pe masura materialului fin folosit, dar si tineri designeri, avangardisti cu piese din argint, lemn, influente minimaliste care mi-au placut mult si m-au inspirat. Nu ma asteptam sa fie asa open-mind pe acest gen de fashion.

Am incercat sa comprim pe cat de mult posibil experienta mea in Israel. Mi-ar trebui pagini intregi pentru a povesti in detaliu ce clipe frumoase am petrecut acolo. Tara este cu adevarat senzationala si merita descoperita in fiecare colt al sau. Israel nu inseamna numai pelerinaj la locurile sfinte. Este o tara moderna, plina de frumuseti natural uimitoare, locuri superbe numai bune pentru pictorial fashion, cu un vibe foarte bun, cu multa arta stradala, multi designeri avangardisti, cu o viata de noapte foarte buna.

Merita sa ajungi acolo atat ca si vacanta de 1-2 saptamani, cat si ca city break. EL Al are de multe ori oferte special in acest sens.

Israel, Capernaum, Travel

Si ca sa rezum tot ce v-am povestit in aceste 2 posturi vreau doar sa enumar 10 motive , pentru care m-as intoarce in Israel

1.Locuri de poveste. Am vizitat în sfarsit orase legendare, cu o istorie si cultura bogata.

2. Mancarea. Sincer am crezut ca sunt intr-un trip culinar: de la peste, pana la legume organice si chiar dulciuri. Trebuie sa recunosc ca am exagerat putin cu zaharul.

3. Condimente si seminte. Este una dintre putinele tari din care m-am intors cu 7 feluri diferite de condimente, inclusiv ghimbir macinat

4. Plaja. Pe langa Tel Aviv care are o plaja si faleza superba, m-au incantat toate statiunile terapeutice, dar si Marea Rosie pe care nu am apucat sa o vizitez. (cu siguranta data viitoare va fi prima pe lista mea)

5. Marea Moarta. Pe langa peisajul unic cu plaje stancoase, am profitat. valoarea terapeutica a apei sarate.

6. Produsele de beauty. Mi-a placut mult Ahava, dar si multe alte branduri pe baza de namol si saruri minerale extrase chiar din Marea Moarta.

7. Peisaje. In fiecare oras in care am fost , m-am bucurat de peisaje extraordinare; atat panorame, cat si frumuseti ale naturii.

8. Viata de noapte. Am reusit sa vizitez in jur de 6 cluburi in cateva ore si am ajuns la concluzia ca oamenii astia chiar stiu sa se distreze

9. Fashion. Am descoperit designeri cu traditie, dar si tineri designeri avangardisti. Din pacate, am avut doar cateva ore la dispozitie pentru a-i descoperi. Data viitoare sper sa am mai mult timpsau chiar sa ajung la urmatorul FW.

10. Starea de bine. Stiu ca am repetat de cateva ori, dar aceasta tara mi-a dat un vibe pozitiv si stare de liniste, in ciuda a tot ce se spune despre ea.

Asta nu este doar parerea mea, ci a multor cititori care mi-au recomandat cu drag sa vizitez Israelul, dar si a prietenilor care au mai fost si isi doresc sa se intoarca curand.

Dar este o vorba in engleza: Don’t listen to what they say, go see. ?

Calatorii surprinzatoare si astept impresii.

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