Jaffa or Yafo in Hebrew, is the southern, oldest part of Tel Aviv, an ancient port city in Israel. The most ancient remnants that were discovered in Jaffa, were from the Bronze Age, the Period of Egyptian Rule. I spent a morning walking around, and an evening enjoying the cool sea breeze and the tree gardens. Jaffa is famous for its association with the biblical stories of Solomon, Jonah, and Saint Peter.
The Arthur hotel is a boutique property by the Atlas Hotel Group, located on the famous Dorot Rishonim Street in the newly refurbished pedestrian area of Ben–Yehuda, The Arthur Hotel offers the perfect vantage point from which to immerse yourself in the romance of today’s enchanting Jerusalem, a historic city pulsating with fresh perspective and beauty.
I am officially obsessed with this hotel. After seeing several properties in Tel Aviv and all over Israel, I felt this was THE hotel option for me. NO, it is not on the beach. NO, it does not have the name or cache or the iconic hotels… But it is the new option in town, off Rothschild Boulevard, super chic, modern and trendy, at the new hotspot of the UNESCO World Heritage icon of buildings in the Bauhaus architectural style, White City . Member of the Small Luxury Collection, a fusion of 1920s elegance and unparalleled service, housed in two historic buildings, superbly restored to their unique architectural heritage. At The Norman, you can enjoy the ultimate personalized boutique hotel experience with exclusive luxury services and facilities, including a rooftop pool, state-of-the-art fitness room, Wellness Center, and a selection of world-class fine dining restaurants.
Originally a Phoenician town, King Herod the Great built a resplendent city, to flatter the Roman empire, and name it Caesarea, in honor to his patron and who placed him in power, Augustus Caesar. Roman, Samaritans and Jews, enjoyed the pleasures of the Roman world, water in plentiful (as I mentioned on my post on the Biblical city of Masada, Herod was known for being a mastermind of aqueducts). When Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 CE.. Caesarea became the Roman provincial capital of Judea.
Haifa is the third largest city in Israel, located to the North of Tel Aviv, approximately 1 hour away. t is also home to the Bahá’í World Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, the city is a major seaport located on Israel’s Mediterranean coastline in the Bay of Haifa.
I continue reporting on my recent wonderful week in Israel. This time on my 24 hours visit to the Dead Sea, located less than two hours drive from Tel Aviv, with a lovely panoramic scenic drive on the last quarter of the journey, along the coast of the Dead Sea, with the Judaean Desert on the opposite side, and a glance of the Jordanian coast.
The biblical Masada – modern Hebrew for fortress – an ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel situated on cliff top of an isolated rock plateau on the eastern edge of the Judaean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea. Located approximately two hours from Tel Aviv, Masada by King Herods the Great, was one of top highlights of my recent journey through Israel.
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I have just returned from a lovely week spent in Israel. This was my first visit to the Holy Land, and for sure it won’t be my last. So I will be blogging for the next few weeks almost exclusively on my experience. Jerusalem without any doubts, was one of the highlights of my journey, and The Church of the Holy Sepulchre (also known as Church of the Resurrection), a landmark that truly touched me and intrigued me. Was quite surreal to me to be there. Identified as the place both of the crucifixion and the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth. The church has long been a major pilgrimage center for Christians all around the world. Reason why I have chosen it as my first post on my week long journey of discovery.
Last Sunday, I left Manhattan for a relaxing one-night-getaway in full style, only 30 minutes. My castle for a night at Tarrytown, in Westchester, Hudson Valley. Yes you read right, there are castles in New York, where you can explore and stay at. A world-class destination for relaxing and romantic getaways with superb cuisine. Member of the Historic Hotels of America and the Small Luxury Hotels Collection.