A morning exploring the Old City of Jerusalem

Old City of Jerusalem A morning exploring the Old City of Jerusalem  |  Jerusalem, Israel  |  Early rainy morning in Jerusalem, was my first day in Israel. Was so excited, and I could not careless about the rain. So after breakfast at our hotel, put my A-Game on, since I only had 24 hours to explore Jerusalem, moving onwards to the Dead Sea next. Here my recap of the first half of my day, which included mostly the Old City of Jerusalem, with the Jaffa Gate, the Arab Market, the Western Wall, The Temple Mount, the Dome of the Rock, the City of David, the underground tunnels, the four Quarters Muslim-Christian-Jewish-Armenian, Via Dolorosa and my absolute favorite, The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, followed a fabulous lunch at a very charming Armenian Restaurant. I will not go over each of the landmarks, since there is so much to say about each of them. Instead I will give you a flow on how our expert guide took us around to maximize the tight morning schedule we had for the Old City as part of our one week visit to IsraelContinue reading A morning exploring the Old City of Jerusalem

Caesarea first man-made port

Caesarea first man-made portCaesarea first man-made port  |  Caesarea. Israel  |  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.  Continue reading Caesarea first man-made port

Herod the Great Fortress & Palace of Masada

Photo Nov 27, 8 57 10 AMHerod the Great Fortress & Palace of Masada  |  Judaean Desert, Israel  |  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 IsraelContinue reading Herod the Great Fortress & Palace of Masada