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A Quick Visit to Israel

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A November 2008 trip to Israel by dangaroo

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Gateway to Israel

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Tel Aviv Ben Gurion is where I touched down whilst visiting Israel, it's the largest of the Israeli airports and the only one with cheap flights to and from Europe (Berlin, Munich, Manchester, Riga, Vilnius), a very modern airport with quite a lot of travalators and/or walking to get to customs. Luggage was seemingly safely handled (I watched through the window), although the airport workers did seem to stack them up higher and higher in quite a precarious way. There was no where near as much security and military as I expected, however I was later informed that there is a lot of undercover soldiers.I was questioned for customs for quite a long time but it seemed quite easy going and I thi...Read More
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For many visitors to Israel, Tel Aviv will be the first place they stop. Ben Gurion airport apart from being a place to be grilled by custom officers, is generally the gateway to Israel from Europe or other continents.I arrived from chilly Germany and Poland where it was just below freezing and was greeted with mid 20 temperatures. I'd been spending a bit too much time teaching English and writing reviews on dooyoo, meaning a distinct lack in exercise so I was looking forward to doing lots of walking. Having arrived just before dusk, I didn't get to see too much on the first evening - just the Dizengoff Centre (a large shopping centre), Dizengoff Square (once the pride of Tel Aviv but now ...Read More
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Whilst rowdy party city Tel Aviv makes all the noise, the much older Jaffa lives a quiet life as a neighbour which is mostly visited in the daytime by a handful of tourists. Whilst Tel Aviv's population is mostly Jewish, Jaffa's (Yaffo in hebrew) is quite mixed.Jaffa is quite mixed and Old Jaffa which has a beautiful sea-front fort and lots of little cobbled alleyways trailing up a hill leading to a picturesque square and garden is mostly Arab. From the panoramic points at the top of the hill, you get an amazingly superb view of the Tel Aviv coastline.During my visit in December 2008, there was a huge amount of work going on along the sea front, which gave it a slightly deserte...Read More

What's that Siren?

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Jerusalem is a super religious city and the most important to Christians & Jews and also important to Arabs. It's a hilly place that is usually a bit chillier than the coastal destinations, in fact it rained quite a lot when I was there and they do occasionally have snow. Arriving at the bus station from Tel Aviv we arrived at the bottom of the bus station and had to go through baggage checks and screening as there was a shopping mall there. I've heard from other foreigners that it's not necessary to go through these but it certainly seemed so in Jerusalem and I couldn't spot an alternative route.Apart from the huge queues near the bus station. I was quite surprised how quiet Jerusalem...Read More

Don't Drink the Water

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The Dead Sea is one of those places like the Eiffel Tower, Mount Everest, Rome and New York that most people want to visit at some time or another, unlike Rome and New York, perhaps less people do so but it's certainly well worth it. Located in the West Bank (Israel), the top of the lake is just a few kilometres from the Palestinian territory of Jericho.Apart from the forever shrinking lake which is an amazing 419 meteres below sea level and continuing to drop, the surrounding area is something that surprised me. I supposed that I hadn't expected anything in particular but the deserty Sinai like landscape that surrounds it is amazingly lunar. From the Israeli/Palestinian side, you have the...Read More
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Admittedly I've not been to Upper Gallillee or Golan Heights but apart from that I journeyeed through the majority of Israel during my stay and my two favourite places would have to be Yodefat in Galillee and The Dead Sea. The two have very contrary landscapes with Galilee being very green. Yodefat may be tricky for some people to visit as it didn't look as though there was anywhere to stay there. I found a host there through Couchsurfing.com and hitchhiked my way there from the coast. There was a bus stop at the bottom of the road and although I have no idea as to its regularity - I imagine that buses between Karmiel and Nazareth certainly come fairly close. The easiest method of getting ...Read More

Salon Berlin

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Attraction | "Cheapest Beer in Tel Aviv, Also One of the Coolest!"

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Tucked around a corner just off Allenby street in Tel Aviv, there lies Salon Berlin. I was taken there by a friend of mine who had been living in Tel Aviv for a couple of months. He claimed it had the cheapest beer in Tel Aviv and that I'm almost certain is true. Beer is pricey in Tel Aviv, regularly costing above 30 shekels in the pubs. It's even 7-8 shekels in the shops, at Salon Berlin - it was 10 shekels, which is a really wonderful price.In an attempt to immitate a Berlin feel, Salon Berlin is a shop where you can buy retro/vinage clothing but behind the colourful clothes rails there is much more than meets the eye. You'll notice a couch placed awkwardly in the centre of the room, fac...Read More

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Salon Berlin

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Nice Surroundings but Dull Town

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Tiberias is a city built on the west side of the Sea of Galilee, the Sea of Galilee is in the south west of Galilee.It was a town that was built in AD20 by the son of the infamous King Herod the Great! Traditionally Jews would not settle there as it was seen as unclean due to the fact a cemetery existed there. Over the years though it became a mixed city, that was until the British rule in the 1900's when it was part of Palestine - the Arabs and Jews began taking an eye for an eye which culminated in all out war in 1948 and the 49% Arab population being evacuated by the British military in 1949.Today it is very much a Jewish city, although a short desert like landscape from the...Read More
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Whilst Jaffa surpassed my expectations as a charming Israeli coastal town, Akko disappointed. Akko is located in the north west of Israel, relatively close to the Lebanese border. It's accessible by train from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and of course Haifa. Egged bus also ply several routes, connecting the majority of large towns with Akko.I had stayed the night in a northern suburb of Haifa and under-estimated the distance between Haifa and Akko, I walked the whole lot - quite far on a hot morning!By the time, I got to Akko, I wanted to check out the coast. I had a feeling that I was missing something throughout my visit to the town as it didn't quite seem to match the descriptions t...Read More