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9 of My Favourite Things to Do in Tel Aviv

While I didn't find Tel Aviv to be as attractive as Jerusalem, I did love the urban, hipster vibe here. The city is Israel's party capital, so there are plenty of bars, cafés, restaurants and clubs to discover. It's also a very liberal place and...

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Where to Party in Jerusalem

"In Tel Aviv you play, and in Jerusalem you pray" my nightlife guide in Tel Aviv told me over dinner. I see what is meant by that phrase, but I beg to differ. Tel Aviv is certainly the most liberal city, and Jerusalem is known as the...

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Review: King David Hotel Jerusalem

On my visit to Israel organised by the Israel Ministry of Tourism, I was very fortunate to be able to stay at Jerusalem's most famous and luxurious hotel, The King David. The King David Hotel is not just a hotel, but a landmark of Jerusalem. Opened...

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Negev Desert Camel Riding at Sfinat Hamidbar

The last time I rode a camel was when I went on holiday with my Mum to Tunisia. We rode camels over sand dunes in the Sahara Desert dressed in Arabian attire; it was quite the experience. More recently I went camel riding in the Negev...

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Photo Essay: Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv on Shabbat

When I woke up in my room at the Dan Panorama I had totally forgotten it was Saturday, until I approached the elevator and saw this sign: Dear Guests, during the Shabat this elevator will be operated by a "Shabat Goy" For my non-Jewish readers, the Shabbat is...

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Mitzpe Ramon Jeep Tour in Israel

The Ramon Crater is a crater in the Negev Desert, Israel, measuring 40 km long 5-10km wide and roughly 400 metres in depth. This geological feature is called a Makhtesh and was formed by erosion over millions of years. The only settlement here is the...

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Rappelling Mitzpe Ramon Crater in Israel

When I received the itinerary for my tour of Israel, I admit I had to do a search in Google to find out what the word "rappelling" means. If, like me, you've never heard this term, in the UK we would call it abseiling!  I had...

Hotel Review: Isrotel Dead Sea Hotel & Spa

The Dead Sea in Israel is the lowest point on earth. At 400 metres below sea level, this enormous salt lake is so salty that nothing can live in it, hence the name! Many people vacation here to enjoy the therapeutic properties of the water,...

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Visiting Masada near the Dead Sea, Israel

The view from the top of Masada overlooking the Dead Sea is one of the best views I have seen in my entire life. Standing on this isolated rock cliff in the middle of the Israeli desert, looking out across to the Dead Sea, I...