Photo Diary: Israel

I visited Israel for the first time this February as part of a Jewish Birthright trip and had an amazing time. Everyone I interacted with was warm and friendly, the food was delicious, and I got to see everything from the desert to the most modern city.

I’m not a travel blogger, so I just have some phone snapshots to share, no detailed list of places you should eat and things you should do. I also didn’t plan this trip myself, so I really don’t have any logistics. But I can definitely say that Jewish or not, there’s a lot for travelers to do.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the trip!

Masada

We hiked up here for the sunrise and it was gorgeous. Masada is a fortress and set of ruins with a lot of history, which you can read about here.

The Dead Sea

It was not just salty, but also oily!

Riding Camels in the Negev Desert

It feels about the same as riding a horse (which I’ve only done a few times in my life), but does look cooler.

En Advat National Park

We did a beautiful hike in this park, spotted some Ibex and hiked up ladders to reach the top of the canyon at the end.

Jerusalem - The Old City

We only explored the Jewish quarter of the old city on my trip.

Notes in the Western Wall.

Notes in the Western Wall.

Jerusalem

Outside of the old city, we walked around the Shuk market, also known as Mahane Yehuda. We also went to the Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem, which does not allow pictures, but is impossible to capture anyway. I highly recommend spending a day there.

Jaffa

The old part of Tel Aviv is full of street art and antique markets. It’s also right on the water with beautiful views! I somehow managed to not get many photos of Tel Aviv itself, but I had an amazing time in there. It’s vibrant, hip and extremely welcoming.

[Blue wall by Asaro Design]

A view of the more modern part of Tel Aviv from the Jaffa Seawall.

A view of the more modern part of Tel Aviv from the Jaffa Seawall.

Tzfat

Also called Safed, Tzfat is the center of Kabbalah in Israel. It is located in the northern part of the country. This is also where we saw a lot of beautiful art and did most of our shopping. I only spent a few hours there, but it was one of my favorite places.

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Banias Falls

We hiked at the base of Mt. Hermon, Israel’s tallest mountain, by the Banias springs and waterfall.


Those are my photos from Israel! I took so many more, but had to distill it down for a blog post. I had an exceptional time in the country and would love to go back.