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Travel Announcement: To Israel!

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Sometimes opportunities arise when you least expect them. It happened to me recently when a new travel company asked me to visit Israel and participate in a test tour. I pay only airfare - everything else from luxury hotel accommodations to food are covered by the organizer. Israel isn't a country to which I previously envisioned traveling, but how can I resist such an opportunity? It gives me a chance to explore an entirely new region of the world. The schedule will be out of my control to some extent, but the organizers will work with participants to visit areas of interest. I know for certain that we will be in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Bethlehem. I don't know if we will go further into Palestine, but I hope so.

Of course, the primary tourist attractions in Israel are religious sites but they're of no interest to me. What else can I see/do in these cities? Where can I find the most dramatic desert or scenic landscapes? Interesting people or markets? I want to make the drive to Ramon Crater, and am curious about the bedouin village/school in Khan al-Alhmar after reading this report. Has anyone been there? Please leave any suggestions about interesting places or people in comments. If anyone knows local English speakers in these cities who may be willing to answer questions and/or act as a guide, please let me know. I'd also be grateful if you could throw links to interesting photo reports from other LJ bloggers who have traveled in the region.

Thanks, in advance, for the help! I depart next Sunday, and will be sure to share photos and impressions of my journey.

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concept_in_time
Apr. 3rd, 2014 09:41 am (UTC)
Hi :-) I saw your posts in puerrtto LJ. Congratulations on the trip :-)
IMO Nazareth definitely worth a visit. It's the Christianity lullaby, in hebrew christian is "notzri" that means "one from Nazareth". It has an atmosphere that is quite different from rest of Israel, with a few streams of Christianity having their churches there (catholic, greek-orthodox and greek-catholic). The old town is tiny, so plan half a day + (or a night) there.
peacetraveler22
Apr. 3rd, 2014 02:44 pm (UTC)
Hello! Welcome! :) Yes, I sometimes comment in puerrtto's journal, but not very often because his readers get irate seeing English language text, especially if the topic of the post is controversial in nature. I wrote to Sasha, and he's been very helpful! Feel free to comment in my blog more often. Always happy to see new readers!

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