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Travel With Bender

Uncovering the best family holidays

Israel

June - August 2013

The home of my husband's parents and his ancestors. A tiny country containing geographically diverse features and one of the most fought over pieces of land in the world. Israel borders Lebanon in the north,Syria in the northeast, Jordan and the West Bank in the east, Egypt and the Gaza Strip on the southwest, and the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea to the south. It is the world's only Jewish-majority state.

Some call it the Holy Land, others enjoy it's cities of sin. The history is so deep and ancient you have to admire it. It's a walking goldmine. As a history lover I find every facet of this country so rich and meaningful and I hope you will join us on a deeper look at Israel.

  • 20 Things To Do In Israel With Kids

    20 Things To Do In Israel With Kids

    Israel

    While it’s a popular destination as a religious pilgrimage, many people would not place Israel at the top of their holiday destination list. This controversial country unjustly has more negative press coverage than it deserves. It's actually a living history goldmine so deep and ancient you can barely believe it. I find every facet of this country so rich and meaningful and perhaps kids won’t fully appreciate that, but there is certainly something there for youngsters to love.

  • What Can You Do In Just 3 Days In Tel Aviv?

    What Can You Do In Just 3 Days In Tel Aviv?

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    We visited Tel Aviv briefly in 2007 and spent a few short hours in Jaffa so I was excited to be heading back, this time for a bit longer. Here’s a brief overview of the things we did in Tel Aviv that you might also enjoy.

  • What to Eat in Israel

    What to Eat in Israel

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    In most places we visit our “where to eat” posts are super popular. Often the staples of Israel can be confusing to a new timer. So instead of focusing on where to eat, we thought a “what to eat” might help more. If you’ve never tried any of this before, go ahead and be adventurous – you never know, you might actually enjoy it.

  • Tel Aviv: The Place to Stay & The Food To Eat

    Tel Aviv: The Place to Stay & The Food To Eat

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    It’s not very often you get a brand new hotel in the middle of all the action. Our friends at Tourist Israel gave us a great recommendation on a lovely new boutique hotel in Tel Aviv. And then Israeli Experts gave us the low down on where to eat. Check it out!

  • 10 Things To Do With Kids In Jerusalem

    10 Things To Do With Kids In Jerusalem

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    It’s such a big city with so much to do. It will have your head spinning. Since you may not have 2 months to enjoy the Holy Land I have prepared our must-see things to do in Jerusalem to make life so much easier for you. Enjoy!

  • Gallivanting on the Golan Heights

    Gallivanting on the Golan Heights

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    On our second day in Nazareth we decided to do the popular Golan Heights tour. This included popular Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Banias Nature Reserve, Mount Bental & the Sea of Galilee- where Jesus (I couldn't) walked on water.

  • Nimrod’s Fortress & The Little-Known Life of Jews: Weekend In The Kibbutz

    Nimrod’s Fortress & The Little-Known Life of Jews: Weekend In The Kibbutz

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    Why is a fortress that was built by Muslims in the 1200’s named after a Biblical character? Who knows! But this ancient ruin is definitely one of the best preserved icons in Israel and probably one of the most underrated due to it’s remote location. But that didn’t stop us - we had heard some great things about Nimrod’s Fortress by locals and we were on a mission to reach it.

  • Don’t Make This Same Mistake at Mitzpe Ramon

    Don’t Make This Same Mistake at Mitzpe Ramon

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    I’ll admit it. I made the classic traveller’s mistake of not doing enough research before visiting a new town, in this case, Mitzpe Ramon. Erin already had done her reading and knew exactly what to expect, but I was in the dark. This was going to be the biggest surprise of all.

  • And the Doctor said

    And the Doctor said "No Cheeky Monkeys Jumping on the Bed"

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    We’ve had our share of great luck travelling the world. We made it 3 years and 3 months into my son’s life before his first major accident. We’ve managed to get sultanas out of his nose, tacks out of his throat and dealt with more than our fair share of exploding poo scandals. But this was enough to make my heart break.

  • The Dead Sea - Kid's Worst Nightmare or Dream Come True?

    The Dead Sea - Kid's Worst Nightmare or Dream Come True?

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    You could see their brains working – tick, tick, tick. The confusion behind my daughter’s bright blue eyes as she considered what we had just said. Were we joking? Did we mean it? Could they really pick up mud and put it all over themselves, play with it, squish it, roll in it? | Plus Herod's Masada Fortress & Ein Gedi's desert oasis

  • Could Hostels Really be for Families?

    Could Hostels Really be for Families?

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    We have never stayed in a hostel. Not in my time travelling as a solo. Not in my time travelling as a couple. And never with kids. In my mind hostels are roaches and thin mattresses, drunken people making too much noise and shady characters stealing your valuables... Was I wrong?

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