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  • Christmas Eve in Bethlehem: Everything You Need To Know For This Once In A Lifetime Experience

    Christmas Eve in Bethlehem: Everything You Need To Know For This Once In A Lifetime Experience

    Nov 6, 2014 Palestinian Territories

    There are some things in life that just sound right. Peanut butter and jelly. Sunlounge and cocktails. Christmas and Bethlehem. And who could resist celebrating Christmas Eve where it all began some 2000 years ago. A small, unassuming town where a baby w…

  • 20 Things To Do In Israel With Kids

    20 Things To Do In Israel With Kids

    Jun 10, 2014 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 hist…

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

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

    Sep 25, 2013 Israel

    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

    Aug 19, 2013 Israel

    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, …

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

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

    Aug 15, 2013 Israel

    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…

  • 10 Things To Do With Kids In Jerusalem

    10 Things To Do With Kids In Jerusalem

    Aug 14, 2013 Israel

    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

    Aug 6, 2013 Israel

    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.

  • Jaw Dropping History: Our Journey from Nazareth to Jerusalem

    Jaw Dropping History: Our Journey from Nazareth to Jerusalem

    Aug 5, 2013 Israel

    A cliffside monastery, 5000+ year old ruins and pink domed churches. All in a day when travelling the hop-on-hop-off Nazareth to Jerusalem.

  • Cruising the Coast: Jerusalem to Nazareth

    Cruising the Coast: Jerusalem to Nazareth

    Aug 3, 2013 Israel

    It’s not everyday we get to sit back and relax on a long drive. Our Hop On Hop Off journey from Jerusalem to Nazareth.

  • The Lost City of Petra: Sublime Sandstone Sanctuary

    The Lost City of Petra: Sublime Sandstone Sanctuary

    Aug 1, 2013 Jordan

    Looking up at the legendary “Treasury”, the intimidating hand-carved façade shaded from the scorching mid-day desert sun by the surrounding sandstone cliff, it was easy to understand why it belonged in the New Seven Wonders. One word could only describe i…

  • 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

    Aug 1, 2013 Israel

    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 t…

  • You Won't Believe What’s Happening in Nazareth!

    You Won't Believe What’s Happening in Nazareth!

    Jul 28, 2013 Israel

    It’s not very often we are so shocked by our own misconceptions of a town. Clearly, we didn’t know about the surprise that awaited us in Nazareth.

  • Don’t Make This Same Mistake at Mitzpe Ramon

    Don’t Make This Same Mistake at Mitzpe Ramon

    Jul 28, 2013 Israel

    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 b…

  • The Royal Treatment at Hilton Eilat, Queen of Sheba

    The Royal Treatment at Hilton Eilat, Queen of Sheba

    Jul 24, 2013 Israel

    After a rough few days the royal treatment was just what we needed and where else could we expect that then in Eilat, on the Red Sea, at the Hilton. You won't believe the temperature though...

  • And the Doctor said

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

    Jul 23, 2013 Israel

    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 e…

  • The Shameful Reason Why I Would Visit Bethlehem Again

    The Shameful Reason Why I Would Visit Bethlehem Again

    Jul 21, 2013 Palestinian Territories

    It wasn’t that I was looking for peace. But I did expect some kind of “wow” moment. Some kind of spiritual release or holy epiphany. After all, Jesus was my Saviour too. Instead there is only one reason I would go back to Bethlehem and it doesn’t have any…

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

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

    Jul 19, 2013 Israel

    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,…

  • Behind the Scenes in Jerusalem: 2 Tours That Reveal Hidden Jewels in This Ancient City

    Behind the Scenes in Jerusalem: 2 Tours That Reveal Hidden Jewels in This Ancient City

    Jul 18, 2013 Israel

    Join us in the markets of Jerusalem for a cooking tour & on a walk through the Old City & its four quarters. Guess which one is free?

  • Could Hostels Really be for Families?

    Could Hostels Really be for Families?

    Jul 17, 2013 Israel

    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 …

  • Israeli Initiation: What To Eat, Do & Wear

    Israeli Initiation: What To Eat, Do & Wear

    Jul 16, 2013 Israel

    Our introduction to Israel. Where we stayed, what we drove, what we ate & a few minor details, like bacon, sleeveless tops and shop-free-zone Saturday.

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