Friday, April 25, 2014

Vacation Diary - Part 1 \ Israel

Hi friends!!  I haven't posted in foreverrrrr!  

I'm back from my vacation, and I'm feeling recharged & renewed.  I love how every time one travels, you come back somewhat altered; almost as if just being in new surroundings and exposing yourself to new experiences changes you in the smallest of ways.  Does that make sense?  Hope if does because it's quite difficult to articulate that feeling, but I've experienced it every time I travel somewhere new.

Being that this was my first time traveling to Israel, I wasn't really sure what to expect.  I was a little nervous about the language barrier because I speak zero Hebrew and attempting to read it would be the equivalent of me trying to read Mandarin! Thank goodness Adam speaks & reads enough Hebrew that we were able to get by with ease.  

If you have never been to Israel before, it is impossible to fathom how old some of the architecture is.  I've been all over Europe, and I remember being in awe the first time we visited Rome because everywhere you looked, everything seemed to have so much history!  Then you go visit Israel, and you realize nope Rome ain't got sh*t on Israel lol.  Every building seemed to be from B.C, and every stone told some sort of story.  

Our time in Israel was simply amazing!  I wish that we would have stayed longer than 6 days, but we're already talking about returning later this summer and exploring more of Northern Israel {fingers crossed!}.

Here's a selection of photos taken during our time in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv & the surrounding areas.

The beautiful old city of Jerusalem.

Best falafel ever!



The Western Wall.


Obligatory "looking out into the distance" shot.  So cheesey! lol




Adam w/ our amazing guide!  Hiring a private guide is one of the little luxuries that we always indulge in every time we travel out of country.

Stunning colored mosaics.

I'm obsessed with photographing old doors.
Traditional sides that are served before most meals.
Have you guys ever tried shakshuka?  It's one of my all time favorite dishes, and I was determined to eat as much of it while we were in Israel!  It's so simple, but packed with big flavor; stewed tomatoes, peppers, onions, eggplant, and middle eastern spices, topped with two over easy eggs and usually served with pita bread.


At the ruins of Masada.
View of the Dead Sea.  Those mountains in the background are the country of Jordan.

I wore this dress SO many times over the course of our vacay!  It's the cutest, comfiest tee shirt dress! {View it here}



Where We Stayed

Jerusalem - King David Hotel

Tel Aviv - Alma Hotel



Next week I'll share the second part of our vacay - EATaly :)

Have a great weekend! xx

10 comments:

  1. Yesssss! Finally ;) I had been missing your blog posts! This is simply amazing, loving all of these photos! Gorg! XO

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    1. Thanks girl! I'm baaaack lol I've missed updating on here :)

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  2. Wow Israel has always been on my bucketlist! I've never tried that shakshucka but it sounds tasty :) great photos.

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    1. You would love it, so healthy & scrump!

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  3. Thanks for sharing your vacation pics. Israel has never been on my list, but after seeing these pictures I've totally added it! The falafel alone makes me want to go!

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    1. The falafel was out of this world good! :) Definitely look into vacaying in Israel, it's such a unique place! xx

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  4. Lovely photos! Did you hire your tour guide before getting to your destination? I can't wait to see your Italy post!

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    1. Thanks, Erica! Yes, we had arranged for our guide before we left {it's usually cheaper that way} I work with a great travel agent who usually sets us up private guides, but I've had luck in the past finding them on tripadvisor! You can usually find them in the forum section :)

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  5. I'm so glad you had a great time!! I can't wait to see the rest of the pics.

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    1. Thanks Megan! We had the best time! :)

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