WELCOMMMMMEEEE TO ISRAEL!!! After a quick 3 and a half hour flight from Rome to Israel, a various number of security checks, and a taxi ride, we finally made it to Jerusalem. It was almost dusk when we arrived at our apartment so we got settled and decided to walk around the neighborhood, look for some dinner. A lot of the shops were closed early that night because it was Sabbath day the next day but luckily we found a small grocery store that was open and also a pizza place! We headed home straight after dinner to rest up for our first touring day in Israel!
Here’s a small glimpse of our apartment. It had two big bedrooms and a nice living area and could easily fit 5 or 6 people. We paid USD $672 for 4 nights. Very clean, great location and the owner was really nice and accommodating too! If you guys want more details feel free to PM me 😀
Israel Day 1:
First stop, the Museum of the Good Samaritan. If you’re familiar with the story from the Bible about the man who was beaten and left on the side of road until a Samaritan came and helped him; this is where he took him.
It houses an ancient church, archaeological courtyard and a lot of mosaics from the Byzantine period.
Adult – NIS 22 (around Php 315)
Child – NIS 10 (around Php 145)
Groups (over 30) :
Adult – NIS 19 (around Php 275)
Child – NIS 8 (around Php 115)
It was definitely nice to see but if you’re short on time I would skip this museum. It was quiet small, not much to see other than the mosaics which quiet frankly looked all the same. I guess I just wasn’t so interested in what they had on display. The entrance fees were also quiet pricey.
Another thing that Israel is famous for is its dates! Before the trip I wasn’t much of a fan of them but them I tried the varieties that had here, they were so good! Kind of like prunes, but less sweeter. I think we bought 2 or 3 boxes of them home with us. Hehehe!
Our tour guide owned a lot of date tree farms and on our way to Masada we stopped by one them. They look a lot like palm trees don’t you think?
Next stop: Masada
A UNESCO World Heritage site built by Herod the Great as a fortress for the war and also a symbol of heroism and determination of the Israeli to this day.
You can walk up to Masada via the snake path but we opted to just take the cable car. See below for the entrance fees:
Our guide explained to us that the stones/walls below the black line are the original structures of Masada. So amazing to see that it’s still here after so many years!
The picture below shows some of the places where they used to store food!
Scary looking down! We’re up almost 400 meters! :O I was really impressed by this place, definitely worth the visit when you’re in Israel 😀
Last stop for day: The Dea Sea
At -400 meters below sea level, most of you already know that the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. It’s high mineral content makes it impossible for any marine life to exist in the waters. Another interesting fact I learned about the Dead Sea is that although waters flow into it from rivers and streams, nothing ever flows out :O
We stayed at a resort, can’t remember what it was called or how much we paid for the entrance but we stayed here for almost 2 hours, I think? We had fun floating in the water and putting mud all over our bodies! Hehe.
Effortlessly floating! Of course remember not to get any water in your eyes!
Here I am, spreading the mud all over my body! Hahaha. It’s good for the skin 😛 Another place I can check off my bucket list! Yay 😛
Have any of you guys been to the Dead Sea before? Let me know in the comment section below! ♥