Nazareth. Church Synagogue
Note: Visiting this Christian shrine is not included in all excursion routes. But it always follows after a visit to the Church of the Annunciation. Therefore, I consider it appropriate…

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The country promised
Deserts make up most of Israel, but witty people call their state the land of four seas. Why go to Israel is a rhetorical question: everyone is looking for his…

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The country promised
Deserts make up most of Israel, but witty people call their state the land of four seas. Why go to Israel is a rhetorical question: everyone is looking for his…

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ancient street

Stones are lying, water is flowing

It is strange that one can just fly to Israel like this. It’s the same as if tickets to Eden were sold at the box office of the Belorussky station.

Although the one who has already been to the Middle East or at least to our own South, Israel is not impressive in the first minutes: well – in Tunisia we saw an Arab bazaar and abruptly; the brown marl under the feet is also familiar – according to Koktebel; exactly the same man-made garden-terraces with olive trees on the slopes of the mountains can be found in Greece; The Red Sea from the opposite, Egyptian side, will be more transparent than in Eilat, Tel Aviv does not make an impression after Abu Dhabi. No “Turkish delight” for you, no “Thousand and one nights” … A connoisseur of spicy oriental exoticism is too clean, decorous and expensive, although the prim European Eurocentr, on the contrary, is too homely and in a southern provincial (well, what’s it this, in fact, is a waiter in a hotel restaurant for the second time himself, without an invitation, shaking hands …) Continue reading

Orange tree and symbolic whale
The old part of Jaffa has been reconstructed and turned into a tourist center. Here are the workshops of artists, galleries, souvenir shops. But even after restoration, the ancient streets…

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Saturday transport appeared in Tel Aviv
In Tel Aviv, six free bus routes have been launched that operate on Shabbat - Jewish Saturday, when regular city transport does not go. The demand in the first weeks…

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A walk through the city of the Crusaders
Today, Acre is a very vibrant city, in the east is vain and colorful. This is especially noticeable in the narrow streets of the old city, in the bazaar and…

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Travel to holy places
Late in the evening, a scheduled bus drove up to the Sheremetyevo-2 Airport sparkling with thousands of lights. I have not been here for a long time, and the changes…

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