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I’m going to Israel later today!!!

Hilariously awesome shot from my first visit to Israel - nearly 15 years ago! It was during my college's Birthright Israel program -- where I obviously had to find an adorable Israeli soldier to snuggle up with.

It may seem like I travel super often (and that may also be true) but I’m especially excited about today’s journey.

This evening, I’m headed to Israel!

It’s not the first time I’ve gone, but it feels like it is! The first time was way back in college, as part of the Birthright Israel program – the first flight I ever took, my first time out of the country — and I remember hardly anything about it. I don’t even remember the names of half the people I went with.

I’m getting old.

But anyway, that makes what is old new again, and I’m very excited.

My journey promises to be packed — I’m taking a food and wine tourism tour as a guest of the Israel Ministry of Tourism — and here’s a sneak peek of some of my upcoming activities:

Once I arrive in Israel, I’ll be spending 3 days in Jerusalem, where I’ll interview and have dinner with Chef Ezra Kedem at Arcadia, and take an Old City day tour including stops at the Jewish quarter, Cardo, Western Wall, the Western Wall Tunnels Excavations – they extend along the full length of the Western Wall!!!! — visiting Via Dolorosa, overlooking from the top of the Austrian Hospice, Church of the Holy Sepulcher– burial and resurrection of Jesus, (!) and the colorful Arab market. Then, obviously, going to lighten things up with wine tasting guided by Mamilla hotel’s Sommelier and interview Chef Uri Navon of Machne Yehuda as we tour Machne Yehuda market (Shuk) Jerusalem’s colorful fruit, vegetable, fish and poultry market, and then have dinner at Uri’s reastaurant MachneYehuda!

Yes, that’s just the very first day. I think you’re getting an idea.

I’ll then finish my Jerusalem visit with a stop at Yad Vashem- Israel’s Holocaust Memorial and Museum, before moving on to  Zichron Yaakov, to visit  Carmel Winery- the birthplace of the Israeli wine industry founded by Baron Edmond James de Rothschild in 1882. and then visit the Druse town Isfiya on top of Carmel Mountain before moving onto Haifa!

My trip will carry me on to Haifa, Akko, Rosh Pina, Nazareth, and then Tel Aviv — I’ll be there 9 days!

Obviously, I’ll be tweeting and posting as much as I can while I’m there — please make sure to follow my Twitter and Instagram so you don’t miss a thing! And if you’ve been to Israel and know of something I must check out, please tell me. (And if you live there and want to say hello, do that too!)

I’ll be visiting Israel as a guest of the Israel Ministry of Tourism and EL AL, and all my travel expenses are being covered. However, all my opinions are, as always, my own.

 



4 Comments

  1. ravzie
    04.29.2013

    Wow, what an experience to have! I hope you have lots of fun!!

  2. nancy reid
    04.29.2013

    Bon Voyage !!

  3. Joanna
    05.1.2013

    Have fun!

  4. Teresa
    05.1.2013

    I hope you have a wonderful time!

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