Sun 8 Jul 12 - Wed 11 Jul 12
After Arriving in Tel Aviv airport in Israel, I had to travel 25 miles to Jerusalem. I wanted to go to Jerusalem because there is so much history and religion there; I thought it would be an amazing, interesting place to visit. When we finally arrived in Jerusalem, I wanted to go see the city but it was very late and I was tired, so I just headed to my hotel and rested up. The hotel I stayed at was called Eden Jerusalem hotel. A single room at the hotel cost $115 a night or $345 for all three nights, and the room was nice and clean, it was not to fancy but had all the necessities. The hotel also came with free breakfast, parking and internet, which is always a plus
On my first full day in Jerusalem, Monday, I spent the day walking around the old city of Jerusalem. There is so much to see there that in one day I did not get to see everything. There are shops, boutiques and restaurants, as well as many great sites to see. My favorite part of the old city of Jerusalem was the Western Wall, which is one of Israel’s biggest tourist attractions. The Western wall is the remains of the old temple Herold built. It took 48 years to build and destroyed only 6 years later it was destroyed. The Jews pray at the western wall because it is the holiest place in Jerusalem. It was amazing to see so many people coming to the wall to pray.
On Tuesday, I visited some catholic religious sites in Jerusalem. My first stop was the church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is considered one of the world’s holiest shrines to Christians because it preserves the most important moments of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When I walked into the church, you could see so many people praying and worshiping god, you could really feel that this was a very holy place to be. The next site I visited was the Mount of Olives, a holy spot that is associated with many events in Jesus’ life, such as his ascending into heaving and teaching his disciples the Lord’s Prayer. It was honestly such as amazing feeling being somewhere where Jesus once stood, where he taught his disciples. Even though I have learned about Jesus’ life, in the bible, in church, in school and with my family, it is so different to have actually experienced it, to stand where he once stood. When I got to the Mount of Olives, I instantly felt different, like Jesus as there with me.
On my last day in Jerusalem, I went to Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. This is the world’s largest national Holocaust memorial and museum. I wanted to visit this museum because I wanted to learn more about the holocaust, the injustice that the Jews felt just because of their faith. The museum was great; it had outdoors monuments, memorials, gardens and sculptures in addition to the museum. Later that evening, I had to pack up and head back to the airport in Tel Aviv so I could catch my place to Dubai, UAE.
Royal Jordanian TLV 5:45p → AMM 6:30a 0h 45m
Royal Jordanian AMM 8:30p → DXB 12:30a 5h 45m
total cost: $828