The Old City is divided up into four sections, or ‘quarters’, of people groups. Jerusalem is a special place for these groups for different reasons and each group has left their mark on the city, which makes for a uniquely diverse environment. The four groups that have staked their claim on the Old City are the Muslims, Christians, Jews and Armenians. Their sections are not actually four exact quarters, but more like neighbourhoods within the Old City walls.
Jerusalem is a melting pot of different religions, people groups and history. The eyes of the world seem to always be on this city as tensions come and go. Taking a look back in history can help us understand why some of the tensions of today are occurring and also why this city is so important to three major religious groups – Muslims, Jews and Christians.
In the north of Israel lies the region of the Galilee, possibly most well known as the place where Jesus spent most of his ministry years. At the centre of the region is the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Kinneret, which is more of a freshwater lake that lies about 215 metres below sea level. The main town in the area is Tiberias on the western coast of the lake. This is where we stayed and is a hub for people visiting the area and traveling out to see sites.
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Akko (or Acre) is an ancient city on the northern coastline of Israel most well known for its preserved hospital buildings from the Crusader period. Once upon a time Akko was an ancient port that was the first port-of-call for pilgrims making their journey to Jerusalem.
Today Haifa is undoubtedly most well known for the Bahai Gardens that spread down the ridge of Mount Carmel. In the Christian world it is famous for being the place where the prophet Elijah made a fool of those worshiping Baal when he called down fire to consume his offering on top of Mount Carmel (see 1 Kings 18).
Old Jaffa Port lies to the south of Tel Aviv in Israel and is the historical section of the city, with a history spanning back for 4000 years. The Old City has partly been renovated and restored to become a tourist attraction and is a great place to wander through and learn some of the history of the city.
In the Bible, Jaffa is referred to as Joppa and is the place where the cedars of Lebanon were brought in for the building of the first and second temples in Jerusalem.
The marketplace has a strange way of quickly conveying the feel of a neighbourhood in a short space of time. Not only can you meet the locals, they are also great places to eat, find a bargain or buy something extra unique.
Looking for the best things to do in Tel Aviv? This city is the modern and thriving coastal metropolis of Israel in the Middle East. It is often overlooked as a place to visit for those traveling to Israel for religious and historical reasons, but nevertheless it is a hub of culture, great food and relaxed vibes.
The country of Israel is so small that you can drive between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in about an hour, so its well worth it to spend some time in Tel Aviv.
Santorini is a great island to explore by hiring a quad bike or scooter. The island is shaped a bit like a backwards ‘C’ and is easy to get around even if you don’t have a map!
We hired a quad bike and firstly travelled south from Fira to see Red Beach, where the cliffs are a striking red against the aqua sea.
One of our highlights on Santorini was actually getting off the island – on a sunset boat cruise! There are a few different companies that do boat trips from Santorini but we went with Dakoutros Bros, partly because of their old wooden clipper-style boats.
We departed from the Old Port in Fira and our first stop was the volcanic island of Nea Kameni. The island looks like it’s from a science fiction movie – its completely made of volcanic rock and is desolate.