I’ve decided to take my family to Israel next week. That doesn’t give me much time to plan.
For years, I’ve wanted to take my family to the Holy Land. With so much uncertainly in the air for 2020, I decided now is the time…it might be a very long time before we are able to make the trip again.
In no particular order, here are my thoughts on the trip:
- We’ll spend a week in Israel
- I’ll be driving myself
- Although I’d love to take my wife and son to Jordan as well, we will spend the entire time in Israel
- I’m thinking three four days in Jerusalem and three days in the Galilee
- I’d love to try the Waldorf-Astoria in Jerusalem if, for nothing else, then blog review purposes
- But the pricing seems exorbitant, whether paying cash or points
- Instead, I am looking into apartments, with the goal being to change only once and having a separate room for my three-year-old son Augustine
- As much as I’d love to spend the week drinking coffee in Tel Aviv, the week will be structured around visiting biblical sites (I’ve already seen them – my wife has never been)
- Those will include:
- Jerusalem Old City
- Western Wall
- Church fo the Holy Sepulchre
- Temple Mount
- Garden Tomb
- Garden of Gethsemane + Mount of Olives
- Sea of Galilee
- Mount of Beatitudes
- Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem
- Mount Moriah + Mount Carmel?
- Jerusalem Old City
- Visiting Yad Vashem is also a priority
- I did enjoy driving around the Golan Heights last time, but is it worth returning?
- We will go into Bethlehem…hopefully we can avoid the parking scams
- How easy is it to visit the Gaza Strip? (I know, I know…)
- I’ll need to limit daily activities to give myself time to work and blog each day
I enjoy planning trips like this and also (unlike my scrupulous wife) don’t mind totally winging things, including lodging. For her sake, I won’t do that.
And for my fellow coffee drinkers, where can I get a good cappuccino in Jerusalem and the Galilee? How about over Shabbat?
I look forward to visiting Israel, though I hope to avoid another horrific security experience when departing TLV. Maybe holding my little child will help? In any case, I would welcome your input on planning our week. Israel is a beautiful land and I am sure, even with consistent rain in the forecast, it will be a nice week.