3 award-worthy Dan hotels in Israel

Dan Panorama Tel Aviv pool

On a five-day trip to Israel, I stayed at three Dan hotels and noticed something special about each one. “If I could give each establishment an award, what would it be?” I thought. And my fickle mind couldn’t decide on just one award so each gets two. Read on to find out how these hotels compare […]

Sightseeing in Israel, part 2: Masada, the Dead Sea and Jerusalem

Masada and The Dead Sea

Masada and the Dead Sea My heart skipped a beat and I gasped at Masada when I took in the incredible views from the top of a lookout point. Surrounded by deep canyons as far as the eye could see, I was awestruck. Home to Herod’s Palace, Masada’s breathtaking beauty is certainly worthy of royalty. […]

DigIsrael: Top 3 Historical Sites in The Holy Land

Mount of Olives- Overview of Jerusalem

I’ve  been learning about Israel for as long as I can remember, from studying religion in grade school to debating Middle East relations as a political science major in college. So needless to say, the mystifying and provocative country has always been on my radar. And though I’ve imagined what it would be like, my […]

City Insider: Jerusalem

Michael Bauer

Ever wish you knew the inside scoop before visiting a new destination? Now you can! We’ve reached out to our favorite locals and tour guides from all over the world for their insider tips. In the City Insider Q&A, they’ll let you in on the spots that should be on your must-see and do list! […]

Time Travel Via Tel Zafit Excavation

Tel Zafit Excavation Site

There are a handful of awesome things I will have the opportunity to do in my lifetime. I never imagined digging up 3,000 year-old artifacts at an excavation site in an ancient, biblical city in central Israel was one of them. But that’s exactly what I did. Every summer, nearly 150 students and professors from […]

Israel: Not Just a Place to Pray… A Place to Play

Sunrise at Masada

Regardless of whom I told that I was going to Israel, one thing was consistent – everyone had a reaction. Some expressed fear over going to a place where political tensions are ongoing. Others were overjoyed with sentiments that ranged from “I could feel the spirituality under my feet with every step,” to “Israel changed […]

Jerusalem To Tel Aviv & Jaffa

Israel-Tel-Aviv-2009-57

From Jerusalem to Tel Aviv is an hour drive (without traffic). Tel Aviv means “Hill of Spring”, but metaphorically it’s an old place revived. Driving down some of the back streets of Tel Aviv, as we made our way from the highway to our hotel, reminded me of some neighborhoods in New York City. However, […]

Masada, The Dead Sea & Bethlehem

Israel-Bethlemhem-2009-3

Shalom from Israel! I continue to tell you about my amazing trip to the Holy Land. This week we head to the Dead Sea, Masada and Bethlehem which is in Palestine. DRIVE TO MASADA In case you missed it, last week we left off from Jerusalem. Using our hotel as a home base, we made […]