3 days in Jordan from Israel - Part II: the Lost City of Petra

3 days in Jordan from Israel - Part II: the Lost City of Petra

Everyone has heard of the city of Petra. Lost in the desert for centuries and rediscovered only in the 19th century, this pink-city carved out of rock has been attracting visitors from all over the worlds for decades. 

But the ancient capital of the Nabateans is much more than the typical image of its magnificent Treasury: from Roman ruins to royal tombs and a monastery on the top of a hill, a visit to this city in the desert will leave you speechless. 

During my second day in Jordan, I spent the full day exploring one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Check out what this unique place has to offer!

3 days in Jordan from Israel - Part I: Jerash & Amman

3 days in Jordan from Israel - Part I: Jerash & Amman

The Kingdom of Jordan is a fascinating country rich in history, culture and incredible natural landscapes that can’t be missed when visiting the Middle East. Home to one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, I concluded my trip to Israel with a 3-day visit to its neighbouring country, starting with the Roman city of Jerash and the Citadel of Amman, the capital city. 

Sunrise from Masada and visiting Ein Gedi Natural Reserve & the Dead Sea

Sunrise from Masada and visiting Ein Gedi Natural Reserve & the Dead Sea

There's no other experience in Israel like witnessing the sunrise from the top of Masada, an ancient fortification with breathtaking views of the Dead Sea. During my last day in Israel, I climbed the 450m hill while the sun was rising to observe one of the most impressive spectacles of nature that I've ever seen. 

Not far from Masada I also visited the Ein Gedi Natural Reserve, an oasis in the Judean Desert and one of Israel's main hiking spots with stunning waterfalls and landscapes, ending the day with one of my bucket list things to do in Israel: floating and getting covered in mud in the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth.

Hebron: a dual narrative tour of the most divided city in the Middle East

Hebron: a dual narrative tour of the most divided city in the Middle East

Hebron, located in the West Bank, is the second holiest city of Judaism as well as one of the four holy cities of Islam. Split since 1997 in two sectors, one controlled by the Palestinian Authority and the other one by Israel, Hebron is one of the most troubled areas of the Middle East.

During my visit, I got the chance to visit both sides of the city with a local guide that would tell me their own view of the conflict: a Jewish settler on the Israeli side, and a local Palestinian from the other sector of the city. Find out what it is like to live in the most divided city of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict!

Best of the West Bank from Jerusalem: Ramallah, Jericho, Qasr el-Yahud & Bethlehem

Best of the West Bank from Jerusalem: Ramallah, Jericho, Qasr el-Yahud & Bethlehem

When we hear about the Palestinian Territories in Western media, we often get images of war, conflict and terrorism. Being so close to the West Bank during my visit to Jerusalem, I couldn't help but experience myself what Palestine was really like. 

It can't be denied that the shadow of occupation and repression is quite prominent, however, what I found couldn't be more different to what I was expecting: lively cities, ancient sites filled with history and friendly people willing to do anything they could and more to make you feel welcome. 

4 days in Jerusalem - Part IV: Temple Mount, Gethsemane, Mount of Olives & City of David

4 days in Jerusalem - Part IV: Temple Mount, Gethsemane, Mount of Olives & City of David

Temple Mount, with the imposing Al-Aqsa Mosque and the striking Dome of the Rock, is one of the most sacred and disputed areas of Jerusalem. During my fourth day in the Holy City, I queued up during its limited opening hours to ensure that I could access this unique place.

Its location was perfect to combine my visit with the nearby biblical sites of the Garden of Gethsemane and the Mount of Olives, where some of the most important events of the New Testament took place; as well as the City of David, the archaeological site where the city of Jerusalem originated over 3000 years ago! 

Newgrange & Knowth: unearthing the Neolithic past of Ireland

Newgrange & Knowth: unearthing the Neolithic past of Ireland

Brú na Bóinne is a UNESCO site in Ireland containing some of the world's most important landscapes from the Neolithic period. The best-known constructions are Newgrange and Knowth, two megalithic passage graves built around 3200 BC, which makes them even older than the pyramids of Egypt.

Surrounded by mystery, a visit to one of the only two heritage sites in Ireland is a must. But, what is the real story behind these impressive constructions?

4 days in Jerusalem - Part III: walking the Via Dolorosa

4 days in Jerusalem - Part III: walking the Via Dolorosa

The Via Dolorosa (Latin for "Way of Sorrow") is a street in the Old City of Jerusalem believed to be the path walked by Jesus on his way to the cross. Today, it is one of the most popular places of Christian pilgrimage in Israel, where you can follow the nine Stations of the Cross before reaching the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where the remaining five stations are located.

Locating some of these stations in the winding streets of Jerusalem is not always an easy task, so find out how to follow this fascinating path through some of the most important events of the New Testament!

4 days in Jerusalem - Part II: learning about the history of Israel at the Tower of David & Mt. Zion

4 days in Jerusalem - Part II: learning about the history of Israel at the Tower of David & Mt. Zion

The land of Israel has one of the most extensive and complex histories of today’s modern world. From the birth and growth of the 3 main monotheistic religions to the recent Arab-Israeli conflict, a visit to Jerusalem is the perfect occasion to learn about Israel’s ancient and recent past. 

During my second day in the Holy City, I visited the Tower of David, a museum that covers over 4,000 years of history in Jerusalem, as well as Mt. Zion, burial place of King David and the site where the Last Supper took place. Keep reading to discover Israel’s fascinating past!

4 days in Jerusalem - Part I: the four quarters of the Old City

4 days in Jerusalem - Part I: the four quarters of the Old City

A holy city for Jews, Muslims and Christians alike, no other city in the world means so much to so many people. With over 4000 years of history, Jerusalem has not only witnessed some of the main events that have shaped the course of humankind, but it also keeps some of the most sacred sites on earth for all the 3 main monotheistic religions.

During my first day in the Golden City, I explored the narrow twisted streets of its Old Town to discover all four quarters: Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Armenian. During my visit, I would visit the Western Wall, a sacred site for the Jews; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where it is believed that Jesus was crucified, anointed and buried; as well as the souks and covered markets of the Muslim quarter. But is Jerusalem really as special as they say?