Jerusalem – Museums and Markets

Would you look at that – a big smiling building welcoming you to some Jerusalem posts! After TLV Jerusalem is probably the most known/famous city in Israel. It is one of the oldest cities in the world and has a ton of history. I think what makes it quite fascinating is that various religions (Christianity, Judaism and Islam) all consider it a holy city. It makes for the sites, mix of people and atmosphere to be very unusual and unique. I am a big fan of Jerusalem and love visiting for a few days when I can. In terms of transport, it has good buses and a light rail to the major highlights. There are a few hostels but hotels aren’t that expensive and if you’re nice maybe you can bag yourself an upgrade! Just be cautious as it is a controversial city and crime/danger is on the rise.

To kick things off let’s go shopping! Mahane Yehuda is one of the biggest, bustling markets in the city. Its’ focus is groceries and items like fruits, vegetables, baked goods etc. Many tourists flock here but there are also a ton of locals trying to grab a good deal. Unlike other shuks in Israel, this one is pretty clean and makes for an enjoyable experience. The maze of alleyways isn’t too claustrophobic and the free samples beat any Walmart or Costco.

The Israel Museum is considered one of the best museums in the country. It houses a lot of significant Jewish art/culture and a large art collection. It’s more a campus with several buildings, a sculpture garden and different workshop centres. I really enjoyed seeing how Jewish people from around the world engage with the religion and their daily lives. You can see what people wear, different menorahs and mock-ups of synagogues from around the world. I went on their late night opening and it wasn’t too busy. To get there you can either grab a bus or walk (it’s just through the park).

I am not normally a zoo person but figured it was worth a teeny mention. The unique factor is that they have a ‘Noah’s Ark’ section with all the animals mentioned in the bible (they have more than two of each but you get the jist). The zoo is nicknamed ‘the biblical zoo’ and there is a physical ark that houses a cafe and research centre.

Yad Vashem is the official holocaust memorial and research/document centre in Israel. It is a little out of Jerusalem and I took the light rail to the last stop and walked from there. The site is free and welcomes millions of visitors each year. You aren’t allowed to film or take photos (and honestly I wouldn’t of wanted to). It is a really overwhelming place and doesn’t take a back seat or try to hide the truth. Some of the footage they’ve gathered is truly gruesome and put my stomach in knots. Seeing fields of bodies being pushed around by a bulldozer still haunts my mind writing this. From the entrance you walk through exhibits telling the history from beginning to end. The whole place is immaculate and beautifully created with such detail. I was there for several hours and still didn’t see everything. Read other people’s reviews on TripAdvisor or Yelp as I don’t think I’m explaining it that well, I’m still a little shocked by it.

To end this post on a lighter note, I just think this store looked really funny. I imagined a Superman/Rabbi hybrid haha. Second part coming in a few days featuring the Old City!

Discussion

Taipei - Jiufen and Yehliu GeoPark

Taipei - 101

Yangshou - Li River

Day Out - Longji Rice Terraces

Guilin - Sun & Moon Pagodas

Shanghai - Bund and Temples

Xi'an - Terracotta Army

Day Out - Great Wall of China

Beijing - Temple of Heaven

Beijing - Tiananmen and Forbidden City

Helsinki - Seurasaari

Helsinki - Cathedral & Suomenlinna

Day Out - Lantern Festival London

Vatican City - Peter and the Pope

Day Out - Pompeii

Rome 2 - Colosseum and Forum

Rome - Food, Trevi and Pantheon

Madrid - Bear and Tree

Hotel One Shot Prado 23 Review

AVE Renfe Train Review

Day Out - La Tomatina

Valencia - Aquarium & Gulliver

Air Europa Review

Adventure - Scandinavia 2016

Bergen - Boats and Fish

FlΓ₯m - Hikes and Views

Oslo - Vikings and Ships

Oslo - Vigeland and Ski Jump

Stockholm - Abba & Meatballs

Copenhagen - Land

Copenhagen - Water

Day Out - Frederiksborg Castle

Let's go! - Israel

Adventure - Israel 2016

Jerusalem - Places to eat and drink!

Jerusalem - Old City

Jerusalem - Museums and Markets

Day Out - Makhtesh Ramon

Tel Aviv - Places to eat and drink!

Tel Aviv - Outside the city

Tel Aviv - In the city

Day Out - Caesarea

Haifa - Places to eat and drink!

Haifa - Wadi Nisnas & Mount Carmel

Haifa - Bahai Gardens

Day in the Life - Tel Aviv

Day Out - Horashim Forest

#13 - Israel

Let's go! - Barcelona

Barcelona #2 - Montjuic & Barri Gotic

Barcelona #1 - Gaudi

Let's go! - Bristol

Bristol - Things to eat and drink!

Bristol - Things to do and see!

Day Out - Sherwood Forest

#12 - Xmas

Day Out - Winterville London

Sophie Newton

Let's go! - Zurich

Zurich - Outside the city

Zurich - In the city

Day Out - Harry Potter Studio Tour

Let's go! - Japan

Adventure - Japan 2015

Tokyo 2

Nara & Hiroshima

Osaka

Koyasan

Kyoto 2

Kyoto

Tokyo & DisneySea

Tokyo

Boston Islands - What to see and do!

Boston - What to eat and drink!

Boston - What to see and do!

Seattle - What to see and do!

Adventure - British Columbia 2015

British Columbia 3 - Victoria

British Columbia 2 - Vancouver

British Columbia 1 - Whistler

Adventure - Alaska 2015

Juneau - Outside the city

Juneau - In the city

Whittier - Glaciers, Bears & Whales

Anchorage - Outside the city

Anchorage - In the city

Denali - ATVs, Huskies and a Moose

Louisville - What to see and do!

Little Rock - What to see and do!

Oklahoma City - What to see and do!

Kansas City - What to see and do!

St. Louis - What to see and do!

Memphis - What to see and do!

Great Smoky Mountains #2 - Hike and Fog

Great Smoky Mountains #1 - Bears & Dixie Stampede

Lake Erie Roadtrip #2 - Cleveland, Xmas and Rock & Roll

Lake Erie Roadtrip #1 - Toronto to Detroit

Fargo - What to see and do!

Reykjavik - Outside the city

Reykjavik - In the city

NYC Winter #2 - Markets, Lights and Trees

NYC Winter #1 - The Christmas Cluster

Day Out - The First Thanksgiving

New Orleans - What to see and do!

Montreal - Food Walking Tour

Montreal - Dos and Don'ts

Austin - What to eat and drink!

Austin - What to see and do!

Ghent in a day

Bruges in a day

Brussels in a day

Lisbon Day #3 - Tiles and Trams

Lisbon Day #2 - We Hate Tourism and Sintra

Lisbon Day #1 - Parque das Naçáes

Mountain Roadtrip #6 - Potatoes, Temple and Pride

Mountain Roadtrip #5 - Deer, Lakes and Cowboys

Mountain Roadtrip #4 - Yellowstone

Mountain Roadtrip #3 - Dudes, Spirits and Towers

Mountain Roadtrip #2 - Storms, Bison and Mount Rushmore

Mountain Roadtrip #1 - Denver, Snow and Red Rocks

Baltimore - Crabs, Old Bay and Beer

Las Vegas #2 - The Strip

Las Vegas #1 - Neon Museum, Hoover Dam & Fremont St

Day Out - Santacon NYC 2013

Balloon Roadtrip #4 - Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2013

Balloon Roadtrip #3 - Albuquerque

Balloon Roadtrip #2 - Flagstaff to Farmington

Balloon Roadtrip #1 - LA to Flagstaff