Prior to starting my blog this month my family spent a month travelling in Israel. My husband was born there near Haifa and it was my fourth trip, but my first with two littles in tow. I didn’t think it was going to be so incredible, as I’ve traveled extensively there already. It was incredible. Meeting my nieces and nephews for the first time, seeing my children play with their cousins, visiting old friends, and making new memories. This was truly the trip of a lifetime, and I will be sharing it with you in two posts. The first will be an overview of our travels and the second a foodie focused post. So stay tuned!
We spent a good amount of time in the north near Haifa. We visited the gorgeous Mt. Carmel and saw Mosh Ben Ari, the Israeli musician play. We returned to Akko, this was my third trip there, but as I was with my husband/tour guide I knew this experience would be special. We walked around the souk, purchasing small items like off brand Crocs for my son and handmade instruments. Afterwards, my husband took us to eat to hummus at the famous Hummus Said. It came to us warm, served with vegetables, freshly baked pita, and pickles. Adam loved the pickles, people were in disbelief that my baby liked them-but he devoured them!
We did a side trip to Jerusalem. When you go to Israel, you have to visit Jerusalem. We met up with an old friend who was able to get us into the tunnels underneath the Western Wall. I found out as we walked through the remnants of the ancient temple that he and my husband had prayed for hours at the spot considered to be closest to the Holy of Holies three years ago while I was in the midst of my IVF. What a special moment to stand there, in that same spot with Ben and Adam and know how much their father had prayed for their existence. Even now, writing this I get teary eyed, until I remember how Ben ran through those tunnels like he owned them!
We put our notes and prayers in that spot this time and went out to the Western Wall to finish our prayers.
We continued on our Jerusalem journey to Maheneh Yehuda Market. It’s A huge market in Jerusalem that remind me of pikes place in Seattle. What stood out to me the most was the artisanal halva, the honey donuts for the New Year, and the enormous variety of nuts and olives. The market was packed as it was the day before the Sabbath. All of the cafés inside were full and busy. We even found an American brewery and tasted some crafted beers!
For a week we rented and apartment off Airbnb in Tel Aviv. We were 10 steps away from Banana Beach. During the day we would lounge on the beach and at night we would take long walks around the city, eating falafel and shawarma sandwiches.
I’ll be sharing my next part of our trip in a few days. I hope that this story tells you a little bit more about who I am and about my family. My goal is to connect with you to share with you my passions and my family is my biggest passion!