In one trip, I experienced literal highs and lows of overseas travel. I began inside the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. A few days later, I experienced floating in the Dead Sea, the world’s lowest point.
Three rivers flow into the Jordan River before it goes into the Sea of Galilee, including the Banyas River falls.
I met the most amazing people in Israel, including Salim, his beautiful bride Andera, and their four incredible children. Visiting biblical landmarks will forever be seared in my memory but it was being welcomed into homes, eating home cooked meals and having conversations with special people, that top my list of gratitude. I cannot wait to go back to spend more time with my family in Israel!
Making Israel feel like home…I love the Hanna family so much.
The Western Wall or The Wailing Wall, is located in the Old City of Jerusalem on western side of the Temple Mount. I had an extra special experience as I added hand written letters from two precious little girls to the sacred cracks in the wall.
Jericho, Israel challenges the commonly held belief among scholars and historians that the oldest civilizations in the world belong to Egypt and Mesopotamia. “The City of Palms” is located 10 miles from where the Jordan River pours into the Dead Sea.
“As Jesus entered Jericho, a chief tax collector named Zacchaeus was there and was trying to get a look at Jesus, but being a short man he could not see over the crowd. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, because Jesus was going to pass that way” (Luke 19)
It’s believed the hometown of Jesus did not exceed 500 residents during His lifetime. Today, Nazareth is the largest city in the North District of Israel. My hotel was in the heart of Nazareth, elevating my experience of the Holy Land.