Beautiful Paradoxical Jerusalem

Open the door to experience beautiful paradoxical Jerusalem
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Disclosure: I spent 3 whirlwind days exploring Jerusalem with a group of 20+  travel professionals. We were hosted by the I Travel Jerusalem Visitor and Tourism Board as part of a TBEX Bloger Tour.
Old and New
Ancient and Modern
Sophisticated and Simple
High Tech and Old Fashioned
Theistic and Atheist
No, this is not a game of name the opposites.
This is how I have come to think of Jerusalem.
Paradoxical Jerusalem.
Beautiful Paradoxical Jerusalem has captured my heart.
 I hope you will be inspired to visit beautiful paradoxical Jerusalem
I spent 5 full days exploring Jerusalem and all of it’s intricate layers of seemingly opposite character. I am sharing some of the highlights from my trip and hope you will be inspired to explore Jerusalem for your self.
 Notre Dame De Sion in Ein Kerem near Jerusalem in Israel is a beautiful tranquil place to stay and explore more of the beauty of this country

Mahane Yehuda

If you want to experience a large dose of the seemingly contradictory character of Jerusalem all at once, then let me suggest a visit to Mahane Yehuda. More commonly known as “The Shuk”, Mahane Yehuda is Jerusalem’s largest marketplace. By day,  you will find vendors of every kind pedaling everything from fresh baked goods, fruits and vegetables, fish, and meat, to textiles, and shoes. It is a hot spot for both locals and tourists.
It is here that traditional combines with trendy. As the sun goes down, live music begins to fill the streets as the vibrant day market transforms into a throbbing night life scene. Evenings are also the best time to enjoy the art scene at the Shuk. The metal shutters and doors are covered in street art by the artist Solomon Souza.
 The Beer Bazaar at the Shuk Mahane Yehuda Market in beautiful paradoxical Jerusalem Israel

The Israel Museum

Another great place to experience beautiful paradoxical Jerusalem is the Isreal Museum. The largest museum in Israel is a beautiful collection of modern art and prehistory artifacts. You could wander around for days and still find something new to see and explore. Make sure you allow plenty of time for your visit. I was completely in awe of the juxtaposition of the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls housed the ultra modern building known as the Shrine of the Book.

The Shrine of the Book is the ultra modern building that houses the Dead Sea Scrolls on the campus of the Israel Museum

 Theism and Atheism

I found it most ironic that our tour guide who took us to several of the most holy religious places on earth was an atheist. His knowledge of the Christian and Jewish religions was mind boggling consider he is not a believer. I appreciated his patience with my endless questions and really enjoyed digging into his point of view in contrast with my own and considering the stage for our conversation. It does make the point that regardless of your religious persuasion you will truly be mesmerized by the religious and cultural history of the city of Jerusalem. Make sure you go to the Western Wall a.k.a. the wailing wall and the Church of the Hoy Sepulchre. To stand where historical figures such as Jesus once stood, to pray if so invclined at the only remaining original wall of the ancient city of Jerusalem, and to visit the sight where it is believed was his tomb our very powerful experiences.

 Modern Luxury Overlooking An Ancient City

A friend recently asked me, “Where did you stay in Jerusalem?” Her face when I told her that I stayed in a gorgeous hotel right in the heart of Jerusalem was priceless. I stayed at the Inbal Hotel and would also recommend the Abraham Hostel. Read more about my stay at Inbal. 

Inbal Hotel as seen from Liberty Bell Park

Jerusalem is for Foodies

I would be remiss not to share that the food was amazing. You can certainly get your fill of hummus but you will also find contemporary twists to traditional Israeli cuisine throughout the city. I recommend several places. First, the Modern Restaurant at the Israel Museum. Feast your eyes on this:

A feast fit for a king at the Modern Restaurant within the Israel Museum in beautiful paradoxical Jerusalem

Described as a veteran Jerusalemite food institution, the Adom Restaurant serves up exquisite seafood and international cuisine. It is located in an area of the city known as the First Station, a cultural food and shopping area built around the original railway station. Within walking distance of the Inbal Hotel, this area offers yet another place where tourists and  locals can mix it up and enjoy beautiful paradoxical Jerusalem.

Open the door to experience beautiful paradoxical Jerusalem

 One of the most rewarding aspects of travel is to truly experience and learn what makes a place unique. Not only do I get to experience this reward of travel I also get to share it with you. My hope is to inspire you to go see for yourself what truths and treasures await you on every new adventure and in every new destination.
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Mary M. - 9 months ago Reply

Thank you for sharing your experience!

Amee - 9 months ago Reply

The pictures are incredible. Glad your journey was so powerful. I look forward to going one day myself.

Crystal B - 9 months ago Reply

Wow absolutely Stunning I would love to travel there now!

Dee - 9 months ago Reply

Wow what an awesome experience. Visiting Jerusalem is on my bucket list.

Bonnie Lee - 8 months ago Reply

Oh wow! Such a beautiful place! I love the structures!

Chrissy - 8 months ago Reply

Jerusalem is one of the top places to visit on my bucket list! Thank you for sharing your experiences and the beautiful pictures!

Brandi Dawn - 8 months ago Reply

Looks like you had a wonderful time. What great pictures!

Sandra McFadden - 8 months ago Reply

I have never traveled outside of the country. I so want to be able to visit different countries to see their cultures and of course try their food. Someday I hope soon!

Courtney Madenford - 8 months ago Reply

Looks like a nice place

Amy Tolley - 8 months ago Reply

Sounds like a beautiful country to visit i have been all over the world but have not ventured that way yet..

Donna B - 7 months ago Reply

Simply beautiful. I pray to be able to visit someday soon.

Edye - 7 months ago Reply

What an amazing place!

Margaret Appel - 7 months ago Reply

I loved your pictures & blog of visiting Jerusalem. I have seen it many times on TV, but nothing compared to your pictures. It was interesting learning new facts from what you have written. Thank you for sharing!

Dana Pugsley - 7 months ago Reply

Beautiful pictures!

ellen beck - 7 months ago Reply

I would love to see this. Beautiful pictures . I bet you had a wonderful time.

ellen beck - 7 months ago Reply

You are so very lucky to be able to go. I would imagiine 3 days wasnt nearly enough time. I love the pictures.

ellen beck - 7 months ago Reply

Looks like a beautiful place to visit I like the variety of things to see and do.

ellen beck - 7 months ago Reply

I would someday like to see something like this. I love the history.

ellen beck - 7 months ago Reply

Maybe someday we will go somewhere like this. I would love to see it, it is beautiful.

ellen beck - 6 months ago Reply

Traveling is something I would love to do more of. I would love to see some of the historical places. Thank goodness for the internet, it is the only way I can go. The pictures are lovely.

ellen beck - 6 months ago Reply

I would love to see something like this. I bet it was a wonderful trip. One day maybe we could afford it.

ellen beck - 6 months ago Reply

I dont even know if comments are showing up. I would love to see someplace like this. Your pictures are rally amazing.

ellen beck - 6 months ago Reply

What a lovel visit you had. It looks so exciting and the pictures are wonderful. I bet you cant wait to go again!

ellen beck - 6 months ago Reply

I always enjoy seeing pictures of different places. I know of course I will never get to go, but just seeing them makes me think perhaps there is a chance. It looks like you enjoyed the trip a lot.

Dana Rodriguez - 6 months ago Reply

Beautiful photos! And that food looks delicious!

ellen beck - 6 months ago Reply

I enjoy your pictures. I know I will never get to go somewhere like this, and it lets me experience real pictures someone took as they see it. It looks like a great place.

ellen beck - 6 months ago Reply

This looks like an exciting and fun place to visit. I would love to see something like this.

ellen beck - 6 months ago Reply

Looks like a beautiful and interesting place to visit. Until we can I shall enjoy the pictures.

ellen beck - 6 months ago Reply

One day I would love to see another country. This looks so exciting. I would love the history and the culture. Your pictures are wonderful.

ellen beck - 6 months ago Reply

I would love to one day see sights like this. I doubt I will so will enjoy your pictures. It sounds exciting.

ellen beck - 6 months ago Reply

I would love to go on a vacation. I mean to anywhere. The last time we went somewhere was 1992. Thats been awhile. This looks divine.

ellen beck - 6 months ago Reply

I would one day like to see other countries. I love the idea of seeing history, of seeing older places. This looks exciting.

ellen beck - 6 months ago Reply

Youre so lucky to have been able to go there. It has a haunting beauty. I like the history the food the culture. It is lovely.

ellen beck - 6 months ago Reply

Such wonderful pictures. I need to go on a vacation so badly. I wish to see something like this one day.

Joanne - 6 months ago Reply

Sounds amazing!! Thanks for sharing!

ellen beck - 6 months ago Reply

This looks like such an interesting place to visit. So much history. It would be a thrill to see it.

ellen beck - 6 months ago Reply

I dont foresee myself going abroad. I can however enjoy your pictures and experience which sounds nice.

ellen beck - 6 months ago Reply

I would find a trip there fascinating. I found your post interesting that the guide was athiest yet knew so much. I would imagine it is a very divided city as far as religion goes. I love the pictures.

ellen beck - 6 months ago Reply

Vacation likely not, although it looks like a beautiful place. We dont vacation I wish we did but cant. Until the time comes I will enjoy your pictures.

ellen beck - 6 months ago Reply

I doubt I will ever see this in person. It is nice to see pictures of a real trip though. It looks like a nice place.

Dana Rodriguez - 6 months ago Reply

Gorgeous photos and the food looks delicious!

ellen beck - 6 months ago Reply

One day I would love to travel. I am afraid it would take winning the lottery or something like that. Until then I will enjoy your pictures.

ellen beck - 6 months ago Reply

I would love to go on vacation. We havent been anywhere since 1992. I am not even going to figure out how many years that is. Your pictures are lovely, I like the history.

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