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Monday, April 8, 2013

Touring Jerusalem.

Truth is, my mom and I did not do that many touristy activities on this particular trip to Israel. Instead, we spent our time soaking up as much family time as possible.. and that's exactly how I wanted it. I purposefully stepped away from my camera, my phone, and Instagram on a number of occasions because I just really wanted to be in the moment. 

We did take a trip to Jeruslaem and I definitely used my camera a lot on that particular day. In my opinion, Jerusalem is an absolutely incredible place. I think that no matter how religious you are, or whether or not you even associate with a particular religion you feel something in Jerusalem. There is so so much history there and can't help but feel something spiritual. It really is magical. 

Walking through the shook (outdoor marketplace) on the way to the Western Wall. See how the names of the spices are all in English? This particular shook caters to English speaking tourists, but I wouldn't really recommend buying anything there.. unless you want to pay the "tourist price" if ya know what I mean.
Side note: If you're in Israel during the fall/winter and possibly early spring make sure you buy some pomegranate juice on the street. They squeeze the juice right in front of you and it's delicious.



People who come to the Western Wall can write notes to G-d and leave them in the cracks of the wall. It's pretty amazing to see all the scrunched up paper in the wall.


Jeruslaem. A mixture of beautiful old buildings and rich rich history. There's pretty much archaeological sites everywhere.


Today is actually Yom Ha'Shoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. While we were in Jerusalem we also visited Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust Museum. It is a sad place, but a place that is so important to visit. If you are ever in Israel, please please go see it. It will change the way you view the world.
My grandma was a Holocaust survivor and died on Yom Ha'Shoah exactly 2 years ago. Sigh.
Never, ever forget and most importantly, never ever let such horror happen again.

15 comments:

Kara said...

Thank you for sharing all that amazing history. Your pictures are beautiful and moving.

Hugs!
Kara

holtkamp said...

wow, amazing pictures - definitely one place i'd like to go one day! so sad and sweet about your grandmother.

Rachel Murphree said...

Beautiful pictures! I am hoping to have the chance to go there some day. Also, I am sorry to hear about your grandmother's passing...
XO, Rachel
With Love, Rachel

Celeste Rubalcava said...

Great post! I'd love to hear more on your Israeli background! Is there any posts that talk abt this?

Jane {In the Pink and Green} said...

Your photos are beautiful! You're so right, Jerusalem is truly like no other city in the world! We visited Yad Vashem while we were in Jerusalem, and definitely did not allow enough time there, but glad we went. So sorry about your grandma, I know even when time passes it's still hard to lose a loved one :(

Jordan - Queen of LA! said...

ive been waiting for this post! your pictures are beautiful.

i think i told you that ive staffed the march of the living trips to poland and israel three times in the past - visiting concentration camps side by side with holocaust survivors. i make it a personal mission to learn as much about the holocaust as i can because ive made a promise to never forget.

i had no idea about your grandmother. i would love to learn more about her!

Chloe Moon said...

Ever since my friend went on her birth-rite trip I've wanted to go to Israel!

michelle said...

i love this pictures. i am glad you had a nice trip. i don't know how any one could ever forget what happened. or how people can think that it never even happened. i punched a kid in middle school that said it never happened.

gloyahh said...

I just love seeing bowls of spice, It must have smelt incredible.

Katie H. said...

Sometimes it is so necessary to just step away from the camera and the phone in order to just 'be' and to be present in that time and that place!! But I do love the photos that you took =)

Ash said...

these are gorgeous photos.. and i remember talking to you exactly one year ago about this (:

i'm glad you got to spend quality time with your family (:

Tiffany said...

Great pictures that capture such beauty! What a fabulous trip!!! I would love to go to Jerusalem some day...

Lauren {Adventures in Flip Flops} said...

Jerusalem is by far one of my favorite cities. It was my absolute favorite part of my trip to Israel. I cannot wait to go back!

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

Beautiful photo journey you took us on!

Cara-Mia said...

I loooove all these photos! Amazing!

Also, I didn't know about your grandmother. So sorry to hear that.

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