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FC: Jerusalem Travels Ethan Davis | onthegotours.com
1: Location In the midst of winter, many people begin to fantasize about vacations to far away warm places like the Caribbean or Florida. While these choices seem extremely attractive, have you ever considered Jerusalem, Israel? The climate is warm in the desert areas and when not in the desert, the rolling hills and beautiful land will be sure to take your mind off of daily anxieties. In addition, the monuments are legendary to the different religious cultures all around the world! | longwoodvacations.co.uk
2: History: Jerusalem has major significance to the many religions all around the world! Jerusalem's history takes us back thousands of years ago. In 1010 B.C.E , King David defeats the Jebusites, a tribe who originally inhabited Israel. After he had done so, he made Jerusalem the capital of Israel. King David then created a temple which would be a resting place for their God. Unfortunately, this temple was destroyed in a civil war splitting Israel years later. But in spirit, the Jewish community rebuilt a second temple. This temple is now a huge monument in Jewish culture (The temple took 10,000 people and 1000 priests 9 years to complete.) Jerusalem plays very large roles for Muslims and Christians as well! | clipart.com
3: Points of Interest: Malcha Mall Mamilla Mall Hadar Mall Lev Talpiot Jewish Quarter Muslim Quarter Armenian Quarter Christian Quarter The Israel Museum The Tower of David Museum | gojerusalum.com
4: Historical Sites: Via Dalorosa Dormition Abbey Mount of Olives The Ascension Pater Noster Dominus Flevit Mary Magdalene Gethsemane Church of the Holy Sepulcher Dome of the Rock Temple Mount Western Wall Tunnels Davidson Center | livingtravel.com
5: Recreations: Gan Ha'Atzmaut Park Sacher Park Nahal Sorek Forest Hiking Wadi Qelt Desert gorge Haas Sherover Promenade (A viewing area) St. George's Monastery Hike Wohl Rose Garden TMCA Sporting events Desert Gorge Hiking Haas Sherover Promenade | rjstreets.com
6: Arts and Culture Yellow Submarine Zappa Avram Bar Birman Anna Ticho House Street performers Habima Theater Opera Wozzeck Tel Aviv Opera House The Opera House | telavivme.com
7: Jerusalem is surrounded on all sides by valleys, the north one being smaller then the rest. It sits at 31 46' 45" north latitude and 35 13' 25" east longitude. Jerusalem's city is completely gated because of the constant attacks they used to receive from enemies. | jewishvirtuallibrary.com
8: Jerusalem's climate, on average, normally ranges between 45-70 degrees(F) with the exception of the desert areas. During a hiking trip you would commonly wear a t-shirt and a jacket. Remember to include extra water and food because Jerusalem hikes are normally longer, and more difficult than local hikes you may know of (Best time to travel is spring and fall due to less rainfall). | flickr.com
9: The picture above depicts two boys, one Arab and one Jewish, in unity and friendship much like Israel and the city of Jerusalem. (Source: thecommongroundblog.com) | Language: Hebrew, Arabic, and English are the primary languages in Jerusalem. Hebrew originated from Jewish culture as Arabic originated from Arab culture. It is common for the Jewish and Arab people who live there to speak both languages as they see so much of them. The languages are exchanged normally daily because of the significance of Jerusalem and that it is the capital. English also plays a large role because of the tourism in spring and fall.
10: Miscellaneous: Clothing- Men: Long pants, T-Shirt/No sleeveless, Common colors(gray, black, brown) Women: Tops that cover collarbone, sleeves to elbow, skirts long enough to cover knees(at least), No pants Currency- New Israeli Shekel(NIS) | worldcurrency.com
11: After visiting the Western Wall I decided to cut the sight seeing short for awhile and visit the Yellow Submarine ( A famous opera house ). There I saw the most magnificent opera, Wizelk, which featured much of Israel's root culture! After visiting a couple more historical sights, I called it a day and headed to the motel. | Day 1: As I awoke from a long sleep, the first thing I noticed was the fog that sat next to the ground outside. Out the window, I saw the town awakening and shops and vendors opening outside the small motel I was staying in. After awhile of gazing at the memorizing streets of Jerusalem, I readied myself for the day and set off for a trail of endless sight seeing. Firstly, I set off for the Western Wall Tunnels, where Jerusalem gets most of its popularity.
12: had already made the day for me. I watched in awe as many others did around me for quite some time. After what seemed like an eternity, I forced myself to continue with my day, but nothing compared to the Temple Mount. | Day 2: I awoke to the same events of yesterday; the streets were bustling with activity as the vendors and shop keepers rushed to get prepared for the day. But I had to do some preparing of my own. I was off to see the Temple Mount. Though I had done little research on this particular monument, I knew it would be fascinating. I couldn't have been more wrong. It was more than fascinating; it was mind numbing. The beautiful white stone building topped with a golden cap | goisrael.com
13: I finished the day with a cup of herbal tea from one of the vendors outside my motel. Then, I returned to my motel and sank into my warm bed. | Day 3: I awoke the same as the days before, except this morning I noticed that there was no fog. The day seemed brighter and I definitely noticed an increase in temperature. I found the temperature slightly uncomfortable , so I decided today was as good a day as any to travel and see some of the many opera houses located in Jerusalem. I visited the Aviv Opera House first and witnessed some truly magical performances of popular operas in Jerusalem at that time.
14: Day 4: Upon my last day in Jerusalem, I visited the Habima Theater and a few local art museums, which had shaken me up because of the | emotion put into Israeli art. I also visited the Mount of Olives and Sachar Park, which had been the highlight of my day. The outstanding wildlife had taken my mind | off the dreadful thought of leaving this truly beautiful and remarked place. After seeing the last sights of Jerusalem I packed my bags up and headed out. I will always remember Jerusalem. | worldart.com
15: Comparison: While Overland Park has few historical monuments, Jerusalem is known for their abundance of them. In Jerusalem there is a nearby desert, while in Overland Park there is no nearby deserts or other large environmental changes. On the other hand, both Jerusalem and Overland Park wear colors such as black, gray, and white. Also, we both accept all religions and allow freedom to express them. | overlandparkrealestate.biz | jerusalemshots.com
16: Cause+Effect: Going to Jerusalem has changed my perspective on a lot of things. First, I see religion in a more open way, it aloud me to open my mind to the other regions of this world. I met the people, tasted the food, and saw the monuments. I would consider this trip very successful. Although Jerusalem was amazing, I believe the journey that has impacted my most was my journey to Washington D.C. | travel.yahoo.com
17: Conclusion: As you can see, Jerusalem is a place where religion and travel collide. Jerusalem shows the history of some of the most tragic times in this world. Nevertheless, Jerusalem and Israel are a proud state and as Benjamin Netanyahu(An Israeli Prime Minister) would say "The State of Israel can be proud of what we're doing." (From brainyqoutes.com) | zimbio.com