We were in Israel 2 years ago so, of course, visited sights we did not get to then.
Thank you to TA and all of the Israel Experts. Part of this visit was to meet an entire side of my husband's family that he "found" through two years of research. Everyone was very receptive and now we have family members in Eretz Israel.
Jerusalem: One day with our guide, Avi Ben-Hur, who is a walking encyclopedia. If you want his information, please contact me directly. First stop was Mt. Herzl where we stayed for over 2 hours. It's a shame that many people just come to see the one monument. There is so much history here. The taxi driver told us that his son was buried there---we both teared up. Then to the Market, which is CRAZY pre-Shabbes, but a terrific place. I can't believe how beautiful the fruits were!!! Lunch at a grill restaurant around the corner, expensive but we ate well. Then we took the tram/train to Ammunition Hill which was closed. Now, according to many different web sites it was supposed to be open. But sadly not. Then a walk around the old/new train station near our hotel, Inbal. Lot's of restaurants and a place to go even on Shabbat.Then the German Colony--interesting history. And some other little walks.
Saturday, On our own we walked to the Israel Museum. We had gone there before but wanted to see the Herod Exhibit. This is a wonderful museum that needs time. You can't rush it.
Taxi to Jaffa Gate. Looked for, and of course got lost trying to find the Austrian Hospice. But did find it. Sorry folks, strudel not good. All dough. But it was a good place for a quiet rest.
Sunday: Did the Kotel underground tour which was excellent. Do not miss this and do not waste money with your own guide here. We had a wonderful guide, included in the price of the visit. Lunch and then walked around the Jewish Quarter and then back to hotel. Dinner at Olive and Fish right across the street from the Inbal. Husband's very good, my chicken kebob had to be sent back since it wasn't cooked properly. Still not right but the rest of the meal was fine.
On to Haifa in my next post in the Haifa forum.