Since we’ve been home from Israel, everyone (and by everyone I mean a couple of my friends) wants itinerary advice for their upcoming or future Israel trips. So I’ll consolidate it here, so I don’t have to repeat myself — even though repeating myself is one of my favorite activities.
What to see:
Of course you’ll go to Ben Yehuda Street, the big no-cars shopping avenue in Jerusalem. But even though you’ll bargain (start at less than half what they ask), don’t expect bargains there: you’ll have “tourist” stamped on your smiling face. Didn’t stop us from contributing to the Israeli economy, but just so’s ya know.
My kids got antsy in most of the museums, but not in Jerusalem’s Herzl Museum, which gives you a 60-minute, multi-media tour of Theodor Herzl’s life, goals, and importance. Herzl’s passionate Zionism put into effect the wheels (like the World Zionist Organization and the Jewish National Fund) that allowed for a Jewish state just 44 years after his death. Kids, and adults, need to understand that so they don’t think the Jewish State just appeared after the Holocaust.
If you want to shop where the locals do, go to the Carmel Market in Tel Aviv. Mostly produce and food stands, so go hungry for yummy fruits and veggies, but we bought kippot there for 10 shekels each and similar ones on Ben Yehuda Street for 40-60.
As far north as it gets is Rosh Hanikra — it’s right next to the Lebanese border. There you will see gorgeous grottoes carved by the ocean into the mountainside. A short cable car ride gets you there, and it’s perfect for kids: cool and wet and fun. Stand close to the guard rail and yes, you will get splashed.
I have other things to do up my sleeve and will keep adding to your future itinerary.
If you’ve been on a family trip to the Holy Land, help a blogger out: What are some of your favorite things to do with kids in Israel?