Tag archives for jerusalem

Opportunities for outdoor play abound in Jerusalem—you just have to know where to find them. Here’s a brief guide to six great activities for the young (and young at heart) in one of the oldest cities in the world.

Lessons From the Holy Land

Aziz Abu Sarah, a Muslim, works with an Orthodox rabbi as well as a former banker to give dual-narrative tours of the Holy Land with their company, Mejdi, and with National Geographic Expeditions. His approach, which has earned praise from church groups, executives, and even UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, is drawn from his experience of growing up Palestinian in Jerusalem. Here are a few life lessons from this intrepid traveler.

Jerusalem From All Sides

I had planned to write a review of the new hotels and restaurants on the horizon in Jerusalem — a story about the city’s present and future. But when I arrived, I was overwhelmed by the past, and by an intense desire to know something, anything, for sure.

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog on Wednesdays for our Travel Lately roundup.

Behind the Lens in Jerusalem

Photojournalist Alexandra Avakian’s coverage of Egypt appeared in the September 2011 issue of Traveler, and you can see the fruits of her labor in a story about Jerusalem in the May issue. Photo editor Krista Rossow asked Alexandra what it was like going on assignment in a city with such a long and complicated history. This is what she had to say.

For National Geographic Books Senior Editor Barbara A. Noe, going on a run is the best way to get oriented in a new city, and a great way to take in the sights. So lace up your shoes and read on to get Barbara’s tips on where to run in some of the world’s greatest places — and what to see along the way.
Photo: Ekaterina Negoda/My Shot

Walking Above Jerusalem

By Barbara A. Noe On a recent trip to Jerusalem, when I learn I can climb onto the high stone ramparts surrounding the Old City and spy into the different neighborhoods from above, I head straight to the entrance at Jaffa Gate. These ancient stone ramparts showcase a microcosm of conflicted religious life in the…

National Geographic senior books editor Barbara A. Noe is just back from a visit to Bethlehem.  The crowd crushes around me. It’s stifling hot. A woman says she’s going to faint. Everyone tries to be in good humor, but the Russians are behind, pushing en masse. I’ve been waiting in line for an hour or…

The World’s Best Knafeh

Sabina Lohr dishes on her favorite Middle Eastern dessert. We all have foods that we crave; tastes that we long for well after we’re done traveling. My craving is knafeh, a sweet, cheese-filled pasty that I first discovered years ago, served fresh and toasty on a round metal platter in a small Druze village restaurant…

Sabina Lohr is back from Israel, where she volunteered on an archaeological dig. Read about her adventures in Oman here. I once commented to an Israeli friend about the impossibility of seeing everything that his country holds.  “In Israel every rock is thousands of years old.  And every rock has a story behind it. So…

Israel is in the news nonstop this week, with the pope’s visit making headlines and today being Israeli Independence Day. Inspired, IT Editor Janelle Nanos is revisiting some of her favorite holy sites from her recent trip. I don’t tend to do much heavy reading while on vacation, but I quickly learned that along with…

Visiting the Western Wall

There are a some things that you “must” do in any city. Kiss the Blarney Stone. Walk the Golden Gate Bridge. Get the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower. But few of those musts are as contemplative as visiting Jerusalem and placing a prayer in a crack of the Western Wall. We arrived…

I’ve just returned from my visit to Israel, and since I finally have some time to actually blog, I’m going to be catching you up on many of my favorite experiences from the trip: I already mentioned how fabulous the markets were in Tel Aviv, but there’s something particularly interesting about arriving at the Mahane…

Late this Sunday night, I’m going to leave for a week to travel – and blog – through Israel. It’s my first time visiting both the country and the region, so while I’m eagerly anticipating my arrival, I’m also cramming a bit for my stay. So I thought I’d open things up to the blogosphere.…