Posts By iylana

If you're visiting Jordan, Petra is undoubtedly at the top of your list of places to visit (and for good reason). Petra's Treasury is a rock-cut facade that is breathtaking in the daylight and absolutely surreal at night! The Petra Archaeological Park closes at sunset, but you can come back at night for the Petra at Night tour—a candle-lit journey down the…

Aqaba is a holiday spot for Jordanians and international tourists alike, and retains the atmosphere of a resort town with pleasant temperatures year-round. Located on the southern tip of Jordan, it's possible to look out over the water and see both Israeli and Egyptian shores. International travelers don't typically spend more than a day here as there's not too much to see…

Christmas abroad had long been on our wish list, but for some reason I had always imagined Germany or Norway—certainly not the West Bank. When we decided to visit Israel in December during Christmas, we knew a visit to Bethlehem couldn't be missed, but we found it difficult to gather information online for planning a visit. We hope this post will help others wishing…

Thinking of visiting Jerusalem? It was must-see for us on our ongoing quest to visit the world's great historical and religious cities. With millennia of history and culture, visitors have no shortage of experiences to take in during their time in this ancient city. Our list below contains a mere fraction of the things to see and do, but represents some of…

When emperor Constantine embraced Christianity in the early 300's, his mother Helena took a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in search of relics. Based on the traditional locations of events in the life of Christ that had been established by locals and pilgrims, she erected chapels and shrines all over Jerusalem. No matter your religious belief, visiting the holy sites of Christianity is…

Jerusalem's Mount of Olives is a special place connected to many biblical events. It was here that Christ took his disciples to pray at the Garden of Gethsemane where he was arrested, and from here that the faithful believe he ascended into Heaven after his resurrection. The Garden of Gethsemane can still be visited today, as well as many churches that…

As soon as we arrived in Jerusalem to spend Christmas in the Holy Land, we headed for the Old City and quickly found ourselves on the Via Dolorosa, walking the path of Christ to Calvary. From Damascus Gate where we entered, we made our way to Lion's Gate where the Way of Sorrows begins. Though the Old City can be a confusing…

The first sight of Jerusalem immediately overwhelmed me with that awe of being in one of the world's great cities. The weight of its history, the excitement of walking in the footsteps of Christ, the signs in a language I couldn't even begin to understand. I panicked! Even though I had prepared for this trip with tons of internet research, maps, a google doc…

Egypt's climate in the summer is pretty much going to be hot! If you've been considering a trip, you've undoubtedly had questions on what to wear to stay cool while keeping modest. Below you'll find our packing list for eight days spent in Cairo and on a Nile River Cruise during August/September. Iylana's list for the ladies is first, followed by a…

Egypt captivates the imagination with its colossal pyramids and mind-bending temples. From Cairo to Aswan, a narrow strip of fertile land tells the story of an impressive civilization, while the warmth and hospitality of modern Egyptians invites you to discover more. Here is a look at some of the amazing treats that await explorers in two dozen pictures. Ready to plan your…

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