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Israel’s Artist Colonies and Quarters you Must See

Posted by Gil Travel on July 31, 2019

Israel has a deep love and respect for art and is not afraid to show it in every city, in every street, on every corner, and in its numerous galleries and museums displaying some of the world’s greatest artistic wonders created by renowned international artists and a great number of celebrated Israeli artists. Art is born and cherished through a myriad of mediums and in a myriad of spaces in this country, but some of the most fascinating sites where the creators converge to create and display their works are artists’ quarters, villages, and colonies. Let’s take a look at three such captivating places in Israel.

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Topics: Arts and Culture in Israel, Israel Travel

Wonderful Druze Villages in Israel

Posted by Gil Travel on July 23, 2019

Some 143,000 Druze living in Israel are a unique ethnic minority amongst Arab citizens of this country. They speak Arabic language, and they also serve in the Israel Defense Forces. Druze are a religious minority too, but even though the religion of this community originated from Ismaili Islam, generally speaking, Druze are not considered Muslims. They mostly inhabit several lovely villages and multi-religious Arabic towns, particularly in the north of the country, in Upper and Lower GalileeMount Carmel, and the Golan Heights. Let’s check out a few wonderful Druze villages in Israel.

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Topics: Arts and Culture in Israel, Israel Travel

5 Must-Visit Museums in Tel Aviv

Posted by Gil Travel on July 17, 2019

Tel Aviv is much more than its famous, gorgeous beaches, vibrant downtown streets, and energetic nightlife – it is a city of art, culture, and some of the best and most unique museums in the world. One of the examples is the Ilana Goor Museum located in the historic Old Jaffa quarter, in a restored 18th-century building overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It houses some 500 artworks and antiques, including about 300 sculptures from Israel, Africa, and Latin America.  Other notable and truly various examples are Nachum Gutman Museum of Art, Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, Israel Defense Forces History Museum, Independence Hall Museum in the Shalom Mayer Tower, or Whiskey Bar and Museum. You will not make a mistake visiting any of these. Let’s check out a few more.

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Topics: Tel Aviv

Restaurants in Budapest Serving Traditional Hungarian Dishes

Posted by Gil Travel on July 12, 2019

The delicious, traditional Hungarian cuisine is the mirror of this country’s climate, fascinating history and rich culture, ethnic influences, but also influences of its neighbors and other countries. Over the centuries, the traditional food recipes have been passed down from parents to children, such as the famous goulash soup. The individual ingredients have been occasionally changed and recipes adapted with time, influenced by the Ottomans, French, Italians, and numerous other nations throughout history, and new foods from all parts of the world entered Hungarian kitchens. Yet, the traditional dishes remained. If you’re want to try Hungarian goulash, the famous fishermen's soup, vadas – hunter’s stew, paprikash, green pea stew, cabbage rolls, and much more, here are some restaurants you should visit.

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Topics: World Travel

The Seven Main Synagogues of Kraków, Poland

Posted by Gil Travel on July 8, 2019

The beautiful synagogues of Kraków in the Jewish District of Kazimierz are a unique collection of monuments of Jewish sacred architecture in Poland, the largest complex of its kind in Europe next to Prague, and a UNESCO world heritage site. Kraków was a prominent center of Jewish life before WWII, with at least ninety prayer-houses. The synagogues themselves are representations of almost all European architectural styles, such as Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Modernism, and many others. Only two are still active, while only the Remuh Synagogue serves as a house of prayer.

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Topics: World Travel

Jewish Heritage Tour in Vienna

Posted by Gil Travel on July 3, 2019

Jews came to Austria probably during the exodus of Jews from Judea under the Romans, and there was a Jewish community in Vienna for over eight hundred years, ever since Jews started settling in the area today known as Judenplatz around 1150. Over the centuries, the community grew, and Judenplatz got a Jewish hospital, a Synagogue, a bath house, a house of the Rabbi, and a Jewish school.

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Topics: Jewish Heritage, World Travel

Best Non-Denominational Tours of Israel

Posted by Gil Travel on June 27, 2019

While Israel is steeped in religious sites, there is so much history, culture, architecture, and nature to see on a tour that doesn't have a strong religious focus. These are experiences you can have nowhere else in the world. Travelling through the deserts and plains, natural parks and coastal areas, you are bound to fall in love with the country. Plus, you are always escorted by a professional and highly knowledgeable guide who will tell you the story of a place and its inhabitants, and answer any question you might have. 

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Topics: Israel Travel

Why Arava Peace Road is the Perfect Driving Route

Posted by Gil Travel on June 20, 2019

There isn’t a more unique driving route than the one following the border between Israel and Jordan, called the Peace Road. The line between these two countries was drawn in the middle of the Arava streambed in 1922 during the British Mandate. In 1994, during the peace negotiations with Jordan, additional land and water disputes were solved. Today, the road is home to the diverse sites which reflect the history between the countries, as well as the richness of Israel’s natural beauty and local communities. Get ready to see breath-taking landscapes from the lookout points and meet the kind and hardworking farming communities along the way. 

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Topics: Israel Travel

5 Unique Road Trips to Take Only in Israel

Posted by Gil Travel on June 17, 2019

It is next to impossible not to have fun in Israel. It really does offer something for everybody’s taste, and if you are a type of person who enjoys road trips, you have found your ideal place. You will get to experience the most unique sights, the most fascinating historical and artistic sites, the diverse nature and landscape – from the desert, over the cities, to the villages, and the sea – and you will get to meet the locals who will share their story and that of their ancestors’ in the area. An interesting fact: you can cross the entire country from north to south in about seven hours, meaning it is really possible to see Israel by car. 

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Topics: Israel Travel

3 Brilliant Art Complexes in Vienna

Posted by Gil Travel on June 11, 2019

It is well known that Vienna is a global capital of all that is artistic. It is an absolute must on the list of places to visit for art lovers. Places like Natural History Museum, the House of Music, or Austrian Museum of Applied Arts will guarantee that you will not be bored for a single second, but will always have a chance to see an artistic wonder housed in Vienna’s museums and galleries. Here are three superb art complexes you can visit and enjoy any time of the year, though admittedly, it is best to explore them during nice and dry weather. 

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Topics: World Travel