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Jewish Quarters in Eastern Europe

Posted by Gil Travel on January 14, 2020

All across Eastern Europe, we find many awe-inspiring Jewish monuments located within the Jewish Quarters in many different cities. Each of these quarters is home to very long histories of the Jewish communities that have lived in those cities for thousands of years. The stories and memories transferred by the monuments that remain in today’s Jewish Quarters are both joyful and tragic. Let’s take a look at just a few of many monuments we can see in Eastern Europe’s amazing Jewish Quarters.

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Three Fantastic Private Tours to Eastern Europe

Posted by Gil Travel on December 27, 2019

Eastern Europe is a place of fairytales. It’s a region of fascinating sceneries, architecture, tradition, art, and a myriad of other awe-inspiring things, all welcoming us. Tours are a fantastic way of visiting and enjoying a country, whether we’re going there for the first time or we’ve been there many times before. All we need to do is show up – everything else is taken care of. And if you can believe it, it can get even better than that. We can book a private tour and enjoy all the perks and luxury that come with it and that we deserve. These tours come in a number of different ‘shapes and sizes’ so to say, so that there’d be numerous options that fit our interests, and each of these is carefully crafted to give us travelers the best experience.

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Prague in the Winter

Posted by Gil Travel on December 17, 2019

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Berlin’s Christmas and New Year Magic

Posted by Gil Travel on December 2, 2019

December and January are considered to be the most magical time of the year in many countries – and rightfully so. There is a very special atmosphere that arrives with the Christmas and New Year spirit, two holidays that are often mentioned together and are celebrated by billions of people across the world. How wonderful is that? Now, imagine travelling during this season to one of the world’s most beautiful metropoles – Berlin. This city loves holidays! And interestingly, they are less about the commercial aspect here than in most other places.

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Budapest Off the Beaten Path

Posted by Gil Travel on November 18, 2019

There is no denying that Budapest is a city of many wonders and a myriad of popular tourist spots whichever way you go. But Budapest is not only the famous, crowded tourist attractions. While many people wish to see these the first time they come here, those coming for a second or third time, or those who’d like to avoid the overly crowded areas, may seek out calmer places outside the standard tourist districts. These are places off the beaten path where people can have fun, where they can relax, but still learn about the country’s culture, tradition and history.

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4 Must-Visit Jewish Sites in Vienna

Posted by Gil Travel on November 8, 2019

There have been Jews in the capital of Austria for nine centuries. The communities have formed and grown here, built their synagogues, houses, buildings, schools, and hospitals, and taught their children about Jewish culture and tradition for generations. The area in Vienna that was inhabited by this community is known today as Judenplatz (Jewish Square), and it has a great historical significance that you can learn about by visiting it.  At the turn of the 20th century, Vienna became one of the greatest centers of Jewish culture on the continent, but during the Holocaust, the community was almost annihilated. However, their resilient nature helped them to slowly recuperate after the war and reestablish their homes in this metropolis. Let’s see four of many old and new sites you ought to visit if you wish to learn about Vienna’s Jews.

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Topics: Jewish Heritage, World Travel

The Oldest Synagogues in Spain

Posted by Gil Travel on November 4, 2019

No matter how many times you visit Spain, there’s always more to see. It is a country with a myriad of unique sites for its visitors to see, enjoy, and learn about. These sites help the visitors learn about the country itself and its people. A great part of the country’s history is its Jewish community, which over many centuries not only influenced Spain’s customs and traditions, but art and architecture as well. Before and after the expulsion of Jews from Spain at the end of the 15th century, the community has built a great variety of structures in the Jewish quarters across the country. Of particular relevance are Spain’s oldest synagogues – at the same time beautiful architectural wonders and historical sites. Let’s see three of the oldest temples. 

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Sephardi History in Spain

Posted by Gil Travel on October 31, 2019

The history of the Jews of Spain is truly remarkable. Spain has been home to a Jewish community which has influenced Spain’s history, culture, art, and customs for centuries. The name Sephardi itself, meaning ‘’Spanish’’ or ‘’ Hispanic’’ in Hebrew, is derived from Sepharad (ספרד), a Biblical location, identified as Hispania, or the Iberian Peninsula. Prior to 1492, Jewish communities thrived in many Spanish and Portuguese provinces. Jews, as a minority, constituted the population of cities like Lisbon, Toledo, Seville, Córdoba, Granada, and Málaga.

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Topics: Jewish Heritage, World Travel

What is Abraham’s Path and Why It’s Perfect for You

Posted by Gil Travel on October 23, 2019

If you ever wanted to walk on a path that leads through various places associated with Abraham/Ibrahim, you’re in luck, as such an exciting and enriching path really exists. This cultural route called Abraham’s Path is comprised of several regions. It offers a hugely important experience, because it allows those who walk on it to connect with their fellow travelers, but also reconnect with their origins. What we find here is great hospitality and kindness, as well as knowledge about each site we visit and its peoples, and how those two are connected to Abraham. We’ll meet the wonderfully diverse communities that live in these areas, which themselves are linked by their common heritage and Abraham/Ibrahim as their common ancestor. 

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Topics: Israel Travel, World Travel

Top 5 Must-Visit Churches in Berlin

Posted by Gil Travel on October 7, 2019

Germany is a land of magnificent sites whichever way you go. Still, it’s undeniable that its great number of religious sites have a particular charm that invites millions of both locals and tourists to visit them each year.  Among many such sites, relevant to people across religions and across the country, we’ll focus here particularly on Berlin’s stunning churches and cathedrals. These are places of great architectural and historical values, which makes them truly worth a visit whether one is a religious person or not. These, however, are not considered tourist attractions, but places of history, spirituality, art, as well as pain and memory.

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