22Jun

Exploring Jerusalem with Kids

I have spent a lot of time in Israel in my lifetime, and I have traveled to a lot of places.  Yet no matter where I go or how exotic the destination is, Jerusalem holds a special place in my heart.  When I started booking our recent trip to Israel, I knew we had to start in Jerusalem and spend a few days there.  

The city also holds many special memories for me as I attended part of high school and college in the city. I know Jerusalem as intimately as I know my own hometown, perhaps even more so.

Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and is one of the most inspiring cities in the world.  When you are there, you feel its sanctity, history and multiculturalism and it runs through your pores.

The city was established 5,000 years ago and literally means “The City of Gold”.   The entire city is built with a special stone, the Jerusalem limestone, which makes its architecture incredibly unique and beautiful.  Jews, Christians and Muslims live here and there are many religious shrines and monuments for everyone.  The city truly shines, in more ways than one.

Jerusalem is a divided city.  It was divided until 1967 between the Jews and Arabs, when Israel took the city during the Six Day War.  Today it is reunited under Israeli government but is still in debate.  You don’t feel the tension when you are walking around, but it’s definitely important to know where you’re going so you don’t end up anywhere you are not supposed to be.
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