Israel Travel

Israel is a democratic country with a parliamentary system. The prime minister is head of government and the Knesset.

The Knesset is the name for the Israeli Parliament or Legislature.

Israel is a developed country and a OECD member.

In 2016, Israel was said to be the worlds 34th-largest economy.

The Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, estimated that the population of Israel was close to 8,709,680.

Hebrew is not the only language spoken in Israel. Arabic is also an official language, and there are a number of other semi-official languages.

In Israel you will notice that virtually all official signs are in Hebrew, Arabic and English.

Israel is the world’s only Jewish-majority state, two thirds of the population is Jewish.

The other third is made up of Arabs, Arameans, Armenians, Assyrians, Black Hebrew Israelites, Circassians, Maronites and Samaritans.

In its Basic Laws, Israel defines itself as a Jewish Democratic State.

The country benefits from a highly skilled workforce and is among the most educated countries in the world.

Israel has a very high percentage of citizens with a high education degree.

The country also has the highest standard of living in the Middle East, and has one of the highest life expectancy in the world.

Israel is a beautiful small country with a interesting history, and advanced Agro Technologies.

Israel’s economy and technological center is Tel Aviv, while its seat of government and proclaimed capital is Jerusalem.

Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is a major transportation city, with a huge international airport.

The public transportation system in Tel Aviv has many routes; to almost anywhere in the country.

Tel Aviv is governed by a 31-member city council; elected for a five-year term.

Tel Aviv is a cultural center with 544 active synagogues, historic buildings, countless performing art centers, theaters, and Opera Houses.

Tel Aviv is divided into nine districts.

In 1965 The Shalom Meir Tower, Israel’s first skyscraper, was built in Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv is a center of finance and technology in Israel.


Jerusalem is a city with a strong religious background, since medieval times.

Host to 1204 Synagogues, 158 Churches, and 73 Mosques.

In Islam, Jerusalem is said to be a sacred city – some 1400 years now. Jerusalem is believed to be a holy city in Islam, primarily due to Muhammad’s Night of Ascension.

The Muslims believe Muhammad was transported one night from Mecca to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. From there he ascended to Heaven to meet with the previous prophets of Islam.

In Christianity, Jerusalem is said to be a sacred city – some 2000 years now.

In Judaism, Jerusalem is said to be sacred city – some 3000 years now.

Jerusalem is well known for its Old Testament history.

The story of Jesus in The New testament also made reference to Jerusalem.

Although Jerusalem is known primarily for its religious significance, the city is also home to many artistic and cultural venues.

The Dead Sea scrolls, discovered in the mid-20th century in the Qumran Caves near the Dead Sea, are housed in the Museum’s Shrine of the Book.

Jerusalem is home to many archaeological important findings.

Some of Jerusalem most interesting sites are:

The Museum on the Seam – explores issues of coexistence through art.
The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra – established in the 1940s.
The International Convention Center – near the entrance to city.
The Jerusalem Cinemateque – in downtown Jerusalem.
The Jerusalem Music Center – in Yemin Moshe.
The Israel Festival – Indoor and outdoor performances singers, concerts, plays, and street theater.
The Jerusalem Theater – Hosts to more than 150 concerts a year, as well as theater and dance companies and performing artists from overseas.
The Khan Theater – The city’s only repertoire theater.

Israeli Beaches

There are 137 beaches in Israel. Mostly of which have crystal clear blue and turquoise waters and natural undisturbed coastlines.

Besides their natural beauty what makes these beaches interesting is that they are composed of diverse bodies of waters.

The four bodies of water are The Mediterranean, The Red Sea, The Dead Sea, and The Kinneret.

Here are some Israeli Beach recommendations:

Gordon Beach: Free clean beach in Tel Aviv near Hotels. Has places to dine or drink; shower and bathroom facilities.

Dor Nasholim Beach – Beautiful white sandy beaches with crystal clear blue waters in the ancient Phoenician city of Dor.

Habonim Beach – This beach is part of a nature reserve. A rocky beach perfect for swimming with young children.

You can also hike along it’s coastline and discover it’s caves.

Clean showers, dressing rooms, and bathrooms are available. There are also snack bars, and a picnicking area with tables.

Carmel Beach – Carmel beach has a boardwalk with numerous cafes, restaurants, and juice stands as well as bathroom and shower facilities.

Southern Beach – Entrance is free.

Ein Gev Resort Village Beach: Great for water sports, has slides and pools. They have lifeguard services, showers, restrooms, restaurant, camping area with barbecue stands.

Ein Gedi Beach – Located on the shores of the Dead Sea well known the amazing healing properties of the region.

The beach is connected to a man made spa. You can hike from the beach to the spa, or take a free tram ride to it.

It’s hard to sink in the Dead Sea, most people just float.

Ein Gedi Beach – Great place to see Dolphins in their natural habitat.

Coral Beach Nature Reserve – Clear water with an underwater coral reef. Good for snorkeling, and scuba diving. A great place to enjoy coral reefs and beautiful fishes.

Israel rich history makes it a great place to take a tour. You can choose from what type of tour you want, whether is a cultural tour, or religious tours.

Either way it’s a great experience.

Israel is known for it’s fine hotel and restaurant meals.

Electricity in Israel is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second.
If you travel to Israel with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.

Book now and have the time of your life, let me know about your trip.

Texas Travel


On December 29, 1845 Texas became the 28th state of the United States of America.

Nicknamed The Lone Star State to signify its former status as an independent republic, Texas is the second largest state of the United States.

The lone star can be found on the Texas state flag.

Raising cattle was a large industry in Texas. Texas image is readily compared to that of cowboys.

Alot of U.S oil was discovered in Texas. In the year 2015 with 54 companies to it’s credit Texas held the second spot on the list of the states with the most Fortune 500 companies.

The 54 companies include such fields as aerospace, agriculture, biochemical sciences, computers, electronics and petroleum among others.

Austin is the Capital of Texas.

English is the spoken language of Texas. Most people would agree that Texans have a distinct accent different from other americans. Spanish is spoken by a large group of Texans.

Some of Texas most talked about places are:

The Alamo
The alamo is a white stone chapel were the Battle of the Alamo took place. The siege of the Alamo took place from February 23 to March 6, 1836.

In December 1835, during Texas war for independence from Mexico, Texan soldiers occupied the Alamo.

That February 23, 1836 thousands of Mexicans soldiers led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna sieged the fort.

Heavily outnumbered, the 200 Texan soldiers defending the Alamo bravely endured for 13 days before the Mexican overpowered them.

For Texans the Battle of the Alamo is a symbol of heroic resistance to oppression.

The Texans won their struggle for independence later that year.

Dallas World Aquarium – This aquarium has and protects alot of endangered species.

Fort Worth Stockyards – This National Historic District consists of some original brick walkways, corrals, and livestock.

There are shops and restaurants, and a live cattle drive at twice a day.

Forth Worth Zoo – Founded in 1909 has over 7,000 animals from around the world, some of which you can pet – at their Petting Corral.

Houston, Texas is home to Space Center Houston an exciting place to see the future and remarkable past of America’s space flight history.

Padre Island National Sea Shore – This untouched 70 mile stretch coastline is a paradise for windsurfers, and bird watchers.

The park contains dunes, prairies, and tide pools that house some marine life.

San Antonio River Park – The San Antonio River park has river boats for hire. or you can just lay back and enjoy one of the cruise boat tours down the river.

Museums, parks and restaurants are just some of the sites that await you along the way.

Texas State Capitol – The Texas State Capitol grounds are open to the public. On the grounds, there memoirs of the heroes of Texas’s history.

The Texas State Capitol was completed in 1888. It consists of the offices and chambers of the Texas Legislature and the Office of the Governor.

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

The Texas State Capitol is 302.64 feet tall, making it the sixth tallest state capitol.

On March 2nd, of 1885 the day of the Texas Independence Day the cornerstone for the building was laid, it opened to the public on April 21, 1888, Saint Jacinto Day.

Sundance Square – Sundance Square consists of thirty-five blocks of shops, galleries, restaurants, and nightlife.

Fort Worth Botanic Gardens – The Fort Worth Botanic Gardens consist of fourteen botanical gardens, the Native Texas Boardwalk, a Rain Forest cConservatory, and a compost outpost.

Fort Worth Water Gardens – The Fort Worth Water Gardens are 4.3 acres where people will see a variaty of pools. You can hear the sound of water running thought the garden.

San Antonio
San Antonio is the second-most populous city in the state of Texas, with a population of 1,469,845.

San Antonio was named after Saint Anthony of Padua, known for his undying love and devotion to the poor and the sick.

Some of the notable attractions of San Antonio include Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Morgan’s Wonderland amusement parks.

San Antonio is also the home to the five-time NBA champions the San Antonio Spurs.

San Antonio is also the hosts the annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, one of the largest such events in the country.

There is no doubt that Texas is not only large, but a place with countless activities and history.

Texas has great hotels, motels, car rentals and restaurants.

Let me know about your trip.

Boston Travel

Boston, city is the capital of Massachusetts. It’s a great place to go to if you like the sea. The puritans settled in Boston in the 1600’s.

Boston has been defined and shaped by its history for nearly 400 years. On the 16th of December of 1773.

The Boston Tea Party became a significant event in the growth of the American Revolution.

The American Revolutionary War began near Boston in 1775.

Between 1800 and 1900 Boston changed from a relatively simple and ethnically English ancestry city to a ethnically diverse city.

Boston has a population of more than 560,000 people; many of which are Italian, Irish, and Jews.

Between 1940 and 1960, many African Americans migrated from the southern states and occupied portions of Roxbury and Dorchester.

From the 1940’s through the 1970’s many Puerto Ricans arrived in Boston.

Fen way Park is located in Boston, home of the Boston red Socks.

Boston is also know for it’s prestigious universities,  Harvard University is known for helping to shape some of the greatest minds of the country.

There are 34 small islands that border the coast of Boston, thirteen of the islands are included in the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area.

Some of the most impressive sights are Fort Warren on Georges Island.

There is a public beach on Spectacle Island. The countries oldest light house is in Georges islands.

There are also trails, dunes and forests. there is also a beach and camping area at Lovells Island.

Massachusetts has alot of great beaches to choose from, there’s one for every taste, here are a few of them:

Nantucket – Madaket Beach
Madaket beach is famous for it’s sunsets.

Nantucket – Cisco Beach
Cisco Beach is a surfing paradise. There is no public transportation to this beach. Once there you can surf or take advantage of one of the surfing classes, and start riding the waves in no time.

Province town – Race Point Beach
Beautiful beach with calm waves, The sand is lighter than the others. Great for photos. Good if you have small children.

East-ham – Coast Guard Beach
It’s been called one of the top ten cleanest beaches in the country. Lots of salt marshes providing a flash look at nature. Great source of salt. Let’s keep it clean and protected.

Wellfleet – Cahoon Hollow
Cahoon Hollow Beach has great high sand cliffs beach with breathtaking views.

Martha’s Vineyard -Katama Beach
Deep blue ocean crashing with strong waves – good for surfing.

Martha’s Vineyard – Menemsha Beach
Menemsha beach is a calm wave beach – great for families with small children.

It’s also a great place to go to get fried clams, steamed lobsters, or just plain fresh sea food. Menemsha is the serene choice of the busy Vineyard beaches.

It’s great to stroll down the cliff into the sea, it’s like those cliffs you see on those great black and white films.

Have lunch on top of the cliff, some tours include it.

Boston is also known for it’s state houses, among which are the homes of Samuel Adams, and Paul Reeve.


There are also trails, dunes and forests. there is also a beach and camping area at Lovells Island.

Berthed at Pier 1 on the Harbor-walk, the USS Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned navel vessel afloat, and still sets sail every Fourth of July to commemorate America’s independence.

Completed in 1826, the Quincy market is well known for its architectural style as it is for the food that offered inside its more than 20 restaurants and 40 stalls.

The market is known as a family-friendly spot where tourists and locals can grab a quick bite on the cheap.

Another of Bostons attractions is the  New England Aquarium it embodies a large exhibit of sea life, exotic jellyfishes, stingrays, seals and penguins.

In sum Boston is the place to visit, I hope you enjoy your visit and let me know about the places you visited.

Boston has great hotels, motels, car rentals and restaurants.

Have a great time ……

Norway Travel

Norway is a great place to travel to, it’s an indescribable beauty that is rarely seen. It’s making contact – with nature.

It’s not unusual to see the guests aboard a ship walk out on deck in the middle of a cold winter night; to catch a glimpse of how the sea brushes upon the fjords.

This ranks as one of natures most interesting experience – especially when it’s 12:00 a.m. and the sun is shinning as bright as it does on any afternoon.

Unlike many countries, this is one of the things that makes Norway a great winter getaway.

In the late 19th century the coast line from Bergen to Kirkenes was a busy route for all sort of ships.

Norway is a great place to take a cruise. A popular route is Bergen to Kirkenes.

 One of the exciting things about visiting Norway  is being able to take a picture of the sea at 3:00 a.m. without a flash.

In the last few centuries the North Pole has became synonymous with Santa Claus, reindeers, vikings, trolls, salmon and cod fish.

Norway is famous for it’s different types of excursions:

There are ski expeditions, dog sledding, kayaking, birdwatching, snowmobile trips, sea eagle safari, mountain hikes, whale watching, sailing to Geiranger fjord, and naturally fishing in Lofoten – a great place to catch cod.

As you approach the coasts of Norway you might see penguins – they are very communicative – lots of noise in their area.

You may also see Polar bears – they are the opposite – no noise in their area- loners, quiet types – serious – very family oriented. You can see that in the interaction they have with their youngs.

Walrus – on the other hand are very observant –  as you approach them – you get the feeling – that they are the ones doing the sight seeing. Besides that – they have great teeth. One glance and you find yourself smiling at them.

Reindeers are and always have been magestic animals – they are a large part of the Norwegian culture. Up north it’s not unusual to see reindeers running thru the mountains in all colors. The white ones – are the most unusual and – photographed ones.

Visiting a Sami Camp in Honningsvag, Norway, (The North Cape) is a great way to learn about them.

Norway is one of those countries you just want to visit in the winter, summer, spring and fall.

Each season in Norway is an indescribable experience. From skiing to sailing.

Seeing the fjords covered in snow as you ski – it’s an incredible experience; then seeing them completely green – as you fish or sail is awesome.

This type of experience can only be matched by seeing the fjords in  transition (spring and fall).

Then when is it best to visit Norway? I’ll let you figure that one out.

Below are some must see places while your there:

Bergen was founded in 1070 AD,  was the capital of Norway. It’s a colorful city that has retained the history of Norway.

Enjoy a trip on the Floibannen Funicular during your visit to Bergen and see all of Bergen.

This exciting trip up to the mountain is a magnificent experience in itself. Mount Fløyen, it’s approximately 320 metres above sea level.

From above you can enjoy the cityscape, the seaward, and the fjords surrounding Bergen.

The arctic circle marks the border to the Arctic region. During the summer months they have 24 hour sunlight.

This is what is referred to as the midnight sun.

The charm of the Lofoten islands are the small fishing villages with granite cliffs and white sand beaches.

You will find lots of fish racks and traditional fishermens huts.

Great place to try a fish cake.

The Northern Cape
The Northern Cape is the northern most point of the planet. A popular place for the snowmobile tours. There you will see the Sami people grazing reindeers.

Near the top, there is a exciting nature reserve called Gjesvaer Tappan. Great place for bird watching.

The Seven Sisters
When in Norway crossing the Arctic Circle on a ship is an important part of the experience.

Most tours celebrate it by asking all the passengers to meet on deck and there ritual begins. Here’s a tip: wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet during the ceremony.

Along the way you will pass the Seven Sisters.

The seven sisters are beautiful mountains that have influenced social myths, according to some Norwegian folk tales – trolls are turned to stone if they do not hide before the sun rises.

This was the case with the seven sisters – at least they are still beautiful. See for yourself.

Oslo is the capital of Norway, the winter capital of the world. A multicultural city with modern architecture, a sculpture park named Vigeland, a Royal Palace, a Nobel Peace Center, Museums, and home to the Holmenkollen Ski Jump.

Clearly there is so much to do and see in Norway – below is a video that Expedia put together it features some of the most amazing places in Oslo.

Have a safe trip. Let me know all about it…


International Travel Food

Foreign Food and Travel  

Traveling means seeing new sites and tasting new dishes. Besides taking a tour a large part of the travel experience is trying the native dishes. It’s exciting to savour new spices and fill our senses with new aromas. It can make or break your vacation.

We all have memories of something we ate on vacation that was just unforgettable. The combination of fruits, vegetables and spices used was just so tasteful that you never forget it. Once home we wish we can eat like that eveyday,  but that thought is easily discarded. Mainly because we feel we have to start eating healthy again.

That means you beleive your diet during your vacation was inadequate. You ate all the wrong things.

Well that might not be the case. Restaurants are now more aware of their menus and ingredients, inclusive fast foods. The nutritional needs of the clients are constantly present in most food chains and in small business. foodplateHealthy eating starts with a concious decision to carefully chose the  ingredients and spices in your food.

What’s on your plate?

There  are foods that are just healthy, but not sought after – nonetheless they are in every country and culture. They are as generic as water. For example; chick peas, salmon, asparagus, and brown rice. They are everywhere, and are part of most diets.

Foreign Cuisine then –  is simply a dish from another country.

Not something you have to give up after vacation.

When you travel it’s heavily recomended – to eat the local food. It’s cheaper and allows you to soak in the local culture.

Most local dishes incorporate some fruit or vegetable.

What makes them different. Usually.  the spices…….

Herbs &  Spices

Herbs and Spices come from different parts of the plant.

The spices mostly used in restaurants world wide are garlic, cumin, mint, vinegar, olive oil, thyme, sage, ginger, coriander, basil, parsley, lemon, and paprika.

 An herb can come from the leaf of the plant. While a spice can come from the root, stem, seed of the plant.

Pure spices are the strongest in taste.

Let’s then focus on healthy eating during  travel. It could be fun and it may just be the break your body needs.

Dieting and eating healthy can be more exciting and rewarding if the cuisine is foreign.

I know you probably try alot of things not included here, but give fruits and vegetables a chance – here are some reasons why:


Fruits are a great source of vitamins and fiber.

Appels are easy to find  while you are on tour; they are in most hotels, motels, bed and breakfast and lodgings.


Apples are beleived to fight certain types of cancers, heart diseases, weight gain, and high cholesterol.

Some hotels have a bowl of green apples in the buffet table or front desk. They are great way of eating healthy while you tour.

They also make a great mid-morning snack.

Cantaloupes, Honeydews and Melons are good for breakfast, an excellent source of Vitamins A and C. Good for your vision and lungs. Most breakfast buffets serve them.

Oranges are rich in Vitamin C. Oranges have properties that have been associated with protection against stomach cancers and colds.


The scientific definition of vegetables pertains specifically to plant parts; that are edible.

Vegetables have other similar definitions, the common factor is that vegetables are an important source of  nutrients, potassium, fiber, and vitamins.

Some of the vegetables that are rich in anti-oxidants include: carrots, corn, peppers, oregano, pinto beans, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, squash, sweet potatoes, raw nuts and seeds.

Greens leaf vegetables are a great source of antioxidants and fiber, like Romaine Lettuce and Spinach.

Foreign dishes and healthy food.

After the flight and your first foreign language experience. The first thought is to fill oneself with some native delight – even sweets.

New Perspective on Cocoa 

Have some cocoa, or a piece of dark chocolate. Yes, chocolate – it’s made of cocoa.

Chocolate is cocoa with sugar. Without sugar it’s Cocoa.

Cocoa has health benefits. Cocoa helps relief high blood pressure, obesity, cholesterol, diabetes, asthma and cancer.

It also has alot of cosmetic benefits.

There are varities of dark chocolates. The grading system may vary between countries.

Know the benefits of a nice cup of hot cocoa during your leisure travel.

Fairway to Eating Healthy – Olive Oil


    • Olive oil is in every restaurant you go to – world wide, because it’s rich in monounsaturated fats and tastes great.
    • Has lots of antioxidants.
    • Holds strong antiflamatory properties.
    • Can help prevent strokes.
    • and protects you against heart diseases.
If you are like most people, you don’t like to diet. I bet you can put away alot of foreign dishes though.
While on tour,  learn about those fruit and vegetable dishes you ate.
Then make them at home in accordance with your nutricional plan.
Don’t forget to consult your doctor first.
Put the fun back in your diet, eat healthy – stay fit, put International Cuisine back in your fridge.
I hope these few travel tips; helped spice up your vacation.
Make your diet fun, like you did while you were on vacation.