Israel is not as strange and foreign as you might think. This photo of a street in Tel Aviv below could just as well have been taken here in South Florida!
In Tel Aviv there is quite a contrast between old and new as seen in the photo below of my hotel and the building across the street. I'll let you guess which one was my hotel...
But then every once in a while you get a reminder that you are, in fact, in Israel!!!
We toured Jerusalem and saw many of the historical religious sites. Below we were able to touch the Unction stone (the stone on which Jesus' body was prepared for burial) which is inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
A painting on the wall of the church depicting the Unction stone:
We also attended the wedding of my husband's niece while in Israel. The ceremony and reception were held in a beautiful cave-like rock formation on a kibbutz. There was also a sit-down dinner before the ceremony and reception on a lovely grassy area adjacent to the rock. The music that the DJ played was not so foreign after all... here is the very first song played:
Up next... Paris!