A World Heritage Site in Israel

The walls of the Old City

The walls of the Old City

Acre is one of the most ancient port cities in the world, and its history goes back as far as the Bronze Age. For centuries, the city was overtaken by one dominion and then another, as warriors found it a strategic point of entry from which to conquer the land of Israel. Acre reached the height of its development in the 13th century, when it served as the capital of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. The most impressive remains found in the city date from this period, as well as from the Ottoman era, when Acre served as the major port city of the area. In the 19th century, the prominence of the city of Acre began a steady decline, as Haifa became the major port city in Israel. Continue reading

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New Israel, Same As the Old Israel

You diligently study the scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life.
(John 5:39)

Jesus picked up the Pharisees for their determination to examine the scriptures and draw conclusions. They read into God’s condemnation of the Israelite people because of their failure to keep his laws, and so they became extreme law-keepers so as not to draw the same fate.

What they failed to appreciate was that all that had been written in the scriptures had already come to pass. It was all retrospective. Men looked out of the window and saw how things were, and because things were this way they imagined that a God who knows all things must have known things were going to be this way. Not only did he know it, but he said it – or made someone else say it.

The writer of a certain portion of Genesis looked out and saw the peace and prosperity of the nation of Israel under Solomon. It made sense to have God promising Abraham,

“I will indeed bless you, and I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore. And your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies, and by your descendants shall all the nations of the earth bless themselves, because you have obeyed my voice.”
(Genesis 22:17,18)Judah and Israel were as many as the sand by the sea; they ate and drank and were happy.
(1 Kings 4:20)

Jeremiah tried to do it in advance and came unstuck. God cannot be second-guessed, The Bible is not a book that foretells the future. Eventually, like others, Jeremiah could only look out of the window and arrive at conclusions based on what he saw. When some of the population ended up in Egypt, history was revised to have God warning that if Israel did not keep the Law Covenant they would end up back in Egypt. We are here, so God must have warned that we would be here.

Christianity = Israel 2.0
New Israel carried on the tradition of old Israel. They saw the condition of the nation at the hands of the Roman empire. God must have known, and into the mouth of Jesus they installed the prophecy of Jerusalem’s downfall. Once a full-stop was put at the end of the written word it became popular to examine it to see what was going to happen. They scoured the scriptures and applied them to their Messiah. Both ends of his life were shrouded in mystery – plenty of opportunity to attach verses of scripture and build a mythology with words which had already once had an application.

When Paul likened Christians to Israel, finding an application of circumcision being that of the heart, so that by this means, “All Israel must be saved…” he was falling into the same trap.

Jesus knew that salvation did not come from examining the scriptures. It came from self-examination. Every meaningful thing Jesus said involved self-examination. It was said with the aim of turning people inward, because only if they turned inward would people have any hope of being of any real use to themselves or anyone else.

  • “If you do not forgive men their sins, you Father will not forgive your sins.”
  • “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgement you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.”
  • “You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.”
  • “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.”

Jesus knew that the way back to God lay not in rehashing the old – new wine in old wine-skins – but in ripping up the old and throwing it away.

Booking a Holiday, Tour or Vacation in Israel

Israel

Israel

In my capacity as the UK Director of Operations for One World Tours Limited, I am often asked about the destinations I have been to so that is why I try to give a good opinion on those places I have visited. Here then, are my top suggestions for sites to take in during your holiday in Israel.

As with many of the other destinations in the world, Israel is not unique with it’s variety of diverse attractions from the Desert and the saltiest sea on earth, the Dead Sea to the snow covered peaks of Mount Hermon. It only takes a few hours to experience the extreme differences.

Israel offers some very unique attractions that are suitable for all the whole family. A must is Jerusalem’s Time Elevator, the new Kings City in Eilat, Mini Israel, and the Haganah Museum to name but a few.

A few of Israel’s historical places have earned the right to be members on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Jerusalem also known as the “City of Gold” is one of those places which as a place is very religious and historical. This sacred place is located high in the Judean Hills, and is the Capital of Israel. It is a city which embraces the ancient with the modern, it is both holy and secular and displays pure natural beauty and stunning architecture which together creates a wonderful experience for the senses.
With it’s magnificent golden limestone and stunning scenery it is hardly surprising that it has earned the name of the City of Gold.

Because of Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean location you can experience the amazing beach life, which is not the first thing that springs to mind when planning a trip to these sacred lands, if you know what I mean? For other beaches there is Ashkelon’s and the Caesarea beach equally beautiful and offering something new to see.

Nazareth is the largest Arab city in Israel where the Christians and half Moslems live together harmoniously. It is one of the most important Christian holy sites in the world and this is why it has become a haven for Christians and pilgrims around the world. The stunningly beautiful Churches and Monasteries are places of tranquillity and peace that even those of you who are not religious will not fail to notice.

Another popular and famous destination for Christians is Galilee because it is believed to be where Jesus spent much of his life and performed many of his miracles.
Galilee is one of the greener regions as in the spring the valleys become an array of colourful wild flowers and trees that are full of bloom.
Bethlehem is considered the most important Christian Holy place due to the belief that Jesus Christ was born here and is situated five and half miles from Jerusalem. Millions of Christians have travelled to Bethlehem over the years to deepen their faith.

Nowhere else in the world will you find a place such as the Living Dead Sea. People from all walks of life and nationalities flock here to receive healing from the natural resources. Considering the climate, 330 days a year of sun, and the mineral qualities, predominantly sulphur, that are found here means that it is the ideal place for therapeutic treatments. All this combined with the amazingly dry air which cleanses the respiratory system adds to the whole experience. More famously the Dead Sea is known for its ability to cradle you in a reclining position with the security of knowing that you are not going to sink beneath its waters.

Rethink Your Travel Insurance in a Current Financial Climate

As Christmas is coming and you might be planning to jet off on holiday it is absolutely vital to rethink your insurance needs.

It is a must to get a travel insurance policy before leaving for a vacation, especially in the nowadays financial climate.

Today it is a common risk for travel operators to go out of business with no notice so your insurance policy will protect you and should outline your non-refundable expenses to be covered so that you could get to your destination.

Flight delays, cancellations and limitations won’t only make you feel upset but can lead to serious financial losses because your schedule won’t go as planned.

Medical expenses due to illness or accident taking place more often in the winter season or while you go in for extreme sports such as skiing and snowboarding should also be a subject for a cover under your travel insurance.

As the Foreign and Commonwealth Office reported last month over one-third of travelers didn’t have sufficient cover for their winter sports vacation before they could return home.

We advise our customers to take insurance, including cover for cancellation and all activities you plan to take part in, at the time of booking.

Here is a short check-list to ease your choice while arranging the cover:

  • Cover for a range of winter sports activities including skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and more.
  • Winter sports equipment, piste and avalanche closure.
  • Emergency medical repatriation.
  • Personal accident common for extreme winter sports.
  • Personal liability to protect you against claims of someone who is injured or whose property is damaged by you or something belonging to you.
  • 24-hour worldwide assistance.

Merry Christmas a Very Happy Healthy New Year!

Semarang Hotels – Providing Quality Services

Semarang is beautiful city surrounded by beautiful hills, valleys and rice fields. This is one of the popular cities of Indonesia and the capital of the central Java Province. Being an important port, this city serve as an important commercial center. The gaining popularity of this city has led to the construction of a large number of hotels in Semarang, so that the guests can enjoy a comfortable vacation in the city.

How to reach Semarang

Semarang is well-connected with other destinations via Ahmad Yani International Airport located close to the city centre. International tourists can arrive at this city by catching a flight available on daily basis from any major city in Indonesia. Many airlines offer daily flights to Jakarta from this city on regular basis. Besides domestic flights, Garuda Indonesia airline also offers flights to Singapore four times a week. The city is also well connected to Jakarta, Bandung and Surabaya by train and offer good links via roads. It takes about 10 to 12 hours by car from Jakarta.

Attractions in Semarang

There are many interesting places in and around Semarang that must be visited. Jepara is a beautiful small village towards the northeast of Semarang. This village is popular for its stunningly beautiful beaches and a Portuguese Fort. Kudus and Demak are two other attractions that can be seen on the way to Jepara. Semarang is a metropolis and feature influences of colonial Dutch era in its buildings and structures. Watching the traditional Wajang puppet performance is another interesting activity to enjoy in the city.

Hotels in Semarang

There are a number of different accommodation options available in the city. There are different hotels, lodges, resorts and apartments offering good facilities and a choice to choose the best hotel. Travelers seeking budget accommodation can stay at cheap hotels with good amenities. Families and couples can choose the luxury hotels and resorts and different budget accommodations. You can book a hotels in Semarang with the help of the online Internet reservation facility. You can directly visit the official website of the hotel or use any other reliable website for booking.

The Jewish Holiday of Shavuot

Shavuot Jewsih Holiday in Israel

Shavuot Jewsih Holiday in Israel

Of all the Jewish holidays celebrated throughout the year, Shavuot is one of the most interesting, varied, and disputed holidays. Shavuot falls on the 6th day of the Jewish month of Sivan, which usually occurs in late May or early June. The holiday officially commemorates the day that God gave Moses the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai.

According to Legend, King David was born and died on the holy day of Shavuot. Some Jews will celebrate it with a trek to Jerusalem for a day of solemn prayer. Jewish people living in Israel generally only celebrate Shavuot for one day, but those who live outside Israel will often hold two-day Shavuot celebrations.

Shavuot is also connected with the grain harvest season. In Israel, barley is typically harvested around the time of Passover, and the wheat harvest falls around the time of Shavuot. Jewish people typically honor Shavuot by eating a lot of dairy food. One explanation for this is that prior to Moses receiving the commandments from God, the Jews had no instruction on how to properly prepare animal meat for consumption. Cheese Blintzes, Cheesecake, and other cheese items are often eaten on Shavuot. Continue reading

Business Travel to Bandung in Luxury

Hyatt Regency Hotel

Hyatt Regency Hotel

The historical city of Paris Van Java Bandung has become not only a top holiday destination but with the growth of businesses in the city, its now also a business travel destination. For business travelers who are planning to travel to Bandung in Luxury, here some info to help your trip better

Luxury Car Rental in Bandung

Right now there are hundreds of company in Bandung offering a luxury car rental. BlueBird, a leading transportation company in Indonesia has a product called Golden Bird where you can rent limousine to travel in the city or outside the city. The services are completed with experienced driver who are not only good in driving but understand the city.

Luxury Hotel in Bandung

Bandung has a wide selection of luxury hotels. Hyatt Regency is one of Bandung top 5 stars hotel. The hotel offers a luxury hotel room and hotel services. The hotel is also completed with facilities for an enjoyable stay in Bandung.

Luxury Restaurant in Bandung

Bandung is well known for its delicious food. The city has many luxury restaurant where you can enjoy awesomely cooked food from professional chefs.

Here are some of the choice
– The Peak
– Balcony
– House du Chocolait
– The Valley
– The View
– etc

Bandung has everything to offer for your luxury business travel.

Happy Traveling