The winner of the #SosPasalubong will be revealed at the end of this blog entry 🙂
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Last December, I had the chance to #VisitIsrael again. This is the third time I’ve gone and I seriously fall in love with it more and more every time I go. I had a bunch of time to myself this trip so I did everything from riding a Segway along the coast of Tel Aviv to pretending to be Gal Gadot for shopping discounts to getting a mud treatment in the Dead Sea. Haha. (Scroll all the way down to watch my vlog and to read a super special announcement!)
If Israel is in your bucket list of countries to go to, here are some of the places I went to that I think are must-sees 🙂
Rothschild Boulevard – This is Tel Aviv’s main street. It’s a must-visit for foodies looking for trendy restos!
Neve Tzedek – A chill neighborhood with gorgeous architecture. Neve Tzedek means “Oasis of Justice” and it really feels like an oasis in the middle of the city.
Carmel Market – Tel Aviv’s most famous market. You have to check out all the stalls selling fresh food.
Jaffa Port – One of the world’s most ancient ports
Jaffa Flea Market – A famous flea market with both fashion and food finds.
Tel Aviv Museum of Art – Just from how it looks on the outside, you know this museum is worth visiting. Lots of Israeli and international art to see!
Where to stay: Old Jaffa Hostel – This is the place for you if you’re on a budget and want to meet new people.
So I thought it would be touristy at first, but I really enjoyed seeing Tel Aviv via a Segway tour!
Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and this place holds thousands of years of amazing history. For security reasons, I didn’t take out my camera much when I was going around, but here are some sites that you should definitely visit:
The Western Wall – This wall is 1,000 years old and it’s considered to be the most important Jewish prayer site in the world. Beneath it are the Western Wall Tunnels, also worth checking out.
City of David – An archaeological site that gives you a peek at how it was like during the time of King David and other kings in the Bible.
Old City Market – Also called the “shuk” of Jerusalem, this market sells everything and anything under the sun. You can get a souvenir here to take home for pasalubong! Just don’t forget to make tawad. I attempted to get a discount by pretending to be Gal Gadot. Lol.
The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is known to be the lowest place on Earth. It’s one of the world’s natural wonders and the waters are said to heal. Don’t forget to float (you won’t be able to help it anyway, haha) and to treat yourself to a Dead Sea mud treatment after floating!
Where we stayed: Herods Hotel
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I put a box of items that mean a lot from me from my trip to Israel and I’m excited to share it with the winner of this #SosPasalubong, zionkosher aka Paula, who commented on this very blog entry. I’m happy you felt like you got to go to Israel with me through my short vlog, and now I want it will really be like you went, cause you get a bunch of goodies straight from Israel! Congrats! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can ship the #SosPasalubong to you. 🙂 This is what Paula said about her love for Israel and what she plans to do with this pasalubong:
First of all, I would like to say THANK YOU! Thank you because for 8 minutes of your time, you have taken me with you in Israel. I am watching all your videos, and reading all your blogs and I even follow you in Instagram and watch your stories and I was like, why can’t I reply with her stories? 🙁 My boyfriend even told me that I have more time with than him. HAHAHAHA. I told myself, one day, Miss Solenn will make a blog for Israel and you really did! This is my favorite because it has always been my dream to visit Israel and like I have mentioned previously, YOU TOOK ME THERE. I have always been curious how and what is it like to be in Israel? Most of the news that we read and watch in the TVs are all about terrorism which I know is a sensitive topic to be discussed here so I wouldn’t go through that. This is also my favorite blog because you have listed the places you have been which was in my list as well. When I was a baby, my mother started reading Bible stories to me so I could sleep well and when I was able to learn how to read, I read the Bible. Today is my mother’s birthday and it’s also my first time to join your giveaway because I patiently waited for this so I could give it to my mother as a birthday present when I win and if I win it. I’m not lying about this and I think that whoever wins your pasalubong is blessed. Thank you for being an inspiration to so many people in different ages and races. I also want to compliment you because you are very talented, you can paint, you can design, you can act, you can host, you can sing, you can dance, you can speak different languages, and even though you pretended like Wonder Woman, YOU DON’T HAVE TO because YOU ARE ALREADY! Cheers! <3 Paula xoxo
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About that super special announcement. I shared a few months ago that every time I go out of the country, I’m going to give a reader a #SosPasalubong with different things that are special to me from the place I went to. If you want to join in on the fun, here’s what you need to do:
1. Leave a comment on your favorite post in my blog, solenn.ph. Tell me why it’s your fave!
2. Subscribe to my YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/solennheussaffonline
3. I will pick one winner from those who comment and subscribe. You have until January 22, 11:59PM (Philippine time) to comment.
P.S. This giveaway is closed to residents in the Philippines only!