A friend of mine is going to visit Berlin soon. Knowing I have lived there a few years ago, she asked me for some tips. This brought back my happy memory of living and working in this exciting capital from 2010-2012. Berlin is a wonderful city to walk around. There is a lot to do and see, yet it is not too big. Many sights are pretty much within walking distance, and very well connected(the transport system works great!! Credit to German engineering ) Comparing to other big city like London and New York, it is dynamic enough that you never get bored, but never too busy that you feel hectic. You can easily spend month there. Below are the places I enjoyed during my time there.
We were not sure of Bethlehem during the planning. It is just 8 km outside Jerusalem within the Palestinian controlled West Bank area. Most tourists would take local tours because of security concerns. Have doubled checked with tourist office, we were convinced that we could make our own way there.
Temple Mount, the legendary platform built to support the Second Temple, now where Dome of the Rock mosque stands, has very restricted opening time for non-Muslims everyday except Fridays and Saturdays. Arrive early in the morning, we accessed the ground via the elevated walkway next to Western Wall Plaza. It was such a stark view shift. A moment ago we were watching Jewish people, some of them now wearing a Tallit (Jewish prayer shawl) praying in front of the Western Wall, the next second we have the imposing domed mosque arise from the horizon.
At the confluence of three most influential religions: Christian, Islam and Judaism, Israel is a fascinating destination. Easily and relatively inexpensively accessible from Europe, though it’s onward connections to the Middle East and Asia are pricey due to the lack of budget airlines serving the country.