Rechavia, Jerusalem 🇮🇱

Rechavia, Jerusalem 🇮🇱

I recently came home from Israel and I find it daunting to properly convey all that’s happened over the course of the three weeks I was there.

But I’ll try my best.

There will be more posts here where I explore other cities, museums, and vicinities within Israel during this trip. Be sure to check it out!

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This was my second time visiting The Holy Land, (my first visit was generously provided by Taglit 4 years ago). In contrast to Birthright, I wanted this trip to be more family-oriented and grounding, which I’m happy to say it has been. When setting up my itinerary, however, I knew I wanted to make this a solo trip and spend the first half of it entirely on my own.

After landing, I checked into my AirBNB in Rechavia, Jerusalem. Rechavia is best described as a humble mix of flower shops and secret walkways. Luckily, my first location was central to everything; Israel’s Parliament, about a 30-minute walk to the Old City, and plenty of local bus lines.

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I got to explore neighboring attractions, like the Jerusalem Bird Observatory, Wohl Rose Garden, and Gan Sachar, (all free by the way!). I was particularly thrilled by all the new bird species I got to log by the Nyman Pond and greatly thank the JM Bird Observatory for doing the wonderful work they do. It took about 1.5 hours to snag a good photo of the Palestine Sunbird, but it was well worth it.

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Palestine Sunbird
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Nyman Pond

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Wohl Rose Garden, adjacent to the Bird Observatory, is home to a multitude of rose species, hence the name. No one was there when I went so it was a quiet place to sit and relax after a whole morning of exploring.

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Gan Sachar, (or Sachar Park), was right across the street from my apartment. I took morning strolls and found perfect patches of grass to just sit and meditate.

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I’m incredibly glad I chose Rechavia to be my first stop; it kick-started an awesome, memorable trip in Israel!

 



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