One of the best reasons to travel is for the memories. Here are seven experiences from the past year that will live with us for decades to come.
Israel's chefs employ an eclectic mix of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern ingredients and culinary styles. Here are my favorite restaurants in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
At the time of my visit, two new properties were about to open. It is likely that they will transform the hotel scenes in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
For Jews and non-Jews alike, a visit to the Western Wall is a remarkable experience. It is one of those places that is the focus of such passionate emotions that it is impossible to remain unmoved. Non-Jews are allowed to sit in the plaza and to approach the wall itself.
Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust is located four miles west of the Old City on the slopes of Mount Herzl, adjacent to the Jerusalem Forest.
With the Palestinians, on my recent trip, Israel did not feel like a country in crisis. As one Israeli explained, "Here, the abnormal is quite normal, so people just try to get on with daily life."