February 22, 2024
Los Gatos residents Marlene and Marshall Burak recently spent 30 days in Jerusalem with their family, including two of their grandchildren, Jack Burak of Reno and Sidney Davis, who hails from Provo, Utah, pictured here just outside the Old City.

Wildfires? Heat waves? Crowds? Pfft! Our adventurous readers have been traveling the world despite all that, exploring ancient wonders in Cappadocia, Turkey  strolling the streets of Old Quebec and sightseeing in the Azores. And they’ve been sharing their adventures with us along the way.

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ISRAEL: Los Gatos residents Marlene and Marshall Burak recently spent 30 days in Jerusalem with their family, including two of their grandchildren, Jack Burak of Reno and Sidney Davis, who hails from Provo, Utah, pictured here just outside the Old City.

Los Gatos residents Marlene and Marshall Burak recently traveled to Jerusalem with their family, including two of their grandchildren, Jack Burak and Sidney Davis. (Courtesy of the Burak Family) 

“Since Jerusalem is 2,500 feet in elevation, the days are dry and the nights pleasantly cool,” Marshall says. “One of the highlights of our trip was a food tour of the restaurants and food.stalls around the huge central market named Mahene Yehuda. We walked an average of 3.5 miles a day visiting amazing sites such as the Israeli Museum, Biblical Museum and the Old City.”

Some of their best memories include enjoying shawarma and falafel in the Ben Yehuda pedestrian zone and “watching the endless streams of people wander by. Jerusalem is filled with excellent restaurants that run the gamut from street food and snacks to high-end fine dining. One thing not to be missed, is a day trip to the Biblical Zoo about 20 minutes from the center of Jerusalem. With or without kids, it makes for a great day of sightseeing.”

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TRAVEL TIPS: “We found we did not need a car. It is a relatively small city and walking to see its sights is easy. The city also has a light rail and bus system. There is a marvelous new high speed train that takes you from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv in 33 minutes. Israel is a very casual country. You can go most places in shorts and sandals, except when visiting religious sites and holy places, where you need to dress modestly.”

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