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Photo Essay: The Secretly Cool City of Jerusalem

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A short while ago, I was in the city of Jerusalem for my very first TBEX conference.

For those of you who may not know, TBEX is the travel blogging industry’s biggest conference and they decided to hold one in Jerusalem.

This was great for me as I live in the country and I had made it my goal to attend a TBEX in 2017 anyway.

So I spent six days at the end of March attending keynotes, meeting loads of new people and exploring the heck out of this city.

I came into Jerusalem thinking that I already knew what it was about.

But what I discovered shocked me.

When people think of Jerusalem, they think of history, religion and tension. I can’t really blame them, that’s how the media portrays the city.

But it turns out that Jerusalem is not just old, religious & historic but is actually also new, progressive & exciting.

There’s a lively art scene, great nightlife, top notch public transportation & mouthwatering food.

And even more so, you get the feeling that you’re in the centre of the world – that you can find everyone and everything there. So many different religions and populations inhabit the city together so no wonder that’s the feeling you get when visiting.

I didn’t expect to fall in love with Jerusalem the way I had. I had no idea that Jerusalem was secretly a cool city.

To give you a quick glimpse at how great Jerusalem actually is, I’m going to share with you some of my favourite photos from my time there.

There will be many more posts on Jerusalem to come, but I had to share with you some of my favourite shots of the city. After all, as well as Jerusalem being a secretly cool, metropolitan city, it’s also very visually pleasing.

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Did you know that the city of Jerusalem was secretly really cool? Would you like to visit now that you’ve seen some photos? Feel free to share below!

Be Brave & Be Kind,

Ella x

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8 Comments

  • Reply Sharon April 22, 2017 at 09:39

    I really want to go to Jerusalem, even more so after seeing those photos. But unfortunately I can’t convince my boyfriend :(. A friend of mine also went there and she loved it.

    • Reply Ella April 22, 2017 at 14:27

      That’s a shame, maybe he needs more convincing or is just simply uninterested. But even if he can’t be convinced, Jerusalem is also a great city to visit solo if that’s an option for you. Either way I hope you get to experience Jerusalem at some point because it truly is a great city 🙂

  • Reply Joshua K. May 16, 2017 at 22:35

    All the wonderful history and traditions of Jerusalem really make me want to go there one day. I’m almost surprised though to see how modern some of the shops in your images look and I especially enjoyed how many of these markets are so open on the street. At times, I think the U.S. could try and be more like that. It’s also fascinating to see how Jerusalem has been able to preserve so much of its culture and tradition to this day. Great post 🙂

    • Reply Ella May 20, 2017 at 12:04

      How modern the city of Jerusalem acually is, is pretty suprising isn’t it? I think Jerusalem has done a great job of preserving its history and culture while also become an exciting metropolitan city. Thanks for commenting, Joshua! 🙂

  • Reply Agness of Fit Travelling June 9, 2017 at 11:08

    Jerusalem seems like a worth visiting place! I didn’t know it was so modern, Ella!

    • Reply Ella June 12, 2017 at 18:06

      I didn’t know it was so modern either! I was very pleasantly suprised 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  • Reply Nerissa July 1, 2017 at 20:11

    Pictures are incredible, the food looks amazing!! I had no idea there was so much more to Jerusalem, I too had the idea that it was just history and religion. Definitely a place I want to visit!

    • Reply Ella July 2, 2017 at 15:45

      Thank you! Jerusalem is definitely a place worth visiting! And the food doesn’t just look amazing – but tastes amazing too 🙂

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