Sunday, April 19, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Don’t let fear prevent you from traveling the Holy Land

By
From page B5 | February 01, 2014 |

Sometimes fear keeps us from experiencing new things and places. Some people fear a trip to the Holy Land. I just returned from Israel and I believe there is nothing to fear. A historical or faith-based journey to this location will produce an unforgettable travel experience.

I took the trip with 35 other travel professionals to preview things for a group trip I’m arranging for March 2015. We departed New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on El Al airlines, near midnight, for the 10-hour flight to Tel Aviv. Contrary to my belief that many people wouldn’t be going to this destination, the plane was completely full of Israeli nationals, church and youth groups and individual travelers.

Arriving at Ben Gurion Airport in late afternoon, I was pleasantly surprised by its beauty and cleanliness. It sparkles like a jewel with its modern motif and abundant stores and restaurants. Due the extensive screening process before departing New York, the arrival process was not very long. As an added protection to travelers for future travel to other countries, your visa is issued on a separate paper rather than stamped in your passport.

With all the arrival procedures complete, our guide, Mike, and driver, Aviv, ushered us onto the bus for a 45-minute ride to the Olive Tree Hotel in Jerusalem, www.olivetreehotel.com. The lobby was as busy as a beehive with groups from the United States and other places. After a quick check-in, we enjoyed a tasty dinner buffet before bed.

The next morning, our first stop was Mount Zion, which is the location of the City of David, David’s tomb and the Upper Room where the Last Supper occurred. Continuing our walk, we visited the house of Caiaphas the High Priest, which is now a church, beheld the prison dungeon where Jesus was held and the spot believed to be where Peter denied Christ.

From there we were driven to Bethlehem, in the Palestinian territory, for a visit to an olive wood factory and lunch. Afterward, we visited a significant site that included the Basilica of the Nativity, the place where Jesus was born, Shepherds’ Field, where the angels announced the birth of Christ, and Herodium, the 2,000-year-old fortress built by Herod the Great.

Other places we visited on the trip included the Dung Gate of old Jerusalem and the Wailing Wall. People of multiple faiths were praying and time was allowed for personal devotion. As suggested, I wrote my prayer requests on paper and placed it in the wall.

We also drove to Qumram, the location where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. It is thought that John the Baptist also spent time here with a sect dedicated to writing and self- purifications.

We filled some days with self-directed activities. A highlight was a day trip to historical Masada Fortress and some therapeutic time at the Dead Sea. It’s true, anyone can float in it; even me.

Our trip was arranged by Educational Travel Services, the group subsidiary of Educational Opportunities Tours. Other vendors, such as Globus, Regina Tours, LaTour and more, also offer these trips. However, my experience with ETS solidifies my decision to go with them for my group instead of another vendor because of trip content and spirit, professional guide services, quality of the accommodations and pricing. For a visual view of an Israel trip, visit  http://player.vimeo.com/video/24824200?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0&color=ff9933&autoplay=1.

If you’ve had a strong desire to visit the Holy Land, don’t let fear stand in your way. We were welcomed with open arms wherever we went and felt completely safe at all times. As always, I suggest talking to your professional travel consultant to help pick out the right trip for you.

Happy travels!

Rose Alston is a certified travel and master cruise counselor. She operates a business in Fairfield and can be reached at [email protected]

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

Waiting game: Woman, toddler hope for kidney transplants

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: C1 | Gallery

 
Tiny twins call Heather House their 1st home

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1, 2 Comments | Gallery

Solano ranks last in Bay Area for health

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
SID to consider water rate hikes

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A1

California water saving mandate shrinks cuts for some cities

By Staff and wire reports | From Page: A1

 
Who is the Bay Area’s most popular athlete?

By Brad Stanhope | From Page: A2

 
City announces Browns Valley Road closures

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A3

Healthier Living program begins mid-May

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A3

 
Bachelor party turns into community event

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Il Fiorello serves up chocolate desserts

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
When to throw in the towel on sickly plants

By Karen Metz | From Page: C4

Coping with seasonal allergies

By Emerita Brigino-Buenaventura, M.d | From Page: C4

 
Solano superhero back in school

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A5

Church hosts health, wellness fair

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Home, garden show offers something for everyone

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Weather for Sunday, April 19, 2015

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B6

 
2 nations at center of market drop

By Bud Stevenson | From Page: B7

Vanden robotics team ready to compete in world championships

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A7 | Gallery

 
Fairfield hotel gets major renovation

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: B7 | Gallery

 
Teen victim of Dixon shooting dies

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A7

Land use, design, project synergy key to growth

By Brian Miller and Karl Dumas | From Page: B7

 
Fairfield police log: April 17, 2015

By Glen Faison | From Page: A9

Suisun City police log: April 17, 2015

By Glen Faison | From Page: A9

 
Commissary-Exchange pairing gains steam

By Nick DeCicco | From Page: B10

Airmen with county ties complete training

By Nick DeCicco | From Page: B10

 
.

US / World

San Francisco marks anniversary of 1906 earthquake

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Time plus distance help some Oklahoma City victims move on

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Police: Officers kill man who charged at them near St. Louis

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Scarlett O’Hara outfit fetches $137,000 at auction

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Turin Shroud goes back on display for faithful and curious

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Caged puppies on car roof trigger dozens of 911 calls

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

French replica of revolutionary frigate sets sail for Boston

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
Islamic State blamed for Afghan suicide bombing killing 35

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

.

Opinion

Transportation projects should benefit all drivers

By Brian Thiemer | From Page: A8

 
Justice not served

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

Clinton should spruce up a bit

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
Brown support of ag water ruffles feathers

By Dan Walters | From Page: A8

 
Sound off for April 19, 2015

By Daily Republic | From Page: A8

Talk about corruption

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
.

Living

Community Calendar: April 19, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Today in history: Sunday, April 19, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Is it possible for Methodists to agree to disagree on gay marriage?

By The Washington Post | From Page: C3 | Gallery

 
Vatican unexpectedly ends crackdown of US nun group

By The Associated Press | From Page: C3

Horoscopes: April 19, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: C4

 
Wife needs to decide if she can tolerate husband’s binge drinking

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: C4

.

Entertainment

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

 
Anna Kendrick has book of essays coming out in 2016

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

Phil Klay, Leslie Jamison among PEN award nominees

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

 
.

Sports

Crawford, Heston lead Giants to win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Curry scores 34, Warriors beat Pelicans 106-99 in Game 1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Reddick’s 3-run homer sends A’s to 5-0 victory over Royals

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Cal defense shines for a change at scripted spring game

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Serena Williams gets a rare test from Giorgi but holds on

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Tom Watson: Next Masters might be his last

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Free agent center Wisniewski signs 1-year deal with Jaguars

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Pete Rose hired by Fox as special guest studio analyst

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Marcotte, Ryan win US cycling Criterium championships

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Independent league experiments with 3-ball walks

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Merritt maintains edge through 3 rounds at RBC Heritage

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Jones throws 2 TDs, wins challenge at Ohio State spring game

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
As Spurs know, international players can impact NBA playoffs

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Rose scores 23, Bulls beat Bucks 103-91

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Harden has 24 points, Rockets beat Mavs 118-108 in Game 1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Pierce leads Wizards past Raptors in OT in Game 1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
Hometown report: Little League baseball

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B4

Hometown report: Youth track

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B4

 
Kenseth content in car and not contemplating retirement

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

Logano leads flag-to-flag to win Xfinity race at Bristol

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

 
This date in sports history for April 19

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
.

Business

Using a prepaid card? Avoid getting socked with fees

By The Washington Post | From Page: B7

 
Recalls this week: blowers, bike hooks, mattresses, toys

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

This year’s fight for the tech industry: Patent trolls

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
IMS: US prescription drug spending jumped 13 percent in 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

Fast-growing Asian aviation confronts safety challenges

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9 | Gallery

 
USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak could be ‘devastating’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B12

 
.

Obituaries

Carole Anspach

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Frances Bayona Lozano

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Robert Larkin

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Barbara Medders

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Carrol “Carl” Gordon Parker

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
John Thompson

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Allen Ellsworth Dolby Sr.

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Sterling Jenkins

By Nancy Green | From Page: A5

Dennis Burkhart von Ting

By Nancy Green | From Page: A5

 
.

Comics