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Day 7: what we have seen or learned in Jerusalem

Here is a list of what we have seen or learned today in Jerusalem:

  • The tramway isn’t working during shabbat. And everything is closed. The city looks empty.
  • They are not kidding in the airport. Security check is long and serious: the airport employees ask questions about your luggage, and then they x-ray it, and then they can open it if there is something unusual.

The anecdote of the day:

You can enjoy the best fresh orange juices in Israel. Oranges are produced in Jaffa. You can buy fresh juice in the street, it will be pressed just in front of you. Perfect when the wether is hot and you want something sweet.

Israeli oranges

Israeli oranges

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A lunch at Mahane Yehuda Market

After visiting Yad Vashem, we needed something to cheer us up. So we went to Mahane Yehuda Market to have lunch.

Mahane Yehuda Market: the crowd

Mahane Yehuda Market: the crowd

It’s a lively and overcrowded place where you can find almost everything for cooking and eating: fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, spices, dried fruits and pastries, yummy!

Mahane Yehuda Market: spices

Mahane Yehuda Market: spices

We had some falafel sandwiches. It was fat and tasty! After that we were ready for a long walk in the old city of Jerusalem.

Sophie, Alice and Virginie eating falafel sandwiches in Mahane Yehuda Market

Sophie, Alice and Virginie eating falafel sandwiches in Mahane Yehuda Market

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Day 6: what we have seen or learned in Jerusalem

Here is a list of what we have seen or learned today in Jerusalem:

  • everything is built thanks to donations: universities, research institutes, memorials
  • there are more policemen in Jerusalem than in Tel Aviv.
  • people are always controlled in the tramway (don’t forget your ticket!)
  • for shabbat (resting day in the Jewish tradition), orthodox Jews wear bigger hats.
  • some people really make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
  • you have to bargain when buying souvenirs in the old city.
  • men and women are separated on the Western Wall.
  • you can visit a catholic church when hearing the muezzin‘s call to prayer.
  • 10 minutes in Jerusalem worth less than 10 minutes in Tel Aviv: distances are shorter.
  • even if you’re not Jewish, you have to wear a kippa to go to the Western Wall (for men only).
  • during shabbat, you can’t eat before food is blessed.
An othodox Jew in front of the Western Wall, Jerusalem

An othodox Jew in front of the Western Wall, Jerusalem

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A quick visit of Nazareth: the Basilica of the Annunciation

After visiting NGT incubator, as we had some time left before leaving Nazareth, we decided to visit the city center. It is divided into two parts: one Jewish and one Arabic, where all the Arabic and Christian people from all over the world come to see the Basilica of the Annunciation. The church was established at the site where, according to catholic tradition, the Annunciation took place: this event is the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus. The church looks very modern and inside it, you can see the cavern of the Jesus family. Visiting this sacred place was something very special for some of the students that heard the story of Annunciation since always. A unique experience!

the Annunciation cave, Nazareth

the Annunciation cave, Nazareth

in the basilica, Nazareth

in the basilica, Nazareth

The Annunciation, Nazareth

The Annunciation, Nazareth

Be careful girls! Don’t come there dressed with a skirt. Our lovely Virginie wasn’t allowed to enter the church… So sad!

To finish the visit of the city, we ate the specialty of the country: hummus! It was suuuper good, tasty and creamy, with meat or egg, served with a fresh salad and lemonade to drink. The restaurant even offers any extra plate of hummus that you order. The winner of the contest “biggest eater” ate 12 plates like this! Not for us today…

Hummus

Hummus

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Day 3: what we have seen or learned in Nazareth

Here is a list of what we have seen or learned today in Nazareth:

  • hummus is heavy.
  • you can’t enter a church dressed with a skirt.
  • you can easily meet a priest and add him on Linked In, as Ricardo did.
  • the separation beteween arabic and Jews is visible in the city.
  • green is the color of Islam. Arabic cities are illuminated with green lights at night.

The anecdote of the day: passport n°001

Chaim Weizmann, who gave his name to the famous Weizmann Institute we visited, was the 1st president of the State of Israel. So his Israeli passport had the number 001. Quite easy to remember!

The city of Nazareth

The city of Nazareth

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A special night in Tel Aviv

On Sunday night, we went to the Institut français, on Rotschild street, to discover the results of the French presidential elections 1st round.
We walked up together on the terrace, had a nice view of the city, talked with French expats, and finally saw the results on the TV screens.

After everybody expressed his feelings (disappointment, relief or “I don’t care, I’m Italian”), we decided to move to the beach, near to Gordon street, to have some drinks and debrief on this first intense day.

Gordon beach by day - Tel Aviv

Gordon beach by day - Tel Aviv

Gordon beach by night - Tel Aviv

Gordon beach by night - Tel Aviv

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Arrival day

The Innovators Nation adventure begins on Saturday afternoon at Paris-Charles de Gaule airport. The team (13 students + Julie and Aude from ESCP Europe administration) meets in front of the boarding gate for the 1st flight from Paris to Frankfurt (a stopover in Germany, just enough time to have a beer), then another flight from Frankfurt to Tel Aviv. Arrival time around 4am in Israel. Everybody was very excited but also very tired, so we all went directly to the hotel on Dizengoff street.

We woke up on Sunday morning for a brunch. And we realized that, yes, we were in Tel Aviv! We enjoyed some fresh fruit juices, and then company visits could start!

Brunch on Sunday morning in Tel Aviv

Brunch on Sunday morning in Tel Aviv

 

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