Thursday, October 1, 2009

National Parks: Ir David edition

Far from the madding crowd, it isn’t.

Indeed, Ir David (the “City of David”) - one of Israel’s most popular tourist spots - is likely to be especially packed on chol hamoed.

But don’t let the throngs scare you away.

Because if you’re looking for an awesome place to take the family over Succot, Ir David definitely fits the bill.

After all, it seems that not a week goes by without a new and exciting find being unearthed by the site’s archeologists.

Here are some pictures from our visit there this past summer:

IMG_6114IMG_6117 IMG_6122 IMG_6127 IMG_6135 As always, please click on the pictures for a closer view.

Coincidentally, ESG happened to be in Ir David today with his school.

Originally scheduled for right after Rosh Hashanah, his trip was pushed off to today and, as a result, renamed. The destination remained the same, but what was initially touted as a “siyur slichot” was rebranded as an “aliyah l’regel”


!חג שמח ושבת שלום

May you have a wonderful, happy and joyous Succot!


  1. Thanks for sharing your pictures. I agree--this looks like one of the most breathtaking archeological sites in Israel today. Do you think kids 8 and under would appreciate it?

  2. Yes, Ir David is fascinating! They come up with new archaeological findings there all the time.

    Shimshonit, my then just 6 year old daughter enjoyed the tour, too. It's fun to walk through the tunnels. And you don't have to go through the wet part (though my sons tell me my daughter and I missed the best part).

  3. Shimshonit - They may not fully appreciate the site's incredible historical and archeological significance. But even a 7-8 year old can understand that they're looking at things from the time of David HaMelech and the Beit HaMikdash etc.

    Also, Leora's right that even little will have a lot of fun in the tunnels, climbing the stairs, and - most of all - the water!

    Leora - My kids also say that the water is the best part, hands down!

  4. This looks incredibly interesting. One more thing on my list of "must dos" when I eventually go to Israel.

  5. Ilana-Davita - Yes, Ir David should definitely not be missed on any trip to Israel!


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