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Trapani is a quite well known coast town on the west side of Sicily. Had a huge tourism boom when the airport was made a Ryanair airport, but now struggling to keep the numbers up. Trapani is not my favourite city, but the old town is really worth a visit. Beautiful baroque style with nice shops, wine bars and traffic free zones. Park the car in front of the harbor and walk the few minutes in. In Trapani you should eat the classical couscous with fish soup. The city is also well located between two important wine districts, Alcamo and Marsala. I would recommend to book a stay on the countryside of Trapani. We visited just couple of hours to eat after a wine tour.

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Trapani är en ganska känd kuststad på västra sidan av Sicilien. Hade en enorm turismboom när flygplatsen gjordes till en Ryanair flygplats, men kämpar nu för att hålla siffrorna uppe. Trapani är inte min favoritstad, men gamla stan är verkligen värt ett besök. Vacker barockstil med fina affärer, vinbarer och trafikfria zoner. Parkera bilen framför hamnen och gå de få minuterna in. I Trapani borde du äta den klassiska couscousen med fisksoppa. Staden ligger också bra till mellan två viktiga vinområden, Alcamo och Marsala. Jag rekommenderar att boka boendet på landsbygden utanför Trapani. Vi stannade bara ett par timmar för middag efter en vintur.

We decided to stop by a wine bar and take in local Focaccia and Tagliere (cheese and chark).

Vi stannade till vid en vinbar och tog in en lokal Focaccia och Tagliere (ost och chark)

 

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I felt very safe travelling alone in Israel and followed the security rules given by the swedish embassy and also my local friends. I went to Jerusalem to visit all the places we have heard of and seen in the news. I went by bus from Tel Aviv and in Jerusalem took a taxi to the old city of Jerusalem. I was recommended not to take the tram nor bus as there was recently two stabbings on two jewish men in the new tram. Please go early because in the morning it is nice to walk almost alone here.

The old town is divided in Christian, Jewsih, Orthodox and Arabic area. The arabic area was closed for visitors and the guards could not tell for how long, but I got to see the other areas. The old city is filled with markets, religious places, restaurants ecc. It is a perfect vision how a world could live in peace side by side with different religions, but unfortunately that is not the case.

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The most famous wall in the world, The Western Wall, also called the Wailing Wall. It is an amazing feeling having my own hand touching so much history.  Women and men are of course divided here (every religion is good dividing people), but it was an experience to see so devoted people.

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In the Christian area you can visit the place where they say Jesus is buried. It is inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

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From the David Tower by the Jaffa Gate you get an amazing view over the Old Town and also the modern part of Jerusalem, all the way over to the Mount of Olives. A strange thing I saw from there was the swedish flag at the Swedish Christian Study Center.IMG_3018IMG_3038IMG_303720151113_114258IMG_3039