Saturday, January 7, 2012

Israel Travels: Captured Moments


HAPPY WEEKEND EVERYONE! Thought I'd take you back in time into my day in Jerusalem during Tel Aviv Fashion Week! I'm am so happy that I had my camera on hand to capture these unforgettable moments. Just looking at them allows me to revisit them in my head so clearly. There in the last photo was our tour guide, a real Israeli. He was super sweet and did an amazing job...handling about 40 editors at once is not easy! We made our way to the Church of the Holy. The place was breathtakingly beautiful. The energy was so powerful, it's almost hard to explain, but I hope my photos do it justice. Candles were lit, prayers were made...it was a relaxing, completely surreal moment. We made our way through the caves, to where the tombs lay. The architecture and decor were stunning. Along the way, we also climbed up an extremely narrow staircase to a high tower overlooking the entire city. Being in such a tight space was crazy, but I'm happy I made it up for the view was sooo wonderful and definitely worth the hike (and me almost falling down the stairs!) Then it gets more fun...my good friend Gabi and I are not much ones to follow the tour and so we ventured out a bit on our own. We popped into a wine shop and made friends with the owner. He served up some really amazing dark chocolate Israeli wine (IT WAS SOO GOOD...and strong haha). We laughed our heads off being the tipsy little lightweights that we are, sharing stories about our travels. Realizing we have escaped our tour guide for over an hour, we made our way to the Western Wall. The view of the wall was amazing...there were birthday parties, balloons, people everywhere. There, I was given a red ribbon to tie around my wrist. Apparently it protects you and keeps the evil away (I still have one tied to my purse). The Western Wall was like nothing I've ever seen before. To be where the stories of the Bible began was amazing. The Western Wall was separated...men praying to the left, women to the right. I finally walked up to it and there people were resting their heads against it, crying...it was very emotional, but all in all, a beautiful experience. I also really got to dig deep into photography my entire stay...it wasn't easy working with all the different lighting, but with the way they came out, I think I did something right!

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89 comments:

Amanda said...

Oh wow I'm so jealous!!! :) My parents went to Israel on a tour thing for like 10 days, a few years ago! It is one of my wishes that I can visit there before I die. :) Looks like you had a great time!

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Aida said...

Amazing pics, looks like you had an amazing time!!


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Insomnia said...

The pictures are so haunting and beautiful. You can really feel the special atmosphere!

Irene Buffa said...

wow!
really special place

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Claire G. said...

AHAHAHA YOUR LAST PHOTO IS AMAZING !!

These are fabulous chica!!! nicey doneee!! miss you!! xoxoxo

Allison Young said...

these pictures look awesome and you always have the best outfits!

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Natali Karppinen said...

Absolutely beautiful and inspiring photos!
Thank you also for sharing your Israel story with us, I wanna go there too.

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The Fancy Teacup said...

Always wanted to visit Jerusalem, glad you had such a surreal experience. The captures are simply magical. x

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charity @ c'est la belle vie said...

every shot is gorgeous!

Jo said...

Goodness, it truly looks incredible! <3 I love love love the photograph of the balloons!

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Alona said...

I live about 40 minutes away from the old city, and every time I have such an amazing experience. No matter how many times you visit there- it never gets boring! The people you meet are amazing,and the buildings are fascinating! You are a great photographer :)
xoxo,
Alona

Mary said...

amazing pictures! It must be an wonderful city! lucky you!

Boho-Chica said...

Amazing pictures!

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Kathrina said...

Beautiful pictures!

David Diaz said...

The photos are beautiful! :D

xo

Elisha(: said...

thats AWESOME!!<3

Oreleona said...

omg! i wanna visit the wailing wall! amazing pics!!

Marina said...

amazing pictures!!! but tell me please why does the one man has got black hands?? just wondering :)

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Lucía said...

Beautiful pictures. It had to be an amazing experience

Giulia said...

Love the starry ring in the first pic!!
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Soha♥ said...

Amazing pictures! ♥XOXO

mary said...

i love the rings in the first picture
i also like the picture with the balloons. i think the blue and white go really well together :D
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BobbieAustin27 said...

these are some really cool photos
loving all of them
your ring in the first picture is so cute!

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It's me you're looking for said...

Beautiful impressions! And I like your ring, the one with the little star on it :-)

.Charlotte. said...

I saw a report about Israel today and I found it amazing ! So now I dream to go there ! I'm jealous ! Your pictures are just amazing !

Yarden said...

beautiful pics! it's so exciting to see my country through your eyes :)
i hope you enjoyed from your visit here and that you will come back.

<3

el_martina said...

wow!!!! cool pictures!

Mr. Taylor and his Lady said...

all of these images are absolutely stunning! i just adore the one of you sitting down by the window that is out of focus. and the picture with the balloons. breathtaking! this whole trip looks so inspiring!
xo TJ

SAMANTHA said...

This looks so incredible you're so lucky you got to experience it! Amazing photos!



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hannahalehandra said...

Wow I want to go to Israel!

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Sophi said...

It all sounds so interesting. I would love the visit Israel some day x

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Violet E. said...

i love you so <3

Tayler said...

Wow! sounds amazing! I love these pictures so full of culture and texture, great inspiration here. Thanks for sharing!

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Naftali Stern said...

Love the ring. Great pics!!

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Venus in Furs said...

oh wow! I'm so jealous of your beauty. really nice photos :)

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Clémentine said...

ooh i love this article, and pictures <3
and i love your blog :)

xoxo

Under the Fluorescents said...

i love the candid shots and unexpected focal points. israel is such a unique place...very different from America

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Ms.Fashionista said...

That first pic really caught my attention!

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xo

Her Persona said...

wow amazing pics. would love to travel there

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Luna S said...

I'm still craazzzy jealous that you goto to go to Jerusalem! looks like such an incredible experience, and i love the photos!

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~Lara~ said...

I would love to go there someday! Your pics are beautiful!

Ela said...

Dont worry.. you did right thing.. all photos are amazing.. (:

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Katia said...

Lovely photos!

Isabel said...

I love these photos :)
Great great great!

xx Isabel

Daniela said...

Amazing pics!! they're just great!!
take care a lot!
xx

TheBeautyFile said...

Amazing. Israel is the most incredible place on earth. I wish I could return every year. When your red string eventually falls off (mine stayed on for about 4 months), save it and put it in your wallet. It will still work its magic even if it's not on your wrist. I have mine in there and probably always will!

Emily Ulrich said...

These pictures are beyond inspirational. You really capture life at its finest.

Emmy said...

You definitely did something right...great pictures, Natalie. And now, I want to try the dark chocolate wine!:P

cmbh said...

very inspiring, thank-you

Natalie said...

wow your trip looked amazing, so inspirational!

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The Daydream Collaboration said...

what a great picture!
I can see you had so much fun there <3

canvasofculture said...

great photos, such a stunning culture!

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VALERIE WANG said...

those pics look so exotic!!!!!!!<3


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Christina Wonsbeck said...

fantastic pics! nice to have such moving pics to memorise a great trip !! :)

Sandra Merino said...

nice pics!!

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Mirthe said...

You capture such great things, love it<3 I think you are my favourite blogger at the moment:)

Berna B. said...

wow!!!

Serea said...

Love your photos, specially firsone!!

Lischen said...

Wow! SO impressive!!

xxx

Golden Cheer Grahams said...

Just one word: AWESOME !
your pictures are wonderful !

fashion-psyche said...

Very interesting photos! I like it! You've got fantastic bag! ;)

lifeisamaze said...

Beautiful pictures !
:)

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Really good photos!!! Nice blog!

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mike i make said...

amazing pic...

C A T H said...

very nice to keep up with some your adventures in Israel! I know!! They have some of the best decor designs and the most fascinating, ancient buildings to my eyes too xx hope you take lots of souvenirs back to remind you of the great travel =)

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Michal מיכל said...

It's funny how Israel looks so oriental from your point of view, and to me it looks like home :) (even though I live close to Tel Aviv and not Jerusalem).
I'm happy you found Israel interesting and beautiful!

daphne on a rocketship said...

oh i am so jealous it looks like an amazing trip!!!!!!also
thnx for the comment!!!:)

Rainbow Gatherer said...

lovely photos

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Ana Magdalena said...

Palestine is such a beautiful place!

lovely photos.

pinkmate said...

Wow!great photos! I love how you captured the solemnity of the Church of the Holy.

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Sandra Leiva said...

Thanks for your comment, Natalie!
I love your blog <3

HoneyBunny said...

These photos are so so pretty!

Oh, and thank you so much for following me, Nathalie!:) I've been following you for a while now too;)

Delmy said...

You did a great job and what an amazing experience.

leyla. said...

beautiful moments captured so nicely! it must have been such a powerful and amazing experience being in a place that is so full of history and traditions.

Anna said...

beautiful pictures!just amazing...


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Laura said...

What a nice post honey!! Great photos

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daisymay aka Chantele said...

Wow, it looks like an amazing trip! I would love to travel more but sadly don't have the finances yet!

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The life after said...

I don't like religious things but are suggestive to see. Amazing pics indeed!

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axelleeee said...

wauw amazing pictures!

Susi said...

Wow Israel.. I would love to go there!
Do you recommend to go there? :)

Collections said...

Gorgeous photograph. Looks like a wonderful place.

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Chyrel Gomez said...

Israel never looked this good. Gorgeous, gorgeous photos!

Moon Child said...

amazing pictures...you captured the experience so well, X
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Roseanne said...

Seems like you had an amazing time!Would love to visit Israel some day.
x

Zoey H said...

Endlessly beautiful. I'm insanely jealous you got to go there.

Taylor Rae said...

Very amazing photos. That wine cellar looks unreal!

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alice san said...

you picture really make me want fly to Israel now..haha:) anyways the picture was sooo nice and thank to you although it's a picture but i feel like i has beeen to lsrael. hehe:) wish someday cna go there too:)