Justine Shapiro's journey through the Holy Land begins in Tel Aviv where she joins the Israeli population
celebrating the start of Shabbat. Traditionally Friday night
is spent with the family, but Justine finds there's a thriving
clubbing scene in Israel's economic, cultural and secular capital.
The first leg of her journey takes her north of Tel Aviv
to the holy city of Safed where she learns
about Jewish mysticism and spend time working with other travellers
on a kibbutz near the Golan Heights.
When Justine arrives in Jerusalem its the
beginning of Easter and Passover.
She follows the way of the cross and observes a Bar
Mitzvah ceremony taking place at the Western
Wall. She then journeys on to Hebron,
capital of the Occupied West Bank, which
is under curfew due to terrorism attacks. She meets a young
Arab student who explains about life for Palestinians in the
occupied West Bank.
Justine is taken on a tour of Masada, Israel's
most spectacular archaeological site and learns to abseil
in the stunning Judean desert.
She crosses the border into the Sinai desert and
buys Bedouin veils and a keffiyah at markets in Al-Arish,
before venturing south down the coast to Sharm el-Sheikh.
Here, Justine scuba dives in the Red Sea amongst some of the
world's most brilliant and amazing underwater scenery and
meets travellers in tents along the beaches of Dahab.
Justine takes a camel trek with the Bedouin people and enjoys
their famous hospitality in a small tent community. She ends
her journey at Mount Sinai, the place revered
by Christians, Jews and Muslims who all believe that this
is where God delivered the Ten Commandments to Moses.