Before I go on about our trip to Jerusalem, I must confess that I am an “ignorant American”. Not that we were ever called that, but it’s the best term to describe me when it comes to world cultures. I admit that I did not know all the specific history and sensitivity of the Holy City. I knew that it was an extremely historical and religious city, however, it’s been years since I took World History classes and our news these days in America is solely focused on President Trump.
We started the day hiking through the hills of Jerusalem on a guided tour led by Nir, who taught us the rich history of the land.
After our hike, we went on a walking tour through the Old City of Jerusalem. We got to see a lot of the markets and this is where the culture of Israel really shined through.
Next, we ate lunch in the market, which included hummus, fresh veggies, salads and falafels.
After lunch, the production team that was with us to document our journey wanted to have some fun with Bruce Wayne and the falafels. What is Bruce Wayne known for? His balancing skills. So of course, he had to balance some falafels on his head and back. 😉
Next, we followed Nir as he guided us through the city’s streets, markets and ultimately led us to an observation roof overlooking the Western Wall. Words cannot describe the incredible feeling seeing the Western Wall in person. It was humbling to be able to visit such a historic place that holds so much value for so many people.
After sitting in a long traffic jam, we made our way over to the Village of Ein Karem for a very special Chef’s dinner. We were introduced to Chef Atalaya who hosted us in her beautiful family home. When we walked into her home, my eyes instantly went to the custom pillows that Vibe Israel had laid out for all the dogs.
Chef Atalaya told us about how she had just come home from cooking for Mayors and Governors. And much to our delight, she was more excited to cook for our adorable pups! 😉 Yup, you read that right. Chef Atalaya was not only cooking a Chef’s meal for us humans, but a full course Chef’s meal for our dogs too! After all, this was a #DoggyVacay trip!
Bruce Wayne was such a little piggy! He absolutely loved the meals created by Chef Atalaya. The dogs started the evening with a sweet potato puree. At first, Bruce Wayne wasn’t sure what to think about it, but after a few licks, he eagerly went back for more.
The next meal was exactly in line with what I love to feed Bruce Wayne, bone marrow with liver pate.
After that came what was probably Bruce Wayne’s favorite meal, prime rib wrapped around a stalk of broccoli with a blueberry yogurt drizzle. Bruce Wayne went to town on the prime rib. He literally growled if another dog came near it.
As if that wasn’t a main course meal in it’s own, Chef Atalaya introduced another meal for the pups: a vegetable, rice and beef dish, which Bruce Wayne literally jumped onto the table to get to. Since the pups were sharing this bowl and he had eaten so much already, I literally had to pull Bruce Wayne away from the dish.
Finally, the meal was topped off with a melon and honeydew dessert. Usually, honeydew is Bruce Wayne’s favorite fruit, however, he was a little standoffish to this dessert. I honestly think he was waiting for more meat. 😉
Bruce Wayne ate so much that he literally did not eat the entire next day. I was actually a bit concerned. Bruce Wayne always eats and I always stress whenever he doesn’t. Luckily, he ate his breakfast the next morning. I joked that he was either full from the Chef’s dinner or was waiting for another Chef’s dinner!
After the dogs ate, we gathered around the table for the human’s Chef’s dinner. This incredible meal included the best focaccia I’ve ever had, rice, cauliflower, lamb, vegetable medley, and more! There wasn’t an empty stomach in the house that night.
Stay tuned as we unveil our third day of activities in Israel, which will include an amazing giveaway that you won’t want to miss!