About Chris O
Lives in London
Since Aug 2007
Hi. I’m Chris, an American freelance creative living in London. I keep busy working as a blogger, photojournalist, community manager, consultant, curator and more. The opportunities and challenges keep getting bigger, better and more meaningful for me every year! I’m having so much fun. Favorite destinations are many and my list of must-see places to visit seems to get longer the more I travel! I’m a huge fan of Lisbon, Istanbul and Queenstown – to name but a few preferred repeat locations. I also love heading back to the States every chance I find and cannot get enough of the Deep South – Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas – and Hawaii holds a particularly special place in my heart as well. And even though I’ve been based in London for years, it and the whole of Britain still yield myriad wonders for me.
Flea & Street Markets
History Museums, Libraries, Monuments & Statues
Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods, Historic Sites, History Museums
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites
Sacred & Religious Sites
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Antique Stores
Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Ancient Ruins, National Parks
Bodies of Water
The Israel Museum houses one of the most impressive collections I have ever seen. Here you can admire the breathtaking Dead Sea Scrolls, which include some of the oldest remains of the original Hebrew Bible, and you will also find more recent art in the shape of Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, and Henry Moore. I enjoy spending at least half a day to explore this incredible place, do not miss it!
Nothing beats an afternoon spent strolling around this bustling and active food market. Treats I like the most during any Mahane Yehuda forage include the scrumptious and cheap falafel-stuffed pita from the super popular shop on the corner of Mahane Yehuda and Ha-Tut Streets; a very cheap shot of 'Royal Drink' (with cinnamon, cardamom, cayenne and more) from Uzi Eli, 'The Etrog Man' on Ha-Egoz Street; and picking up a bag of za’atar for cooking back home. There's also the treat of simply taking lots of photos as I amble alongside locals doing their shopping too!
At the top of Jerusalem's Har Hazikaron, you will find this extensive museum dedicated to the six million Jewish lives lost in the Holocaust. Yad Vashem is also a working research and documentation center, dedicated to preserving the memory of both victims and survivors of the Holocaust. A must-see attraction, albeit a rather harrowing one; be sure to allow several hours to give this site and all its various exhibits the attention it warrants.
In East Jerusalem, this holy site is associated with many of the most important moments in the life of Christ. It is also an amazing vantage point to admire the Old City.
This is why you’re here, right? To experience the history and living connection to the past? I can’t think of a place with so many historic and significant cultural and religious sites, within such close proximity of one another, as Jerusalem’s Old City. It blew my mind the first time I visited Jerusalem! (In addition to making time to visit a few key attractions, you might find yourself coming back here again during your trip — as I did — just to take it all in!)
This gate is the main entrance through the walls to Jerusalem’s Old City, and is located near to the Tower of David, the Jewish and Armenian Quarters, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The gate makes a smart meeting place, and a good point of reference during your exploration of the area.
The Tower of David, aka the Jerusalem Citadel, is located near Jaffa Gate. A fascinating archaeological site in itself, the medieval tower is also home to an amazing museum which tells the story of this ancient city through an overwhelming collection of artifacts. Plus, its numerous modern and interactive features make it meaningful for visitors of all ages!
This 12th century Armenian cathedral is truly something to behold. If you’re fortunate enough to visit during a service, you will be amazed by the beautiful sounds as well as sights!
The ancient remains of Jerusalem’s Second Temple is a place of prayer, sacred to people of the Jewish faith. The devotion and practice of faith and tradition here is a marvel to behold.
This steep, winding, and narrow route that the cross-bearing Jesus is said to have taken en route to his crucifixion, offers a fascinating glimpse into the past, no matter what your personal religious convictions are.
This 4th century church marks the terminus of the Via Dolorosa and is perhaps the most important religious location in Christendom, and among the most visited places within the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City.
It is no surprise that Masada is the most popular attraction in Israel. Standing isolated and majestic in the Judaean Desert, this ancient fortification was King Herod the Great's last stronghold in the Jewish revolt against the Romans in 73 AD. Taking in the history of this ancient site is breathtaking and heartbreaking in equal measure.
This is the lowest place on earth (423 meters below sea level), and it is true what they say: You really can float when you are swimming in the Dead Sea! — This is due to its 33.7% salt concentration (over eight times saltier than the oceans).
I had a supremely relaxing time at the Ein Gedi Spa on the shores of the Dead Sea. Low key and with hardly any luxury trappings, it is a laidback place to while some time away, and enjoy a beautiful day at the Dead Sea. I personally loved getting caked in the mineral-rich Dead Sea mud, drying off in the sun, and then doing it all over again.