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julia wearing a turban in front of a wall.

intrepid traveler

julia wearing a turban in front of a wall with paisley pattern.

found: a bedouin necklace


beacon's buyer and jetsetter, julia, travels to jerusalem and palestine for this edition of road vogue.


destination:
israel/palestine

never travel without: a list of all the flea markets and local treasures to look out for.

favorite outfit you packed: i’ve been living in my vintage norma kamali jumpsuit. it's just so comfortable and versatile-good for flying, hiking, going out and abiding by local customs of dress.

best shopping: there is portside flea market in the original old city of tel aviv where you can find pretty much anything. i brought home two carved brass pyramids.

what are you listening to: anything that takes me to a faraway place in the world/my head. the master musicians at jajouka, acid arab, the traditional moroccan music author paul bowles recorded when he was living in tangiers.

favorite meal: shakshuka is an originally moroccan dish of poached eggs in a tomato, vegetable and spice sauce. you can find it on almost any menu in the region.

favorite moment: i was searching jerusalem’s muslim quarter for a good spot to hear the call to prayer when I met an old man outside an antiques shop who beckoned me inside his treasure trove, gave me an informal but uncanny reading on my personality/hopes/dreams, and bestowed on me a jade ring for protection JUST as the call to prayer piped into this shop from the streets. true story! the holy land is SO holy.

 

julia sitting on a chair in front of a building.



the flea market in tel aviv


a moped parked in front of a store.

the great flea market of old tel aviv

a person standing in front of a building with a tiger on it.



streets of tel aviv 


julia in a bikini standing in the water with dead sea mud on their body.

mud body stocking at the dead sea

a view of a desert with sand and trees.



palestine

a person standing in a rocky area with a stick.



hiking wadi qelt in palestine

a shop with a lot of different items on display.



window shopping for relics in the best shop in jerusalem, at the american colony hotel

a person sitting on a couch in front of a tiled wall.

the american colony hotel in jerusalem is a landmark hotel with an interesting history. my family has been frequenting it for three generations so it kind of felt like a pilgrimage for me to finally see it for myself.

an old photo of a family sitting on a bench.

the family at the american colony, taken by my mom with her brownie camera, 1955 

western wall in jerusalem at night.



the energy at western wall at 1:30 am is indescribable. thousands of years worth of devotion. write or speak a prayer into a crack and they say god is on the other side to receive it.

a blue vintage book with various items on it.



some souvenirs, clockwise: soap from palestine; a glass pomegranate (an important symbol in judaism/israel); a shell necklace; pyramids from the flea; dead sea salt; a vintage book about israel.

a person sitting in front of a door with a smiley face on it.

arabic graffiti in tel aviv (the smile is a "T" and the eyes are punctuation marks)


for a longer version of the ring story, visit julia’s blog,
the psychic life of clothes

follow julia @psychiclifeofclothes 

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