Feeling Blue in Israel

Blue Windows, Israel

I don’t know why blue is associated with feeling down or depressed. Blue is my favorite color and it’s the color of most of my favorite things. The sky, the ocean, my husband’s eyes… they are all blue and put a smile on my face. When I was in Israel, I was feeling blue but it was my kind of blue; the blue that makes me happy and excited to explore more. From the doors, windows, buildings, and shops to the sky and the ocean, the blues of Israel filled my heart with joy. Here are a few of my favorites. 

Pool Sunset in Tel Aviv, Israel

Church in Jerusalem, Israel

Tel Aviv, Mediterranean Sea View

I saw blue in the typical places like the sky, the sea and the pool.

Blue Door in Jerusalem

Many of the doors in Jerusalem are blue. Do you know why? I asked our guide and he gave me two answers. I’d love to hear your thoughts, especially if you are from Israel or Greece where it is extremely popular.

Blue Door in Haifa, Israel

It wasn’t just Jerusalem that had many blue doors. Haifa, Israel’s third largest city and second largest port, on the slopes of Mount Carmel, was filled with blue windows and doors as well.

Blue Doors in Old Jaffa, Isreal

Old Jaffa had its fair share of blue too.

Old City Jerusalem Shops

Sale Items at the Market in Jerusalem

If I wasn’t seeing blue on the doors and windows, it filled the shops and markets.

Tel Aviv Market, Israel

Even the food bags were blue.

Dome Of The Rock, IsraelBut the most beautiful blue of all was the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. The most recognizable landmark in the city, The Dome of the Rock is the oldest Islamic monument that stands today. As if looking at a painting, the blue sky perfectly framed the dome and left me awestruck. Israel was filled with many “wow” moments but this one holds its position at the top.

Are you feeling blue? Do you have a favorite blue destination or photo? Share below and we’ll compare. 

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59 thoughts on “Feeling Blue in Israel

  1. All the photos are stunningly striking and I lovew the concept of the blue door but that last photo is incredible I have definite photo envy. My bit of blue is a post I wrote about Australia’s Byron Bay where the blue sky makes a striking background to the striking white lighthouse xx Rowena

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  2. Reading your blog always amaze me. Your posts bring me to every place that you’ve visit. It’s like… you are the representative of my eyes (pardon me). And the photo evidence that you shares too… THAT’S AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFULLY SO COOL!!!
    I hardly go out of my city. So it is entertaining and educating me. I never know that many places in Israel is so blue…
    Maybe because blue makes Israel (which I assume is brown, since it is located in Arab world – you know, dessert) looks more refreshing… 🙂
    and I agree with you; the last photo is so magnificent! The sky!
    For me blue represent many things. ‘Calm’ ‘Refresh’ ‘Encouraging’ but also ‘tears’.

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    • Thank you! I’m glad that you follow along and I hope to continue with my travels and adventures. I am grateful for every experience.

      What is the one place you’d like to see the most?

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      • I like the one which has ‘history’ in it; archaeological (?) site for one. But really, I love to see things like nature and people’s exciting activity (adventure-like)… So, just keep posting what you want to post. I like it. 🙂

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  3. Hey Lesley, you did have a great time in Israel, it’s quite obvious! You know, I happen to have the same query, why in english language blue color is used to express negative feelings. Anyway, as I come from Greece, I would like to share with you this picture from the magnificent island of the Cyclades, Santorini (this one in particular was taken from the village of Oia)! We are talking about mere magic, mostly the caldera part of the island, with view to the volcano… Blue for us symbolizes our connection to the sea, which we adore since ancient times as mother of all of us and the sky as well! You are welcome to visit Santorini or any other place in Greece, then you tell me what you think about it! Keep on dreaming, keep on exploring, keep on travelling!

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    Check also my blog post for Santorini, https://kouremenosmallias.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/santorini-2010/, although I have better pics coming up from 2013!

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  4. ( : I’m a Red door girl, but the blues seem very intense! My question is, how much shopping did you do!???!!! I see so many great blue bags necklass’ etc and the figs/dates!

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    • I’m not much of a shopper. I went directly from Israel to Uganda so I had very little space as well. The only thing I brought home from Israel was a few small soaps from the Dead Sea.

      Do you shop a lot when you travel?

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  5. Blue is my favorite, too! I love all these blue doors in this post. I am headed to Greece later this month for the first time, along with Kusadasi, Turkey, and can’t wait for all the blue my camera can capture.

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  6. Thank you for taking us along to your blue world adventure! Love the pictures and can’t wait to hear why there is so much of this beautiful color on the homes and monuments.

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  7. AWESOME PHOTOS!!!!!!!!! The top photo looks vaguely familiar, was it within the Old City of Jerusalem, inside the walls? I took a similar photo, I need to find it, but that door looks familiar. Ha! Great photos, such an amazing place to visit and explore and get lost in it’s history and depth and color. As much as I loved revisiting places and monuments special to my Christian faith, retracing Jesus’ steps and such, walking among the cobblestone streets of Old Jerusalem, in all four sections, was one of the major highlights of my trip. I got to see people, young and old, going about their daily lives in such a magical and majestic setting. But I tend to prefer places that are more authentic and less tourist-y, if that makes any sense.

    I’m curious, why is the color blue so prominent? GREAT QUESTION!!!

    xo,
    Nicole

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    • The top photo was taken just inside the gate. It was at the top of the steps overlooking the wall.

      I’m not a religious person but walking around Old Jerusalem holds a special place in my heart.

      I’m going to look into the blue color more today. I heard stories about spirits and others about the sky and ocean. I don’t know enough to post about it though. If you find out more, I’d love to hear.

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  8. Hi Lesley! Thank you so much for visiting my blog, which opened the door for me to go visit yours, and I read your “ABOUT ME” part. And I smiled – woohoo! An adventurer and traveller! Then I found your blue doors and all other things blue in Jerusalem, and I was enthralled. Beautiful images, and thank you for sharing! Although purple has taken a higher place for me these days, the colour blue is still my biggie favourite….blue skies and blue waters ALWAYS coax me to snap away with my camera – hahaha! In all their moods. I am excited to see more of your posts! And maybe some day I’ll even get to see some of those blues of yours for myself. 🙂

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  9. Wonderful post and pictures. I am Israeli, and I, too, like the color blue. As far as I know, marking walls and doors/windows blue is done to keep the devil or evil spirits away. When they approach the blue makes them think they’ve come to heaven, so they turn away.
    Anyway, I love it. It goes very well with flowers and pots of herbs.

    Keep doing what makes you happy. Life is so short. 🙂

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  10. Hello Lesley, you did not mention the two reasons the guide gave you for the blue doors etc. My belief is partly built on knowledge and partly “ancient Jewish genes”. From those ancient times, Lapis Lazuli, mined in Afghanistan was prized by all parts of the world but predominately the Middle East. Israel was no exception. Lapis Lazuli was ground into a fine powder and used as a pigment base for dyes etc. The intense blue was and still is popular. Once upon a time blue was about the only colour available to the ancients.

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