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
Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, History Museums, Neighbourhoods
Bodies of Water
Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
The largest cultural institution in the State of Israel, the Israel Museum has some fascinating artifacts which are sure to wow kids of all ages. These include the oldest known figurine in the world; the Dead Sea Scrolls; numerous thousand-year-old items excavated within miles of the museum; an incredibly detailed 1:50 scale model of Jerusalem during its Second Temple Period (especially cool for younger kids!); an Art Garden designed by Isamu Noguchi; and a collection of more recent works by great artists — think Henry Moore and Pablo Picasso.
This bustling and active food market is a great place for the whole family to sample a range of local delicacies, have a budget-friendly and authentic Middle Eastern lunch, or shop for souvenirs (or maybe a picnic later during your trip).
Few destinations (if any) can rival the multitude of historic and significant cultural and religious sites found within Jerusalem’s Old City. Allowing plenty of time to explore its narrow streets and hidden corners is guaranteed to elicit plenty of 'whoa' moments from all members of the family.
Take a family-friendly 3D and multimedia rich ride through 3,000 years of fascinating history aboard the Time Elevator. Expect water to splash and ceilings to crash among other special effects here!
Jerusalem’s 60 acre-plus 'Biblical Zoo' is home to nearly 150 different species of animals, all of which are either species mentioned in the Bible or are endangered — can you spot which animals are which?
The Tower of David, aka the Jerusalem Citadel, is located close to Jaffa Gate. A fascinating archaeological site in and of itself, the medieval tower is also home to an amazing museum, whose combination of artifacts and cool interactive features makes it a meaningful visit for all ages. Be prepared for the story of this ancient city to be really brought to life here!
This 45-acre site sits atop Har Hazikaron (Jerusalem’s Mount of Remembrance) and is home to the most extensive Holocaust Library and Archives in the world. However extensive your children's knowledge of the holocaust is, the huge range of moving exhibits housed here will make a definite impact. With a mission to commemorate the millions of Jews murdered and thousands of communities lost, the site also pays tribute to the heroic efforts of those who risked everything to stand up to Nazi persecution. A must-see for every visitor, young and old, for good reason.
The lowest place on earth (422 meters below sea level to be exact) is also one of its most fascinating. Kids will love the weird swimming experience of floating with complete buoyancy, and the chance to play in the mud; while parents will welcome the chance to relax by the sea, enjoy a spa treatment, and put their feet up from all that sightseeing.
The ruins of King Herod’s mountaintop fortress — and last stronghold of the Jewish revolt against the Romans in 73 AD — captivate you from the moment you start your cable car ascent to this amazing archaeological site! The panoramic views of the Dead Sea and Jordan on the other side, the ibex spotting, and the chance to play call and response with a major echo-effect, all add up to an epic family day out.