A view of the beach from a room at the Herods Hotel in Eilat. A view of the beach from a room at the Herods Hotel in Eilat. A view of the beach from a room at the Herods Hotel in Eilat, Israel. (Photo: Jonathan Cohen)

Why now is a great time to visit the Mediterranean

Before you go, watch Natalie Portman explain key sayings every savvy traveler should know.

Brrr!!! With snow blanketing most of the eastern United States this week, we've been experiencing some wanderlust. Where, oh where, would be a good place to ride out the rest of winter? So we turned to our trusty globe, gave it a spin and – voila! – we've landed in Israel.

The Mediterranean country is full of sights you don't want to miss. There's the beautiful beaches, hiking trails and plenty of art museums. You can swing by the Albert Einstein archives or take a stroll in one of the world's most gorgeous public gardens. There's plenty of delicious food to try out, and even your pet Fido will enjoy himself on the trip.

So now that you have your itinerary, we've got one more thing to make your trip go smoothly. Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman, who grew up in Jerusalem, has put together a video of all the phrases you need to know to enjoy your stay in her home country.

OK, now that we've got you all excited about your trip to Israel, we should warn you: We can't guarantee there's 100% chance you'll escape winter weather. It does occasionally snow in the Mediterranean, and you can even ski there. So, at the very least, pack a sweater. Happy travels!

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