My grandfather, Isaac P. Friesen, took a three-month trip to the Mediterranean in 1910, and he wrote a book in German about his travels entitled Meine Reise nach Palästina. This book is out of print and is not on the Internet, so I have made the text available, and have also scanned some souvenirs from this trip. As the title of the book suggests, the main focus of the book is the portion of the trip that was spent visiting Jerusalem, Jericho, and Bethlehem, which were then part of the Ottoman Empire.
This book also has broader appeal because it is a record of travel to the Middle East during the brief period of time when modern technology coexisted peacefully with King, Kaiser, and Sultan. And not everyone’s grandfather has climbed (almost) to the top of the great pyramid of Giza.