THE JUDEAN DESERT – KING HEROD’S FORTRESS
Qumran Caves National Park Learn about the Dead Sea Scrolls and the people who wrote them when you explore the Qumran National Park. Marvel at the table-like structures that are said to have been used to write the scrolls, the ritual baths and the caves where the scrolls were discovered in 1947.
Masada Mountain & Cable Car Ride via cable car to the top of Masada and explore what remains of King Herod's palace. See what it was like to live there as you view the preserved baths, cisterns and barracks. It was here that leader Eleazer Ben Yair kept the Roman Legion's siege at bay for three years.
Dead Sea Float Experience Yam Hamelach, literally meaning “Sea of Salt,” is 417 meters below sea level, making it the lowest place on earth. Its salty water contains unique healing properties, which, combined with the nutrient-filled mud found on its shores, creates one luxurious and healthy day.
Sunset at The Western Wall – Evening Recommendation Here stand the sacred remnants of the ancient Jewish Temple. On Friday night come to the Wall and join the joyful event together with soldiers and people from all over the world dancing together in lively in celebration of Shabbat, a truly unforgettable experience.
[Steph and Bill were both so worn out that we decided to skip the tour today. We did take some pictures around Jerusalem.]
First Station, in Jerusalem. Dancing was continuous!
First Station is renovated railway station, complete with some left-over railroad tracks
Evening dinner at one of a row of restaurants along Ben Sira.
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. . . September, 2019