Israel Trip - Dead Sea area

 

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SATURDAY:

Today, we began another highlight day with several significant stops along the area of the Dead Sea.  Qumran Caves, En Gedi and Masada.  We started the day with another buffet style breakfast of vegetable dishes, cereals, fruits, eggs and breads.  Strong coffee is also the preference here -- which is quickly appreciated given our hectic and active days.  A stiff pick me up is a welcome thing in mornings!  We left our hotel sadly, wishing we had another day at the relaxing spas of the Dead Sea.

Our first stop of the day was at Masada, the natural rock fortress on the edge of the Dead Sea.  Thankfully, there was a cable car to transport us to the top of the mountain.  Given my sore knee, I don't think I could have made the long climb on foot!  The views at the top were magnificent.  Amazingly, we were at sea level at the top of Masada.  This was hard to fathom as we would gaze far below at the Dead Sea (some 300 feet below sea level).  It's strange to be high on top of a mountain next to the lowest place on earth.  On Masada itself, we saw a few remains of the ancient Roman structures, most there during the famous siege of around 70 AD.

From Masada we followed the road north up the Dead Sea to En Gedi, made famous as the place David hid from Saul.  We climbed down into one area containing a fresh water spring.  There were no signs of significant caves.  These were likely destroyed over time by earthquakes.

Our last stop of the day before heading to Jerusalem was Qumran.  This is where the famous Dead Sea scrolls were found.   There we found a camel to pose with (Brad got on the camel ).  We lost the rest group, so I only had time to stand beside the camel before leaving.  At the cave site, we saw the ruins of the Essines, as well as a fairly close look at the famous "cave #4" were some of the best scrolls were found.

As the end of the day approached, we headed up to Jerusalem.  Again we passed Jericho, as well as a few Bedouin camp sites -- which appeared more as small semi-permanent shanty towns.  In Jerusalem, we headed to our hotel for a dinner with the group. 

Once again, Brad and I split off in search of adventure.  After dinner, we grabbed a cab and went off to find an Internet Cafe.  We ended up in old Jerusalem at the Jaffa Gate.  After a short time there, we headed back to the hotel to end another adventure filled day.  Tomorrow begins our "official tour" of the old city!

 
MASADA FROM
DEAD SEA
MASADA FROM
THE ENTRANCE
MASADA
MODEL
KEITH AT THE TOP
OF MASADA
       
BRAD ON TOP OF
MASADA
TILE FLOORS
AT MASADA
WALL ART AT
MASADA
SAUNA ROOM
AT MASADA
       
THE GROUP
ON MASADA
A BIRD
VISITS GROUP
THE BIRD HAS OUR
ATTENTION!
VIEW FROM
MASADA
       
ROLLING STONES
AT MASADA
ZVI AT THE MASADA
SYNAGOGUE
VIEW FROM
MASADA
ROLLING STONES
AND MONASTERY
       
REMAINS OF
RAMP
ZVI AND BRAD
ON MASADA
THE TOP OF
MASADA
KEITH ON
MASADA
       
ISRAELI FLAG
ON MASADA
CABLE CAR AT
MASADA
KAY AT THE BASE
OF MASADA
VIDEO ON
MASADA
       
VIDEO OF RAMP
ON MASADA
VIDEO OF BRAD
ATOP MASADA
VIDEO OF KEITH
ON MASADA
KEITH
AT EN GEDI
       
TREE AT
EN GEDI
GOAT ON HILL
AT EN GEDI
SOME TYPE OF
FRIENDLY ANIMAL!
BRAD AT
EN GEDI
       
ZVI AT A SPRING
AT EN GEDI
THE GROUP AT
EN GEDI
HILLS OF
EN GEDI
EN GEDI
       
BRAD AT
EN GEDI
VIDEO OF BRAD
AT EN GEDI
VIDEO OF SPRING
AT EN GEDI
BRAD ON A CAMEL
AT QUMRAN
       
BRAD ON
 STANDING CAMEL
KEITH POSING
WITH CAMEL
THE GROUP
AT QUMRAN
HILLS OF
QUMRAN
       
CISTERN AT
QUMRAN
LOOKING IN
CISTERN
THE FAMOUS
QUMRAN CAVE 4
VIDEO OF BRAD
ON CAMEL
       
VIDEO AT
QUMRAN
VIDEO OF
QUMRAN HILLS
VIDEO OF CAVE 4
AT QUMRAN
MORE OF
CAMEL!
       
GREAT CAMEL
SHOT!
DRIVE BY
JERICHO
HEADING TO
JERUSALEM!
A MILITARY
CHECKPOINT
       
OUR FIRST CLOSE
LOOK AT THE CITY
HILL IN
JERUSALEM
CARD FROM OUR
INTERNET CAFE VISIT!
ZVI'S (THE GUIDE)
 BUSINESS CARD
       
 
MASADA CABLE
CAR TICKET
MAP OF
DEAD SEA AREA
MAP OF
JERUSALEM AREA
 
 


   

 

 

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