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Nov 22, 2019 - Jericho • Mount of Temptation

Jericho is a surprisingly small town considering how well-known it is thanks to the song of “Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho.” It calls itself the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city. Who am I to argue? Archeologists have found evidence of settlements here dating back more than 10,000 years. We saw ample evidence of this at our stop at the Tel Al Sultan. Locals were aware of pottery shards and fragments on a substantial hillside, but when serious archeological digging commenced they ended up digging to the bottom, uncovering...

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Feb 10, 2018 - Jericho

Jericho and Mount of Temptation Just five minutes from our hotel, we took the Jericho Cable Car up the Mount of Temptation and then walked 140 steps to the Christian Orthodox Monastery where there are two priests in residence. The monastery built in 1895 is on a cliff overlooking Jericho and the Jordan Valley. The monastery sits atop the cave where supposedly Jesus spent 40 days and 40 nights fasting and meditating during the temptation of Satan. Other highlights of Jericho tour were: (1) a 7th century mosaic floor discovered under a...

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Nov 8, 2012 - shalom

Shalom everyone. Internet access has been limited to facebook mostly. You can check out fotos there. We are in Jerusalem now after being in the west bank. It's like two different worlds. We visited a kibbutz on the Lebanese border yesterday. Since it is on the border we were advised we were being observed by hezbollah. I said hi for you. We hugged the Israeli army on patrol in full view of the hez. Chris planted a kiwi tree near the border. We visited Capernaun and the site of the loaves and fishes miracle. It was pretty warm. We also took...

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Nov 5, 2012 - Salaam part 2

Okay I'm back from supper now. Most of you are just finishing lunch. We have been blessed with good health except for minor dehydration. The tour guides push water on us like mothers! Our flights were on time but we did have to move quickly at Philadelphia because they boarded our plane an hour and half before flight time. I went through fine except I did get the special search at St Louis. I walked through the metal screener and the sirens went off. The guy took me aside and rubbed my hands and wrists for explosives. I did make the mistake...

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Nov 5, 2012 - Salaam

Salaam means hello in Arabic. I hope everyone is doing well. All is going well here. The flight was rough. Janelle I learned to drink lots on the plane. One lady did not and she had a seizure and they had to call for a doctor. That was a few rows ahead of us. Bus is leaving for supper. Bye

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Jan 7, 2009 - Day 7-Beit She'an to Beit Haarava to Kana`im Valley

Then we started Bus 804 Karaoke. It was very entertaining. Dror and Roi sang a lot. Then it switched to funny jokes. Ricky told a great one and Lior did as well. I don't remember the whole thing, but it had something to do with stepping on bunnies, being ugly, and being chained to someone. Shabat told a sexual joke, which surprised a lot of people. He even had this guy sitting on a toilet picture and you had to use your fingers to make him a butt. Then he talked to us about the Judea Desert and the Dead Sea Scrolls. I took a lot of desert...

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May 19, 2006 - Mar Morto e a mochila perdida

Hoje mudamos nossos planos. Originalmente iríamos para uma segunda visita a Petra, já tínhamos os tickets no bolso mas resolvemos abandonar a idéia e acompanhar o casal australiano rumo a King`s road e o mar morto. Deixamos de fazer o safari pelo deserto de Wadi Rum e a noite beduína, parte pelo dinheiro, parte por indicaçðes de mochileiros e parte por querermos antecipar nossa viagem em 10 dias para encontrar a Nancy, mãe da Renata, na Itália. Além, é claro, de deixar a Renata menos tensa com os perigos desta região que já se mostraram bem...

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Apr 7, 2006 - The Amazing Dead Sea

Written by Renee Today we woke up and ate. And we went swimming in the Dead Sea. It was cool. But before getting into the water we covered ourselves with special Dead Sea mud that makes your skin so much better. Swimming in the Dead Sea is not an easy task; you really can not swim but float. The water is soooo salty. You don't want any your eyes splashed or even swallow the water. Then we went in the pool and stayed for a while more and we drove to back to Margo's cottage and fell asleep.

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ARE WE THERE YET?

Apr 6, 2006 - The Upper Ghor (The Jordan Valley) at Margo's a and Nana's Cottage

Written by Sophie Renee went with Aunt Margo, nana, grandma, grandpa to Margo's cottage. They have a nice place in the Jordan Valley just north of the Dead Sea overlooking Jericho and the River Jordan. After a while, the rest of us followed behind. We had a BBQ and we hung out. Renee helped making the shish-kebab and we all had an introduction to the water-pipes. Then we said good-bye to grandpa, and grandma, because they were going back to Beirut, Lebanon. We continued on and we went to our Dead Sea Resort and we explored the place. This...

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Sep 1, 2005 - The Dead Sea, Jordan

Thursday, September 1. Madaba, Mount Nebo, Dead Sea. Sammy, the owner of the Palace hotel, where I was staying, organized a one day mini-bus tour for my a couple of college students from Britain, Rob and Barney. Our first stop was Madaba, a town south of Amman, famous for its Byzantine era mosaics. In the 19th Century Greek Orthodox St. George's Church is the Mosaic Map. The map was originally constructed in 560 A.D. (containing more than two million pieces) with 157 captions in Greek of all major biblical sites from Lebanon to Egypt. Today...

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Apr 7, 2005 - Israeli Stamp Stigma

'Keep smiling,' advised Dave, an Australian backpacker crossing over the border with me from Jordan to Israel. 'They like that.' I had already gone through one round of questioning from a gaggle of 18-year-old border guards huddled behind plate-glass. Several stamps in my passport had caught their interest (mainly those from countries that ended in 'stan' or with whom they were technically at war, ie Lebanon and Syria) and I was asked to sit while my 'status was being reviewed.' Israel, for obvious reasons, maintains a tight border and all...

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Oct 3, 2004 - Back to Amman via the Dead Sea

This morning we left Aqaba for the Dead Sea, also known in ancient times as the Salt Sea, driving north to the Dead Sea Spa Hotel near the top end 2/3 of the way up the country in just a few hours. Surrounded by barren hills with Israel on its far side, this unique 76km-long (48-mile) body of water is the lowest point on earth. It isn't unique to look at unless you get close enough to see the large formations of salt crystals that accumulate in some areas, but it is very unique in what it holds. With an extremely high saline level, it has...

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