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Masada

Taking a break from lounging at the Dead Sea we jumped in the car and went looking for some adventure. We came to the sign for Masada and made a turn for it. I had been there once before two years ago when I was on a ten day tour throughout Israel. That time we had hiked up the other side instead of taking the 3 minute rail car. King Herod built the fortress on this flat piece of mountain in 30 BCE. His palace was located on the northern side. Equipped with bath house, store rooms, mikveh pools which you can still see the remains. We watched the seven minute video before taking the lift up to learn some more about the history of the place. I was shocked when they showed pictures of pottery that was found that had names written in Hebrew. The story of Masada is quite tragic. It was in the year of 73 when the, almost 1,000, people on top of Masada commit suicide rather than be taken by …

The Lowest Place on Earth, The Dead Sea

We weren’t the only ones to have a little getaway in mind for this weekend. Our original plan was to drive down to Eilat but after calling just about every hotel only to be told that everything was full, we decided on the Dead Sea instead. It turned out that the hotels at the Dead Sea were just as full. We called all the hotels to catch the last room at the Isrotel Ganim. So after some morning iced coffees and a freshly filled stock of hummus to last us a couple days we were ready to go. ­čÖé The Dead Sea is located on the edge of the Judaean Desert. And you can ┬ádefinitely feel ┬áit. ┬áIt’s a short strip of hotels plopped in the middle of the desert. If you look around you will see exactly that. While you are floating it’s the best to slowly spin in a circle to take in the whole view. The cliff, where all the hotels are sitting beneath. Or look across the sea where you can …

Camping at the Dead Sea

Camping at the Dead Sea sounds like a good idea, and it is… You get to wake up with sun rising over the salty sea, wade in its uninhabited waters, take in its healing powers. Yes its very nice and all, but only until the unrelenting sun is up and ready to start the day, then its a little less nice. Your skin begs you for freshwater as the salt dries it up with the help of the sun. I got lucky, ┬ánext to where we slept on the beach there was fresh water streaming from..I have no idea where. And as if the sun and heat weren’t enough, killer flies were sent to finish us off. Yes camping is fun, but next time I think I’ll take the more touristy route and just go to the spa at the Dead Sea instead. Equipped with umbrella, lawn chair, icy drink, and ┬áa swimming pool to cool off my skin.