At the end of september
1998, we visited Israel during one week.
Even if the time was
rather short, we saw quite some interesting
and nice spots of
Right after our arrival
at Tel Aviv, we took over a car and left
On a guided tour, we
saw quite some aspects of this historical town,
mainly in the Old
are unable to see all of this beautiful city in just
one day, there are
just too many historical and religious places here.
The following day,
we already left and continued our trip towards the
Dead Sea, stoping
en route in Jericho, the world's oldest city.
Massada, all the way
down the coast of the Dead Sea, was the next stop.
After exploring the
ruins of this ancient fortress nestled on a huge
rock plateau and still
being a symbolic place for Israeli people,
we continued on you
way back up the coast towards En Gedi.
Here we enjoyed the
strange feeling taking a "swim" in the Dead Sea.
Before heading to the
mediterranean coast, we added a further stop
to visit the ruins
of Qumran, place where the eldest biblic text scrolls
The following day,
after spending the night at a friend's house in Herzlia,
we made our way up
the coast with stops in Caesarea, the most important
excavations on the
coast, and Akko with it's arab-oriental character.
We continued our way
passing Nazareth towards Tiberias located
on the Sea of Galilee.
The following day consisted in touring Northern
Israel. This included
a drive through the Golan heights.
When heading back
southwards to Tiberias, we included a further stop
in Kapernaum to see
the church of the Beatitude and the local excavations.
The following day should
bring us back to Herzlia in order to have
a rest during Yom
from Tiberias, the next stop was Bet Shean, site
of impressive and
very well restored roman city, which had been
destroyed by an earthquake
in the 8th century.
Yom Kipur holiday was
rather strange for us as everything had
come to a rest. Even
the usual abundant traffic had stopped.
So why not as well
take a rest on a beach in Herzlia after the
whole trip ? The last
night was spent in Tel Aviv and old Jaffa
before returning home
the following day.
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