Well this is the last day of looking at sites as tomorrow we’re getting up early to travel (flight at 7:30 am).
Anyway leaving the Dead Sea area:
On to Caesarea Aqueduct:
Then onto the ruins:
We ended up staying in Tel Aviv and I got to see the sun set over the Mediterranean Sea, which was beautiful.
Sixth Day we actually had the opportunity to sleep in until 7 am. Our plan was to head on down to the Dead Sea and hit a couple sites on the way, then have a relaxing evening on the Dead Sea.
So of course we got some good travel pictures:
So first stop was the Qumran Caves. This was the place where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
Then got some pictures of the Dead Sea and you can see where the water level has been reduced:
Then onto the Valley of Elah, Cave of Abdullam and the Oasis of Ein Gedi. Both of which were beautiful, to actually see the waterfall in the desert due to a spring was pretty cool, unfortunately we encountered battery issues again. However we got them sorted out again and got some pictures of:
and then on to an old synagogue:
some more travelling:
And arrive at our hotel – Hotel Isrotel:
Dead Sea side of the hotel:
Mountain Side of the Hotel
Sunrise over the Dead Sea
Woke up a bit tired since we got to bed late. We were told to bring our walking shoes today since we were going to be walking a lot and they were right.
However before I get into the sites, I thought I’d snap a couple from our room’s balcony:
First Site: Western Wall:
Second Site: Wailing Wall
Third Site: Western Wall Tunnel: this Tunnel goes along the Western Wall underneath the Arab homes that are on current street level.
Fourth Site: Pool of Bethesda
Fifth Site: Church of St. Ann (Mary’s Mother)
Lion’s Gate and Jericho Rd
Seventh and Final site was Bethlehem which is across the border:
Bethlehem, of course had a church on the traditional place where it’s through that Jesus was born and Jesus lay in a manger. These are traditions, however archeologists have said it should be within 100 sq. ft of that location. It was strange because there were three churches in the same building – Greek Orthodox, Aramaic, and Catholic.
Then back across the border:
That’s it for today, tomorrow we head to the Dead Sea area and stay overnight on the shores, and the following day on to Tel Aviv.