Late in the evening, a scheduled bus drove up to the Sheremetyevo-2 Airport sparkling with thousands of lights. I have not been here for a long time, and the changes immediately caught my eye. The appearance of passengers has especially changed. Previously, smug business travelers, timid tourists, and exhausted departing emigrants predominated. Now the bulk were “shuttles”, who occupied all conceivable places for rest with their huge bags, and impudent vacationers traveling with the whole family — they began relaxation even before the border control, where, by the way, the pretty soldiers were replaced by pretty girls. Continue reading
The diversity and contrasts of Israeli landscapes are especially evident in the famous Galilee.
… In the legendary waters of the Jordan River and the Sea of Galilee – the origins of the events of biblical history.
… In historical and religious centers, from Safed to Nazareth, from Tiberias to Acre and Capernaum.
… In the picturesque corners of nature reserves with mountain waterfalls, swamps, bird nests and exotic wildlife.
… In majestic archaeological sites – from the Roman city of Beit Shean and luxurious baths in Hamat Gadera to many charming ancient mosaics and the Crusader fortress, located on a hilltop. Continue reading
Deserts make up most of Israel, but witty people call their state the land of four seas. Why go to Israel is a rhetorical question: everyone is looking for his own.
“Where are you going? They shoot there!” – we discouraged one friend from a trip to Israel. The conversation took place in October 2000, when the political situation in the Middle East sharply worsened and it seemed that a war was about to begin. But a friend was not timid. She went to Israel every year, for five years in a row, and was not going to change her habit. There is a category of people (nationality does not play a role here): once having visited Israel, they become fans of this country. The threats of terrorist attacks do not scare them – on the contrary, this is included in the price of the permit, increases adrenaline. Continue reading