The country promised
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…

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Haifa: welcome to God's vineyards
How rapidly the landscape outside the bus window is changing - the Negev desert dotted with "moon craters", the hills and valleys of the Galilee, Mediterranean beaches, caves, gorges, serpentines…

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Travel to holy places
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…

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Travel to holy places

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

Galilee – ancient and young

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

Mine Herr Hermon

We sit in Jerusalem. The beginning of March, rain outside the window, the wind blows off the bold passers-by. My interlocutor says: “I’m tired of everything, I’ll go skiing tomorrow.” “Where to?” – I ask. “Yes here, on Hermon, a couple of hours by car.”

Really close. Like everyone in Israel. Because there is not enough space, and it is necessary that there is enough for everything. In this country, as in the eyepiece of a microscope, everything that is needed for life fits. There is a desert. Forests, although few, are. Excavations, antiquities, three seas. Even four, counting the Sea of ​​Galilee. And there is a ski resort – next to this lake-sea. Continue reading

Farewell to Jerusalem
Jerusalem is a holy city for the three world religions. There is no other place on earth where God is so remembered. Orthodox pilgrims from Russia in recent centuries have…

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Jerusalem. Yad Vashem Memorial
A visit to the Yad Vashem Memorial does not require a preface. The theme is clear without it. The Nazi crimes during the Second World War, one way or another…

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Franciscan Order in the Holy Land
But only the Order of the Franciscans earned the right to be called the Keepers of the Holy Land, and its founder, Francis of Assisi, wore the stigmata from the…

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Kinneret
Tens of millions of years ago, a unique geological phenomenon occurred in nature, as a result of which the earth's crust unfolded over a distance of 6.5 thousand km and…

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