Under the Star of Bethlehem - Silence
When our small group arrived at a hotel in Jerusalem, we were unpleasantly surprised by the silence in the lobby. Before giving us electronic cards, which act as room keys,…

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Blink. Church of St. Mary Magdalene
Josephus calls the settlement Tarihei. It is Magdala or Migdal, most likely due to the presence in the settlement of a fortress-tower ("Migdal" in Hebrew - "tower"), in which there…

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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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Gedi Spring Oasis

In the immediate vicinity of the Judean Desert, between the shores of the Dead Sea and the slopes of the mountains, there is a strip of land only a few hundred meters wide. Thanks to the springs and the abundance of streams running from the mountains, this narrow ribbon abounds with vegetation and various exotic animals. This is a real oasis, known from biblical times under the name of En-Gedi. Half a century ago, in order to get here, I had to go several days through the hot desert. Now it’s enough to get into the car and just cross Israel from west to east.

The Gedi Nature Reserve was founded in Israel in 1972 in order to preserve the unique landscape and wildlife of the eponymous oasis. Its area is about 14.5 km2. Continue reading

Saturday transport appeared in Tel Aviv
In Tel Aviv, six free bus routes have been launched that operate on Shabbat - Jewish Saturday, when regular city transport does not go. The demand in the first weeks…

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Tel Aviv - Jaffa
Kilometers of sandy beaches, the golden coast, on which the waves of the turquoise blue Mediterranean Sea gently roll. Daily catch at the fishing port, open-air cafe on green glades…

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Israel Attractions
Tomb of the Virgin (Jehoshaphatova Valley) Christian Shrine Tomb of the Virgin Empress Elena (mother of Emperor Constantine the First) built a church in 326, which was able to survive…

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From the desert - with love
Deserts in Israel are not dull tons of sand, but colorful mountains, deep canyons and caves created by wind, water and time. This is a carefully regulated living world, not…

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