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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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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The flip side of ostentatious vigilance at Ben Gurion Airport
In continuation of the theme begun by Sergei Dole about what he happened to experience at Ben-Gurion's Israeli airport, I would like to give a logical continuation. And ask a…

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Eilat – from the point of view of a woman

Winter is already at hand, but I still want to lie on the beach under the gentle southern sun. Where then to go? If for you, King Solomon and Queen of Sheba are authorities, then here is a piece of advice for you: go to Eilat. Ever since ancient times, this oasis in the desert on the Red Sea coast is considered in every sense the royal place for relaxation. And today tourists from all over the world easily go there. Gradient Travel Agency sends Russian travelers to Eilat.

Nature fashioned at the northern end of the Red Sea, at the southernmost point of Israel, an oasis of exceptional beauty: mountains painted in purple tones, dazzling white sands of beaches, turquoise sea … And – the sun, which has received an eternal residence here: the average maximum temperature in Eilat – from + 21C in January to + 39C in July. At the same time, there is practically no rain. According to long-term observations of weather forecasters, on the coast of the Gulf of Eilat the sky remains cloudless 359 days a year. And the warm deep-water currents contribute to the fact that the water in the sea is like fresh milk, and this is already all year round. Continue reading

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 own.

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“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

Caesarea – the city that Herod built

We were about to meet Caesarea, an ancient port built by King Herod and now located about 40 km from Tel Aviv. As soon as you enter the territory of Caesarea National Park, it becomes clear that this is not just separate archaeological excavations, but a real city where you can walk for more than one day. No wonder tourists are offered several routes. From a very quick acquaintance for one or two hours to a long walk lasting 6 hours with an examination of the numerous historical and archaeological sights of this wonderful place.

Situated on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea from the bays between the mouths of the Crocodile Stream and the Hadera River, the city was undoubtedly once incredibly beautiful. Continue reading

Nazareth. Church of the Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph
Statistics know everything. One must think that the total number of churches and temples of the Annunciation, erected on all continents of the globe, is also known. But only one…

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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."…

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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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The Dead Sea
For hundreds of years, humanity has not ceased to wonder at the harsh lifelessness of this sea. This is the water basin with the highest salinity in the world -…

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