We ventured outside of Jerusalem today and visited some fascinating sites. I’m sure you have heard of the Dead Sea, but the other names MAY be new to you: Masada, Qumran, Ein Gedi and the Dead Sea. A couple of these sites have some FASCINATING facts that you may or may not be aware of… so allow me to share briefly.
We began our day viewing the city of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. Our guide patiently pointed out several of the significant sites across the valley, many of which we had visited the day before. It was really interesting to see them from a distance and in the context of the larger city. As usual, people took tons of photos as the view was quite spectacular.
Many of us choose to visit Israel to have the opportunity to walk where Jesus walked – to visit the places where he preached to the crowds, performed miracles and spent time hanging out with his disciples. It’s rather surreal.
Today we drove “the desert way” (as our guide called it) from Petra to Mount Nebo, Jerash and finally across the border into Israel. A long day but a good day with a great group of travelers.
Today we visited Petra, Jordan – a historical and archaeological city that is Jordan’s biggest tourist attraction and a world heritage site. (While much has been written about Petra and we’ve likely all seen photos of the 45m Greek-style facade referred to as “The Treasury”, there’s nothing like seeing it with our own eyes.
I must be getting excited. I have no other explanation for what follows.
‘Twas the night before travel, when all through the house,
There were piles of clothing, some pants and a blouse.
The toiletries were laid by the suitcase with care
And the shoes and socks, not in singles but pairs.
The travellers were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Jerusalem danced in their heads.
Pre-travel jitters is a real thing. Wikipedia actually has a post titled, “How to Avoid Pre-Travel Jitters”. From my experience, it’s a combination of excitement mixed with some anxiety over last minute preparations and the fear of forgetting something. (Does that fear ever go away?) Ah, but once I pull out of my driveway the stress melts away and I can turn my thoughts to all the things I am excited to see and experience.