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Masada Near the Dead Sea in Israel: Photo Gallery
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Masada Near the Dead Sea in Israel: Photo Gallery

We drove to Masada, Israel from Jerusalem in 2015 during the Christmas season. This is an ancient fortification that's located at the top of a plateau overlooking the Dead Sea and the Judaean Desert. According to legends, the Romans tried to overtake the fortification, but rather than submit, 960  jumped to their death and committed mass suicide.



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The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Israel: Photo Gallery
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The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Israel: Photo Gallery

The Church of the Nativity is located in Bethlehem, which is in the West Bank, Palestine. According to Christian tradition dating back to 327 C.E., it was built over the site where Jesus was born. The original basilica was destroyed by a fire two hundred years later during the Samaritan Revolts. A new basilica was built and today it's an UNESCO World Heritage site. We visited this location in the winter of ...
The Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery
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The Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery

According to modern tradition, the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, Israel is the path that Jesus was said to have walked on his way to the crucifixion. It's located in the Old City in Jerusalem, near the Wailing Wall. We stumbled upon it by accident on our way to other important sites like the Wailing Wall, the Mount of Olives, the Temple Mount, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. A lot of Christians make a ...
The Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery
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The Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery

The Temple Mount is one of the most important and disputed religious sites in the world. It's located on a hill in the Old City near the Wailing Wall. As Christians and white people, we weren't allowed to go inside beyond a certain gate. The Temple Mount is, according to tradition, where Abraham was going to sacrifice Isaac before God intervened. The Jews regard it as a place where God's divine presence is ...
Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery
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Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery

The Western Wall was our first stop on our urban hike through Jerusalem during our 4-day trip to Israel in December 2015. We took the Western Wall tunnels when we left the site to head toward the Temple Mount.The Wailing Wall or Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel is located in the Old City along with the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Temple Mount. It's the holiest site for Jews ...
Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery
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Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery

On our urban hike through Jerusalem, Israel in December 2014 we stopped to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We saw other sites like the Temple Mount, the Western Wall, and the Mount of Olives on the same urban hike.According to tradition, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (aka the Church of the Resurrection) is located in the Old City in Jerusalem along with the Via Dolorosa, the Temple Mount, and ...
Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery
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Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery

We went on an urban hike through Jerusalem during one of the four days that we were in Israel in December 2015. The final stop on our urban hike was the Mount of Olives. We arrived at the cemetery by accident after visiting some of the other major sites in Jerusalem's old city.Tourist attractions like the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Israel, are somewhat incomprehensible because they're a part of a ...
Driving in Israel: Photo Gallery
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Driving in Israel: Photo Gallery

On our 2015 visit to Israel we drove around the southern part of the country visiting the cities of Bethlehem, Jericho, Be'er Sheva, Kiryat Gat, Jersalem and Ein Gedi (among many others towns that we passed through). The driving in Israel was fairly straightforward, although the driving in the Palestinian territories was notably a bit more eccentric than in Jerusalem.

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The Dead Sea, Israel: Photo Gallery
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The Dead Sea, Israel: Photo Gallery

On our December 2015 trip to Israel we drove around the southern parts of the country. We passed by the Dead Sea on our way to Masada from Jericho. We opted out of swimming in the sea, but driving the entire length of it was pretty cool, too!

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Shuttle Bus after Crossing into Israel from Jordan at the King Hussein Bridge
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Shuttle Bus after Crossing into Israel from Jordan at the King Hussein Bridge

This short video shows a snippet of the shuttle bus ride into Israel after crossing the King Hussein Bridge at the Israel/Jordan border. It was important that we cross at the King Hussein Bridge in order to avoid getting our passports stamped with an Israeli visa. We didn't want the stamp because we'd read that having one can cause problems when traveling to other Muslim countries. ...
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Trading Comfort for Awe — By Jennifer Shipp
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Trading Comfort for Awe — By Jennifer Shipp

On the slow descent downward, I didn’t know that my parachute hadn’t opened all the way.

The man on the radio said, “Toggle right,” and I toggled right. He said, “Toggle left,” and I toggled left. I toggled a lot--right, left, right, left-- because from the ground, the radio man could see that my parachute wasn’t opening properly and the he was trying to help me fix the problem.<br ...
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