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  • Day16


    May 22 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Sprit zu erwerben ist gar nicht mal so einfach in Israel. Die Zapfsäulen saugen zwar Deine Kreditkarte ein, unterhalten sich aber ausschließlich auf Hebräisch mit Dir. Und sie verlangen die Eingabe der Ausweisnummer und des Kfz-Kennzeichens. Die enthalten bei uns Buchstaben, in Israel nur Zahlen. Geht also nicht... Aber die Hiesigen sind sehr hilfsbereit und helfen, das System auszutricksen.
    So, nun aber mit Vollgas gen Totes Meer und Jerusalem.
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  • Day16

    Goooooood morning, allerseits!

    May 22 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Ein angenehm kühles Lüftchen umschmeichelte die Karawanseristen heute Nacht unter freiem Himmel bzw. unter einem Strand-Baldachin.
    Und jetzt machen wir erstmal das Schlafgemach zum Frühstückssalon.

    Konrad: frisurtechnisch war´s a wilde Nacht;-: [Manuela]

    Norbert Dinkel

    Habt ihr schon mal auf die Karte geguckt? Ich glaub ihr seid zu weit gefahren. Gooood morning is in Vietnam

  • Day15

    Eilat macht die Nacht zum Tag

    May 21 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Wo's tags zu heiß ist, gibt man sich eben nachts Vergnügungen hin. In Eilat am Roten Meer, dem südlichsten Punkt unseres Ausfluges, ist ordentlich was los auf der Strandpromenade. Bespaßungsapparate wie eine Bungee-Schnalzkugel versprechen Enddarmverknotungen, Hütchenspieler das große Geld und ein Basar das Schnäppchen des Lebens. Der omnipräsente Beat von Orient-Pop liefert dem kunterbunten, schrill illuminierten Geschehen den Soundtrack, unterstützt von Straßenmusikanten aller Art.
    Jetzt sei eine gute Zeit, hierher zu kommen, sagt uns ein Isreali: Mild und vergleichweise ruhig. Im Sommer sei' s die Hölle.
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  • Day15

    In der Wüste

    May 21 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Haben beim Ben Gurion Memorial den Weg zu einer kleinen Oase gefunden. Ist für Offroad Fahrzeuge als rote Strecke markiert. Hält uns aber erst mal nicht auf. Wir haben dann doch 3 Stelle die ein wenig knifflig waren, wir sind aber wieder raus.Read more

    Susanne Schöb

    erst mal vielen Dank für die vielen schönen Bilder und Videos. Ihr mutet euren alten Kisten ganz schön was zu 😅👍weiter viel Spass und gutes Gelingen

  • Day15

    See in Sicht

    May 21 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    Vor der Karawanserei liegt ein erquickender Sprung ins Rote Meer.

    Zuvor ertappte uns allerdings das Orga-Team beim Foto- und Kaltgetränkestopp. Die sofort vor Ort verordnete Sonderprüfung absolvierten die Gebrüder Maier mit Bravour in Rekordzeit.Read more

    Yeah!!!!!!!!! [Manuela]

  • Day12

    Masada und das Tote Meer

    October 1, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Direkt unterhalb des Festungsplateaus Masada liegt der tiefste Landpunkt der Erde am Ufer des Toten Meeres. Mit 32°C Wassertemperatur ist Baden dort wie ein Gang ins Spa. Der hohe Salzgehalt von 28% lässt einen wunderbar auf dem Wasser schweben, jedoch reichen 10 Minuten völlig aus, um sich dann rasch komplett gegrillt und angekrustet auf den Weg zu den Süßwasserduschen zu machen.Read more

    ohhh, ich bin sehr neidisch...Masada fand ich sehr beeindruckend

  • Day12

    Out and about around the Dead Sea

    May 16 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    A very full day doing activities around the Dead Sea (this time Israel side). First stop was Qumran which is where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947 by a young Bedouin sheepherder after his sheep ventured into a cave and wouldn't come out. There he found 7 jars containing the scrolls recounting Biblical stories. After this discovery, many other scrolls were found hidden in caves throughout the area.

    We continued into Masada which is a fortress set high in the mountains overlooking the Dead Sea. Apparently there was an epic movie (Cecil B de Mil style) about Masada but I had never heard of it. Originally built as a Palace for King Herod it became the last bastion for Jewish freedom fighters against the Romans. It's fall signalled the end of the Kingdom of Judea. Masada is A UNESCO World Heritage site as it is the most complete surviving Roman seige system in the world.

    Next stop was another float in the Dead Sea and even though we had already done it on the Jordan side, this was so much better. The access was easier and the water was warmer - I really enjoyed it this time.

    Finally we returned to Jerusalem, calling into the obligatory factory stop where they make the Dead Sea minerals skin care products. No doubt they are good, but outrageously expensive. Then onto Jericho which is the oldest city in the world and also the place where they believe Jesus was tempted by Satan when he wandered in the wilderness for 40 days fasting. It is also known for the place where Joshua's army marched around the city walls 7 times and the walls came tumbling down. However there was nothing really to see regarding the walls and Jericho as a city was quite grubby, particularly compared to Jerusalem.

    Last day in Jerusalem, off to Bethlehem tomorrow.
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  • Day11

    Day 10 - Dead Sea and Masada

    May 6 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Our day started with a long drive along the Dead Sea, which gave us a feel for its breadth, though that has shrunken considerably over the years. Not only is it the lowest point on Earth, but its water level is dropping at a rate of about three feet per year. We could see abandoned resorts that had once been seaside but that now were empty shells on an apocalyptic landscape. The 34% salinity also ends-up creating large sinkholes along the edges. But we also saw fields of date palms and a kibbutz here-and-there.

    The destination was Masada, an isolated mountain-top fortification built by Herod the Great that dates to the 1st century BC. In 73 to 74 CE, it was the site of a siege by the Romans against Jewish zealots that were hiding there, and it allegedly ended with the mass suicide of close to 1,000 people.

    It’s wicked cool. I remember my dad being fascinated by it by virtue of his long-time subscription to National Geographic. Today it is one of Israel’s most popular tourist attractions, and you can clearly see why.

    After a few hours there, we set off to Jericho, which today is a Palestinian city of about 25,000 people in the West Bank (we drove through several checkpoints on both days 9 and 10). Dating back about 11,000 years, Jericho is the oldest city in the world, with the world’s oldest known protective wall (our tour guide frequently uses the term “back in the day,” and he usually means, well, waaaaaay back in the day). As we drove to Jericho, we passed the cave where the Dead Sea Scrolls had been found.

    We had a wonderful final evening in Jerusalem, walking first to a superb restaurant, The Culinary Workshop and walking after dinner to a speakeasy, The Gatsby.

    #aktravel #israel #jerusalem #masada
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  • Day23

    Ashdod: We Waited and We Waited

    April 10 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

    Do I even want to write about what turned out to be a “bust” for us? Not really, but I will. So here goes the “short” story of today.

    We knew the COVID-19 formalities were going to delay us. We were prepared for that. After all, we’d been told that the process could take up to six hours. The first part — the PCR testing — went smoothly and the testing was completed ahead of schedule. Then, we waited … and we waited … and we waited … and we waited. No announcement for us to proceed to immigration. That answered the question from this morning. Since we were not berthed at the terminal, we’d be going through the formalities on our way to the Sea Mall.

    At 11:30a, we went up to the Waves Grill for lunch. Then, we waited … and we waited. CD Leslie came on the P/A to say we were still waiting for the test results and immigration … and promised to be back in an hour with an update. So, we waited … and we waited. Leslie made another announcement. The same news … waiting on test results and immigration. One cabin number was then called with the request to contact the front desk. Later, I heard that there was one inconclusive test. Was that someone in the cabin that was called? Probably.

    Anyway, it was just about 3:00p when Leslie finally came on the P/A system to say Insignia was cleared. He proceeded to call the tours to the gangway. No calls for us independents until 3:30p.

    By that time, Mui and I had decided to throw in the towel. You see, immigration was still ahead of us. We’d have to take the shuttle to the terminal, go through the formalities, then get back on a bus to go to the Sea Mall. The museum we were planning to visit would be closed by the time we got there. We didn’t feel like it was worth the hassle to go through all that just to walk around the marina area. Instead, we figured we’d have afternoon tea on a quiet ship. Yeah, right!

    Apparently, the “clearance” given earlier was just for PCR testing. We were just sitting down to tea when the announcement came that “everyone” had to go through immigration, whether they planned to leave the port or not.

    So, we trudged down the gangway only to see the bus we’re required to to ride through the port pulling away as it was at capacity. It was another 20 minutes before another bus pulled up to collect us and a few others. Five minutes after that we were pulling up by the terminal. The only good news in all this? Those on the buses ahead of us were already finished so we just walked up, showed our passports, went through the security checkpoint, walked back out, and got back on the bus back to the ship.

    By this time, it was 4:30p. The Panache Quartet was still playing in Horizons, but afternoon tea was already being dismantled. The wait staff were kind enough to accommodate us … and we were joined by Cella, who was also late to the “tea game.”

    Now, at 6:00p we are not only back in our cabin, but I am ready to put this whole debacle behind me. It takes a lot to frustrate us. But the Israelis managed to do so in a big way today. I sure hope our next couple of days in Haifa will make up for today.

    On the bright side … I had mentioned in my cruise satisfaction survey that I wished there was a full length mirror in the cabin. What seemed like minutes after we dropped off the survey at the front desk this morning, there was a knock on the door. Yup … a new door for the double closet … with a full-length mirror on the inside panel. Now that’s what I call service!
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    I can relate to your "waiting" game :) but glad all had been cleared. That was a good call not to go to the mall, i hate it when we have to rush back to the ship. For us we will be coming by plane entering Tel Aviv and like you we will be waiting 6-12 hrs. Again, I hope we still have three months more to go, by then either the new variant causes more havoc or Israel relaxes their entry requirement. Crossing fingers.

    Two to Travel

    Hopefully things will be better for you.

  • Day13


    February 14 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Masada is the ancient fortress built by Herod the Great, more than 2,000 years ago. This was his place of safety, located on top of a high geological feature with only difficult access. The site is probably best known for the siege by the Romans at the end of the 1st Jewish-Roman war in 73/4 CE where the last rebels held out.
    My 1st impression was that the fortress is a lot larger than I expected. This is another example of mistaken ideas about what I expected.
    The 1st picture is of the mountain looking up to where Herod built his fortress. This was taken from the cable car that provides easy access to the top.
    The 2nd picture looks back down from the top. Notice the squares. These are Roman army encampments. There were 8 at that time, all connected by a wall that cut off any chance for relief to the rebels.
    The 3rd picture is of the model of the north end of the fortress. The 3 levels constitute Herod's palace.
    The 4th picture looks across the remains of the fortress, giving a sense of scale of the place. This is only half of it, looking south. There isn't any place to see the whole site at once unless you have a drone. The 5th picture looks north from about the same spot to show some of the ruins. Note that the palace in the 3rd picture is beyond what's visible here. If you look closely, you will see in some places a black line painted on the walls. This makes the extent of the ruins before restoration. Everything below the line is original in situ. Everything above the line is reconstructed.
    The last picture is the synagogue of the fortress. It is a well preserved part of the structure.
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Southern District, מחוז הדרום, Sør-Israel

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