The Judean Desert wind whips up the reddish orange dust of the giant, flat
topped plateaus that stand just outside Masada, creating swirling shapes of
sand and dust on the sunny horizon. This ancient fortress symbolises the
exile of the Jewish nation from the Holy Land and the weight of history
sinks into the desert sands under it - just the start to a trip of biblical
and historic sightseeing in Israel. The ever-shrinking Dead Sea is not far
from Masada, with teal waters and sandy beaches good for a midday stroll and
maybe a quick dip. Spend the rest of the day exploring the caves of Qumran in
Qumran National Park, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, but to see
the scrolls themselves you’ll have to venture into Jerusalem’s Israel
Museum where they are on display.
The following days could be spent seeing the historic and
religious sites of Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, and Safed, but could be alternated
to include skiing, surfing, horseback riding, and wine tasting. Although
predominately Jewish, the culture of Israel is as varied at the people
returning to Israel considering it their homeland. The ‘Return of the
Diaspora’ has created a jumble of cultures to both contradict and complement
each other, inviting travellers to experience a bit of all of them. Israel
is where history and an ancient culture comes crashing into the future, and
visitors can slip back and forth, between the past of Israel and Palestine
to the present and future of the Jewish Holy Land with ease.
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