Le Meridien Dead Sea Hotel
Travel Blogs from Ein Bokek
Good bye, Jerusalem. We started our exploration of the rest of Israel at 7:45 this morning as we departed for the desert. We traveled through the Ela Valley to the Hazirim Air force base where we saw many Israeli aircraft and a movie while seated aboard the actual command plane used in the Entebbe operation. (Here the women on our tour mutinied and …
Most of the day was spent on the bus, but we had two interesting stops. Our first was at Masada where the last hold out of the Jews (those known as the zealots) remained until killing themselves just before the Romans managed to scale the high plateau of land. From there we drove to our hotel on the Dead Sea and did some floating in the water which is 35% salt and the lowest point on earth.
... in addition to rows and rows of every conceivable product made with minerals from the Dead Sea, had every variety of handicraft and high-quality souvenirs. When I lived in Jordan, the idea of souvenirs -- aside from junk made in China -- was foreign. Things had changed. A man from the shop attached himself to us, and we spent more than an hour seeing everything in the store. He was Jordanian and had been working for the U.S. Army as a cultural adviser ...
... and headed straight south, like an arrow. Soon we were in the semi-arid countryside. After several hours we approached Be’er Sheva, which we had visited 27 years ago. We fondly remembered Ben Gurion University and the Bedouin market with its straggly camels. But the fondness wasn’t compelling enough for a re-visit. So we took a swooping bypass around the north of the city, and were now heading west in the serious desert of the Negev.
... edge of the water, you can see that the salt actually extends out into the middle of the sea, at the bottom of the water, which is so saturated with salt that it can’t hold any more; the remaining salt precipitates out and covers the bottom, occasionally amassing into piles and mesas that poke out of the surface of the water at intervals. The water itself has an odd slimy texture; it doesn’t feel like water so much as some kind of ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Swimming pool