Leonardo Plaza Hotel Dead Sea
Travel Blogs from Ein Bokek
... following the peace treaty with Israel and the removal of mines along the Jordan River. I'd read a lot about it, and the scientific and archeological evidence that this was indeed the area in which John the Baptist preached and performed his baptisms. While we wanted to visit, it would have required several hours and we elected to skip it and continue our trip south, as we had to be in the town of Wadi Musa (where Petra is located) no later than 6:30pm.
... of Mamshit switched to breeding Arabian horses. This made them quite wealthy. In fact, remains of many stables are still visible there. As the culture shifted further, the people of Mamshit apparently abandoned their god blocks and became Christians. Two churches were built in the town, the remains of which we visited.
The air was crystal clear, and there were few sounds other than the loud stillness. The only living things we saw ...
... by essentially filling in the valley between Masada and the next mesa over, and rolling their siege tower across the newly constructed land bridge to destroy a section of the wall.
The mesa is tall; while we were up there, looking out over the view of the Dead Sea, an Israeli fighter jet came roaring by, below us. Jake explained that the IDF drills in the area because being below sea level forces them to fly without relying ...
... we headed back down the hill after a brief stop at the top pool (which you cannot swim in due to danger of falling rocks) where there is the largest waterfall of all the pools and it was beautiful there.
As for Flora, she spent this time staying at the base with our group leader Ben and had a fun time just hanging out with him. While just hanging out, they saw multiple ibexes!! I was super jealous because our guide said that it would be very unlikely to see them ...
... Friday morning we are shipping all of our printed materials home. For me that includes my diary of notes. This is to avoid possible long hours of questioning at the airport by security. Today in Israel "security" means they can act out against anyone whom they might not like at that moment. Clearing out our luggage and mailing stuff back home will help make the process easier. I'll still write a little but expect more details later next week.
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service