Motza is a tiny village in the hills about 5 miles west of Jerusalem overlooking magnificent terraced hills. Our home and A Quiet Corner of Motza is a few minutes away from hiking paths that meander through the woods all the way to Ein Karem.
The Seven Sisters Road takes you to A Quiet Corner in Motza. There are supposed to be seven sharp bends in the road that that is the source of the name. Don't even try counting. The arguments are endless. One of the many popular stories behind the name is that drivers in a Scottish regiment, serving in Mandatory Palestine, found that the road and terrain were similar to a place somewhere in Scotland with the same name.
Ein Kerem (Spring of the Vineyard) is an ancient village and now a neighborhood southwest of Jerusalem. According to Christian tradition, John the Baptist was born in Ein Kerem, leading to the establishment of many churches and monasteries. In addition to the main Christian holy sites, the village has a large assortment of good restaurants and craft shops.
The Aqua Bella - Ein Hemed National Park, run by the Israel Parks and Nature Authority, is located on the path of an old Roman road, which was still in use after the Crusader period. The road connected the coastal plain with the Jerusalem hills. During Roman times the springs were known as Aqua Bella - Beautiful Water or Ein Hemed in Hebrew (literally Pleasant Spring.)
In the Ein Hemed park, four springs issue from the riverbed and nearby caves, and unite into a flow of water which continues for about 400 meter. Several dams have been built, creating shallow pools. The Nature and Parks Authority has installed picnic tables, toilets, and faucets. As a result, this is a great place to cool off on a hot summer day – or after lunch in Abu Gosh.
Abu Gosh is the name of an Arab family that settled in the Judean hills in the early 16th century. They controlled the pilgrimage route from Jaffa to Jerusalem, and imposed tolls on all pilgrims, right up to the end of the 19th century.
The Abu Gosh clan now has control of the culinary intake of the Jewish locals over the weekends as Abu Gosh is famous for its many Middle-Eastern restaurants. In fact, in 2010, it set the Guinness World Record for the largest dish of hummus ever made. This really upset the Lebanese.
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