Shalom and Welcome to this week’s In Israel Blog
This edition of In Israel is dedicated to the Dead Sea. Read on to see how you can Vote for the Dead Sea as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
It is well known that the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth, rich in minerals and sadly somewhat over exploited by industry and by the diversion of much of the River Jordan’s water. It is also a source of pride to both Israel and Jordan.
As a tourist area it has an abundance of attractions, from excellent hotels to desert oasis, from exciting walks and trails to camel rides. Many tourists make the trip just so that they can take the cure – by enjoying the unique medicinal benefits of the Dead Sea.
Of course the best thing to do at the Dead Sea is the unreal experience of simply floating in the water – due to the high mineral content it has amazing buoyancy properties. We have all seen pictures of people lying back reading the newspaper or paperback (or even done it ourselves.) As one of my friends commented with great insight just don’t try it with a smartphone or tablet based newspaper!! Probably, the second best thing to do is to cover yourself from head to toe in the unique Dead Sea mud.
What is probably less well known to many of you is that the Dead Sea is a candidate to be recognised as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The competition has been going on since the end of 2007 and will reach its climax this Friday when the seven are due to be announced. So far the Dead Sea is placed in the top ten sites.
You too can take part in the vote and choose your favorite places including the Dead Sea. You can vote on the Dead Sea Facebook Page or on the Seven Wonders Site (be aware that the site has frequent technical issues.) Voting closes this Friday 11/11 at 11:11 Zurich time so vote now!
Our recommended spots to visit are all in the Dead Sea area. Ein Gedi is always a great nature ramble with lots of water – pools and waterfalls to cool off and some interesting archaeological sites. Take a dip in the Dead Sea and cover yourself with mud. For the more adventurous try our Dead Sea Area Bike Ride. Not too far from the Dead Sea is the equally impressive site of Masada – scene of a dramatic siege and mass suicide that marked the end of the Jewish Revolt against the Roman Empire in the year 73.
For those who prefer their Dead Sea in air conditioning then visit the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israel Museum & if you can’t make it to Israel in the near future to see them live then you can now visit them on-line at the Dead Sea Scrolls On Line.
Meanwhile enjoy this short video of the incredible evening light at the Dead Sea.
A quick reminder that the Jerusalem Knights street festival is playing every Thursday night in November. The first one suffered from some impressive and generally welcome rain, but, there are three more evenings of free street entertainment and history focusing on Jerusalem’s medieval past. There will be juggling, fire displays, musicians, jugglers and dancers in the alleys and passageways of the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. Meanwhile enjoy the Jerusalem Knights 2010 Video and view our Jerusalem Knights 2010 Photo Gallery. Checkout our Events in Israel section.
Le’Hitraot from Jerusalem