Monday, March 5, 2012

Israel & Jordan

At Petra

It was time for travelling and this time the destination was selected from Middle East. Flight to Israel and one week vacation around Dead & Red Sea was waiting.

The old city of Jerusalem was full of history with odd mixture of Jewish, Christians and Muslims. The city has the most holiest places of these religions and you couldn't walk without noticing it. The old city has amazing maze of narrow alleys, where you can easily get lost. One of the most famous ones is Via Dolorosa.

At Via Dolorosa

It was only couple of hours drive from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea and health tourism paradise... There were bunch of Russians enjoying the effects of the salty and mineral rich sea water on multiple spas and pools. It felt like being at Finnish spa or skiing center after the new year, when every place is full of Russians.

Dead Sea elevation -432 m, altitude at Polar little less

Eilat was only couple of hours drive from Dead Sea and it provided handy border crossing possibility to Jordan. Jordan has Petra, an ancient town carved into rock in the middle of desert. Petra was recognized as  a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The rock town of Petra is just amazing, it might not be as impressive as Machu Picchu, but the entrance through 2 km narrow canyon is already impressive. Definitely a place worth of visiting.

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