Ramat Rachel is a kibbutz located south of Jerusalem, as an enclave within Jerusalem's municipal boundaries. Overlooking Bethlehem and Rachel's Tomb and situated within the Green Line.
East of the road which links Bethlehem to Jerusalem, a hill of obvious strategic importance commands a panoramic view southwards over the city and beyond. Kibbutz Ramat Rachel, located atop this hill, has a bird's eye view of the Bethlehem - Jerusalem road.
Homat Shemuel - Har Homa
Har Homa or Mountain Wall is a neighborhood in southeastern Jerusalem.
It was built on land annexed by the Jerusalem municipality after the 1967 Six-Day War. It is considered an Israeli settlement.
The neighborhood was officially renamed Homat Shmuel after Shmuel Meir, a former deputy mayor of Jerusalem, who played an active role in its development before he was killed in a car accident in 1998. The Hebrew name "Har Homa" refers to a wall built on the remains of a Byzantine church on the mountain which was visible to Palmach forces stationed at Kibbutz Ramat Rahel.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Jerusalem District on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 31° 44' 3.08" N 35° 12' 35.66" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Har Homa.
Visit another country=Jordan- while in Israel
To travel from Jerusalem to Petra: First take a bus or plane to Eilat. Then a local travel company in Eilat can arrange a visit to Petra. Alternatively you get an Eilat taxi to take you to the Jordanian frontier where you get your Jordanian visa and on the other side there are usually Jordanian taxis with guides- you must bargain your price for a ride to Petra and back (several hours each way!) At Petra there are some cafes wher you can get coffee and snacks.
Take lots of drinking water. Also a hat- this is desert country.
You can stay overnight at Petra or Aqaba(Jordan) or Eilat(Israel).
Eilat has a first class aquarium and many night clubs. Aqaba is a bit drab. Good swimmimg in the Red Sea. Also boating. For buses to Eilat from Jerusalem contact Egged bus company. For planes to Eilat contact Arkia or ElaAl airlines.
Have fun!!!Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- Water Sports
Driving into Bethlehem
You can park your car at the main checkpoint then take a taxi both ways to and from downtown Bethlehem. Another option is to drive your car into Bethlehem. The way I usually go is to take the last right turn before the checkpoint, signposted Gush Etzion, the turn left at the first traffic light and go through the tunnel. Then go past the tunnel checkpoint and take the first left into Beit Jala, a suburb of Bethlehem. From there you can drive into Bethlehem.Related to:
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One of the things I like the most in Jerusalem is to walk around in the old neighbourhoods, some houses are really beautiful and you might just be invited inside.
This store is somewhere in the city center area. I really wonder, did they register this store name with the authorities?
Jerusalem in the snow
Yes, this is Jerusalem on January 7th. 2002, after the snow fall it is extra beautiful.
*As I was not in Jerusalem that day, the picture here is taken from the on.line news site.
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