The Feeling of a Powerful Present.
Also the feeling of sweat on you person because of the heat.
Go with an open mind & heart, but also take plenty of water.
the Wilson's Arch is a continuation of the Male Prayer area of the Wailing Wall and it was named from the british explorer named Charles William Wilson who found the remains of an roman arch built during the time of Emperor Hadrian of the Roman Empire beside the wailing wall in the 1860's while doing survey work for water works for Jerusalem....more
Without doubt, the King David Hotel is the most famous and prestigious hotels in Israel and possibly...more
as major part of the Visitors to Jerusalem are the Various Christian Pilgrims around the world who day multi-day tours in Groups, the preferred transportation is the big tour buses and large private vans that take the pilgrims around the biblical sites around Jerusalem, but since the Roads are Narrow in the Mount of Olives area and in the Old City,...more
Just outside Bet Shemesh in the Judean hills there is an amazing stalactite and stalagmite cave. This cave was discovered in 1968 when quarry workers blasted the sealed cave open. The Soreq cave or Stalactite cave is found inside the Ye'ala mountain in the Abshalom Shoham nature reserve. The cave is not very large compared to other caves of this...more
We were looking for somewhere to eat near Beit-Shemesh, and my daughter's boyfriend said "Tavlin" was the place for us. And he was right. The restaurant is tucked away from the main road (Route 38), on the edge of the Eshtaol forest, in the heart of a spice farm.The spicy scents were everywhere. We felt close to nature, and the ambience was exactly...more
The Stalactite Cave Nature Reserve (also called Soreq Cave) is dedicated to the memory of Avshalom Shoham. The 82-meter-long, 60-meter-wide cave is on the western slopes of the Judean Hills outside the city of Beit Shemesh. It was discovered accidentally by workers blasting at a nearby quarry. Although the Soreq Cave is relatively small, the...more
The Harey Yehuda Ranch, yes it is a horse ranch and also a "pension" for dogs, has also a Swiss Restaurant on its grounds. Located in the middle of Tzur Hadassah at the bottom of a valley, you can sit on the porch having lunch and enjoy the horses in the riding arena below.
The "decor" of the restaurant could be called "rustic", but not enough effort has been put into it to receive that distinction, but it is clean and the scenery makes up for the lack of interior design.
But the real reason to make it to this far away point is the food.
Favorite Dish: The Carpaccio was excellent.
The onion soup was perfect.
and the Tartiplet (not sure how to spell or pronounce this dish) was great.....it is basically a deep dish with a combination of potatoes, cheese and mushrooms. I would recommend this to anyone.
Springs have provided the inhabitants of the Judean Mountains with fresh water from ancient times until today. Ein Tzuba is a spring which provides water regularly, all year round. In ancient times it used to get blocked, but in King Herod's times a tunnel was dug from the fountainhead inside the hill out to the opening on the hill slope.Today you...more
The best walking tour from Tzuba will lead you to the hill rising to the west of the kibbutz: Tel Tzuba. After a short climb you will see the remains of ancient walls and buildings, half covered by the vegetation. This is what's left of the Crusader castle of Belmont, constructed in the 12th century as part of the defense system around...more
"The original Abu Shukri's humus started in a small restaurant in the Old City of Jerusalem, with a recipe that was passed from father to son, and is religiously adhered to in its new residence in Abu Gosh": This is what the sign inside the restaurant says.There are various claims to Abu Shukri's legendary recipe and tradition, with at least two of...more
If you want to dine in a restauarant in the Jerusalem area on Saturdays, Abu Gosh is the natural choice, located a safe distance away from the religious restrictions imposed on the Holy City on the Sabbath. Once in Abu Gosh, the Lebanese Restaurant is a good option; good food, reasonable selection of Middle Eastern dishes with a Lebanese flavor,...more
From a distance you can see the church on a high hill overlooking Abu-Ghosh, topped by a white statue of the Madonna and Child.This is the Church of Our Lady of the Arc of Covenant, commemorating the story from the Old Testament: The Philistines, who captured the Arc of Covenant from the Israelites in battle, finally returned it to the Israelites,...more
I remember waking up early to go and work in the cowshed
and hearing the morning call to prayer bellowing out from
a nearby minoret. With the sunrise over the dew filled valley
with the road to Jerusalem below.
Taking the short walk down the hill to the cowshed and smelling
the mixture of animals and vegetation was exhillarating.
One of the most rewarding and inspiring things to do in and around Jerusalem is to view it from different angles from the hills surrounding the city. On the western slope of the hill of Ramat Rachel a nice observation point was created in 1999, the "Yair Lookout". It offers good views of Jerusalem from a less well-known angle. You can see Mt....more
The well known Israeli archeologist Yochanan Aharoni started the excavations in Ramat Rachel in the 1950s. He found burial caves from the early bronze age, probably Canaanite, but the main findings were at the top of the hill, the remains of a fortress from the First Temple period (about 600 BC). There were actually two fortresses, an earlier one...more
According to Christian tradition Mary, pregnant with Jesus, had a rest on her way to Bethlehem, sitting down on a stone between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Early pilgrims' accounts mentioned a church on this site.When Prof. Yochanan Aharoni excavated Ramat Rahel in the early 1960s he discovered a Byzantine basilica close to the hilltop, and called it...more
If you want a glimpse of the beautiful views of the Judean Hills and its vegetation without going on a hike, the Soreq Valley View Promenade ("Tayelet Nof Nahal Soreq") is exactly what you are looking for. This is a paved 750m long promenade, well suited for wheelchairs and disabled persons, with benches placed along the way. It will enable you to...more
Looking for an easy 2-hr nature trail with scenic views in the judean Hills?The Ktalav Canyon Views Trail is just that.It is a circular trail which starts and ends near the US Independence Park visitor center, between Nes-Harim and Bar-Giora, and is also called the Schuster Trail. It is well marked, first in black and then in red.The trail...more
What was so nice about the Gan BaEden restaurant was not the food, the service (which was very slow), or the price, but rather sitting in the garden. It was a beautiful day, just a hint of cool breeze and sunshine to make any beachgoer happy. Only problem was no shade, had to wear a hat.
In Moshav Nataf there is a memorial plaque commemorating the battle of Hirbet-Abu-Lachem and the 9 soldiers who fell there during the War of Independence, in July 1948.
This battle was part of the attempt to encircle the Latrun fortified police station, which could not be conquered.
Hirbet-Abu-Lachem is a barren hill across the wadi (valley) from Moshav Nataf.
Approximately 30 soldiers from the 61st Battalion of the Etzioni Brigade and from the Palmach Har'el Brigade briefly occupied the hill, but were soon outnumbered by Jordanian soldiers of the Arab Legion; they withstood the initial attack but were soon forced to withdraw.
Ein Matta spring can be reached by a 2 km circular trail from Horvat Hanot (see separate tip). It's a pleasant hike downhill from Horvat Hanot, among pine trees with their intoxicating scent, to the wadi. This is Nachal Matta, opening into Nachal Zanoah, a larger wadi.The spring itself is small, with a miniature pond. However, the attractions are...more
On the ridge above Matta, near the road, there is a small but interesting ruin. It is called Horvat Hanot, and used to serve as a road station along the ancient route climbing from the Ella Valley to Jerusalem. The ruins of the building date from the Mamluk period (13th-14th century), and also include a water cistern and a wine press.The ruin was...more
This warning should not be taken lightly.The Luzit area is strewn with holes, covered by vegetation, which can be 20-30 meters deep. People have fallen down these holes and died. A few years ago a local guide, who knew the area well, went looking for an object lost by one of the people in his group, fell into a hole and perished.When you hike...more
Descending into a small underground opening, you can hardly imagine what lies underneath. The path leads you to a string of interconnected limestone bell-shaped man-made caves, dating to the Byzantine Period.What was their purpose originally? It seems that they first served as quarries. A small hole was dug in the hard rocky surface, revealing the...more
The Beit Jamal Monastary has several things to offer the visitor, first is the scenery on your way there, the farming valleys that surround it are beautiful. The pictures show you the architecture of the Monastary itself, from the entrance archway to the bell tower. You will also find St. Stephen's Church, where legend has it the Christian martyr St. Stephen is buried. The inside of the church is fantastic with murals and light coming in through crystal glass windows. One of the priests gives a lecture about the history of the church and you can also see outside some of the original mosaics from the church floor.
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