The Arad Tourist Information/Visitor Center is located at the "Paz" gas station, Industrial area, next to the bus station.
Business hours: Th-Sa: 9AM - 4PM
Arad city Counsil website.
Mariel had promised after meeting in Portugal at the VT Euromeet in 2009 to "come visit"...and she is one person who does NOT take promises lightly. Less than one year later she made the trek down to Arad.
The first photo shows us on the shore of the Dead Sea with our always handy VT flag.
The second shows us enjoying Pessach dinner at home with Mariel and a few friends.
The third shows Mariel and Zohara at the VT friendly wateringhole of Musa in Arad.
The fourth was taken when I took Mariel on a short hike in the desert, the horned viper is very, VERY, poisionous...
The fifth and last shows us doing the crazy thing for Norman...yes JUMPING ^O^
I like taking buses, trams, trains, etc. above ground because I like looking outside the window and enjoy the scenery. Sometimes on the road I have a camera and take pictures of things I find comical, beautiful, thoughtful... like these shots:
1) Picture #1: I didn't understand what this sign meant. My first thought was "road to where?", but then Zohara explained to me that the "?" means "information". This picture was taken on the road between Ein Boqeq and Masada, while I was on the bus to Masada.
2) Picture #2: in many countries you see traffic signs warning about moose, reindeers, etc. but in Israel they warn about camels, like the ones on this picture. These camels were pictured on the road to the Big Makhtesh.
Favorite thing: Travelshiela and Darcio made it all the way from the other side of the world (yes from Brazil) to our little piece of the southern Israeli desert. Sorry that they only could be with us for two days, but they did a few extra days on the Dead Sea and the spas there. But they did get to meet Tal and made the typical Arad "going up to Muza" trek....we made sure they got to see the good things first ^O^
Okay, Okay, I know you won't believe me, but this sunset was taken from our front porch. How would you like to sit with us and have a cup of coffee while watcing this display of nature at its most elegant.........
My goodness, I just "enlarged" the photo to see how it looks here on VT and I must apologise for the EXTREMELY POOR quality.
While Claus (cachaseiro) was visiting Israel he made the trip down to Arad for two weekends...as is the custom we did a BBQ on his visit and invited a few friends. Sitting with Claus are Zohara, Sharon, Ziv, Nissiem, Tal and Nathalie. We surprised our friends Ziv and Nissiem who are new immigrants from Brazil since Claus lived in Brazil for several years he speaks the lingo. Ziv and Nissiem were VERY surprised. Since Sharon and Nathalie were there along with Claus and myself we could call it another Arad Mini VT Meet also. ^O^
The last photo shows Sharon making silly signs over those two innocent guys sitting on the steps....Sharon forgot that I have a long memory, I will have to "remind" her later............
Fondest memory: Another "meenhag" or custom that we have is to take ALL visitors to our local watering hole (read PUB)...but this time we got the owner, Alon, to sit down for a few seconds to get his picture taken with some VTers....sorry about the quality, but Zohara took the photos with her mobile phone.
Favorite thing: kELISA (Elisa) arrived from Finland to work here as a designer for a short period. As she explained it to us it was an apprenticeship. We only enjoyed her company for a single weekend during that period, she was just too busy, although we did manage to meet up for a larger VT meet in Tel-Aviv one evening. We are happy that she did make the effort and arrive here in far, far, far away ARAD...
Favorite thing: Trinchen (Katrin), made it all the way from Germany to visit us here in Arad and NathalieB (Nathalie) came down to make it an "official" Mini VT meet. Of course we had to do a BBQ to celebrate the day (or night). We also had over a few other friends, Menachem, Dorit, Steve, Anna, Rob....and of course Tal, Zohara and I were there also ^O^
Yes, Julie (Julie&) made it to Arad here in Israel....must ask her forgiveness for not posting these photos before, just "found" them myself in a file marked "for VT posting".....
The first shows Julie at the Arad lookout point, which is a fine point on a clear day to see the Dead Sea and the mountain of Jordan, about 20 kilometers away.
The second photo shows Julie helping Zohara make dinner, yes after 24 hours as a guest, you are no longer a guest, you are part of the family already and need to help...^O^
The last shows Julie with her Shofar, a musical instrument made from a mountain goat horn that is used in Jewish ceremonies.
Favorite thing: Or (orke), with Kfir and Hilla (h.maas) came over for the weekend for some desert hiking and of course the natural BBQ that occurs at all times here in the Sampson Clan household whenever friends drop in. Also there were Racheli and our friends from Arad, the Pistrov's and of course Zohara, Tal and myself, a good group to BBQ with.
Xiao came to visit all by herself and when I began talking to her very "leary" of driving around Israel by herself...She arrived her, rented a car and did a very good job of touring all by herself up north. Here in the south she had US of course...We also had as a visitor Vanessa, Illana's sister (Illana as you may know is part of our extended family ;o), so we had the chance to have two very fine guests in our home.
Fondest memory: The first picture shows Xiao, Vanessa and Illana in our home.
The second shows Xiao posing with me, we look the same size here and I have promised not to tell anyone that this petite woman only comes up to................(I'm not going to tell).
Here on the Okef Priem trail (#4 and marked in red) you wil pass through territory used by the Bedouin for their herds.
The first picture shows you the red marking with the white on the outsides to make it stand out more in the desert.
The second picture shows the point on the red marked trail where you can spot one of the many Bedouin villages in the area around Arad.
The third picture shows two Bedouin herder girls we met on the trail, they with their sheep, goats and donkeys, we with our backpacks. They were kind enough to allow me to take their photo. If you are lucky enough to meet up with some Bedouin you may just be invited for a cup of tea or coffee with them.
The fourth picture shows one of the plants they may use to "spice" the tea or make the tea entirely from this.
The last picture has a land snail, closed and sealed to the rock for the hot summer months, only to come to life when the rains start and there is food (plants) for it to eat.
Nahal Yaeliem - Trail #1 - Arad, this trail starts from the center of town, near the main entrance to Arad from the Beer-Sheva/Dead Sea road. It runs parallel to that road all the way to its end several kilometers east and south of Arad and you have a height difference of about 200 meters...so if you walk BACK to Arad by one of the other connecting trails you will have to make up that height.
The first pictures shows the beginning of the trail with the road on the left side.
The second picture shows some of the group who helped design these trails building a "roojum" or marker for the trail till it can be properly marked.
The third picture shows one of the signs along the cliffs as you descend toward the Dead Sea from Arad, each one designates a 100 meter drop in altitude, here you see the +500 meter sign, the first below Arad.
The fourth picture shows one of the many small shallow caves to be found in this area, they are commonly used by the Bedouin herders to keep small herds of sheep in during inclement weather.
The last picture shows a small side canyon, I often take off into these small side canyons to see what I can find, they are often beautiful and very seldom visited as most people stick only to the marked paths.
Svil Ha Nof - Trail #3 - Arad, with black markings, is one of a series of trails that I worked to develop with a team of 3 others. After we developed them we submitted them to the committee for trail marking in Israel and they were accepted after they came to examine the trails. They will be marked on the new trail maps.
The Svil Ha Nof (The Nof Trail, so named because it starts off from a street called Nof), leads you out into the desert for a quick 5 mile hike, a little leg work to do the ups and downs, but nothing a person in good health cannot do, even if they are NOT in top exercise condition. You can see from the markings on the rocks where the trail (black) meets other trails (red or green)..at these crossroads you can decide which trail to follow to its end, just be sure you do NOT go in circles.
Favorite thing: Gil (Bregman) and Andie (AndieS) decided to take a break at the picnic table, from our VT meet that had moved indoors because of the afternoon heat outside. Good place for enjoying a coffee, reading a book, or even a cigarette...