JERUSALEM-the 50 sites you may overlook

In a historic and religious city like Jerusalem there is so much to see no matter how much you tour. When time is a limiting factor, even the most efficient tour guides have to compromise while deciding what to incorporate in the itinerary. Although it depends on the interest of the individual visitor as well, there is still a huge must-see-list in Jerusalem that cannot be avoided. At every stop so much information is thrown on a visitor that sometimes s/he tends to forget the details after leaving the place.

I remember when I first visited the Church of Holy Sepulcher, it appeared to me more like a small museum than a church. I was virtually clueless inside a dark and dull overcrowded massive complex of more than 25 chapels with several curious artifacts and antiques scattered under some dusky arches and dingy columns. It took me at least three visits with a proper map in hand to understand the Church complex. A normal visitor for instance would be satisfied with Golgotha, the ‘Stone of Unction’ and the ‘Holy Sepulcher’, but the oldest part of the complex, viz. the first century tombs inside the Syrian Orthodox Chapel could be easily missed.

In the upcoming posts I plan to upload 50 such sites from Jerusalem that I believe can be easily overlooked or go unnoticed by an average visitor. I am incorporating the following sites from my previous visits, again with no specific order of importance. I am sure that a serious traveler who loves history, traditions and the Bible has noticed or been to most of them.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A SHORT HIKE TO NAHAL HA'ROA-SEDE BOKER (February 23rd, 2010).

Year 2010 was ideal for the Negev area of Israel. Such good amount of rain poured down that the desert started blooming with wide range of beautiful flowers. If I tell you that a region like Sede Boker which hardly receives an annual rainfall of 70-100 mm can produce beautiful tulips in its soil, it will be not that easy to accept. As soon as the news spread that many valleys surrounding Sede Boker are blossoming with all sorts of flowers including deep-red tulips, we decided to go for it. One such valley was Nahal Ha'Roa- located 2-3 km from our campus and near the Highway 40. Through the dirt roads leading to Kibbutz Sede Boker, we hiked to the valley and it took us around 45 minutes to reach there. Although we found a few tulips scattered here and there in the valley, it was much less than what I expected. Here are a few snaps taken from Nahal Ha'Roa area. But assure you that in future I will upload more photos of flowers especially tulips taken from regions near Mitzpeh Ramon.  

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