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.

Sunday, August 8, 2010


A hike where I saw flowers blooming everywhere in desert. It was one of the best years in Israel with respect to the abundance of flowers in Negev.  My friends outside Israel often ask me, "how dry is israel compared to the other Middle East nations?". I frequently have to put some extra effort to convince them that unlike most Middle East countries, Israel is very green.  A big credit goes to Jewish people whose pioneering efforts have made this once barren land become so fertile and that also achieved in such a short span of time. How many people know that this small nation is one of the leading flower producers in the world.

However what you are going to see below are snaps taken from a blooming desert where the flowers are wild and not cultivated. It is hard to believe that even such a dry region with an annual rainfall of a meagre 75 mm can yield this amount of beautiful flowers. A big thanks to you Betzalel for being the wonderful guide taking us to these valleys of flowers. The overall hike was very pleasant and i guess we walked some 12 km.
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Hiking begins; look for the bus in 1P, where we were dropped. The hike began from Nahal Lotz through Nahal Elitsur, Nahal Elliyah and finally culminated at the summit of Mount Ramon.

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Tulips from the Valleys of Lotz and Elitsur.

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Tulips from the Valleys of Lotz and Elitsur contd.

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