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After Egypt, http://www.pbase.com/ageojo/egypt , and Jordan, http://www.pbase.com/ageojo/jordan__petra , we crossed the King Hussein Bridge and arrived at the Allenby check point in Israel, where we saw a huge crowd. There were simply too many people, locals and tourists, that did the same thing we did. After a long wait, we finally arrived in Israel. Although it was not a strict pilgrimage, our tour visited historical sites mentioned in the bible.

The tour started in Jaffa/Tel Aviv and we headed to Caesarea at the Mediterranean Sea. Caesarea was the capital of King Herod that reigned when Jesus was born. Then we went to Mount Carmel , where Elijah issued his challenge to false prophets and to Megiddo to see the remains of Solomon's days and where the battle of Armageddon will be fought. Nazareth, the childhood town of Jesus was next on the list and we stayed overnight in Tiberia at the Sea of Galilee. In the morning we boarded a boat and sailed on the Sea of Galilee to see a wooden boat from the time of Jesus that was discovered in 1986. We visited Caesarea Philippi, where one of the springs that feeds the Sea of Galilee/Jordan river is located and the Grotto of Pan. Traveling through Golan Heights, we continued to Tabgha, the site of feeding of 5,000 people with 2 fishes and 5 loaves of bread then to Capernaum, where Jesus ministered a synagogue and where he stayed in the house of Peter's mother-in-law.

We visited the baptismal site of Yardenit along the Jordan river and witnessed several tour participants being baptized and then we headed to the ancient city of Beth Shean and drove to the lowest altitude in the world, the Dean Sea. Indeed, with that high salinity content, you will be floating on the water in the Dead Sea. The following morning we were off to see Masada. Built by King Herod, Masada is famous for being the last stronghold of apocalyptic Jewish rebels against the Romans. We then visited Ein Gedi and finally off to Qumran where the famous Dead Sea scrolls were found in several caves there. On the same day, we arrived in Jerusalem and saw a typical burial ground from the time of Jesus and then we visited Mount Olive, overlooking Jerusalem.

We stayed 4 nights in Jerusalem and visited various sites within the city, where numerous events in the bible took place, including but not limited to the Pool of Bethesda, King David Tomb, the Upper Room, where the last supper took place, Garden of Gethsemane, Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow) with 14 stations of the cross, and the Garden Tomb. We also went to Bethlehem for several hours which is located in an area controlled by Palestinian authority. There we visited the Shepherd's Field, the Church of the Nativity, the location of the manger and shadow of the Bethlehem Star.

I had a tough time choosing a representative image for Israel and finally decided on the sunrise scene at the Dead Sea. I felt that rowing a boat similar to a surfboard could only done one the high salinity water of the Dead Sea. Nowhere else one could use a "surfboard" as a boat and would be able to float like that with the weight of an adult.

The sequence of the images in this gallery may look weird. It is strictly based on the date/time of capture. While staying in Jerusalem for 3 nights, we went to Bethlehem for a few hours and because of that, some images may look out of sequence. When we moved from one religous location to the other, I also posted a few images I took along the way between the two. That may create the same situation to some.

Photography tidbits:
On this trip, I took 2 zoom and 2 prime lenses with a Canon full frame body. In total, I took approximately 3,500 images, including the time in Paris. The most used lens was my 16-35mm f/2.8 Mark II with which I took more than 2,000 images. The other zoom lens, a 70-200mm f/2.8 Mark II, some in combination with a 1.4X TC, was used to take 700 images. Out of the primes lenses, I used my 50mm f/1.2 for some 550 shots and the 24mm TS-E Mark II lens for slightly over 100 shots and mostly in Paris where we stayed 3 nights on the way over to the Middle East.

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Caves at Qumran
Caves at Qumran
Ancient Burial Places
Ancient Burial Places
One of the Dead Sea Scrolls
One of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Ancient Artefacts Found in Qumran
Ancient Artefacts Found in Qumran
Floating in Dead Sea
Floating in Dead Sea
After Taking a Float in the Dead Sea
After Taking a Float in the Dead Sea
Daniel Hotel Where We Stayed
Daniel Hotel Where We Stayed
Daniel Hotel Where We Stayed
Daniel Hotel Where We Stayed
Pool With Dead Sea Water
Pool With Dead Sea Water
Rowing Surf Board on the Dead Sea
Rowing Surf Board on the Dead Sea
Sunrise at Dead Sea As Seen from Our Room
Sunrise at Dead Sea As Seen from Our Room
Masada Looking Down to the Valley and Dead Sea
Masada Looking Down to the Valley and Dead Sea
Mosaic Floor at Masada
Mosaic Floor at Masada
Remnants of Roman Soldier Camp
Remnants of Roman Soldier Camp
A Clay Water Jug
A Clay Water Jug
Just Took Off
Just Took Off
Love Birds
"Love Birds"
Jerusalem as Seen from Mount Olive
Jerusalem as Seen from Mount Olive
Jerusalem as Seen from Mount Olive
Jerusalem as Seen from Mount Olive
Jerusalem as Seen from Mount Olive
Jerusalem as Seen from Mount Olive
Jewish Cemetery
Jewish Cemetery
Gethsemani Garden
Gethsemani Garden
Old Olive Trees at Gethsemani
Old Olive Trees at Gethsemani
Another Old Tree at Gethsemani
Another Old Tree at Gethsemani
Inside Church at Gethsemani
Inside Church at Gethsemani
Church of Gethsemani
Church of Gethsemani
Nuns Getting Off a Taxi at Church of Gethsemani
Nuns Getting Off a Taxi at Church of Gethsemani
Facade of Church of Gethsemani
Facade of Church of Gethsemani
King David Tomb
King David Tomb
Male Entrance to the Tomb of King David
Male Entrance to the Tomb of King David
The Structure That Housed the Upper Room
The Structure That Housed the Upper Room
Inside the Upper Room
Inside the Upper Room
Worship Inside the Upper Room
Worship Inside the Upper Room
Managed Through a Tight Gate
Managed Through a Tight Gate
Prayers and Wishes Written on Paper
Prayers and Wishes Written on Paper
Praying at Wailing Wall or Western Wall
Praying at Wailing Wall or Western Wall
A Young Worshipper
A Young Worshipper
A Worshipper
A Worshipper
Time for Conversing
Time for Conversing
Preparation for Worship
Preparation for Worship
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