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Old 21st November 2009, 21:35   #1
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I had my first visit to a Mediterranean country this past week. I managed to go out for a day while I was in Israel. I felt fortunate to visit Jerusalem which is a source of belief for billions of people on this planet. I also covered the Dead Sea (offers the floating experience, also the lowest place from mean sea level; -418m).

Even, Tel Aviv, where I was based, seems to be a nice place. Weather this time of the year is probably the best. Temp was around 15 degrees with bright sun shine right through. Mediterranean seems to offer many food options, even for vegetarians. Enjoyed few delicacies (could not keep track of the names!) apart from the most common dish, Falafel.

Attaching few snaps.

The Mediterranean at Tel Aviv
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An Apatment complex
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Roads on the way to Jerusalem
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A settlement on the way to Jerusalem
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Another settlement (or is it Ramallah city, do not recollect) on the way to Jerusalem
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Judean desert as seen from the Mount of Scopus, Jerusalem. Dead sea can be seem from here on a clear day. Area farther east in the background is Jordan.
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Few settlements as seen from the Mount of Scopus, Jerusalem.
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Part of old Jerusalem city as seen from Mount of Olives, Jerusalem.
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Cemetary (old Jerusalem) as seen from Mount of Olives, Jerusalem.
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Walled city (old Jerusalem) as seen from Mount of Olives.
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Roads/desert on the way to Dead Sea
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-150 meters below sea level, on the way to Dead Sea
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Dead Sea - from road
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This particular beach on the Dead Sea is called Kaliya beach!
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Dead Sea - from beach
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The lowest bar in the world at Deard Sea
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Swimmers floating on the Dead Sea
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Med, again, Tel Aviv
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Old 21st November 2009, 21:44   #2
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woooooooooooooooooooow !!!
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Fascinating pictures indeed, Naren. The roads appear to be in very good condtion. Did you get a chance to get your hands behind the wheels?
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Hi Naren,

Excellent pics, man. Do keep them coming
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Fascinating pictures indeed, Naren.
Thanks Samish - Mediterranean seems to be a beautiful area.
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The roads appear to be in very good condtion. Did you get a chance to get your hands behind the wheels?
No Samish - I just tagged along with a collegue who had alredy planned for this trip using a cab.
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Lovely pics Naren, that was a lovely tour of the Mediterranean and of Jerusalem, waiting for more !
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City of Modi-in. This is one of the hub of education in Israel.
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Passing through west bank. Pls note the wall fencing on both the sides of roads.
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Hebrew University, Mount of Scopus, Jerusalem
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An Olive tree on the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem
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Mount of Olive & Cemetary as seen from Old City, Jerusalem
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Boats and Yachts, at the Med, Tel Aviv
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The weather appears to be ideal for travel - 15 degrees, clear blue sky, sun shining down your back. I am sure you have enjoyed yourself to the hilt naren. Jerusalem is indeed picteresque. Thanks naren for sharing the photos.
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Passing through west bank. Pls note the wall fencing on both the sides of roads.....
Sad... Hope the walls get pulled down some day like the German Wall.
I personally find it difficult to appreciate these pics, considering the cruelty and hopelessness that engulfs that part of the world.
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Israel is, indeed, the promised land.
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@naren_gs1 , nice! If possible please post details of restaurants, average cost of food, water etc, travel tips and other info so that prospective visitors can have it as reference!
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Awesome photos. I liked the dead sea ones. People just float owing to the salinity of the water. Thats cool !!!
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Naren,

Good photos and narration. Do post more pictures and share your experiences from this land.
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Excellent! Do you have any pics from within the city like markets, street views etc?
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No wonder Middle East has always been the land of constant tension.

The environment looks so hostile to flora and fauna.
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