Road trip through Israel: From hummus and three oceans. A Guide. Part3

A Tamar
In this very small town in the desert slightly south of the Dead Sea we arrived, everything was cheap relative already booked around the Dead Sea as we have two days before started our search. Note: Accommodation at the Dead Sea is preplan.
Our cottage “Mountain Shadow” was but for a sensational alternative. Spacious and great views over the desert. For 100 euros for three people per night so really fine! From our hosts we have received from their field and homemade biscuits not only about 3 pounds of fresh peppers, but also get a FREE tour of the surrounding area. Man, we are incredibly comfortable here.

Since you can not get around it, I am not a fan of ruins, but these former Jewish fortress on a mountain situated worthwhile if only for the views of the desert and the Dead Sea (unfortunately in our day pretty hazy). Due to time constraints we have the gondola up and taken down – I would have preferred more time but certainly at the trail, Snake Path.

The Dead Sea ( Ein Gedi )
On the way from Masada to Jerusalem the place is Ein Gedi at the Dead Sea. We originally wanted to stay in the recommended Beit Sarah Guest House & Youth Hostel (fully booked). A short stop we had, of course, still there because of the access to the Dead Sea lodge. Et Voila!

Phew, what a city. Everything and nothing like I had always imagined. Personally, I was a little overwhelmed with the very present religions and the history of this place .. But without question is Jerusalem a fascinating and impressive city. When I’ve tried, such as at the Western Wall, to see religion as something that is simply without judging it, I could watch on Friday night to sunset with a somewhat more detached perspective the spectacle. For then, thousands of Jews flock the stairs and small alleys of the Old City down to pray at the Western Wall. But it was a little disturbing a large group of young soldiers in uniform and with machine guns, mingled also among the crowd. That did not fit together so right for me.
But especially in Jerusalem one is confronted with the situation in Israel. It would be useless to close our eyes. How can I ignore the many young guys in civil walking holding hands and walking with her ​​friend and her fat gun on the street. So as if with only two accessories. The more I understand about Jerusalem, what happens especially on the free tour of the old town, the more I understand Israel. And the old town with its four quarters – the Armenian, Jewish, Christian, and muslims – and the views over the city and its hills – which is in itself so worth some walks. Not to forget the souk market in the old town! I Ate very good vegetarian / vegan dishes we had at the Village Green. Good local beer we have in the Uganda bar drunk (+ cool music). And we chilled at Sacher Park. A cool hostel to the Abraham Hostel (we had an Airbnb apartment in central New Jerusalem for 100 euros per night).

Road trip through Israel: From hummus and three oceans. A Guide. Part2

Kibbutz Neot Semadar
After two days in Tel Aviv, we wanted as quickly as possible out of the city and into the desert.
What space, this surreal landscape, this rest. These sunsets! My friend Lena had a kibbutz called Neot Semadar located, about 300 km south of Tel Aviv. We were the only guests, but we enjoyed our lonely seclusion valuable – especially at 450 shekels per night (approx. 100 Euro)!
Just something disturbing was the barbed wire fence that has surrounded the kibbutz, and the occasional shooting noises of training soldiers in the area. Not far from the kibbutz is the corresponding Neot Smadar café where you can really great vegan food. In addition, in the shop, local, sustainable products such as olive oil, wines, teas and natural cosmetics that are all manufactured from kibbutz sold.

Eilat (Red Sea)
Eilat is the only Israeli city on the Red Sea – there is plenty of space!
We said: “Horny, Red Sea! We must go!” But what Israel has done with its few kilometers of coastline down there, already nearly falls under “criminal.”
Fats Hotelbetonbauten and industrial stretch along the Israeli strip between Jordan and Egypt. Slightly shocking, but well, it can happen. I then also refrain from the not so nice side to take photos. A small patch of rocky beach we were able to discover on Coral Beach.
It was nice then a bit: Jordan was directly opposite, a short walk in the direction of Egypt, a few miles further the road. The blue water and the fish at the start. A little nap in the 28 degree hot sun (in January). Sea is and remains just a sea.