We have now left Jerusalem and we're back in Tel Aviv where we will spend our last vacation days for this trip. Before Tel Aviv we took a detour to Haifa in the northern parts of Israel. The Bahá'í Shrine and Gardens caught our attention in our guide book the day before, and we just had to see it with our own eyes. The beauty of this incredibly perfect garden was amazing! This is a holy place and home for the Bahá'í Faith, with over 7,3 million members worldwide.
Along the Israeli Dead Sea coast you'll find the ancient Masada fortress, located on a mountain top. The history of this over 2000 year old fortress tickled our minds while we enjoyed the stunning views of the Dead Sea! A couple of kilometres to the north of Masada, by the Ein Gedi oasis, you can go on a short hike to David's Waterfall - a beautiful place, but maybe a bit too exploited with quite a lot of visitors.
Our main goal in Jerusalem was the old parts of the city. It wasn't far from our hotel in central Jerusalem, and as we walked we got to see more of the city along the streets. You can literally feel and touch the history around you, especially the Western Wall. After having seen it on TV so many times, the plaza felt a bit smaller then we expected. Yet, it was powerful to be there, to be one of all those people that have touched the famous stone wall.
Today we did something that we almost never do when we travel: nothing. Well, we walked a lot... roughly 15 km. We covered large parts of central Tel Aviv and enjoyed the beach promenade. But the walking wasn't the "nothing"-part, it was all the hours on the Bograshov beach that we referred to, where we just relaxed and sometimes swam in the huge waves. It has been a pretty awesome day and we're now recharging our batteries for tomorrow's trip to Jerusalem.
Israel became Liam's 40th and Henrik's 36th country and we now have one week full of sightseeing and activities. We started easy today (our arrival day) in Tel Aviv and walked along the enormous beach. Our schedule during the whole week are quite tight but absolutely doable. We're really looking forward to swim/float in the Dead Sea and to experience the spectacular views from Arbel Cliff, Golan Heights.
This Monday morning we decided to explore the American Cemetery and Memorial outside of Luxembourg City. The site is over 50 acres big and contains 5076 headstones made of white marble. It's the last resting place for American soldiers who died in Europe during World War II.
Their struggle is the foundation of our free Europe as we know it today.
After a lazy morning we drove north, along the river Sûre, enjoying the breathtaking landscape around the small villages Michelau, Bourscheid and Lipperscheid. It's a beautiful area and we left it with a feeling of calm. We then drove to Müllerthal in the eastern Luxembourg for a Sunday stroll in the beautiful Valley.