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Percy's Continued Picture Report of Israel and Jordan Started in the Lounge

Percy's Continued Picture Report of Israel and Jordan Started in the Lounge

May 16th, 2019, 08:16 AM
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Hmmmm.....maybe I'll have to post again urging people to follow your thread here!

We too were in Israel May 1. It was amazing how everything came to a halt when the siren sounded.

We experienced the Dead Sea on the Jordan side. We stayed at the Movenpick Dead Sea which was wonderful.
Petra and the Dead Sea were amazing (well, so was everything else on this trip). You mentioned Little Petra. Our tour had our "farewell dinner" there. My sister and I belly danced to the wonderful music.

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May 16th, 2019, 08:27 AM
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Percy: What others have done successfully is post a thread in the Lounge that simply says something like "My Trip Report is up on the XYZ forum. Please check it out and post comment there" and include a link to the TR

Those sorts of threads do not get deleted or closed. IME it is when a thread veers off into discussion or criticism of the powers that be and moderating that a thread gets nuked. Schmerl didn't really break any rues but some 'Lounge-ers' like to stretch the limits
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May 16th, 2019, 09:04 AM
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. . . Like Lucy just did on schmerl's new thread. Why can't people just GROW UP???
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May 16th, 2019, 09:13 AM
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Oh for goodness sake... HERE everyone is! I would have never in a million years found this thread if there weren't for the couple threads in the Lounge asking where it went, why it's closed, etc. Hardly the way to encourage readership
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May 16th, 2019, 10:05 AM
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suze: >>Oh for goodness sake... HERE everyone is! I would have never in a million years found this thread if there weren't for the couple threads in the Lounge asking where it went, why it's closed, etc. Hardly the way to encourage readership <<

That is the sort of post that can get deleted . . . Threads on the travel boards are supposed to be about travel, not about how IB manages the site . . .
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May 16th, 2019, 10:55 AM
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Thank You Everyone and I mean Everyone !!!!!

schmerl your Movenpick Hotel at the Dead Sea is right next door to the Marriott.

The Movenpick looks veeeery nice

Yes the siren goes off at about 10 AM and not 10 PM ( as in my posting # 16 above)

Thank you suze and janisj Thank You for the great advice and comments.
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May 16th, 2019, 11:11 AM
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1. Ahhh Food:
This is a plate of Jordanian Mezze appetizers, it can be used as a full meal

2. This is Tabbaouleh ( chopped tomatoes, parsley, mint, bulgar, onion and olive oil. This is very good and I had my share .

3. This is not my picture , but it is the very sombre Yad Vashem ( The Holocaust Memorial site.)

NO PICTURE taking here. This is a MUST place to visit.

Yad Vashem mean " A Memorial and a Name"

You start at one end and finish at the other, I just walked and looked and looked in dis-belief.
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May 16th, 2019, 11:23 AM
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Found you Percy.

That food looks beautiful, almost too pretty to eat. What a beautiful hotel too.

Your pictures are fascinating as are your descriptions. Why the mud though??
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May 16th, 2019, 11:27 AM
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I forgot a few pictures at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

1. This is the Shrine of the Book which houses the oldest Biblical Manuscripts in the world.... The Dead Sea Scrolls, which

were found in a cave in the Qumran.



2. At the Israel Museum.

3. Inside the Shrine of the Book.

That is the Dead Sea Scrolls around the round drum.

What are the Dead Sea Scrolls !??

Well let me explain it this way

You remember that in China in 1974 a farmer was digging a well and discovered the Terra Cotta Warriors

Well in the Qumran are a Bedouin in 1947 lost one of his goats and went into a cave looking for his goat .

He discovered many jars that were sealed and inside the jars were scrolls in Hebrew from the OLD Testament.

What a discovery this was .


Have to run Alexis is off from school early today
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May 16th, 2019, 12:24 PM
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barbrn:
The mud is loaded with minerals and is used as a massage.

Your skin is very soft and silky after leaving the "mud " on for an hour or so or even for 15 minutes until it is all dry.

Then you wash it off by floating in the Dead Sea

Thanks for following me here.
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May 16th, 2019, 03:03 PM
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Percy I'm so jealous. Israel and Jordan are among the most fascinating places I've ever visited. Enjoy!!
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May 16th, 2019, 04:04 PM
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The mud from the Dead Sea is said to have curative powers. They sell Dead Sea mud, scrubs, salt, etc.
We put it all over ourselves before going for out float.

Yad Vashem almost did me in. I had to sit down at one point and just sob. People came over to ask if I was OK and I was not. It took me a while to recover from that visit.

I loved how you wrote about the Dead Sea Scrolls being discovered. We visited a few sites that were discovered accidentally. Our guide told us that people were afraid to dig new basements for their house because some historical piece might be found and their house would be taken over.

Percy, your pictures are fabulous.
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May 16th, 2019, 05:30 PM
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Thank you P_M
Happy to see you here and remembering your trip through my pictures.

schmerl
I know what you mean being at Yad Vashem ( Holocaust Memorial Centre)
I was teary eyed and biting my lip.

I kept saying to myself , how can anyone treat another human being like this..?

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May 16th, 2019, 05:47 PM
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Your pictures are bringing back wonderful memories. Most of our group rode up to Masada in the gondolas, but my brother chose to walk. He said if it hadn't been for one man who started off at a jog and had to sit down to rest, he would have been the last one to the top.

The Children's Museum at Yad Vashem was what did me in, It was dark with, if I recall correctly, stars shining on the ceiling, and a woman's voice reading without emphasis children's names and ages who died in the concentration camps--on, and on, and on.

To me, that was not a vacation trip; it was a pilgrimage. Our guide was an older man who had been in the early war, taken from school with his friends at age 14 to fight. He was so knowledgeable.
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May 16th, 2019, 05:59 PM
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Carolyn,
I agree. I didn't consider our trip to Israel and Jordan a "vacation" either.
It was indeed a pilgrimage. It was one of the most moving experiences I've ever had.
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May 17th, 2019, 04:05 AM
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Percy, thanks for posting all those pics! Certainly takes me back to when I was in that region first in 2011 seeing many of the same sites in Israel that you did, except we did not make it to Tel Aviv, and then to Jordan.

Speaking of Petra, where are those pics??

You obviously had a wonderful time, and Iím guessing you now have a few more friends to visit.
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May 17th, 2019, 05:02 AM
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Good Morning dcd

Yes the Petra pictures were taken by some other people and I am waiting to receive them from them via e -mail.

Yes I have some new friends, the main one is from St. Louis , they stuck with me like glue which was very nice.

He is such a Cardinal fan............. would come down to breakfast and say " Darn it those Cards lost again last night" !
or " The Blues won over San Jose yesterday.
I sort of looked after him as he had some health issues, but his wife could have run a 10 miles marathon
Pssst their name is French. I am sure he is in the phone book.

I took some pictures of them will try to post them. I told them I might make them famous and post on Fodors.

But here is a puzzle I have :

I took this lovely picture of King Hussein and his wife Nora off a wall near a border crossing.

It is a very nice picture of the King ( died in 1999 ) and his lovely wife Nora.

However I cannot post the picture, there should be no secret as I took the picture off a public building !!!??

[email protected]

Will try once more
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May 17th, 2019, 05:23 AM
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Okay dcd here are a few:

1. Who does not love Petra !!

2. At the Treasury, the famous picture everyone wants

3. Picture taken from the Great Temple ruins down to the Colonnade Street and the Temenos Gate and on the left hand side is Qasr el- Bint ( Pharoah's Daughter Temple Palace.

Cafes and restaurant further ahead ( Basin Restaurant)

4. Camel riding through the Temenos Gate with Qasr el Bint Place just beyond the Gate

5. Inside one of the caves is " The Lew with the view "


Just for you dcd

Have to run to take my sister to the hospital for her 8:45 AM cataract surgery.
be back later
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May 17th, 2019, 05:35 AM
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We St. Louisians are a friendly lot! Except when the refs cost us a hockey game!!!!

Anyway it would be great to meet you here!

Great Petra pics!! Thanks. Magical place. That menís room ceiling is like no other.

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May 17th, 2019, 07:17 AM
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Wonderful pics and pithy descriptions, thanks!
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