Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Road Less Traveled

Israel has one of the most diverse terrains of any country on the planet. It is incredible to take in the views of the changing landscape as you make your way through the country. The entire length of Israel can be driven in about 5-6 hours, and in that time you cannot imagine the different landscapes that will unfold before your eyes. Starting in the north, you will leave the green, lush plains of northern Israel driving downward to the dramatic and lively coast of Tel Aviv, onward to the heart of the country in Jerusalem and its surrounding Judean Hills and then south to the dramatic introduction to the desert terrain near the Dead Sea Basin, then further south through the famously beautiful and seemingly never-ending Negev Desert and finally to the tip of Israel in the Sinai Region, which shares its views and borders with the neighboring countries of Egypt and Jordan. Here's a look at what you might see on your journey from north to south:

NORTHERN ISRAEL & THE GALILEE


Green rolling hills characterizing a standard northern Israel landscape
Looking out to Haifa Bay from Baha'i Gardens
Plateau in Mount Carmel
Looking out to the Kinneret from Zfat in northern Israel

TEL AVIV COASTAL REGION


Tel Aviv Sunset
Urban Tel Aviv landscape looking out to the coast
Jaffa Port looking out to Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv's Central Beach Landscape

JUDEAN HILLS & JERUSALEM REGION


Beautiful landscape of the Judean Hills bordering Jerusalem
Jerusalem's Old City from the Mount of Olives
The Temple Mount in the Old City's Jewish Quarter
Judean Hills stretching outside of Jerusalem's borders
Another view of the Judean Hills between Jerusalem & Tel Aviv

Dead Sea Region with Masada & Ein Gedi


Dead Sea Basin
Dead Sea in Israel
Ein Gedi Nature Reserve
Masada near the Dead Sea

NEGEV DESERT
 
Ramon Crater in the Negev Desert
The Israeli Negev
Ramon Crater
Endless desert landscapes in the Negev
Negev Desert terrain
Rocky desert landscape
Negev Desert
Negev Desert with view of Eilat out in the distance

SINAI REGION & EILAT

Sinai Peninsula Landscape
Mount Sinai Landscape
Coastal Eilat on the Sinai Peninsula


So there you have it, Israel's landscapes in a nutshell. Of course, there's a lot more to see than these images can do justice to, but hopefully it gives you an idea of what you might see on a drive through the country. After all, half the actual fun of going anywhere in Israel is your journey getting there. You'll want to make several pit-stops and photo-ops for the multiple landscapes which seem to change so suddenly before your very eyes.

3 comments:

  1. I HAVE BEEN TO ISRAEL EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE THERE,TO SEE JEHOVA ALIVE.THANKS FOR THE SWEET REMINDER.

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  2. ISRAEL IS WITHOUT DOUBT THE LAND OF JEHOVA,YOU NEED TO REALLY BE THERE.---PST.ADEWUNMI ADEBOYE,LAGOS NIGERIA.

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