After our visit to Istanbul, we had a speedy road trip from Amman to Aqaba in Jordan to visit Mt. Nebo and Petra as well as a church with preserved mosaics from the Byzantine era. In Israel, we traipsed through the Negev in Timna National Park, took a tram up to the ancient fortress of Masada, chair lifted up snow-covered Mt. Hermon , the northern-most point of Israel, forged the springs erupting from the earth at Tel-Dan. And as always, the crown jewel was our time spent in the ancient, and much fought over city of Jerusalem.
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