The main attraction in Beit Shean is the Archaeological National Park with the best-preserved ancient ruins in the Middle East.
Beit Shean is one of the oldest cities in the country.
It’s also known by names: Scythopolis, Tel Beit Shean, Tel el-Husn, Tel el-Hosn, Beisan, and Nysa.
The Dead Sea is a very unique sea, unfortunately countries take too much minerals out of the water and it destroys the sea a lot.
Dead Sea or Salt Sea is a salty lake between Israel, West Bank and Jordan.
Red Sea is a narrow strip of water connecting the Gulf of Aden with the Gulf of Suez .
The name comes from the color of the Sea that is sometimes caused by the algae.
And today, the last post, where I explain why this month is different from all others on my blog.
Each month, I often mention what’s the dominant religion of a given place, because it’s determine the character of a given country/territory and also helps to undertand why the place is like it is.
This month, I want to avoid this! Of course, I’ll show you many religious buildings, but from the tourist point of view, that’s all.
Usually, when I describe a given country, I write what’s the capital and some basic information about the country/place/state. I’m not going to do it this time.
Please, let’s enjoy the interesting places in Israel & Palestinian Territories in general.
I’m aware, it’s like being an ignorant tourist, but in this situation it’s better to keep it this way.
So in this area, there are countries/states and they are not internationally recognized, i.e., some parts are not even recognized by United Nations.
Palestine is a geographic region.
There is also a territory occupied by Israel called Palestine or the State of Palestine; that includes the West Bank and Gaza Strip with East Jerusalem.
Palestinian Territories or Occupied Palestinian Territories also mean the West Bank and Gaza Strip with East Jerusalem.
And then, in between and around, is Israel.
It’s complicated, let’s leave it like it is,
tomorrow, one more confusing information.
No, I’m not going to talk about politics as I mentioned yesterday, but only want to explain some of the wordings I decided to use.
I wasn’t sure how to call this month series. It could be “Israel & Occupied Territories”, or “Israel & Occupied Palestinian Territories”. I chose the name “Israel & Palestinian Territories” that sounds to me the most neutral. At the end, my goal is to show you my travel impressions from a given area.
This month, I’ll show you my pictures from the trip to Israel and Palestinian Territories. I want to show you interesting places I’ve visited and don’t want to talk about politics or current situation at all. I know, it may be not fair, but this is way too complicated for the travel blog, and I don’t feel competent enough to write about it.
So please, enjoy all places and pictures and let’s not talk about politics.