In Israel

December 20, 2016
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I’ve been dreaming to visit Israel for a long time. Thoughts about the Red, the Dead, and the Mediterranean Seas were making me smile. The photos of Tel-Aviv and Jaffa that I have seen previously heated my imagination. Along with the beautiful pictures, I saw the images of the elderly rest. That’s why I decided to go to Israel and explore its active and youth sides. The most I’ve been looking forward to seeing was the glass calm of the Dead Sea and having adventures in the Negev Desert.

The Dead Sea

I’ve arrived at the Dead Sea late evening and saw the last sunbeams. On the next day, I wanted to get up as early as possible to see the sunrise. But the thing I saw in the morning touched me so deeply that it would stay in my heart and my memory forever. The sun was rising from behind the mountains in Jordan. Every few minutes the sky was changing its colors from rich golden to pink, pastel yellow and blue to soft orange. It seemed like somebody stretched the mirror from the shores of Israel to Jordan and the sky, salt and people were reflecting on it.

The Dead Sea is the lowest part of the surface of Earth, one of the saltiest water bodies. Its salinity reaches 300-310% and in some years it reaches 350%. It is saltier than the salt itself. The salt crystals cover the entire surface that gets into this water for a certain time.

The National Park En Avdat

The National Park En Avdat is an incredible oasis in the Negev Desert. The river Zin that was flowing on the plain has formed the canyon and multiple forms of a surface during the millennia, such as ancon, huge caves, and rocks. The age of the canyon is dozens of thousands of years. Now it is a small, narrow and a shallow river, that is why one can stand on its bottom, walk on its cataracts like on the stairs, touch the stripped relief rocks and come so close to the precipice where the powerful waterfall was falling.

The size of the Canyon impresses just as much as the changes on our planet do.

My dress which I was wearing during the walks in the Canyon of the favorite brand Oh, Yes! is so inspiring!

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Makhtesh Ramon

Makhtesh Ramon is a crater in Israel’s Negev desert.The crater is 40 km long, 2–10 km wide and 500 meters deep. It was not formed by a meteor, nor it is a volcanic crater. It is a depression on the surface of the land.

I was standing on the edge of a rock cliff looking 300 meters down and trying to feel the vibes of the place. I felt like I was standing on the rooftop of a huge skyscraper with the view of the desert. I saw no one else. There were no other sounds, no voices, no cars, and their horns. There was only wind, falcons flying above and rumble of the jet fighters in the sky.

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Exploring the Offroads 

Only 1% of tourists from all over the world go to deserts to spend their holidays. What a pity! Desert is an infinite freedom, kilometers of silence and stillness, picturesque views, unusual landscapes, rare wildlife, oases, adventures, active sports or luxurious hotels and glamping sites. And this is what Ramon Crater is about!

After seeing the crater from above, I decided to explore it inside. I took my seat in a dusty Highlander and we went 300 meters down, directly to the bottom of the crater.

Ramon Crater is colored in all tones of terracotta, brown, sand and yellow. The landscape changes every 2-5 kilometers – from old rock formations to rare sources of water. The Crater is a home for rare herbs and animals. The desert dwellers wake up with the last sunbeams and go on the prowl as well as watering.

I started searching for the wonderful location for my photos. But the wind has blown away my hat and flew it into the salty river.

Well, I have a question for you! Do you know how to restore the felt hat?

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Carmey Avdat Winery

I found out that winemaking is a State program called The Wine Route Project in Israel. The program supports private sole farms in the country along the Spice Route, which was passing through the territory of modern Israel in ancient times.

The little winemaking farm that I visited is Carmey Avdat. The owners of the farm, Hannah and Eyal, have planted the grapes on the ancient terraces and ruins of the rural settlement that was located here 1500 years ago.

I realized that Israeli wines are underrated. Syrah and Riesling are awesome. By the way, there are nice cabins for rent.

Silence, Negev desert, and Syrah wine… I think it is wonderful and totally worth traveling there!

You can’t see any wine in the photos here, but trust me, there was enough of it before I took any of these photos 😉

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Sandboarding in the Negev Desert

Negev Desert is a rocky one, but we came to its dune part that means we could try sandboarding.

We left the hotel and the sky became overcast while we were on our way. It started raining and the wind was blowing very strong. The rain in the desert… When I was growing up and reading adventurous books, it seemed to me that the rain in the desert is something very rare, like in that song, you know! But as I traveled I realized that it happens from time to time. That is why it didn’t surprise me but made upset. I was dreaming of sandboarding for so long and I was not sure to the end whether it would possible to try it in Israel.

When we came to the dunes, two brothers were waiting for us with their white Land Rover, trailer, and equipment. They moved to live in the desert and teach to sandboard. I was so happy and excited. I left the car and felt that the wind was knocking me down. The wind was blowing the sand into my eyes and tearing out the gear of my hands. The sand was and crackling on my teeth. Sometimes it was almost impossible to make even few steps holding the board in my hands. It felt like the board was a sail of a boat. It took me so much effort to get to the top of the dune!

The sandboarding differs from the snowboarding with the fact that the gliding on the sand is smaller, so the speed is also smaller. Also, one’s feet are not bound to the board. One can do it like sledding or standing on bent legs and holding the tail of the board.

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The Fortress of Masada

To the southwest of the Dead Sea on the top of the mountain and on the height of 450 meters above the sea there is the Fortress of Masada. Herod built it in 25th BC and even nowadays the huge parts of the fortress keep standing on the top of the mountain.

The story of the events that took place here filled my heart with sorrow and sadness… In 67th AD Sicarii settled in Masada. They were the representatives of the radical party that made the uprise against the Romans. These events led to the long-lasting Jewish War. After the Romans have conquered Jerusalem, the Fortress was the place for the last battle to take place. There were almost one thousand people, including women and children. They were keeping the Fortress for three more years. The Romans burned the defensive wall and it was clear that the Fortress was falling down.

Josephus Flavius, a person who survived, described the events that took place in the Fortress in his book. Those who lived in the Fortress were unwilling to give up to the Romans and become their slaves. And they decided to commit a mass suicide.  They had chosen ten men to kill everyone in the Fortress. Then one of those ten men has killed the other nine, and then committed a suicide.

When I listened to this story it was a series of historical facts. But when imagined the feelings that people had there, the sorrow, the horror, the tears and doubts of those people… They were the prisoners of other and all people’s decision. The story says that everyone agreed that the solution was the only right. But what if this was not the way described? What if 100 people out of 1000 did not want that solution? What if even one did not agree. Can you imagine the horror they faced?

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Bedouins of the Negev Desert

Traditionally, dozens of nomadic tribes of Bedouins live in the Negev Desert. They kept their centuries-old traditions. Bedouins set their shelters in the desert and their camps are divided into two parts: male and female. Nowadays there is a program on moving the Israel Bedouins into the cities. Some of them leave their settlements, get a degree, serve in armies and hold some posts. And the rest stay in the camps and live a traditional lifestyle.

The main business of Bedouins is breeding and sale of camels. Along with that, they found a new source of income – tourism. There are two types of camps: the authentics one with their strict traditions, and the touristic ones. I got to visit the latter. When the tourists come, the Bedouins know what the tourists want. The Bedouins show around a little, offer a «traditional» set of meals. To be honest, it wasn’t different than any other foods I tried in Israel. Then they make a 60 seconds performance showing how they were making coffee years ago and to suggest a 20 meters ride on the camel.

I refused to ride a camel. First of all, I just don’t think that riding an animal can be entertaining. If I had to get from point A to point B and a camel would be the only way to do that – I’d agree. The second thing was that I saw the owner of the camel standing with all his weight on the bent leg of the animal. He was sitting on its neck as well. And I don’t think that such behavior is ethical towards the animals. I am always for responsible, ethical and ecological traveling. And I ask you to remember that every action that we take leaves an impact on nature and our planet. There is no planet B, let’s remember that!

Instead of riding a camel I asked to take it for and fed it with juicy tree leaves. Believe me, taking care and communicating with the animals are more pleasant and entertaining than exploiting them.

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I’m a Cat, and you are not 🙂 

Israeli cats deserve a big separate post on my blog. But I want to tell you one of the stories that happened during my journey to Israel.

This story began right at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. Stretching and yawning a tawny cat with amber eyes was walking towards a fountain with drinking water. I called him up and crouched. The cat climbed up on my knees quickly, curled up on my lap and shoved its nose into my coat. Well, okay, I decided to stay there a bit longer and pet him. I kept sitting, and he kept lying on my lap. I tried to stand up but he did not react! Then I put him back on the ground and he turned away and jumped on the fountain with drinking water. The cat started drinking from a very thin stream of water. And you know what happened next? Everyone at the fountain stepped so that they did not to disturb the kitty. Can you believe it? One man came closer and slightly turned the water on for the cat to have more water. People in Israel love animals and if anyone hurts an animal, it will be a subject of crime. I hope that someday all countries adopt this attitude!

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    Reply jlawsonn January 6, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    that looks like an absolutely amazing place to visit. My dad was there back in the 80s & he really seemed to enjoy it. Hope to make it over some day.

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya January 6, 2017 at 8:30 pm

      I am sure Israel has changed a lot since then! 🙂

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    Reply Mommy Engineering January 6, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Wow these are so beautiful! I would love to visit one day! I have a few friends from there and they tell me all the time how beautiful it is and that I really need to go!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya January 6, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      Yes, you’d love it!

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    Reply Belle January 6, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    The photos are breathtaking! I would love to visit this amazing place with my family someday!


    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya January 6, 2017 at 8:28 pm

      Belle, thank you! You’d love it there!

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    Reply Julie Porter January 6, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Israel is a place that I have always wanted to visit because of the history and culture. I don’t think I realized quite how breathtakingly beautiful it is, and after seeing all of your pictures I want to go immediately!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya January 6, 2017 at 8:27 pm

      Same thing here, Julie! I was amazed when I visited.

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    Reply Kecia | Online Income Mom January 6, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Wow, your photography is simply amazing. I love the colors in your Dead Sea photos. It all looks so peaceful and serene.

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya January 10, 2017 at 11:05 pm

      Thank you, Kecia! Dead Sea is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen!

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    Reply toughcookiemommy January 6, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    These are some breathtaking photos. I had a friend visit Israel last year and I was so impressed by how beautiful the landscape and bodies of water there were.

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      Reply Siniciliya January 12, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      Israel is really beautiful!

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    Reply Karen Yannacio Morse January 7, 2017 at 1:29 am

    First – your photos are amazing! Second – so jealous of your experience with the Dead Sea. That is somewhere I really want to visit. I can imagine how much it really does touch the heart.

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      Reply Siniciliya January 12, 2017 at 8:08 pm

      Karen, the words can’t describe the feelings that I had there!

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    Reply January 7, 2017 at 1:55 am

    You photos are STUNNING. This whole posts makes me want to visit Israel ASAP! Definitely going on my bucket list.

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      Reply Siniciliya January 10, 2017 at 11:14 pm

      You’ll love it in Israel, Angela!

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    Reply Debra January 7, 2017 at 2:09 am

    Wow! The Dead sea looks absolutely amazing – It’s never been on my bucket list before but I totally think I’ve changed my mind! Wow!

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    Reply Roxanne January 7, 2017 at 2:45 am

    Amazing post! These photos are all beautiful, but the photos of the salt crystals in the dead see are truly spectacular!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya January 12, 2017 at 8:08 pm

      The world is full of wonders 🙂

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    Reply terristeffes January 7, 2017 at 3:19 am

    Israel is stunning. The desert is full of opportunity. I love cats and all animals. I’m glad to hear that animals must be treated with care!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya January 12, 2017 at 8:10 pm

      Terri, I think it’s a sign of a developed society!

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    Reply A Spectacled Owl (@_aspectacledowl) January 7, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Oh wow, all of your photos are breathtakingly beautiful! The ones with you on the edge of the cliff make me nervous though 🙂

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      Reply Siniciliya January 12, 2017 at 8:11 pm

      Please, don’t be nervous! I felt very safe, otherwise I wouldn’t do.

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    Reply theclutterboxblog January 7, 2017 at 7:06 am

    all your pictures are so stunning! I love love the cat story and that would be wonderful if that kind of love of animals spread.

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    Reply Joanna Brittain January 7, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Wow, gorgeous photos! What a fantastic experience. I would love to visit Isreal, even though it’s never been on my list of places.

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      Reply Siniciliya January 7, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      Joanna, Israel is totally worth visiting!

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    Reply Jeanine Macintosh January 7, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Wow what stunning photos. I always know Isreal was beautiful but these just make it look so incredible. What an experience. Would love to travel there some day.

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya January 7, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      Thank you, Jeanine! Israel is very beautiful!

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    Reply reesann723 January 7, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Wow, I had no idea Isreal was so beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing your experience with us!

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    Reply Holly January 8, 2017 at 5:02 am

    When I was younger I always wanted to go. Now though, I am a bit more scared to travel to a place like this.

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya January 12, 2017 at 8:35 pm

      Holly, I felt safe during my trip.

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    Reply Megan mccoig January 8, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Your photos and travels always blow my mind. I never knew Israel could be so stunning. Everything looks so calm, pastel and peaceful. My dream!

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      Reply Siniciliya January 12, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      Thank you, Megan!

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    Reply almostindianwife January 9, 2017 at 3:20 am

    My husband went to Israel last year and loved it! I was going to go but my youngest was just too little. I would love to go and visit with him! It’s gorgeous!

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    Reply Berlin January 9, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Such stunning vistas. Honestly, I’ve never thought Israel can be that beautiful. I always picture the place as desert like. I didnt even imagine it to have such gorgeous bodies of water. So fortunate of you to have experienced it. And thanks for sharing it with us.

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    Reply CECILIA keki CANNON (@homewithkeki) January 9, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    this is just crazy beautiful. You are so fortunate and blessed to have these experiences! I hope one day to travel here and see how grand it is.

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    Reply Tara Holland January 9, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    This looks like an amazing trip. I had no idea there were so many different and beautiful settings, they almost look like paintings.

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    Reply Paige Wunder January 9, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Wow! I love the way the light looks falling across the dead sea! Absolutely beautiful! I want to get to Israel really badly as well. Good for you for sticking with your morals about animals. Cheers!

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    Reply ROBERT LEE | Amazing Life Daily January 9, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    I was thinking of the national park. It is truly breathtaking… and then it hit me. It is the vast emptiness or space that makes it so beautiful to look at. For some people, it is easy to have the urge to take photos that clearly shows them, but the background would not show the natural wonders. You did well here showing the bigger picture.

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    Reply Amanda Love January 9, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Israel has a lot of stunning views! I think it’s awesome that you decided to vacation in the desert. I think many people are intimidated by it that’s why very few choose to do so.

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    Reply kwhiz84 January 9, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    I have always wanted to visit the Dead Sea. I bet it would not only be beautiful but also an uplifting and spiritual experience. Looks like amazing travels!

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    Reply MsCrystalline January 9, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Who is the photographer of your photos and do you usually travel to places with a team or partner? The photos are amazing! You’re also super gorgeous, so you must the the photographers muse, or you definitely know how to select a great photographer with an eye for composition. 🙂

    Oh and by the way, salt from the Dead Sea is superb for the skin! They sell it here imported from the Dead Sea. It makes a huge difference on the smoothness of the skin after it’s applied. I hope you got to at least rub some salt on your skin and experience it first hand. 🙂

    Great post!

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    Reply Heather January 9, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    What an amazing trip! My daughter has been asking me when we will visit because we have been doing a lot of Bible history in our homeschool days. I will have to show her this post! She will love it!

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    Reply Claire Summers January 9, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Your photographs are incredible! I love the ones of you in the desert, and the cat ones are really lovely. Israel looks incredible and its somewhere I really want to visit soon. I had no idea that Israel made wine!

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    Reply Cori Carl January 9, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    I love your photos of the Dead Sea! I spent most of my time in Israel in the Negev, but I saw totally different sights than you, which just shows how much there is to see there. I went down to Sde Boqer to see all the solar projects and desert fisheries they have — very cool stuff.

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    Reply cieri of thewonderfulkind January 9, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    This is so nice! I have been looking for posts on Israel as my husband is planning to go there not really soon but hopefully this year or next. Your post will definitely be a reference. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    Reply lovelysilvia January 9, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    I love these photos! Looks like you had an incredible trip! I would love to visit one day.

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    Reply Candy January 9, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    I really enjoyed your stunning photos. Especially of the Dead Sea. That is one place I would love to visit some day. It’s such a unique location and a great place for a photo op. I also love your dress!

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    Reply Andre January 9, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Wow. These photos are amazing. I actually find deserts also a great place to spend a few days. Especially during the night, deserts often offer the most beautiful sky full of stars. After reading your post, my wish to visit this corner of the world became even stronger. Great photos and post. 🙂

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    Reply Samantha Lee January 10, 2017 at 3:17 am

    These are some of the most beautiful outdoor shots I have ever seen! They make me want to get on a plane and go to Israel right now. I could only imagine what those sights look like in person.

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    Reply Aika January 10, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Beautiful photos. First few photos of that sea that looks pink in color are breathtaking. I am happy for you that you were able to visit these places. I like how well you have written your stories. These places is a picturesque, us needs to witness.

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    Reply Sanket D. January 10, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Interesting to read your experience with the Bedouin tribes. I’d have imagined they’d be one of the hardest tribes to commercialize and make touristy, but clearly I was wrong! More power to you for not riding that poor camel! As always, the pictures are dead gorgeous. Would love to read more about your experiences with Israelis and how they fit into the entire middle-east scene!

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    Reply Orana Velarde January 10, 2017 at 11:36 am

    What a trip! The dead sea ia one of the places that muy kids have on their bucket list. Your photos of the canyon and the reflections are amazing! You are difinitely rocking the instagram travel niche. High five!

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    Reply NowThatsAHoneymoon January 10, 2017 at 11:44 am

    It looks like a dream. I want to visit Israel also but at times I feel like it’s not very safe. It’s good reading your post at least I have that confidence that it’s not a dangerous place!

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    Reply Katie McIntosh (@katieshowblog) January 10, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Wow, your photos are incredible. To be honest I hadn’t really thought of visiting Israel yet, but this post makes me want to add it to my bucket list. Thank you for sharing!

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    Reply George January 10, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Your photographs are great, what kind of gear do you use? Never been to isreal before but this article has put the destination on my bucket list, it really looks amazing.

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    Reply Sam Coronado (@followyouroad) January 10, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Stunning photos! I’ve never been to Israel. But I didn’t realize it was this beautiful. In the Philippines it’s more known as the Holy Land, where many Catholics (our dominant religion) aim to go on pilgrimage. I too wanna see this in person! 🙂

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    Reply Irina January 10, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Your pictures are so stunning. Isreal is on my top list. I’ve been wanting to visit ever since I’ve been a kid. Your so blessed to have experienced it.

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    Reply Patricia Steffy (@PLSteffy) January 10, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    This trip really does look incredible. Your descriptions of the sunrise over Jordan when visiting the Dead Sea were enough to tempt me! There really does seem to be something for everybody there — adventure travelers, desert travelers, sea-goers, cat lovers. Everybody can find something to love.

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    Reply Megan Indoe January 10, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    All of your photos seriously look straight out of a magazine or editorial piece. I love the tones and colors you capture. I want to also visit the dead sea, it looks gorgeous, especially through your photos. I also can’t believe those birds ate right out of your hand!

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    Reply Aubrie Engman January 11, 2017 at 1:16 am

    I’ve been following you on Instagram for awhile so it was great to come across your blog! I loved your photos of Israel. I went there many years ago and absolutely loved it and would love to go back one day!

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    Reply Blair Villanueva January 11, 2017 at 3:34 am

    Another place I would love to visit (aside from the fact the we Filipinos are visa-exempt when travelling to Israel). I’ve many good things about this Holy land, and the Dead Sea that they said bathing here will give you a youhful glow.

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    Reply KT Nielsen January 11, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Wow! I’m speechless, basically like a cat caught my tongue. What wonderful and truly inspiring your photos are. Makes me want to book the next flight out to Israel right now. Israel is far below my bucket list but looking at your photos, I will have to promote it a few notches (maybe next to Iceland and Greenland). I especially would love to see The Dead Sea and I’m going to make sure I won’t miss it for sure.

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    Reply AuthenticTravels January 11, 2017 at 9:26 am

    That’s a wonderful post. I’ve been once to the Dead Sea and I could swim only for a couple of minutes. It was imposible for me to stay more, my skin was revolting every second. However, the pictures look great despite the effect that the salt has on our bodies.

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    Reply Monika Mizinska January 11, 2017 at 9:33 am

    You made me wanna go to Israel NOW!!! Those photos are like from a fairytale Veronica:)

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    Reply Jo January 11, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Veronica, your photographs are so amazing. I love the dead sea shots, heck, I love all the pictures so much. Do you travel with a photographer? Which camera is this? Great stuff and Israel is on my bucket list too.

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    Reply Indrani January 11, 2017 at 10:54 am

    You make it sound so alluring… makes me feel why I haven’t been there yet. 🙂
    Excellent captures, some of them very well timed. I hope I can visit some day.

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    Reply Bhushavali January 11, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Isreal has been in my wishlist for long. I love the mystic charm of the country esp Jerusalem and Dead Sea are so intriguing. I really wanna go there. Thanks for this visual tour.

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    Reply lydia@lifeuntraveled January 11, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Your pictures are beautiful (including the ones of the Israeli cats)! I can’t believe all the pink hues reflecting on the Dead Sea – just wow! Israel is one of the countries I would love to visit soon and this makes me want to go even more. Thanks for sharing!

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    Reply Shane January 11, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Israel is such a unique destination that so many don’t give enough thought to. Your stunning photos have me aching to visit!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya January 12, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      Shane, thank you! It is truly magical!

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    Reply Sarah Kim January 11, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Wow I love all your photos! They’re gorgeous. The one at Makhtesh Ramon looks like you’re flying!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya January 12, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      Thank you, Sarah!

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    Reply Sarah Kim January 11, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    P.S. I love that you have a whole section devoted to cats and how people treat them!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya January 12, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      Sarah, I would actually devote a whole new blog to cats lol! I love them too much!

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    Reply Sally from Passport & Plates January 12, 2017 at 3:50 am

    Can I just say that I’m OBSESSED with all your photos? The salt flats look like clouds or something and it looks like you had an amazinggg trip!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya January 12, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      Thank you so much, Sally!

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    Reply Alina Popescu January 12, 2017 at 8:52 am

    As always, your photos are absolutely gorgeous! I love them <3 I always wanted to visit the Dead Sea, but now I have a few more places added to my list. Did you enjoy the sandboarding? I've read a lot on it and most people were disappointed, because they expected more of a thrill. I figure if you go into it knowing what to expect, it can be very enjoyable.

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya January 12, 2017 at 7:48 pm

      Alina, thanks! I am pretty much a yellow-belly when it comes to activities when I can’t control things! This is one of the reasons I quit snowboarding. So the speed during the sandboarding was more than enough for me hahaha

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    Reply EG III January 12, 2017 at 8:54 am

    I can’t wait to finally get to Israel this year and I find it shocking that only 1% of the world visit a desert on their holiday…they are definitely missing out! I’m actually going sand-boarding in two days this weekend haha. Love the desert!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya January 12, 2017 at 7:46 pm

      When are you going? What’s your itinerary?
      They miss out a lot for not visiting the deserts 🙂

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        Reply EG III January 15, 2017 at 5:52 am

        I’m heading there in March. I’ve been to the desert in Egypt, Oman, and Saudi…and I’m still on the Fence about whether or not I will in Israel, but if it’s possible to do in a day then I will definitely try to make it happen.

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    Reply Miriam Ernst January 12, 2017 at 10:29 am

    I could spend hours just looking at your pictures, they’re are extremely beautiful! This is now that I realize I never saw how beautiful Israel is! I never doubted it was, but now that I really see it… wow!

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      Reply Siniciliya January 12, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      Thank you so much, Miriam! I too was surprised to see how beautiful Israel is.

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    Reply 100cobbledroads January 12, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    The pictures on this post and your blog, in general, are simply out-of-this-world breathtaking. And i have to say, the Dead Sea has just come alive here.

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      Reply Siniciliya January 12, 2017 at 7:19 pm

      Such a wordplay, isn’t?))))

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    Reply pinkpepperparadise January 12, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    This place is amazing! You pictures are beautiful! I think Istrael will be also on my travel list, because after your post I just fel in love!

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      Reply Siniciliya January 12, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      I am so happy to hear that I inspired you to travel to Israel!

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    Reply everyfootstepanadventure January 12, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    I LOVE your photos! They are so inspiring and make me want to visit here so badly. What camera do you use?

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      Reply Siniciliya January 12, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      Thank you! I use iPhone 6S and Moment lenses, and Canon Mark II

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    Reply Ivy January 12, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    WOW your photos are absolutely stunning! I’ve never given Israel much thought but you’ve changed my mind. The clusters of salt in the Dead Sea looks insane! Reminds me of the art project where a guy immersed a dress in the Dead Sea for years and it turned out all crystallized. Gorgeous!

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      Reply Siniciliya January 12, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      Ivy, I saw that project several days ago! Pretty amazing!

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    Reply Sebrin Elms January 12, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    These pictures are absolutely incredible! I can’t wait to visit Israel one day. Maybe I’ll put it on my “30 before 30” 😉

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    Reply susanna January 12, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    I’m glad your experience was so wonderful! I love the area of Jordan, Palestine and Israel. It’s all so lovely. Stunning photos!

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    Reply ASKSonnie January 12, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Thanks for the virtual tour! Israel is both in my prayer and visit list. Would like to explore the area w/ family in 3 years time to see for my eyes and give context to what I’m reading from the Bible. Would love to get H20 baptized in the Jordan river, check the dungeon where Jesus was kept overnight, and the streets he walked leading to Golgotha.

    Would love to set my foot too, on the red sea, the place where Sodom and Gomorrah used to be.

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    Reply TalesOfABackpacker (@clairesturz) January 13, 2017 at 1:04 am

    OMG your photos are amazing! I love the light in the dead sea ones, and those cute little kitties! Its so great to see somewhere that so few people go to, good on you for adventuring beyond the usual!

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    Reply Monika Mizinska January 13, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Ohhhh you know Veronica how much I love all your photos but these ones are top!!! Making me wanna go to Israel right now abd live all the have lived

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    Reply utravelshare January 13, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Breathtaking pictures everywhere and I could choose one of them as the best one! I love the cat drinking and all of the Death Sea, what an amazing place to visit! Israel, I met many people from there in all around the world, especially when I lived in Australia! They told me that don’t like their country except for the landscapes! Wow, I would like to go there one day! thanks for sharing, your blog is beautiful, congrats

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    Reply Allison Rebecca January 13, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    How pretty! I have always wanted to go to Israel and these pics make me want to go even more.

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    Reply Emily @ Em Writes January 13, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Absolutely beautiful photos! I didn’t know that sandboarding was a thing. Now I have something new to put on my bucket list.

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    Reply Travel tips January 13, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    May i just start by saying that your photos are absolutely amazing..I loved them, i’ve only seen the Dead Sea (and from the other side ..from Jordan not from Israel) but i’m hoping one day to see also the Red Sea and the Dead Sea from the other side . I tried something similar to sandboarding when i was living in Doha, Qatar but i’m scared basically of any sport haha.

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    Reply Kcalpesh Ajugia January 13, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Stunning captures. Your narration just teleported me to each of places mentioned. I especially found the portion where you have mentioned about the sky changing colors during the sunrise at dead Sea.

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    Reply Mar Ward January 13, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Wow, these are beautiful photos! The dead sea looks like a phenomenal place, I’d love to visit one day!

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    Reply shobha42016 January 13, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    gorgeous photos! the dead sea looks otherworldly in your photos. And i adore the cat drinking from the water fountain!

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    Reply vishvarsha January 13, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    OMG! Such breathtaking photos!!! Death sea looks so stunning and seemingly breathing with nature 😀 Loved this post…totally convinced me to put Israel in my bucket list 🙂

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    Reply Meghan January 14, 2017 at 12:06 am

    I cannot wait to go to Israel! My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Israel next year and I will definitely be saving your post. Gorgeous photos too!

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    Reply Debonita@elegantlyfashionable January 14, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Your photos look breathtaking. Omg I never knew Israel was this beautiful. I can’t stop thinking of visiting Israel.

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    Reply Amanda @ LVV Travel January 14, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Your photos are beautiful! Love them! I really want to visit Isreal, it’s on the list! Can I ask, how did you find the people there?

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      Reply Siniciliya January 15, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      Thank you, Amanda!
      The people in Israel are really different from anywhere else in the world. They are very open and if there’s a nation that knows how to have fun, it’s Israeli!

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    Reply Anne Klien ( MeAnne) January 14, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Wow just in time for my future travel to Israel. I can’t wait to explore this beautiful place. I love to laze around the dead sea. Such a stunning photos

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      Reply Siniciliya January 15, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      Anne, when are you going?

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    Reply WorldGlimpses January 15, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Don’t you just love the Dead Sea! I’ve visited, but from the Jordan side. It really was one of the most intriguing places I’ve been to. Are there spas on Isreael side of the Lake? Jordan’s if full of spa hotels.

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      Reply Siniciliya January 15, 2017 at 7:46 pm

      I loved how the Dead Sea looked, but I couldn’t spend more than 3 minutes in it. My skin got too irritated. Lots of spas in Israeli side!

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    Reply Blair Villanueva January 16, 2017 at 1:53 am

    One of my moisturizing cream (AquaMineral) have a mixture of Dead Sea water. The product is came all the way from Israel 🙂 And works fine with my skin 🙂

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    Reply sveeteskapes January 16, 2017 at 4:06 am

    Your pictures are as dreamy and gorgeous as ever! I just felt like I went to each of these places with you, veronica. Beautifully captured and written! Dead sea has been on my list for too long now, should make a trip out there soon.

    xx, Kusum |

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    Reply Ami Bhat January 16, 2017 at 5:29 am

    I recently wrote a post on why Israel is on my bucket list and Dead sea was one of the reasons. After seeing your pictures, you have no idea what restlessness has crept in to me. I feel like rushing there right now. Beautiful pics indeed!

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    Reply SindhuMurthy January 16, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Hi. I have been scrolling up and down your post to look at all the pictures in your post for I am not able to take off my eves on them. Such wonderfully captured shots they are. I have always had a longing to visit Israel but your post has made me fall for this wonderful destination all over again, and how! Loved the pictures. Especially the ones captured with reflections in the dead sea. These are some of the best pictures I have seen of the dead sea.

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    Reply quirkywanderer January 20, 2017 at 4:04 am

    The pictures are just too mesmerising! Some of the compositions have totally left me in awe. Story telling photos! 🙂 thanks for tempting me to visit this beautiful country!

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    Reply Nisha January 20, 2017 at 4:28 am

    Incredible! I have been to Israel but you seem to have ventured deep. Hats off to you! BTW Is that your hat in the water? 🙂 🙂

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      Reply Siniciliya January 21, 2017 at 9:20 am

      Yes, it is my hat! And I don’t know how to fix it!

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    Reply Abigail January 21, 2017 at 12:16 am

    Israel has many beautiful and historically important places. I would love to visit this someday, especially the Dead Sea. Good job with your amazing photos!

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    Reply reflectiveponderer February 9, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Wow! Such beautiful photos! and how adorable are the cats !!

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    Reply Cheryl February 20, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    You have a beautiful blog with amazing photos! I really feel like I was on your adventure with you. Thanks for sharing and we look forward to following you!

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