Qumran and the Dead Sea

Another tick off the bucket list today! Swimming (or rather, floating) in the Dead Sea! This was an experience. The outside temperature was under 10 degrees (C), so it was pretty cool! The water temperature was warmer! But, I went in! It was certainly an experience. It was a very cloudy, overcast day, so the photos will not to it justice in terms of the scenery.

Qumran, the archaeological site of the Qumran community contemporary with the time of John the Baptist and Jesus was very interesting, and hearing the stories of the Essenes (the religious group who lived there) and the finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls was very informative.

I don’t have a photo of me floating yet, but will provide one soon!

Getting ready to take the plunge in 10degree air temperature!

Getting ready to take the plunge in 10degree air temperature

Tonight is our last night in Jerusalem – it is still raining, and the rain has washed most of the snow away, including the snowman one of our young men, Sean, built last night. We are off to Galilee via the Mediterranean coastline which will be full of more surprises, I’m sure. On the way we might be able to visit the Yad Vashem – the Holocaust Memorial, but it is dependant on the weather. 

After the 'swim' in the Dead Sea

After the ‘swim’ in the Dead Sea

Jerusalem has been fabulous, and it would certainly be a place I would come back to if I had the opportunity – especially to study here in the Old City.

About Judith Gardiner

I'm a pilgrim, a traveller, a tourist! I'm on a journey of life, and my life is like a rich and varied garden, with new growth, blooms and even some weeds which I keep trying to eradicate! I'd like people to read my blog and feel positive about life and the earth we share. The world is a place of good news stories and experiences we can share.
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