Continuing our trip, now is the time to explore southern part of Israel. Half of Israel is desert lands; the sand dune stretches on the southern half of their territory. We have visited the following places by joining group packages (David’s Tour), which picked us up in the morning from the nearby hotel.
Driving south of Jerusalem within 30 minutes from the cold climate, the Judean Desert will be the sight to welcome you. Those box houses are Kibbutz – the dwelling place of desert people called Bedouine – they are a part of a predominantly desert-dwelling Arabian ethnic group. Luckily we also saw some Bedouine Camel ride.
To experience swimming in the Dead Sea, there are Spa/Resorts owned by Bedouins, one of which is Ein Gedi Spa, inside the spa, we enjoyed the rich mineral hot springs, mud pack, and float on water of Dead sea.
We allocated another one whole day to visit the deserts of Israel. For me this trip was least enjoyable among all places we visited in Israel. Since some tours offer canyon walking, but we chose the panoramic views of desert than getting sands on our feet due to safety reasons since our group was with seniors.
Tomb of Ben Gurion
David Ben-Gurion was the main founder and the first Prime Minister of Israel. He is sort of the Lee Kuan Yew of Israel. After his retirement from political life in 1970, he moved to Sde Boker, a kibbutz in the Negev desert. Ben-Gurion moved to the kibbutz due to his vision of cultivating the arid Negev desert and building up its surrounding towns. He believed that eventually the Negev would be home to many Jews who would move to Israel, and he felt that Sde-Boker was a trailblazer and example for what should follow.
He was buried nearby his wife Paula Ben-Gurion. Those stones on top of the grave are place by the visitors, this is how they pay respect when visiting Jewish grave. Stones seem better suited to the permanence of memory. Stones do not die, better than flowers which wilt easily in a desert.