Ein Gedi the most picturesque oasis in the world

An awsome Nature Reserve

En Gedi is the biggest oasis in Israel. It has springs and waterfalls, and flowing brooks at the foot of the cliffs, home to ibexes and rock hyraxes. Situated on the eastern border of the Judean Desert, on theDead Sea shore, Ein Gedi is a real jewel of Israel.

Foto: Wikimedia

I visited Israel recently, but never got to see it although I was not too far from it. On that day of my pilgrimage I just contemplated the desolate look oh the Dead Sea, after coming from other jewels one can admire in the desert : very old, impressive monasteries, holy places of spiritual life.

While the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve offers over nine different hiking trails, suitable for everyone from family groups to experienced hikers, and ranging in duration from just half an hour in length to a full day, some of the most popular hiking trails are those which head through Wadi David.

King David fall and cave

Whichever of the hikes you decide to take, you are likely to gaze in awe at the beauty of Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, and be amazed in particular at how it contrasts to its desert surroundings. The springs are a source of beauty today, and have, for thousands of years, been the source upon which life, both human and otherwise, has relied upon for living in the area.

The reserve has two streams which flow year round, and four springs which feed the streams. This hike passes through the David stream and three of the four springs. The David stream has a series of waterfalls and pools and descends 200 meters to the height of the Dead Sea.

The Nahal David lower stream – the internet

Flora in the nature reserve includes the acacia, Sodom apple, Christ-thorn, reeds and cattails. Fauna in the reserve includes foxes, wolves, hyenas, and leopards, as well as the commonly seen ibex and hyrax.

Hoping you will have the occasion to see these great views, I wish you to stay safe and healthy amid this ugly pandemic.

https://www.attractions-in-israel.com

Cristina David

Interesting Facts about the Black Sea

The Black Sea islocated between Western Asian and Southeastern Europe. Before the sea was drained in the Atlantic Ocean through the Mediterranean, it will flow from the Aegean Sea. The Black Sea was surrounded by the Caucasus, Anatolia and Europe. I come from Romania, one of the countries that border this sea. I lwas born and lived there , in Bucharest, that is until I moved over seas and came to live in New Jersey.

The Black Sea is considered as an important tourist destination. On the Black Sea shores, one can see and visit gorgeous resorts, just like here in the States, if not even more enchanting.

Here are other interesting facts about Black Sea for you: There are various straits which connect to the Black Sea. The Black Sea is linked to Aegean Sea by Strait of Dardanelles. The Black Sea and Sea of Marmara are connected by Bosphorus Strait. Strait of Kerch connects Black Sea and Sea of Azov.

There are several cities located along Black Sea. Those include Zonguldak, Rize, Sinop, Giresun, Hopa, Batumi, Burgas, Varna, Yalta, Sevastopol, Sochi, Mangalia, Navodari, Odessa, Ordu, Constanta, Istanbul, Sukhumi, Trabzon, Novorossiysk, Poti, and Sozopol.

There are at least 12 seaports located in Ukraine. The port of Constanta (Romania) is the main container hub in the Black Sea and all direct lines between Asia and the Black Sea call in Constanța. The port is also a starting and terminus point for the Pan-European Pipeline designed to the transportation of Russian and Caspian oil to Central Europe.

The water of Black Sea is less saline if you compare it with the salinity of Mediterranean water. Therefore, it floats over the inflow of Mediterranean water due to the less saline and cool water. There are several animals endemic in Black Sea. Those include the Zebra Mussels, common carps, and round goby. Black Sea is also a good source of fishing. On average, there are around 300,000 tons of fish caught by the Turkish commercial fishing fleet per year..

Last year, in 2019, together with a group of friends I spent about 8 days in Venus, one of the resorts in Romania, staying at Hotel Afrodita. Gorgeous weather, wonderful sunny days, soothing breeze along the shore…I made a few video clips and took quite a number of pictures.

Video clip-sunrise at the Black Sea – the property of Cristina David

Have a wonderful summer!

Cristina David