Wednesday Wonders – The Eiffel Tower

Hello and welcome to my next Wonder Lesch blog post where I will present you with one of the most outstanding places to visit in Paris, along with some pro tips that you can also implement along the way.

I want to start this post talking about one of the most renowned and recognizable structures in the world. It is, of course, the Eiffel Tower. With its 984 feet, it stands at the center of the city of love, overlooking the Fields of Mars. Due to its location and prestige, It makes for the perfect place to start your adventure through France.

Wrought Iron Giant, The Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

The importance of this construction comes for its origin. It was constructed in 1889 as a part of the Exposition Universelle and, at the time, this wrought iron giant was not well received by the Parisian community. Ironically (see what I did there 😉 it has grown to be one of the most representative monuments of France with more than 6 million visitors per year.

From personal experience, I would want to either book your entrance to the tower or organize it as one of your earlier activities in Paris, due to the high demand for going up the tower. If you miss your opportunity in the morning you might find yourself in a VERY long queue just to buy tickets. Said tickets are not really that expensive and mainly depend on whether you want to reach the third level and if you want to do so by elevator or stairs. If you are taking the stairs, be prepared, as more than 600 steps stand in the way between you and one of the most breathtaking sights of Paris. 

Seine River showing the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Personally, I think that reaching the second level is just fine since there is an extra fee for climbing to the top, and when you get there, after your long journey, you will be greeted with two sights, on one side the Mars Fields in all its splendor, and on the other, the Seine River, bisecting the city and creating a perfect contrast with its surroundings.

Of course, at the top of the second level and after you are done with the photographs, you will also find other things to do. Here you will find one of the best macaroon places in Paris, these flavourful little sweets are a staple of French confectionery and make for an excellent treat while you are up there. You will also find plenty of gift shops and the unique chance to dine overlooking Paris at the Le Jules Verne restaurant.

The Eiffel Tower at night as seen from Mars Fields, Paris, France

But what if you are looking for a more inexpensive trip?

Well, whether you believe it or not, the Eiffel Tower is also a great free attraction, recently the Eiffel Tower received a new look that makes for an amazing spectacle. This “new look” consists of hundreds of colorful lights scattered all over the building, at night they are lit up. If you are looking for a nice place to rest after a long day of walking, consider having a small picnic dinner at the Fields of Mars, while you enjoy a good glass of wine and an amazing view of the gardens and the flickering lights of the Eiffel Tower. This activity is especially good if you are traveling in a group since is the perfect opportunity to have a nice chat with your companions.

From monumental buildings to small Bed and Breakfast Hotels, Paris has it all, it is one of my personal favorite cities in the world. Everywhere you look there are always more things to do and more places to visit.

What do you think about Paris? Have you ever been to France before? Tell me all about it in the comments!

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Wednesday Wonders – New Year's Food & Fireworks

Happy New Year to all of you! This post for my Wonder Lesch blog will be exploring New Year’s celebrations and traditions around the world.

A bit of history first, then the fireworks. Have you ever wondered where some of the celebrated New Year’s traditions come from? Did you know the day of the New Year was once observed on the date of the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox? This solar pattern meant that New Year’s day was celebrated sometime in March. Thousands of year later, Romulus, the founder of Rome, created the Roman calendar which consisted of 10 months and 304 days, but the New Year continued to be tied to the Vernal Equinox. After time the monthly calendar system created by Romulus and adjusted by King Pompilius (who added the months of January and February to the Roman calendar) was no longer in sync with the sun and moon. Julius Caesar, with the help of mathematicians and astronomers, created the Julian calendar and named January 1st as New Year’s day. Janus was the god of new beginnings and a fitting start to each New Year.

Statue of Emperor Julius Caesar, Rome, Italy

Throughout the world many New Year’s celebrations of food and fireworks begin on the evening of December 31st and continue through January 1st.

Buckwheat soba noodle soup with roasted tofu and mushrooms.

In Japan, families will eat toshikoshi or buckwheat soba noodles at midnight on New Year’s Eve to say goodbye to the year past and hello to the year coming. The noodles symbolize longevity and prosperity.

Grapes equal wishes

In Spain and Mexico, a tradition is to eat grapes. At the stroke of midnight they eat one grape per chime of the clock bell. 12 chimes equals 12 wishes, which equals a very Happy New Year.

Pickled herring with onions

In Poland and parts of Scandinavia people eat pickled herring at the stroke of midnight to bring a year of prosperity including increased trade and friendships. The silver lining of the fish is thought to bring abundance to the person eating the fish.

Berliner pancake from Germany, sweet pantries with sugar coating and jam filling.

In Germany after the firework show Germans like to eat “Pfannkuchens”, a traditional donut treat filled with jam, and sometime liquor. Outside of Berlin, Germany these tasty treats are known as “Berliners”. A great way to begin the New Year, sweet treats for a sweet year.

Pomegranate seeds equal good luck

In Greece, a pomegranate is hung above the front door for the 12 days of Chrsitmas to symbolize fertility and good luck. On New Year’s Eve the members of the house gather outside and the pomegranate is thrown against the front door of the house. The more seeds that are on the ground the luckier the New Year will be.

North American Southern States Traditional New Years Day meal, Slices Spiral-cut smoked Ham, Cooked Black-eyed Peas over Collard Greens, with Cuts of Corn Bread

An American food tradition for New Year’s Day is eating black-eyed peas (representing coins), collard greens (representing money) and cornbread (representing gold). The dish is said to bring good luck in the New Year to all that eat it.

Now the fireworks from around the world! Do you have a place where you watch the festivities? Here are several places that are renowned for their firework displays.

Sydney Harbor, Sydney, Australia
Fireworks at Wat Arun Temple in Bangkok, Thailand
Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE
Tower Bridge, London, United Kingdom
Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
New York City, USA

So many yummy things to eat and amazing sites to see. What is your New Year’s Eve/Day tradition? Share them with me in the comments. I learned a lot putting this post together, and I love learning. Below are a couple items to help keep the learning going.

May your New Year be full of friends, family and fun. Until next time, take care WonderLesch.

Most New Years superstitions, traditions, and customs come from the strong belief that whatever is done on the first day of the year will set the pattern for the coming year. Learn new traditions and customs from around the world.

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Wednesday Wonders – The Roman Colosseum

Welcome to my next blog post for WonderLesch. This virtual visit of the Wonders of the World is to the Roman Colosseum. This enormous structure is situated in the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Rome. The Colosseum is an amphitheater from the time of the Roman Empire, built in the first century, its original name “Anfiteatro Flavio”, Italian for “Flavio’s Amphitheater”. The name refers to the Flavian dynasty of emperors who built it; its later name, Colosseum, and by which it is best known today, is due to a large statue that was nearby, the Colossus of Nero, which has been unfortunately destroyed.

Interior of the Colosseum, Flavian Amphitheater, Rome, Italy

Before telling you how amazing this structure is, and why you should pay it a visit if you have the chance to go to Rome, let’s first discuss its historical legacy.

It is thought that the construction of the colosseum began around the year 70 A.D. as a mandate of Emperor Vespasian, but it was not finished until his son Emperor Titus rose to power and inaugurated the building. As expected for such an antique build, it has been heavily damaged and rebuilt several times, once in 217 when in was burnt, an again in 443 when it was damaged again by an earthquake.

Ancient seating at the Roman Colosseum in Rome Italy

At its peak it could hold more than 60,000 spectators who gathered to see show such as the venatios, latin for “hunting”. The venatios were celebrations where exotic animals were brought to the colosseum and dueled to their death, both beasts and gladiators.

These celebrations and rituals form part of the Roman culture and, even if they are not present now, they were prominent traditions for one of the strongest civilizations the world has ever known.

But enough history and blood-baths, what can you do nowadays in the Roman Colosseum?

Due to the enormous demand of tourist in peak season, to enter the Colosseum you require to purchase a ticket and a guide. This will normally grant you access to the arena and the Roman Forum.

Outside view of the Roman Colosseum, Rome Italy

Even if they are a little expensive, there is no better way to experience this colossal structure in all its glory. If you are planning a trip to Rome, I strongly recommend saving a day for the Colosseum, as well as booking your tickets beforehand. It is a Wonder of the World for a reason. Once inside, no matter you expectations, you will be blown away, the incredible sight from outside does not compare to walking around a centuries old amphitheater.

It has something for everyone, from history to breathtaking sights, it is one of the perfect spots in Rome to just take a moment and enjoy the view.

Outside of the Roman Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Unlike other Wonders of the World I have posted about like Petra, you can enjoy it even from the outside. There is no such a thing as “too much time in Rome” you can enjoy the panoramic view while having a coffee around this historic site, and don’t forget that the food in Rome is regarded as some of the best in the world. I have been told if you want to experience the true Italian flavors, a blog follower did recommend going to the restaurant Obicà in the center of Rome, they serve fresh mozzarella and amazing pasta. Let me know if they were right in recommending.

Even if it may seem cliché please, if you go to Rome, at least take the time to walk around the Colosseum, you won’t regret it. I have included a couple guide books to help you in planning and achieving your dream visit to Rome.

Italy, with its amazing history and incredible cuisine, has everything you can dream of, sights, sounds, tastes all rolled into one adventure. Have you visited Rome? Italy? Share with me your experiences. I would love to read about them in the comments.

– WonderLesch

The Roman Colosseum was one of the most extraordinary buildings in the ancient world, a work of engineering genius whose design is imitated every time a modern stadium is built. 

Compact and affordable, Fodor’s 25 Best Rome 2020 is a great travel guide for those who want an easy-to-pack guidebook and map to one of the most exciting cities in Italy and Europe.

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Wednesday Wonders – Taj Mahal

Hello! It’s WonderLesch again, with another delivery of the Wonders of the World! This post will be about the Taj Mahal, that beautiful Indian palace that we’ve seen in so many posters and movies. It is with good reason though; the Taj Mahal is regarded as the maximum show of traditional muslim architecture and landscaping. The gardens, the symmetry, and the magnificence of the color of the Taj Mahal make for an amazing view that attracts tourists around the world.

Ariel view of Taj Mahal, Agra, India

The Taj Mahal is situated in Agra, no need to search for hotels in Mumbai or even in New Delhi, Agra has a population of more than a million, and because of the Taj Mahal, it is well adapted for the large visitor demand that surrounds this world wonder. One can stay near the center of the city, with multiple Indian restaurants nearby to take in the local traditions and cuisine.

The whole facade of the wonder, and much of its structure, is made out of the highest quality marble which even then was very expensive. Other materials come from the rest of Asia, imported specifically to make the place as beautiful as it could be. Rare jade from China, translucent marble from Rajasthan, among many other rarities that create the, arguably, most opulent wonder of the world.

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Such a magnificent structure needs to have a purpose, and that comes from the history of the place, where we can answer the popular question: What was Taj Mahal built for?

Some call the Taj Mahal the biggest show of love ever. It was built as a tomb for Mumtaz Mahal, the wife of the emperor Shah Jahan, right in the middle of the former capital of the Mughal dynasty.

This piece of history is definitely enriching for when one is visiting Taj Mahal, which remains a very prominent display of wealth and power that the dynasty had back then. It is an amazing thing to believe that it has prevailed over the centuries and that people in the modern world still have the chance to admire and take in the history and cultural details that the place has to offer.

Besides Taj Mahal, Agra has many other attractions that make the city the potential hub for your trip to India. The fort in the city is a Mongolian structure that was built as a military site that was as efficient and functional as it is magnificent right now.

Tomb of Akbar, Agra, India

Even though Taj Mahal is objectively more amazing (it is a wonder of the world after all), there are other tombs that are also ornamented and serve as an amazing site to visit. One of the most famous is the Akbar Tomb, famous for its reddish hue that contrasts well with the pure whiteness of Taj Mahal.

Agra is also a blooming city that has very luxurious resorts, hotels, casinos and shops just walking distance from Taj Mahal. If you’re the kind of person that likes to combine historic attractions with comfort and luxury, Agra can bring that at a very affordable price.

Combine the extra attractions, with the friendliness of the locals and the modern Indian culture that one can enjoy and Agra becomes a very desirable place to visit. We recommend visiting The Salt Cafe Kitchen and Bar, which is a modern, prestigious and traditional Indian restaurant, with a breathtaking view of the Taj Mahal which you can enjoy right from your table. It is a bit expensive though, but nothing close to the exorbitant prices of American fine dining.

If you have plans to visit India, or would like to make plans to visit India, the guide books below might help make your plan a vacation. I’d love to see which places people are visiting, it helps me create more relevant content that appeals to more people.

Thank you for reading! Until next time, WonderLesch.

The meaning of the Taj Mahal, the perceptions and responses it prompts, ideas about the building and the history that shape them: these form the subject of Giles Tillotson’s book. 

Written by locals, Fodor’s Essential India is the perfect guidebook for those looking for insider tips to make the most out their visit to Delhi, Mumbai, and beyond. Complete with detailed maps and concise descriptions, this India travel guide will help you plan your trip with ease.

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Wednesday Wonders – The Great Ziggurat

Hi there! Welcome to the next post for my WonderLesch blog for the Wednesday Wonders of the World. Join me on a virtual trip through the finest views and experiences the world has to offer.

Today, we will be talking about a Wonder created during the Bronze age: reports state the building on this particular site started around 2050 – 2030 BC. This ancient city of Mesopotamia holds an underrated middle east Wonder and the most well known of its kind called Ziggurat of Ur, which was a suggestion by one of the readers of this blog. If you would like to see a post about your favorite place let me know, I love research and would love to learn and share your favorites.

The Ziggurat of Ur located in the now province of Dhi Qar in southern Iraq.

To understand what a Ziggurat is, I find it helpful to picture a pyramid, think of an Egyptian pyramid, like the great Pyramid of Giza with a flat top. Ziggurats have been also compared to the Mayan pyramids from Southern Mexico or Northern South America, but built thousands of years before the first Mayan pyramid was created. The pyramids found in the Middle East were used as tombs, where the rich and the powerful were buried, and also had religious connotations. Ziggurats on the other hand had a totally different use all together.

The Ziggurat of Ur’s top flat level, was thought to be the bedchamber for Nanna (the moon God), where priests would perform sacrafices and other rituals in its time. The Ziggurat of Ur went beyond rituals and became a city center for its people and life as a Mesopotamian. This flat-topped pyramid is a symbol of prosperity, bureaucracy and culture blending. It is estimated that Ur was the largest city in the world between 2030 BC and 1980 BC with approximately 65,000 people living there but, became uninhabited around 500 BC due to politics, wealth and weather to name a few. The ruins, covering almost 4,000 feet by 2,700 feet, were uncovered in the 1850 AD by William Loftus. The first excavations at the site began in the 1850’s led by John George Taylor. This excavation found the site to be the Ziggurat of Ur.

The bedchamber for Nanna (the moon god) on top of the Ziggurat of Ur, southern Iraq.
Courtesy of the Ali Air Base 2005

The remains of the Ziggurat of Ur have been identified to consist of three layers. The structure is primarily made of solid mass mud brick faced with burnt bricks set in bitumen. The lowest layer corresponds to the original construction of Ur-Nammu, while the two upper layers are part of the Neo-Babylonian restorations that took place during the 6th century.  The the lowest level and the monumental staircase were rebuilt in the 1980’s under the orders of Saddam Hussein.

The Ziggurat of Ur was the recipient of war destruction and fall out during 1991 and received damage from small arms fire and the structure was shaken by explosions. Four bomb craters can be seen nearby and the walls of the Ziggurat of Ur are marred by bullet holes.

A safer travel alternative, safer as of the date of this posting, to experience the amazingness of the Ziggurat might be the Ziggurat at Chogha Zanbil located in the Khuzestan province of Iran. It is one of the few existing Ziggurats found outside of the former Mesopotamia. Its construction began around 1250 BC by King Untash-Napirisha and has yet to be completed since all building stopped after the king’s death. The structure once measured about 350 feet by 180 feet and has been placed on the UNSECO World Heritage List. Not as grand as the Ziggurat of Ur but, much better preserved example of the flat topped pyramids.

Zikkurat Choqa Zanbil, Iran

There are a number of other possibilities to see Ziggurats in person, but the others are not as imposing, and not as important when the civilizations that made them were blooming. As such, these just serve the role of another attraction in a touristic spot, and if you’re interested, maybe you can visit a beautiful city in the Middle East and research nearby Ziggurats, and maybe take a day to go and visit, since, as I have explained in this post, they are quite unique, and you can’t really find the history and culture that they have tied to them anywhere else.

Thank you for reading the post, I hope that you found it interesting to learn about a less known piece of world heritage, and for the few of you who might want to travel and see one of these in person, below are a couple guide books you can use to research. They can also be used for your virtual trip if traveling to that area is not on your to do list. Until next time!

– WonderLesch

Get a sense of how Ur came to existence, how it grew, reached its zenith, fell, re-rose, and ultimately perished until it reemerged a little over a century and a half ago

Learn of its history, laden with wars, trade, divine worship, political corruption, and entertainment

Lonely Planet’s Middle East is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you.

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Wednesday Wonders – The Great Wall of China

Welcome to my next post for my Wonder Lesch blog on the many Wonders of the World. As we go through the list of wonders of the world, we get to my personal favorite, this monumental structure is one of the places in the world that I love the most, so join me while I tell you all you want to know about the Great Wall of China, along with many other things to do in Beijing.

Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is one of the most outstanding creations of this world. A fun fact, the Great Wall is known as the only human-made structure visible from space. It is an old Chinese fortification that was built, and re-built, between the 5th and the 16th century, and its main purpose was to protect the northern border of the Chinese Empire from attacks from the Xiongnu nomads of Manchuria and Mongolia. Currently it stands at about 13,173 miles, or 21,200 kilometers in length spanning the current Korean border all the way to the Gobi desert. Today only about 30% of the original structure remains, its dimensions are truly out of this world. It averages 20 feet in height and 15 feet in width, which makes for an amazing place to visit and walk.

Before it was deemed as one of the new wonders of the world, the Great Wall of China was awarded the World Heritage Site status by the UNESCO in 1987, so it has always been a big tourist attraction with world renown, which is why the local touristic industry is so well developed and has a big number of amenities that you can enjoy when visiting the site.

Landscape of the Jiayu Pass or Jiayuguan after snowfall in Jiayuguan city, China.

Due to its enormous length, its winding road over the country and the steep mountains makes for some great views. It has an impressive variety of landscapes from the beaches of Qinhuangdao, to the mountain range around Beijing, to a desert corridor between the high hills in the Jiayu Pass.

Nowadays, one of the main tourist entrances is by train, where a part of the wall was rebuilt to the north of Beijing, in a section called Badaling that divides the dense forest and makes for a spectacular place to walk, take pictures and observe wildlife. Badaling is the section of the Great Wall that has seen the highest amount of restoration, making it the best option if you want to see the wall restored to its previous glory, the only inconvenience with the Badaling section over other sections is that, in tourist season, the amount of people may be overwhelming. So I would recommend visiting this Chinese wonder in the winter months to avoid the crowds and to maximize the chances of get a cheap flight to China.

If your plan is to visit the Great Wall of China you might want to plan your vacations around Beijing, there you can book your hotel and after exploring the Great Wall, you will also want to leave a day or two to wander around the Chinese capital.

Since Beijing is one of the most visited cities in the world, you will have no shortage of things to do. Some of the other outstanding places that are definitely worth visiting are the Forbidden City (top photo), the Summer Palace (bottom left photo), and the Temple of Heaven (bottom right photo). If you are planning a trip, make sure not to leave China before visiting these beauties. The architecture, the history, the beauty, oh my.

In the end a trip to the Great Wall of China monument means much more than just visiting a wall, it is an adventure where you will get experience a whole different culture, from their gastronomy to their architecture, it is definitely something unique and is 100% worth experiencing.

Thank you for reading all the way through. Let me know if you have already visited China before, your experience is valuable to enrich my Wednesday Wonders blog posts, and if you haven’t visited, through some research and planning you can book an affordable flight to Beijing and visit all of the amazing attractions in this post. Below are guidebooks to help you get started. Stop wondering, start adventuring.

Next week my Wednesday Wonders post will be about the Zigguart of Ur by special request. Do you have a request for Wonder Lesch? What Wonder do you want to experience next?

Fodor’s Essential China travel guide is packed with customizable itineraries with top recommendations, detailed maps of China, and exclusive tips from locals.

This guide showcases the best places China’s capital city has to offer. Eight easy-to-follow itineraries explore the city’s most interesting sights, such as contemporary art galleries and buzzing night markets. 

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Wednesday Wonders – Petra (Rose City), Jordan

Hi again! Welcome to my next post for my WonderLesch blog on the Wednesday Wonders of the world! Join me on a virtual trip through the finest views and experiences that the modern world has to offer, maybe you’ll end up booking a flight yourself…

Today, we will be talking about Petra, in Jordan. Petra is an archaeological site, that has the amazing feat of being carved in stone. The site was carved in the third century by a middle-eastern civilization called the Nabateans, who are deemed today as one of the most expert civilizations in stone carving, decoration and city planning. Petra not only had to be planned visually, it had to function as a treasury, sacrifice site, and one of the main points where the Nabateans used to live.

The Lost City of World Wonder Petra, Jordan

As a result, Petra was one of the most amazingly built cities, that served as a shelter for Nabateans, where they remained unconquered for centuries, until an earthquake or a natural disaster of great proportion took the great city and transformed it into a ruin. Nevertheless, it is an amazing site, which preserves most of its visual characteristics for visitors all around the world to rejoice in.

It has a complex system of aqueducts, tunnels and several sites with different functionalities that are all connected and decorated with the utmost detail. Petra is carved into sandstone that has a gorgeous pink-ish hue, earning it the nickname of “Rose City” among the international visitors that have been amazed by the sights of the area.

Al Khazneh (The Treasury) at Petra, Jordan

As an international, one should book a flight to Jordan, expecting at least two days of exploration in the Rose City, which can take a lot of hiking, wandering and exploration if the tourist so wishes. Doing the long trips and the hiking where possible, is very worth it though, as when one approaches the city, the beautiful carvings and natural rock formations can be observed leading to the many impressive structures within.

Petra, contrary to popular belief, is a very practical site to visit. One should first buy a visitors ticket in the nearby town “Mora Mora”, which costs around 90 Jordanian Dinars (a pretty hefty, but worth-it fee) and head to Petra. There, one can book high quality hostels that even serve breakfast and are walking distance from the main attraction of the site.

As for Jordan itself, a trip there is not complete without at least a whole day in Petra, but there are a lot of other attractions and things to do that will amaze the most demanding of travelers.

Camping in the Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan

The Wadi Rum desert is another ecotouristic attraction where one can see the wonders of the desert and check out the amazing rock formations and the other landscape wonders that the place has to offer. You can even hire a professional to help you ride a camel and really live an immersive experience.

Another great attraction that people often don’t relate to Jordan is the Dead Sea, this attraction is a great contrast to a rough day of walking around in Petra. Due to the heavy minerals, mainly salt, that are present in the water, one can lay on their back and float in the calm waters without any effort. Tourists often rub the mud from the place over their bodies, which exfoliates the skin and makes for an excellent natural spa day.

The Dead Sea Shoreline, Jordan.

With all of the above, it is clear that Jordan has a lot of amazing attractions, excellent food and a very developed tourist-oriented industry that is guaranteed to make your stay a great experience, however short or long you decide to make it.

Let me know if you have already visited Petra before, your experience is valuable to enrich my Wednesday Wonders blog posts, and if you haven’t, through some research and planning you can book an affordable flight to Jordan and visit all of the amazing attractions in this post! Here are two guidebooks to help get you started.

Until next time, WonderLesch.

Jordan is an enticing, curious mix of new and old. From floating in the Dead Sea to adventure activities in the desert, Footprint’s Handbook will help you make the most of Jordan’s highlights.

Written by locals, Fodor’s travel guides have been offering trusted advice for all tastes and budgets for more than 80 years. Coverage of Jerusalem, Jaffa, Bethlehem, Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea, Eilat, the Negev, Haifa, Nazareth, Tiberias, the Sea of Galillee, the Golan Heights, Beersheva, and Petra in Jordan

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