Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Chapter 110 Where we winter

Jericho is the lowest city on earth. Which means it's always warm. Which is one of the many reasons I like it.

It's also one of the many reasons Palestinians like it. Jericho could conceivably be the West Bank equivalent of the South of France in the sense that its name fits comfortably into the following phrase:

'oh daaaarling, but you must come winter with us in Jericho this year. Maaarvelous weather we had last year, didn't we dear?'

I'm not super au fait with measurements, so I'm borrowing a friend's description of how much warmer Jericho is than Nablus on any given day:

Significantly. 

It's hot, it's lush and going there feels like a holiday. 

It's also home to the Interncontinental Hotel (which the kids love because there's a pool), the Banana Land waterpark, the Mount of Temptation and various other religious/historical sites.

So, to escape last week's death plunge to freezing, we decided to make a little day trip to the lovely Jericho.

Some pics for you. Hisham's Palace and the Jericho Equestrian Club - which was great despite having fallen on tough times.


The teleferique up to the Mount of Temptation

The entrance to the teleferique station - spiffy looking no?

Random camel chilling out at the servees station

Jericho is lush - palm trees are rarely seen in the rest of the West Bank

We walked to Hisham's Palace which is a few kilometres outside of the city centre


A model of the palace


Ruins - over 1000 years old








The private bathhouse in the palace with stunning mosaic. This image is the tree of life


An empty seating area over looking the outdoor riding arena at the Jericho Equestrian Club


Riders at the equestrian centre


An indoor arena








2 comments:

  1. the last time i visited jericho was in 1985 with my dad.. i was a kid and we went to see various sites around the town before we went to the dead sea.. i remember feeling some hostility toward us although dad was indifferent to it and gave me no reason to feel awkward.. i couldnt understand why in our own country we would feel unwelcome and i had no perception of territories or palestinians..

    ironically while i havent been back since i have since made numerous friends from the town who i would love to visit.. yet i am now too afraid..

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  2. Love Jericho! I hear similar things from many Palestinians about memories of visiting the sea. The children at my school talk about the sea with so much yearning. Sadly, what's stopping them from going is far beyond their control.

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