Have you ever traveled to Greece and hiked to the Acropolis or swam in the Dead Sea? Well, it is really cool and I want to tell you all about it in this week’s amazing blog post.
Stones, statues, and gunpowder. You may think that I am talking gibberish but that is what made the Acropolis so popular! Did you know that the Acropolis was made in 448 BC? That is even before the Romans built the Coliseum. In fact, the Romans learned a lot from the Greeks and took all their best ideas. The town that the Acropolis was made for is called Athens because it was named after a goddess called Athena. She won a contest against Poseidon to be the town’s protector. This is how Athena won. Poseidon and Athena offered gifts to Zeus to try and win the town. Poseidon offered a salt water well. Athena offered the first olive tree. No wonder she is the goddess of wisdom.
Do you know where we are now? I will give you some hints. It has a lot of stones and statues but it’s not Athens! If you haven’t figured it out yet, we are in Israel! Jerusalem has narrow alleys with busy, loud, and crowded places much like Morocco. The alleys are so crowded. It doesn’t help when tour groups clog the whole street! One of the most important sights to Jews is the West Wall. The West Wall was part of the Temple Mount but the temple burnt down and only the West Wall remained. Everybody dance now! It was a wild party down at the Independence Day celebration. Everybody was blowing these long horns. I asked for one too but never got it. I wonder why? Independence Day was a major day for Israel because that is the day the British left and Israel became an independent country.
For a minute, I thought about swimming across the Dead Sea but I decided that I did not want to get poisoned. Wait. Let me start at the beginning and tell you about our tour to Bethlehem, Jericho, and the Dead Sea. Here are some incredible facts about our first stop, Bethlehem! Fact 1: Jesus was born and raised in Bethlehem for two years of life. Fact 2: Bethlehem is not a little town anymore. Fact 3: You can walk to Bethlehem from Jerusalem. In fact, it is just on the other side of the wall separating Jerusalem and the West Bank. After visiting Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity, we went up a mountain to a monastery in the oldest city in the world, Jericho! Do you know what my favorite part was? At the monastery, there was a jumbo, colossal, and gigantic cage filled with budgies! Do you know why the monastery is there? It was located at the spot where people think Jesus was tempted by the devil. It is called the Mount of Temptations. Remember the sea that I was talking about? It is called the Dead Sea. It is a lake but it was flooded by the Mediterranean. Today, the Dead Sea is extremely, unusually and remarkably salty. If you drink a lot of the water you can die because of the salt. When you get in, it is so salty that you can float with no effort! It was really weird at first. Seriously. When you tried to sit on the bottom, your legs would pop right out.
I hoped you enjoyed learning about Athens and Israel. Come back next week for another extraordinary blog post about Dubrovnik!