On to Jerusalem

Our trip down from Galilee into Jerusalem took us down Highway 90 through the Jordon Rift Valley past Jericho, then west on Highway 1 into Jerusalem. The valley was formed by the movement of the Arabian tectonic plate. The Jordan river flows down to around 1,370 feet below sea level at the Dead Sea, which has no outlet. During the descent, the landscape becomes increasingly arid.

Politically, the valley is also the eastern portion of the West Bank, a contested area with a largely Arab population that came under Israeli military control during the Six-Day War in 1967. Villages of Bedouin desert people were visible beside Highway 1 on our climb out of the valley up to Jerusalem.

Our hotel for our five nights in Jerusalem was the Leonardo Plaza, yet another well-maintained but clear representative of 1970's architecture.

On to Jerusalem - Jordan River Valley
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Jordan River Valley
On to Jerusalem - Jordan River Valley
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Jordan River Valley
On to Jerusalem - Jordan River Valley
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Jordan River Valley
On to Jerusalem - Jordan River Valley
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Jordan River Valley
On to Jerusalem - Defense outpost
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Defense outpost
On to Jerusalem - Defense outpost
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Defense outpost
On to Jerusalem - Sensor fence
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Sensor fence
On to Jerusalem - Security outpost
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Security outpost
On to Jerusalem - Jordan
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Jordan
On to Jerusalem - Security building
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Security building
On to Jerusalem - Increasingly arid
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Increasingly arid
On to Jerusalem - Heading west to Jerusalem
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Heading west to Jerusalem
On to Jerusalem - Heading west to Jerusalem
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Heading west to Jerusalem
On to Jerusalem - Heading west to Jerusalem
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Heading west to Jerusalem
On to Jerusalem - Heading west to Jerusalem
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Heading west to Jerusalem
On to Jerusalem - Climbing to Jerusalem
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Climbing to Jerusalem
On to Jerusalem - Climbing to Jerusalem
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Climbing to Jerusalem
On to Jerusalem - Climbing to Jerusalem
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Climbing to Jerusalem
On to Jerusalem - Bedouin
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Bedouin
On to Jerusalem - Bedouin
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Bedouin
On to Jerusalem - Gas station
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Gas station
On to Jerusalem - Highway 1 Signs
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Highway 1 Signs
On to Jerusalem - Hilltop settlements east of Jerusalem
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Hilltop settlements east of Jerusalem
On to Jerusalem - Hilltop settlements east of Jerusalem
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Hilltop settlements east of Jerusalem
On to Jerusalem - Checkpoint
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Checkpoint
On to Jerusalem - Checkpoint
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Checkpoint
On to Jerusalem - Jerusalem
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Jerusalem
On to Jerusalem - Leonardo Plaza - Checking in
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Leonardo Plaza - Checking in
On to Jerusalem - Checking in
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Checking in
On to Jerusalem - Room
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Room
On to Jerusalem - View from room
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View from room
On to Jerusalem - View from room
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View from room
On to Jerusalem - Dinner
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Dinner
On to Jerusalem - Dinner
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Dinner
On to Jerusalem - Leonardo Plaza
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Leonardo Plaza
On to Jerusalem - Leonardo Plaza
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Leonardo Plaza
On to Jerusalem - Breakfast
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Breakfast
On to Jerusalem - Breakfast
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Breakfast
On to Jerusalem - Breakfast
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Breakfast

No peacocks, no jerks, no whiners. (Barack Obama)