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