Madaba is an early Christian settlement famous for its mosaics. We saw some incredible mosaics from the 6th & 7th centuries, and also visited a mosaic workshop to see the old techniques in use. Fascinating.
Mt Nebo is the place where Moses stood & took a look at the promised land he was forbidden to enter. (Deut 32:48-52). It was amazing to stand on that spot, and the view was spectacular.
The Jordan River, at the site where Jesus was baptised was our next destination. Again, whether it is the exact spot is debatable, but it is certainly in the vicinity, and the spot has been a place of pilgrimage since at least the 5th century. Interestingly, the river itself no longer runs through that spot. We walked to the current river and stood metres away from Israel.
A swim in the Dead Sea (a float really, it’s impossible to swim) is on everyone’s bucket list, isn’t it? An amazing experience, and stunningly beautiful landscape as well. We had a tremendous sunset that night – an extra bonus.