Backpack Benji
Jerusalem.
Jerusalem.

Jerusalem.

Jerusalem! The ancient Biblical city full of incredible history.  A most holy site for Christians, Jews and Muslims.  Our first stop was at a vantage point along the Jericho Road with an excellent view of the entire city including the…

The Gaza Strip, The Dead Sea, and Tel-Aviv.
The Gaza Strip, The Dead Sea, and Tel-Aviv.

The Gaza Strip, The Dead Sea, and Tel-Aviv.

Our ship next docked in precarious Ashdod, site of suicide bombings and a giant military cargo port, connected to the south by the rocket-battered Gaza strip.  Ashdod was an important Canaanite and Philistine city and mentioned in the Bible when…

Crete.
Crete.

Crete.

Chania, Crete, Greece rests on the site of Kydonia, one of the most important cities of the ancient world and conquered many times over by Romans, Byzantines, Venetians and Turks. Our ship docked at dawn and I made my way…