Mediterranean Monday: Eilat (אילת)

EilatEilat is Israel’s southernmost city, located on the north tip of the Red Sea. It’s part of the Negev Desert, making it scorching HOT during the summer, and still warm enough to vacation during the winter.  It is definitely one of the most popular travel destinations for Israeli’s, who just want to get away for a few days or the weekend.

As you can see from the map, it is located right on the corner of Israel/Jordan/Egypt.  If you also look closely you will see a blue line going from point A (Tel Aviv) to point B (Eilat). While it might look like quite the journey on the small map, in reality it is only about a 4 hour drive (5 1/2) by bus, more or less.

And here’s the exciting news.  At the end of the week on Thursday night, I will be traveling to Eilat for 3 days!!! My Hebrew class ends on Thursday, and that night my flat-mate and I are taking a MUCH NEEDED trip down south.  Full time-ministry and full-time studies can be exhausting!

We were going to go across the border to Jordan and explore Petra too, but due to some external situations, we decided just to chill in Eilat instead (which isn’t too shabby of an idea).  Petra will have to wait.   

So, what can one do in Eilat, you might ask??? 

Well, while we are there, we plan on doing a scuba dive with the dolphins in the Red Sea at Dolphin Reef (which I am beyond excited about and have ALWAYS wanted to do).  You can take a camel tour, which I am hoping we will also be able to do.  And of course, relaxing on the beach, soaking up the last remnants of summer after a loooooong intensive Hebrew Course! 

I’m sure I will have MANY pictures to post when I return…so stay tuned for more Eilat action to come!

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About Maureen Hochdorf

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9 responses to “Mediterranean Monday: Eilat (אילת)

  • LV

    so pumped for you! have always wanted to get to Eilat, have a blast Mo!

  • chrystiecole

    Oh! Sounds like so much fun and a much deserved break! I can’t wait to hear all about it!

  • donna o

    AH! Vacationing by the Red Sea—scuba with dolphins—riding camels. Such a unique, wonderful experience! We will surely INSIST in photographs please. I rode a camel once—bwa hahaha! Laughing out loud just thinking of my dromedary experience! Of course, mine was only in the Bronx, NY so that just adds to the humor. Enjoy yourself and practice your Hebrew :0).

  • Tim

    Sounds like a pretty cool little vacation. Have a blast!

  • donna o

    :0)…A pallet (pronounced /ˈpælɨt/) (sometimes called a skid) is a flat transport structure that supports goods in a stable fashion while being lifted by a forklift, pallet jack, front loader or other jacking device. A pallet is the structural foundation of a unit load which allows handling and storage efficiencies.
    I took this from Wikipedia—which as we all KNOW is a “top notch” internet resource (I am kidding of course). Here is a link to a picture of one:

  • FaithBarista Bonnie

    Wow, Maureen! Your trip sounds totally fantastical (yep, I just made up a word ;).. Dolphins, camels, the Red Sea — a wonderful gift after a summer of Hebrews.

    Hebrews is hard but SO beautiful, don’t you think? I haven’t taken a course in it yet (would love to), but I do a lot of word study and love the OT for all the different Hebrew words that colorize the text.

    btw, it was great to receive your comments today.

    Africa – for two years?! How amazing! What did you do there and where were you in Africa?

    I know there is no way I could even imagine how beautiful the skies are there. Thanks for sharing (sigh) 🙂

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