Masada and Judean Desert
The ruins of the Masada fortress are the second most visited tourist site in Israel. That by itself would be enough reason for me to give it a miss, but my father really wanted to go there. It was very hot and dry, and we only had a couple of hours to wander around. The views from the top were beautiful indeed.
It might be because of my scepticism regarding the events that happened there, or because I’m not a big fan of ruins in general, but I personally didn’t feel anything ‘special’. Nevertheless, I didn’t regret the visit. Whether Flavius Josephus’ account of the siege of Masada was entirely fictional or if every word in his chronicles was true, I can now visualise the place.