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Masada - Mark's Journal
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Masada
I don't think any of us really grasped the scale of the ruins and restorations atop the mountain plateau of Masada. There are several massive buildings in varying states of reconstruction, and lots of excavated artifacts.

The lady at the entry warned us not to consider climbing up; she said it was "too much hot," even at 8:30am. With a forecast pushing 100, we took her word for it. Just as well! I'm sure we could have made it, but then would've been exhausted when we reached the top and it was time to explore.

A nearby tour guide was explaining that the Jews at Masada were being left mostly alone by the Romans, even though they kept hitting passing supply caravans and taking the supplies, and even though they were getting a resulting reputation for being pushovers. They left the Jews alone, the guide said, until one day they found the persimmon orchards at nearby Ein Gedi had been set on fire. Those were the source of the most popular and valuable perfume in Rome at the time. So, the guide was saying, you can mess with the Romans, but don't mess with their women!

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vvalkyri From: vvalkyri Date: April 20th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
So did you walk down?
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: April 20th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

No. :-) We were warned against that, too, and by that point we were quite ready to get on the road to Jerusalem... and not really interested in hanging around in the midday sun any longer.
vvalkyri From: vvalkyri Date: April 20th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was there in June/July of 1990. I can't actually remember whether we took the steps up or a cablecar, but we went down the snake path. But we arrived before sunrise.
polypolyglot From: polypolyglot Date: June 9th, 2013 12:24 am (UTC) (Link)
One of my former colleagues told me there's a brand of beer, that he'd had while in Paris, called Masada.

I asked him if the advert slogan for it was "The beer to have when you're holed up in a fortress."
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