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Video Travel Bite: West Bank

Rick Steves | Posted 01.04.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

From time to time we share a random video clip to fuel your travel dreams. Join us today as we visit the lowest point on earth -- the fabled Dead Sea -- where locals rely on the water's minerals to keep their skin young. En route to the Dead Sea, Medjool dates are ripe for tasting in Jericho.

Don't Be Duped -- Travel and Talk to People

Rick Steves | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Flying home, I'm pleased with what we learned and what we have to share. The montage to introduce our one-hour Holy Land special goes like this: "Whil...

What's Your Occupation?

Rick Steves | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

While the Holy Land's troubles are no joking matter, sometimes a little humor can help defuse the tension. I couldn't help but chuckle at this joke: A...

The Hijab -- The Meaning of a Scarf

Rick Steves | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

To show modern Palestine both in its people and its institutions, we popped into Birzeit University. Its campus, at the edge of Ramallah, has an enrol...

The Desolation of a Monk's Dreams -- The Monastery of St. George

Rick Steves | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Hiding in folds of the Judean Desert are ancient monasteries which, since ancient times, have given hermits the desolation of their dreams. Orthodox C...

Bedouins in Palestine -- Nomads with a Permanent Address

Rick Steves | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

The Judean Desert offers some of Palestine's most dramatic and evocative scenery. Vast and arid, it's home to herds of camels, raised for their milk a...

One Case Where an Arab Israeli Has More Rights than a Jewish Israeli

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

When filming, I spend a lot of time sitting in the car while the crew is getting a particular shot. In the Holy Land, there are fascinating things to ...

The Security Fence, the Anti-Terrorism Barrier, the Wall

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

The troubles of the Holy Land have taken a toll on both sides. While one man's terrorist may be another man's freedom fighter, the fact is that in rec...

Night Ride to Ramallah

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Palestine's time zone is an hour earlier than Israel's, so it gets dark early -- and during our visit, we invariably found ourselves driving after dar...

The Balata Refugee Camp

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Refugees are a big issue in the Holy Land. In 1947, after the Holocaust and the end of WWII, the United Nations helped found the modern state of Israe...

The Lonely Hebron Walk

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Hebron, with the Tomb of Abraham -- so revered by both Jews and Muslims -- is the place where I feel the most tension in the West Bank. Jews expect ac...

Hebron's Tomb of Abraham -- Tensely Shared between Jews and Muslims

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Hebron is the West Bank's biggest city, and is also home to one of the holiest sites in the Holy Land: The Tomb of Abraham, who is a revered figure am...

Tourism in Palestine

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

After a couple of days in Palestine, I am really impressed by how much fun it is to simply be here. There's a resilience, a welcoming spirit, and a wa...

Battir: A Palestinian National Park

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Palestine is pretty brown and dusty. Especially in the late fall, it was tough to find a lot of green. And with a desperate economy, there's not much ...

Christians and Muslims Mingle in Bethlehem

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Both of my Palestinian guides helped me understand that here in the Holy Land, "religion" is a matter of both faith and culture. Muslims, Jews, and Ch...

Oh Crazy Town of Bethlehem

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Lots of tourists go to Palestine, but I'd estimate that 90 percent of them do it as a strategic strike from Jerusalem to Manger Square in Bethlehem (a...

Wear Thick Shoes When Touring Palestine

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

When traveling in rough lands, I always wear sturdy shoes. In my town, curbs at intersections are turned into ramps so people won't trip...and other c...

This is Palestine

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

The West Bank is small (about 30 miles wide and 80 miles long). Every place we're visiting for this episode is -- barring delays at checkpoints or oth...

It's Like Holy Land Monopoly

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

From my experience traveling here, I've learned that it's all about control of land. That's the crux of the problem between Israelis and Palestinians,...

Exploring Israel and Palestine -- In Search of Understanding (and Some Great TV)

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Earlier this month, my crew and I flew to Tel Aviv to film three new public television shows on the Holy Land: individual half-hour episodes on Israe...

My Tasty First Hour in Palestine

Rick Steves | Posted 07.15.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

Leaving Israel I took a cab to the Security Barrier, then walked through the lonely no man's land, which reminded me of the US-Mexico border between S...