Israel is such a tiny country that you can drive along and see the landscape change from one hill to the next. In no time at all (not more than half an hour), we were driving along the shore of the Dead Sea towards Qumeran.
There was a short movie which I quite enjoyed about live at the Qumran community (called “Yachad” which just means “Community”). But the museum bit was a little bit of a let-down. I think if you’re going to visit Qumeran, you should go to Qumeran first and then the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum after that. There were facsimiles of the jars and pots and some of the scrolls in the museum at Qumeran, made to look new [except for the scroll], but… you know, I’ve already seen the real thing.
What I much enjoyed more, however, was looking around the ruins. The Shrine of the Book sort of implied that the Qumeran community lived in caves, which isn’t true.
I can’t describe the landscape in this area. I haven’t seen anything like it. The hills are sort of pale reddish-brown, with great chasms and cliffs.
We saw the cave the scrolls were found in.
Just as the place was getting busy outside, we went inside to eat lunch in a massive cafeteria.
It cost me 57 shekels for lunch, which was schnitzel pita, soup, and a drink. Oddly, the chips were put inside the pita, along with cucumber, tomato, and lettuce.
The cafeteria was quiet when we ate, but quickly got busy – as did the shop.
More Australian things.