Jericho; More than the walls tumble down!
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I will always remember Jericho because not only did those ancient walls come tumbling down centuries ago, but I also tumbled down that rocky hill and ended up with a badly broken ankle only 4 days into our 9 day tour of Israel in January, 2008! If you've ever visited Jericho, you probably know exactly the hill I'm talking about...right across from where the gift shop and restaurant is located.
The people at the restaurant were kind enough to bring me a ziplock bag filled with ice to place on my rapidly swelling ankle
Nevertheless, I was ready to visit Jericho again in November 2009, but I didn't attempt to climb to the top of the hill on this trip. I figured once was enough!
The fruit grown in Jericho is supposed to be the best in the world and I don't doubt that claim. If you don't sample it while in Jericho, then you won't find it elsewhere. According to our guide, Jericho does not export their fruit. It is so delicious that my mouth begins to water just thinking about it!
On our latest trip to Jericho, we ate at a small restaurant owned by Christians (about 20% of the population of Jericho is Christian) and since it was a nice day, we were served outdoors. The food was very good and the servers were very friendly and polite.
We also went to a huge store where Hebron Glass is sold, as well as Dead Sea products and much more. I thought the prices were a little high, but I do believe that almost everyone in our group purchased a little something. The salesmen in this particular store tended to be a little pushy, but still remained polite and they did have some beautiful glass and pottery.
While in Jericho, we never felt threatened and the local people were friendly and polite. I would certainly not hesitate to go back again.