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Sjack91

Good evening

 

I am heading over to Israel in October for the Scotland vs Israel match and I am trying to sort my itinerary to get as much WW1 places of interest from the trip as possible. I have listed my details below but I am looking for suggestions of things to do close to Tel Aviv on the Friday afternoon and for the full day Saturday as our flight is not until 21.00 the Saturday evening. I was torn between a visit to Junction station in the south on the Friday. We will stop at nearby Beersheba on the Thursday on our way from Eilat to Tel Aviv and hope to do a quick stop at the new museum there but wont have enough time to do much else as our bus leaves Tel Aviv for the match in Haifa at 4pm. Would it be worth visiting Junction station on the Friday afternoon from Tel Aviv (approx travel time?)? For the Saturday I was thinking Jerusalem to see the trenches posted on a previous thread. I have been to a few places before highlighted on the link attached

 

Tuesday- Arrive and drive to Eilat

Wednesday- Full day tour to Petra. (organised tour)

Thursday- Depart Eilat early morning, quick stop in Beersheba, hope to arrive Tel Aviv around 1pm bus to Haifa at 4pm for match

Friday- No plans. Looking for suggestions near to Tel Aviv

Saturday- No plans open to suggestions

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated

 

Stuart

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squirrel
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British War Cemetery just outside Jerusalem.

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Sjack91

Thanks Squirrel. I was there last time I visited.

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michaeldr

 

11 hours ago, Sjack91 said:

Friday- No plans. Looking for suggestions near to Tel Aviv

 

Stuart,

 

Have a look at the tour info here from post 45 onwards - https://www.greatwarforum.org/topic/157418-52nd-lowland-division-–-crossing-the-auja/?page=2 and see if that fits your bill

If you decide that it does, then please be aware that public transport will shut down on Friday afternoon and the return journey from Ten Mills (post No.49) may have to be made by taxi.

Alternatively, you could reverse the tour, ending at the 157th Brigade column and walk along the promenade to your hotel and a well earned rest

If I can be of further assistance then please let me know

 

regards

Michael

 

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Sjack91

Michael as per usual this is excellent information. It sounds like a good plan for the Friday. I am going to to read the link fully and have a look at my notes to piece the story together in my mind. Really appreciate this and I am sure that I will be asking you a question or two. 

 

The trenches mentioned in another topic around Jerusalem are they worth a visit? Thinking possibly Jerusalem for the Saturday.

 

thanks again for the time

 

Stuart

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michaeldr
11 hours ago, Sjack91 said:

The trenches mentioned in another topic around Jerusalem are they worth a visit? Thinking possibly Jerusalem for the Saturday.

 

They certainly are.

The only problem would be navigating, and I'm afraid that all I can suggest in that respect is:

contact the contributors to that other thread for their advice and guidance

and it's probably a good idea if you intend driving to use the WAZE app on your mobile telephone

 

Good luck

Michael

 

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assafx

Stuart

As Micahel said, in the tel aviv area Ten Mills is the best option also in terms of public transportation.

If you'll decide to be in the Jerusalem area, you also have Nebi Samwil, a battlefield that the 52nd division took a major part in.

I'm currently in the long process of turning my M.A thesis, Dealing with the fighting at the site, into a book.

So if you'll decide to go to Jerusalem then send me a PM and i'll do my best to meet with you at the site.

 

Assaf

 

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Sjack91

Assaf 

 

thank you you very much for the information. We are going to take Michaels advice for the Friday and do the walking tour of Ten Mills. I have been studying the links that Michael attached and they are most interesting.

 

I have had a look online at the area you have suggested for the Saturday and it looks as though it would be worth a visit. Do you recommend doing it with anything else? I do fancy the trenches but not sure how far that is from Nebi Samwill? If possible it would be great to meet you there as a battlefield account from someone like yourself could not be missed.

 

I will message you.

 

kind regards 

 

Stuart

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assafx

Hi,

The trenches, at least those near Yad Vashem',  are about  about 15 min car drive from Nebi Samwil.

I think you can do both and so far the date is free, so i'll be able to be there if you want.

 

Assaf

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Sjack91

Assaf

 

i have sent you a private message. I look forward to hearing from you and thanks to all for taking the time to respond.

 

Thanks

 

Stuart

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Sjack91

The book I am reading the 'The London men in Palestine' are just making there way along the Roman Road to relieve the Scots at Nebi Samvil (samwill). Very interesting account.

 

Stuart 

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assafx

In the PEF maps, that the British used in 1917,  the term "Roman Road" is quite confusing.

In most cases this road was a narrow trail.

 

Assaf

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Sjack91

The book also describes it as a trail Assaf.

 

"The "Roman Road" must have deteriorated considerably since the time the legions trod it, for it was but a tract differing only from the country on either side by being clear of loose rocks."

 

It is an excellent read. Very easy to understand.

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