Looking out over the rugged, peacefully beautiful landscape surrounding the former Jewish fortress of Masada in Israel, it is difficult to imagine the violence and tragedy that occurred here in the first century.
A trip to Israel takes a little more nerve than one to a less exotic place. I had signed up for one called “In the Footsteps of Christ,” and when I told others the news, I was met with frowns and disbelief from some — and envy and wonder by others.
By trodding fantastic paths that wind through pastures and forests dotted with surreal rock formations, one can see why the Mullerthal Trail in Luxembourg’s Mullerthal region was recently recognized as one of the best trails in Europe.
Ghost towns dot the landscape all across the southwestern United States, once-thriving cultural hubs abandoned and left in shambles. Many are still fairly well-preserved, though, and offer visitors a chance to see a piece of history even if it is in pieces.
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