Egypt: More than Pyramids and Camels
Tim Taggart

The tour we just concluded in Egypt was amazing. We had initially planned on Israel before Egypt but the situation as you know is problematic. Egypt on the other hand was safe, secure and fantastic. When you contemplate that when Joseph and Mary took Jesus to Egypt as a boy the Pyramids of Giza were already 2000 years old it just boggles your mind. Our experience included visiting Abu Simbel in the South and a luxury three-day cruise up the Nile. It also included a hot-air balloon ride watching the sun rise over the Nile in Luxor. The Valley of the Kings and the tombs of the pharaohs was just below us. What an experience! We visited ancient sites with breathtaking history and built with incredible craftsmanship.

One of the highlights this year was the opportunity for a special VIP tour of the as-yet-unopened Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM). The architecture was breathtaking. With almost a million square feet of floor space it will be the largest museum of its kind in the world. It will house over 100,000 artifacts. The main area welcoming you to the museum includes an 82-ton, 3,200-year-old statue of Ramses II some 40 feet tall. The building had to be constructed around it. The chance to see this phenomenal museum before it opens was such a thrill. I can’t wait until it opens for all the world to see. Visiting Egypt is one of the great experiences of a lifetime.

Come experience Egypt and Holy Lands with Morris Murdock Escorted Tours!

Splendors of Italy Tour Review Fall 2023
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There is only one place on the entire planet that you can travel for 10 days and only visit locations that are designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and that place is Italy! 

We have just returned from a wonderful tour, with a wonderful group of people to that amazing country where we visited Venice, Ravenna, San Gimignano, Siena, Florence, Rome, and Pompeii.   And it is not just the magnificence of these towns and cities but the masterpieces of the greatest artists of the Renaissance that made our trip such a delight.  Experiencing the painting, architecture, and sculpture of Michelangelo, from the David to the Sistine Chapel and the Dome of St. Peter’s, was a true highlight but how can you single out just one artist when we also experienced masterpieces from da Vinci, Brunelleschi, Raphael, Caravaggio and far too many others to name.

Traveling to the marble quarry in Carrara to see where the marble used by Michelangelo came from and then to the workshops where that same marble was used to create the sculptures in the new Rome LDS Temple was a wonderful excursion.  And then we had the chance to actually go to the Rome Temple and Visitor’s Center as well.

We also had our fill of pasta and gelato and came home satisfied in every possible way!  

4 Good Reasons to Invest in Travel Insurance
Morris Murdock Escorted Tours

Traveling can be an exhilarating and enriching experience, but it's not without its uncertainties. Whether you're planning a relaxing beach getaway or embarking on an adventure in a far-flung destination, it's essential to consider travel insurance as an integral part of your travel preparations. Here are four compelling reasons why investing in travel insurance is a wise decision:

  1. Protection against Trip Cancellations and Interruptions: Life is unpredictable, and unforeseen events like illness, family emergencies, or adverse weather conditions can disrupt your travel plans. Travel insurance provides you with financial security by covering the costs of trip cancellations or interruptions. This ensures that you won't be left bearing the burden of non-refundable expenses such as airline tickets, accommodation, or tour bookings.  Be sure to review all coverage options as there are many to choose from.
  2. Medical Coverage at Home and Abroad: One of the most crucial reasons to purchase travel insurance is to safeguard your health while traveling. Medical emergencies can happen at any time, and access to quality healthcare in a foreign country can be expensive. Travel insurance typically includes coverage for medical expenses, ensuring that you receive proper care without worrying about exorbitant bills. It's a reassuring safety net that can make all the difference in a crisis.  Always check if coverage is primary or secondary as well. It does matter. 
  3. Luggage and Personal Belongings Protection: Lost, stolen, or damaged luggage can be a traveler's nightmare. Travel insurance often includes coverage for lost or damaged baggage and personal belongings. This not only provides financial relief but also offers peace of mind, allowing you to enjoy your journey without constant worries about your possessions.
  4. Travel Assistance and Emergency Services: Travel insurance goes beyond financial protection. Many policies offer 24/7 emergency assistance services, such as helping you find local medical facilities, arranging transportation, or assisting with lost documents like passports. Having access to these services can be invaluable when navigating unfamiliar territories and dealing with unforeseen challenges.

In conclusion, travel insurance is a valuable investment for any traveler. It offers peace of mind by safeguarding your finances, health, and belongings, and providing essential support during emergencies. While you hope for the best during your travels, being prepared for the unexpected is a responsible and smart choice, ensuring that your journey remains a memorable and worry-free experience.

Why Europe Reigns as the Ultimate International Destination for US Travelers
Wendy Fracchia

As US travelers contemplate their next international adventure, one continent consistently emerges as the ultimate destination: Europe. This enduring love affair between American globetrotters and Europe is based on numerous compelling reasons that make the Old World an ideal choice. Here are some key factors that underline why Europe reigns as the best international destination for US travelers:

  • Rich Cultural Diversity: Europe is a continent where you can explore diverse cultures, languages, and traditions within a relatively small geographic area. From the romance of Paris to the history of Rome and the innovation of Berlin, Europe offers an unparalleled variety of experiences for culture enthusiasts.
  • Historical Significance: Europe is a living history book. The ancient ruins of Athens, the medieval charm of Prague, and the modern history of Berlin's Wall are just a few examples of the continent's historical richness. US travelers often find Europe's historical sites and stories fascinating and enlightening.
  • Ease of Travel: Europe's compact geography, efficient transportation infrastructure, and open borders under the Schengen Agreement make it exceptionally easy to explore multiple countries in one trip. Whether you're a backpacker, a luxury traveler, or somewhere in between, Europe's accessibility caters to all types of journeys.
  • Culinary Delights: Europe's culinary scene is a gastronomic adventure. Each region offers its own specialties, from the pasta of Italy to the pastries of France and the hearty dishes of Germany. Foodies will find Europe to be a paradise for their taste buds.
  • Scenic Beauty: Europe boasts an array of breathtaking landscapes. Whether you're drawn to the rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands, the sun-soaked Greek islands, or the picturesque Swiss Alps, Europe's natural wonders provide ample opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, photographers, and nature lovers.
  • Art and Architecture: Europe is a treasure trove of art and architecture, housing renowned museums, galleries, and architectural marvels. From the Louvre in Paris to the cathedrals of Barcelona, US travelers have the chance to immerse themselves in the world's most significant artistic and architectural achievements.
  • Safety and Stability: Europe is known for its political stability and low crime rates. US travelers often find it a comforting destination due to its well-established legal systems, healthcare facilities, and strong law enforcement.
  • Global Perspective: Traveling in Europe exposes US visitors to different worldviews and international perspectives. Engaging with people from diverse backgrounds and nationalities can broaden one's understanding of global issues, contributing to a more informed and open-minded outlook.
  • Educational Opportunities: Europe offers an unparalleled educational experience. Whether you're studying the Renaissance in Florence or experiencing the Cold War history in Berlin, Europe provides a dynamic classroom for lifelong learners.
  • Adventure and Exploration: Whether you're hiking in the Swiss Alps, sailing the Croatian coast, or cycling through the Netherlands, Europe offers endless opportunities for adventure seekers looking to push their boundaries.

Today, as much as ever, Europe remains the ultimate international destination for US travelers due to all these reasons and possibilities, but also for me, it will always be the land of storybooks and fairytales coming to life.  I think we each find our reason and passion when we add somewhere in Europe to our "short list" every year. 

I can highly recommend for Americans seeking a well-rounded, unforgettable international journey, Europe offers a tapestry of experiences that continue to captivate the imagination and fulfill the wanderlust of travelers from the United States.

We would love to help you plan your next escorted European adventure! Give us a call today at (800) 809-9910

-Wendy Fracchia, Morris Murdock Escorted Tours

Larry Gelwix Reviews Star Clipper Group Cruise 2023
Larry Gelwix

Cathy, my wife, and I just returned from our “Greek Isles and Turkey” group adventure cruise with the Star Clipper cruise line sailing on the Star Flyer ship.  

Star Clippers is perfect for mobile, active lifestyle guests of all ages…those with “adventure in their hearts”, regardless of age. 

Yes, this is a “tall ship” with sails but is also a modern ship with propeller motors and all the amenities for smooth sailing, and don’t get me started on how good the food is.

We visited familiar ports of Athens, Kuşadasi for Ephesus, and Mykonos, then continued to quaint out-of-the-way islands including Amorgos and Spetses…think “Mama Mia” type islands, places the large cruise ships cannot go.  

Our group enjoyed spending time onboard the ship in a true sailing experience, wind in our hair as we watched the blue waters float by.  We played on the front net connected to the bow, climbed to the top of the center mass, and even got to steer the ship!  Does it sound like I'm making a brochure statement?  If so it’s because it really does deliver a true sailors experience.  And in the dining room, Star Clippers does it right. 

I love the relaxed atmosphere of a tall ship experience.  I’m looking forward to traveling with them again and I hope you will join me or one of our other groups on our next Star Clippers adventure!

If we can help you book your next escorted cruise or tour, please call us today at (800) 809-9910!

Happy travels!

-Larry Gelwix

** The next Star Clipper group is May 4-11, 2024 from Rome down the Amalfi Coast, hosted by Group Manager, Wendy Fracchia.  Click here for more details

Best 15 Packing Tips For Your Next Trip by Wendy Fracchia
Wendy Fracchia

Packing clothes for all seasons can be a bit challenging, but with careful planning and some smart packing techniques, you can make it work. Here are some travel tips for packing clothes for all seasons:

1. Check the Weather Forecast: Before you start packing, check the weather forecast for your destination during your travel dates. This will give you a better idea of what to expect and help you plan accordingly.

2. Layering is Key: The key to packing for all seasons is layering. Bring versatile clothing items that can be layered to adapt to different temperatures. For example, a lightweight t-shirt can be worn on its own in summer or layered under a sweater or jacket in colder weather.

3. Neutral Colors: Choose a color palette of neutral colors (black, gray, beige, etc.) for your clothing. Neutral colors are versatile and can be mixed and matched easily.

4. Multi-Use Items: Pack clothing items that can serve multiple purposes. For example, a convertible travel dress can be worn as a dress, a skirt, or even a top. This saves space and gives you more outfit options.

5. Choose the Right Fabrics: Opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics for summer and warmer climates, and pack heavier, insulating materials like wool or fleece for colder seasons. Fabrics like merino wool are great because they are moisture-wicking, odor-resistant, and can be worn in both hot and cold weather.

6. Packing Cubes: Invest in packing cubes or compression bags to maximize space and keep your clothing organized. Roll your clothes to save space and reduce wrinkles.

7. Footwear: Footwear can take up a lot of space, so choose a versatile pair of shoes that can work for different seasons. For example, a comfortable pair of walking shoes or sneakers can be worn year-round.

8. Accessories: Accessories like scarves, hats, and gloves can help adapt your outfits to different weather conditions. They take up very little space but can make a big difference in your comfort.

9. Laundry Options: Consider access to laundry facilities at your destination. If available, you can pack fewer items and plan to do laundry during your trip.

10. Weather-Appropriate Outerwear: Don't forget to pack a weather-appropriate jacket or coat. If you're traveling during a transitional season, choose a versatile jacket that can handle both cool and warm temperatures.

11. Research Local Dress Codes: Some destinations may have specific dress codes or cultural norms. Research these in advance to ensure you pack appropriate clothing.

12. Wear Bulky Items: If you're traveling with bulky items like a winter coat or boots, wear them during your journey to save space in your luggage.

13. Edit Your Wardrobe: Be ruthless when packing. Only bring items that you know you'll wear. Leave behind anything that's not versatile or necessary for the trip.

14. Plan for Special Activities: If you have specific activities planned, such as hiking or swimming, pack the necessary gear separately to avoid overpacking.

15. Check Baggage Restrictions: Be mindful of baggage weight and size restrictions imposed by airlines or other modes of transportation. It's essential to avoid excess baggage fees.

Remember that packing for all seasons may require some trade-offs in terms of space and convenience, but with careful planning, you can have a versatile wardrobe that covers a wide range of weather conditions.

We look forward to hosting you on our next escorted tour! Please call us today at (800) 809-9910 to book your next unforgettable vacation with us.

-Wendy Fracchia, Morris Murdock Escorted Tours

Discovering Peru: A Journey Through History, Culture, and Natural Beauty
Carol Alegre

I recently had the opportunity to take a group to one of my favorite destinations in the world, Peru! It was an unforgettable journey, with stunning scenery, exquisite food and genuine connection to the rich tapestry of Peru's culture and history.

We started in Lima, a lively city where the food scene stole the show. Imagine savoring dishes like ceviche and lomo saltado – a true feast for the senses. The mix of traditional ingredients and international flavors was a delightful surprise, making every meal an adventure.

From there, we ventured into the heart of the Amazon rainforest in Puerto Maldonado. The sights and sounds of nature were awe-inspiring, from monkeys chattering in the trees to brilliantly colored macaws flying overhead. It was a chance to connect with the natural world in a way that's hard to put into words. Our journey continued to Cusco and the Sacred Valley, where ancient ruins and breathtaking landscapes awaited. We had the wonderful opportunity to visit a local elementary school, and take some school supplies and donations. The children showed us some of their local dances and traditional foods. They were adorable! This was truly a highlight of our trip!

We witnessed the celebration of the Inti Raymi festival – a once-in-a-year spectacle that takes place exclusively on June 24th. This is a celebration of the sun, the Inca New Year. The vibrant colors and lively dances gave us a glimpse into the rich culture of the region.

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Group Cruising, the best of both worlds?
Wendy Fracchia

Do you like cruising? Why?

Do you like traveling with a group? Why?

Not to sound like a three year old, but you should ask yourself these questions because some of the best features you enjoy about these two traveling styles can come together, like a great ice cream sundae, and make the perfect choice for your next travel adventure.

Top 5 Reasons to Consider a Groups Cruise:

    1. Unpacking once and having your hotel travel with you: To most people, this is what they like the most about cruising and like the least about a land tour. The benefit here is huge, especially if you are a classic over-packer! You know who you are.
    2. Sea Days: We hear on land tours that it would be great to have a "down day" to let your legs rest and catch up on some sleep. When asked what of the tour they would give up for this down day they can't decide. Since most cruise itineraries require a day at sea to travel to our next port, it's the perfect answer to this question.
    3. The food: All you can eat, any style you want is available now on cruises. The variety is also better than a land tour. And since it is included in the price, there isn't the budget decision of, "Do I want a good meal tonight or a special souvenir tomorrow?" You know what I'm talking about, we've all done it!
    4. The itineraries: WOW, the world is really big and there is a lot of sea out there. Land tours just can't cover the distance of a cruise so with a cruisetour you can include so much more in your trip. More checks off that bucket list - all in one trip!
    5. Great balance of group and personal time: If you've done a land tour you know how close you become with other tour members in a short period of time. You quickly become a "family" and really, it's one of the things I like best about doing a tour. Lifelong friendships are made. You do, however, long for the quiet of your room at the end of a day and personal time to digest and contemplate the amazing sights you've seen that day. If you are traveling with family or friends, sometimes you just want to hang out and laugh together. On a cruise you get a great balance of togetherness and private time.

I am going to add an extra bonus thought here:

  • On-site learning mixed with classroom style. Not all cruises have an educational theme to them. Some are just fun times - in great destinations. If you choose one that does, this is a great way to enjoy both teaching styles. I don't know how you learn the best but, on a cruise tour you have both options so you are covered. You can absorb the onsite teaching as you ponder what you are seeing and then follow up on an onboard meeting.

So, now that I've given you a few things to think about - go back to the beginning and ask yourself those questions again and see if you are ready to experience this type of travel yourself. If you are, please call us today to review our group cruise options.

Summer Travel To Israel and Why You Should Consider It!
Roger Manning

Last summer my wife and I guided a group of 48 people to Israel and guess what, not only did everyone survive but EVERYBODY had a wonderful time!   When considering travel to Israel, the heat sometimes will scare people away from travel in the summer, but I’d like to offer you 3 reasons why you should consider an Israel summer tour and a few more just about Israel in general.

1. The historic and sacred sites are not heavily populated. Often, there are no waiting lines. We can spend more quality time at each site. Imagine trying to feel/learn/experience a sacred site with 500+ others speaking different languages and worshiping in other fashions.  While there is a great energy at these sites during the busier seasons, there is a lot to be said for this more personal opportunity.

2. The average temperature in Israel in June is 82 degrees. The evenings cool off nicely. In Jericho, Masada, and the Dead Sea areas, the dry heat temperatures range between 89-95 degrees. I don’t know about you but to me, it was not TOO hot that it interrupted our activities and no one was near heat exhaustion.

Experiencing the Masters' Art in Europe
Howard & Shari Lyon

We often get asked why we love to travel to Europe so often. Despite the obvious answer of how much we love to travel and experiencing new places, our main reason is that we are so fed and reenergized by surrounding ourselves by inspirational art when we visit! We always return home with new ideas, new visions of how we want to create and new respect and awe for the artists that paved the way for us to create as a profession.

If you love art or desire to better understand the art treasures all over Europe, there is a talk given by President Kimball titled “The Gospel Vision of the Arts.” that you will want to read. Read it in its entirety, before, during and after traveling. It will help you experience the art in a very different way, and bring more appreciation and respect for the masterpieces you will encounter.

2022 Best of Bavaria and Oberammergau Passion Play tour
Howard & Shari Lyon

Bavaria is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful regions in Germany!

Day 1: We started our tour by flying into Munich and then drove to the charming town of Fuessen. Füessen is located on the banks of the Lech River, which flows into the Forggensee lake. This quaint town is surrounded by mountains of the Ammergau Alps and the castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau are located nearby.

Day 2: Our next visit was to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This city played host to the Winter Olympics in 1936 and is known for its charm and beauty. Here we traveled to Germany’s highest peak, the Zugspitze, and took a train ride and gondola ride to the top.

Day 3: The Next day we traveled the scenic drive to Salzburg, one of the most beautiful cities in the world and famous as the setting for the movie “The Sound of Music”. Our day tour starts at the Mirabell Palace and Gardens. (This is where the “Do-Re-Mi” portion of the movie was filmed.)

Next, we visit the birthplace of Mozart. (Insert from Dani: This place really touched my heart. My mom played the piano well enough to be a concert pianist. I grew up playing with my dolls under the baby grand while my mom played. She would have loved this visit.)

For our last stop we go up to the fortress Hohensalzburg for a panoramic view of the city and surrounding countryside.

Day 4: Today day we took a short drive to Innsbruck. This city played host to two Winter Olympics. Our first stop was the Tyrolean Folk Art Museum.

There were over 20 unique Nativity scenes here. Though most often considered during the Christmas seasons, the Tyrolean Nativity Museum invites you to experience the special Nativities all year round. Crib art from the 18th century to the present can be seen here made of different materials like wood, clay, wax, or cardboard are on display.

We then took at walking tour of the city. Did you know Innsbruck has a famous roof? It’s one of Innsbruck’s top attractions – located right in the heart of the Old Town – is the Golden Roof or Goldenes Dachl in German.

The roof on the balcony was originally created at the end of the 15th century by the famous Emperor Maximilian. Its purpose was to impress travelers who were stopping by the medieval city – and did it ever work! In total, there are 2657 gold-plated shingles on the roof and several pained figured on the exterior, too. We also had the opportunity to visit the museum inside, but there were no pictures allowed.

Our last stop of the day is the famous Neuschwanstein Castle, residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Few places on Earth look more like storybook illustrations than Neuschwanstein Castle. With its towers, turrets, frescoes, and throne hall, Neuschwanstein (or Schloss Neuschwanstein, as it is called in German) looks like it was plucked straight from your favorite fairy tale.

Day 5: Today we visited the Linderhof Palace. This was another residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. An eccentric recluse, Ludwig depleted the treasury of his country building extravagant castles and died in mysterious circumstances. Linderhof is certainly the most elaborate “hunting lodge” you will ever see!

This afternoon we traveled to the fabulous Rococo Weiskirche. From the outside is looks somewhat plain and simple, but just wait until you see the inside!

Such a surprise! We did not expect this! It was beautiful! The Wieskirche’s ornate style, called Rococo, is like Baroque that got shrunk in the wash — lighter, frillier, and more delicate, with whitewash and pastel colors. Where Baroque uses oval shapes, Rococo twists it even further into curvy cartouches.

After our visit at the Rococo Weiskirche, we drove to our hotel in Oberammergau for the highlight of our tour.

Day 6: This morning we get to explore Oberammergau, a delightful town that has been home to skilled wood carvers since the 12th century. There are many interesting things to see in this quaint town. Scenes from the scriptures and from fairy tales are painted on the walls of the buildings.

This afternoon we attended the first half of the marvelous passion play, which is performed by the town’s inhabitants every ten years since 1634—when the thirty-year war and the deadly bubonic plague killed almost half the population of Germany. The people of Oberammergau vowed to produce this play each decade if they could be spared. They were, and here we are 350 years later.

After the first half of the play, we ate dinner as a group.

Unfortunately, we are not allowed to take pictures during the play, so I had to get some from the internet.

The play is spoken in German, but the program has the exact wording so you can follow along. It was a wonderful experience to witness the Oberammergau Passion play.

Day 7: Today we departed Germany and made our way to Switzerland. It was a beautiful drive! Upon arrival we enjoyed a walking city tour of Zurich. There is no better way to get THE BEST TASTE OF ZURICH!

Day 8: We depart for home today, but plan to come back to Germany again as soon as possible. We loved it there and can’t wait to see more.

We hope you can join us in 2030 on one of our Oberammergau Passion Play tours!

Safe Travels, Dani Edmunds, and Sarah Wangsgard – Morris Murdock Escorted Tour

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Following the Journey of the Apostles
Tim Taggart

For the next two weeks the entire membership of the Church, in our “Come Follow Me” study, will focus on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. During that time we will also watch and listen to General Conference. How appropriate it will be to study: “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone”, as latter-day prophets testify of Christ.

Paul’s letter to the Ephesians “contains many teachings and ideas that are familiar to Latter-day Saints, including foreordination, the dispensation of the fulness of times, the Holy Spirit of Promise, the importance of prophets and apostles, the idea of one true and unified Church, and the various callings and functions within the organization of the Church. This letter also contains some of the most sublime teachings on the family that are found anywhere in scripture. (NT Institute Student Manual, p. 421).

Bring Your Studies to Life On Tour & Your Phone
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Take your Bible study to a new level by taking a virtual step back in time to Jerusalem. With the free Virtual New Testament App you can now digitally walk where Jesus walked, whether with us on tour or from the comfort of your couch. The scripture stories that took place in Jerusalem will become more understandable, memorable, and impactful when you can visualize where these events occurred. The app allows you to visit key locations around the ancient city of Jerusalem. It will also allow you to take a ground-level walk-through of the Temple Mount with its expansive Courts (Gentiles, Women, Israelites, and Priests). Walk into the Temple’s Sanctuary with its Holy Place that includes the menorah, altar of incense, and table of shewbread. Walk through the veil and see the Holy of Holies, symbolic of the presence of God. Even better than visiting these sites virtually, is to the Holy Land with the app in hand to compare the ruins and sites in front of you with how they might have looked 2,000 years ago. The stories will become more real. The principles and doctrines they contain will become more relatable and your appreciation for the Savior’s perfect life and infinite atonement can increase.

D-Day: A Look Back on the 74th Anniversary
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Of all the key dates in history, few are as important as June 6, 1944. It was on that day, in terrible weather, that the Allied Forces launched, the long-awaited invasion of Europe, Operation Overlord, to defeat Nazi Germany and the Axis Powers. It was the largest military operation in history, fraught with peril, and with real danger that our troops would be thrust back into the English Channel in defeat. So great was the risk that General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe, wrote two press releases; one expressing appreciation for the sacrifices of American and Allied servicemen who successfully formed a beachhead on the Normandy shores of France, the second expressing the same appreciation, but taking full responsibility for the failure of the operation because of Eisenhower’s bad judgment. He concluded the second “In Case it Fails” letter with these words, “If any fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.” It was late in the day on June 6th before it became clear that he could release the first letter.

Making Sacred Places Sacred - Israel and Jordan
Del and Cherrie Clark

Several years back on our first trip to Israel, we were taking a taxi to the West Bank to study events on sites. Our wonderful driver was very accommodating. We mentioned several times throughout the day that we wanted to go to Shechem (modern Nablus). The day was winding down and he told us that we would not have the time to make that stop. He turned and asked us where we would like to go instead of Shechem. There was a look of disappointment on our faces, and the driver perceived that no other place would do.

He said, "So, you want to go to Nablus, then we will go."

We arrived in the middle of town and the Greek Orthodox church right after closing time. The door was locked, but our driver would not take "No" for an answer. He was persistent in knocking when finally, an old priest came to the door. The Old priest started shaking his head while our driver was explaining or desire to see Jacob's well. Once the old priest looked our way and saw the deep desire on our faces, he motioned to us to come in.

Oberammergau 2020 Guided Tours and Vacations
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The premiere of the 42nd Passion Play will be in May 2020. You can pre-register yourself now for one of our renowned land tours and stay in contact with us.

In spring 2019, the names of the actors will be announced. In addition to the major characters of Jesus, Mary, Peter, Judas, Pontius Pilate and Caiaphas, there are 120 larger and smaller speaking parts. Altogether, more than 2,400 Oberammergau villagers will participate in the 2020 Passion Play.

Rehearsals for the 42nd Passion Play will start in autumn 2019. The first performance of the 2020 Passion Play will be in May with five performances a week until October. More than half a million visitors from around the world are expected to attend. The stage was built in 1928, the auditorium in 1898. For the 2000 Passion Play, the entire Passion Play Theatre will underwent a complete restoration. The Passion Play Theatre has got about 4,500 covered seats.