Who knew that a columbarium (aka dovecote) was a place for pigeons? In Masada there were 3 columbaria housing pigeons for messaging, food and fertilizer (what birds do best). Masada, an amazing plateau in the desert, was the winter vacation spot for Herod. It was then taken over by Jewish zealots who were conquered by the mighty Romans.
After our visit to Masada, some of us took a dip in the Dead sea. It is 33% salt & minerals. ANYONE can float!