Tuesday, June 1, 2010

5/31/2010 Day 3

Shalom dear friends!

It has been a whirlwind of activity since we have landed! Dan and I are pretty well on Israeli time, although we keep dozing off on the longer bus rides in the afternoon. Cat naps rock!
We are in a heat wave right now with temperatures in the upper 90’s low 100’s. Warm but not to miserable (says I!!)

After checking out of our hotel in Tel Aviv, we drive through the city, heading north. Our first stop Monday was to Caesarea by the Mediterranean Sea. I even dipped my toes in! We saw the amphitheater, hippodrome and Roman Aqueduct.
Next stop, Mount Carmel (God’s vineyard). It is lush and gorgeous, however the haze prevents us from seeing clearly the view from the top. We reviewed the stories of Elijah and his great faith as our God kicked some Ba’al god booty.
Next up, the Valley of Jezreel (or Valley of Armageddon) and a DELICIOUS lunch of falafel. (Chick peas fried and placed in a pita. SCRUMPTIOUS!)
Above, Dan's chicken. Below, Lisa's Falafel

Next up, Tel Megiddo (yes we’re still on day 1!!!) We walked through the city’s gate aged 3500 years old which is 500 years older than King Solomon’s gate. This site has many layers of history piled on top of each other. There were stables with troughs from 3000 years ago and we climbed down the well and out the tunnel drilled to bring water into the city. (Yes, this was my favorite stop of the day)
The town of Nazareth is next where we stop by Nazareth Village which is a unique recreation of what life was like in Jesus’s day. We enjoy some pistachio baklava after visiting the church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, the traditional site of where the angel appeared to Mary to tell her she is chosen to bear the Son of God.
Finally, we pass through Cana of Galilee where Jesus performed his first miracle and arrive north of Tiberius at the Kibbutz we will be staying at.

After a scrumptious veggie filled dinner, Dan and I walk to the Sea of Galilee. I take a night photo of Tiberius and then back to the room for sleepies. Tomorrow morning’s 6:30 am alarm will come early!