Please join me again on Friday for the final installment of my Israel 2019 photo journal.
This was my favorite day I think.
But it’s so hard to choose.
Visiting Joppa was more than I expected.
It took us a while to get there.
Even though it was the hottest day on our tour – we enjoyed it very much. (Thank God for well air conditioned buses on our return!)
But first …………….
We saw these buildings from all angles in our travels – now here on the ground we could see their size!
We all really wondered about that twisty one!
Jaffa, City in Israel – Description -Jaffa, in Hebrew Yafo and in Arabic Yaffa and also called Japho or Joppa, the southern and oldest part of Tel Aviv-Yafo, is an ancient port city in Israel. Wikipedia
This explains the discrepancy in spellings and pronunciations.
Tower in South City Centre (Tel Aviv)
This huge tower, the first skyscraper in Israel opened in 1965, is one of Tel Aviv’s major landmarks and a notable part of its skyline. It has permanent exhibits on the history of Tel Aviv in the foyer and on the 1st floor.
We listened to a guide that knew so many facts, had so much knowledge, and was funny to boot – It was hard to keep up.
We also got to see about twenty minute long documentary about Israeli/Tel Aviv history.
To find out what all those displays (and our guide) are talking about, you can click here; https://israelforever.org/programs/myherzl/who_was_theodor_herzl/
Our day of touring, our week in fact, was over, and we headed back to our hotel in Herzilya in time to visit the beach on the Mediterranean Sea.
We stayed at a brand new hotel in Herzilya called Herod’s.
Just a ten minute walk to the sea.
It was much more than a ten minute walk when you decide to walk along the sea wall.
This is the actual sea wall, and the place we stayed, click here if you want to know more; https://econcretetech.com/seawall-units-herzliya-marina/
Our room was in the far left horseshoe shaped building.
That’s it for now – but next time I will just share some random photos – neighborhoods, plants, walls, buildings and such.
About two more posts for our trip to Israel, I hope you’re enjoying them.
I hope to see you again next time.
I have many photos to share from the Crusader Halls.
There was so much history here, I can’t possibly repeat it all.
Enjoy the photos, and if you like, check the link and get the history, and the scope, of this place.
After leaving the Grotto, we went up the hill to the Lebanese border.
While we were here , our group reached our hands over the border and prayed for both countries.
After leaving Rosh Hanrika, we headed toward Haifa.
At the end of this day, the eve of our last day, we celebrated at a farewell dinner at the Dan Panorama Hotel.
All ten buses met for an enormous dinner, and farewell remarks from Jane and several other of our leaders.
Then off to our separate hotels for a much needed rest.
Join me again next time for our last tour day. Day #8.
Good morning from the Sea of Galilee. 6:49 AM.
This is my favorite photo from our trip.
It was so peaceful, and minus the modern embellishments, is a view that my Jesus saw a lot of.
The Sea of Galilee is essentially a large lake.
There is no Hebrew word for lake.
So it’s a sea.
We were on the Sea of Galilee with ten of these “Jesus Boats”, where we all locked together and had a worship service, along with some Hebrew dancing before departing.
It was easy in some spots on our cruise to imagine Jesus walking across the water to one of these little boats containing some very concerned Apostles.
We hated leaving the boats; but there was so much to see.
Capernaum is next.
Peter’s home – What you see above is a new synagogue built above it.
I had difficulty getting great photos here; so you can follow the next link if you want to see more clearly.
This statute was close to the entry to Capernaum.
Made of black stone. Note the nail holes in the feet.
Onward to lunch!
This was so far out of my comfort zone!
But I ate it any way.
I was surprised at how good it was – Seconds?
As we head down the pathway from this spot, we come to Duc In Altum.
Which means “Out into the deep”
In this atrium, we all stood circling this fountain.
We all began to sing (Sadly I can’t remember what song) and as we all moved to the center, the sound seemed to fill the hall.
It was amazing.
This room, the Encounter Chapel, struck my companions and I perhaps more than anywhere else we visited.
We stayed here in silence for several prayerful moments before leaving with very quieted hearts.
Just one more stop today –
The Yardenit is the baptismal site located on the Jordan River.
I have no photos of my own from this site, as I was busy getting re-baptized myself.
That’s it for today’s tour.
How about you?
Please join me next time for Day # 7.
Day #2 of our tour.
We saw so much.
The time seemed so long, and so short.
Since it is impossible to remember all our guide told us, I placed some links.
Please enjoy the photos – It was hard to choose.
Elijah challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal here.
The day was very warm. This was one of the most restful stops we had. It was so peaceful.
The place where Harod’s palace was.
On the horizon, part of his palace was made into a restaurant.
Some of the ancient names can still be read on the seats.
We would love to visit Caesarea again, and stay a while.
What a beautiful town it was, oh and the ocean!
Mount Tabor. … In the Hebrew Bible (Joshua, Judges), Mount Tabor is the site of the Battle of Mount Tabor between the Israelite army under the leadership of Barak and the army of the Canaanite king of Hazor, Jabin, commanded by Sisera. In Christian tradition, Mount Tabor is the site of the transfiguration of Jesus. (Google search)
After leaving Mt. Tabor, we headed on to our hotel, that night would be our first night in Tiberias.
We. Were. Exhausted.
Please join me next time for Day #6.
Day #4 officially began our “Tour Days”.
The next few posts will be more photos and less words.
I’ll caption whatever I can; if you have any questions, feel free to ask.
The cemetery goes the entire distance around the Mt. of Olives.
Our guide told us that the Dome of the Rock is essentially a large tombstone with no one buried inside.
The Dome of the Rock is built on top of the Foundation Stone, which is sacred to both Jews and Muslims.
On our trip around the city, we saw all of the gates.
I wish I had had more time to learn about them all.
I see a new study in my future.
A bell rings and the gate is opened every half hour by a Monk.
Only a certain amount are allowed in at once – six?
There is a men’s side, and a women’s side.
My husband took this photo – with his head covered.
It is believed that a room like this was used for the last supper.
Being in this place, around the wall, and inside the wall was a dream come true for me.
There were people praying in here; but I didn’t photo them, just the ceiling portion.
We were sad to leave, but had much more to see on that day.
Bodies were allowed to stay in the tombs for one year.
The bones were then removed so that the tomb could be used again.
This area is being set up for a city wide festival, many bands at the same venue.
The cool thing is that there are maybe six places all around that have this event at the same time.
They know how to party!
I hope you enjoyed this tour of Day #4.
I hope you’ll join me again next time for Day #5.
I’m pretty boring when it comes to food.
I like what I like, and it’s hard for me to try new things.
I’ve always said I’d make a terrible missionary.
Not because of the missionary part, but because of the dietary part!
Now, I’ve never been on an “All inclusive” anything before, so when I saw the amount of food provided for our breakfast, and supper, I was stunned.
The variety was out of this world, and the amount was obscene.
The photos in this post concerning food are from a Google search.
I was far too busy eating the food to take photos of it.
The first two days, I did manage to eat some new foods.
New foods, new spices.
After that, opted for the more familiar fare; much easier on the insides.
There were a few things we found interesting about the food served to us while we were there;
- Of course, no bacon
- No meat was served in the morning
- No dairy was served a supper time
Meat and Dairy
Any meat (the flesh of birds and mammals) cannot be eaten with dairy. Utensils that have come into contact with meat (while hot) may not be used with dairy and vice versa. In addition, utensils that have come into contact with non-kosher food (while hot) may not be used with kosher food.
Kosher food is divided into three categories: meat, dairy, and pareve. The pareve foods are considered neutral and can be eaten with either milk or meat.
- All fruits, vegetables, grains, pasta, nuts, beans, and legumes are kosher. Note, however, that with the exception of a small number of locust species, bugs are not kosher. As a result, the use of certain fruits and vegetables is now considered controversial in certain Orthodox circles, over concerns about insect infestation.
- Eggs, fruits, vegetables, and grains are considered pareve, or neutral, and can be eaten with either meat or dairy. Fish is also considered pareve, but some kosher observant Jews do not cook or eat fish with meat.
- Grape products (including juice and wine) must be produced by Jews in order to be considered kosher.
Information from https://www.thespruceeats.com/jewish-dietary-laws-2121753
So enough of this, I’m hungry now.
I hope you’ll join me again next time for Day #4.