Tag Archive | Travel

Raw and Real #10 – Travel

So just what exactly does travel have to do with raw and real anyway you might ask.

At first blush, nothing.

I know for me it has something very important to do with my process.

I’ll see if I can explain, and you can see if this fits for you as well.

When I was small, the big event of the week was to go and visit my grandparents’ house, which was out of town.

In adult terms, only fifteen miles or so, but to a child, it was SO far.

Regardless of the distance, traveling down that gravel road approaching their home, was the best feeling of all.

There were cousins to play with, horses to pet, barns to hide in and apple trees to climb.

Do you see what was missing?

You saw correctly if you saw that → There were no bullies.

For that time, I was free from the daily torment of those bully boys and the mean girls. 

With my cousins living across just across the road, it was as close to perfect as could be.

Until it wasn’t.

A misunderstanding between my father, my grandfather, and myself, got me the biggest beating of my life,

and an excommunication from my grandparents’ property.

Later on in years, around the age of receiving a driver’s license, travel was important for about the same reasons.

The bullies, the mean girls, and some others who won’t be mentioned, were left behind while I escaped from them for a little while.

When newly married, and having small children, my husband and I lived in the middle of an average sized mid-western town.

We purchased a camper, and a membership to a campground some forty miles away.

Away we would travel; there was peace and quiet for us all.

During those times, I always believed – in my dreams – that I/we could travel away and all, things would be left behind.

The biggest issue, was always having to return, back to the scene of the crime you might say.

The peace and quiet was physical, but I began to realize that peace was an “Inside job”.

My then, unbeknownst to me, introverted self, began taking a look inside, with the help of a pastor/mentor friend of mine.

He showed me how to read the Word of God, the Holy Bible, and glean out of it the →help I needed for myself.

My hope is that perhaps this little series might give you some ideas, and bring the same help to you.

We are all different, some of what worked for me may help, or you may need to look at some other ideas.

The above mentioned mentor has through the years, shown me multiple ways, to help with that “Inside job”.

You can read more from him →here if you like.

Meanwhile, travelling back to the point.

When you’re younger, you travel short distances, or you travel just “In your mind”.

As adults, who want to not only be free, but be useful in the lives of those they love, and in society in general.

We must learn to travel to that inside place.

Psalms 139 calls it “my inward parts”, “in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth”.

What I know to be true, is that if God took that much care in creating us, then He will surely take care to help us with those parts.

He longs for us to be free.

We need only ask.

Nowadays, when I travel, it is because I want to go somewhere.

I want to see something new.

I want to spend some good times with my family and friends.

I don’t travel because I’m trying to get away from bullies.

There is peace within.

Even if I see turmoil in the earth, the peace within me still abides.

How about you?

Where do you want to travel?

Why do you want to travel?

Consider.

Just consider, to find peace within, and peace without.

Join me next time for installment #11 – Relate.

Until next time …

Israel 2019 – Final Installment

Our crew. Bus #7.

Here we stand, in this devastatingly beautiful land, all together, our tour nearing and end.

It was at this spot that all ten buses joined at once for the Watchman on the Wall commissioning.

Hats off to Gate 1 Travel. https://www.gate1travel.com/.

The logistics of ten very full buses seeing the same things, all at different times on the same day, is mind boggling!

Any way,

Watchmen on the Wall are taught about Israel’s history in depth, and are trained to pray for all things Jerusalem.

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Flight time – 15:30 – Check.
Our final view of Tel Aviv
The fountain was in the sky light!

Our flight from Tel Aviv was perfect.

We flew to Barcelona.

Waiting for our flight to Chicago (With airplane mode on to avoid roaming fees) and unaware of the fact that we were being rerouted through somewhere else, we totally missed our gate.

Here we were in Barcelona, we only speak English. Zero Spanish, trying to figure out our next move.

With exhaustion and frustration, we did our best not to argue. It was tough.

Then a ladies voice comes from behind us.

“I speak some Spanish. Can I help you? Where are you going?”

Believe it or not, she was going to Chicago as well!

Same gate. Different time. Thank you God!

She went to speak to someone, came back, and told us how we could book another flight.

Needless to say, we were in the wrong, wrong, place, at the wrong, wrong time, (we thought) and somehow, like He is known to do, God turned things around for us.

Oh what a story this photo tells!

The flight from Barcelona to Chicago of course was long (ten hours) and we did not get to sit together on the plane, but we were both grateful to have a seat on that plane, and be homeward bound.

Of course when we landed in Chicago, it was far too late for the scheduled flight for the last leg of our journey.

So the airline provided us with a hotel voucher, so that we could sleep, food vouchers, so we would not starve, and transportation vouchers so we could get back and forth from the hotel to the airport.

We used our first transportation voucher to get to our provided hotel, WHICH HAD NO ROOMS, there was literally no room at the inn.

Voucher number two took us right back to the airport, and to the customer service desk, to find out just what were were going to need to do.

The gal was so sweet and helpful.

After regaling her with our story, she looked at her screen, and said “Oh look what just popped up!”

A room had JUST opened up at the O’Hare Hilton. (At 10:30 at night?)

A simple ten minute walk from where we stood.

The photo above is the view from our forth floor window.

We even had some extra time to get to our flight home in the morning.

There is a moral to this story, a punch line, a promise.

God never once tells us in His word that things will be easy.

In fact sometimes, things can be down right frustrating.

But His promise, is that if we trust Him, He will always care for us.

Scripture says clearly;

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper. Isaiah 54:17 (ASV)

Note; It does not say that there won’t be weapons, it says they will not prosper.

So we ended up home, safe, exhausted, and forever changed.

My hope is that you enjoyed your virtual tour to Israel. If you did, then please feel free to share the following link; https://significantencounters.com/2019/09/21/home-again/ This is where it all begins.

Thank you so much for travelling with me.

I hope to see you next time, for something new and different.

Miscellaneous Views – Israel 2019

No reason for these photos except –
Didn’t you always wish you could fly?
The lay of the land.
Can you picture Jesus and his disciples walking here?
Israels’ terrain is so diverse.
They take great pains making things beautiful.

Please join me again on Friday for the final installment of my Israel 2019 photo journal.

Day #8 – Our Last Tour Day

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 …………….

Yitzhak Rabin Memorial
https://mfa.gov.il/mfa/aboutisrael/state/pages/yitzhak%20rabin.aspx
German Colony in Haifa
https://www.touristisrael.com/haifas-german-colony/4998/
Note the places for the kiddos to play and the adults to rest in the lower right hand corner. Sweet.
An outdoor bowling alley!
Who knew? Hey lady! Get off the lane!
A view of the new places, from the middle of the old places.

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!

Worldwide Center for the Baha’i Faith – Haifa
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terraces_(Bah%C3%A1%27%C3%AD)

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.

Old Joppa
Slow ascent.
Market Square
Made me smile. Want a ride?
Going up!
These three photos
Are where I pictured
Jesus’ life would be.
Ra’amses Gate Garden
Palm trees everywhere.
HaPisga Garden
Tirosh Amphitheater
St. Peter’s Cathedral
Jaffa Port
Did I mention it was hot?
Dare I say; The old man and the sea?
Inside a restaurant we ate in.
It was cool in more ways than one.
Another wall for free.
Busy Joppa street.

Shalom Tower

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.

Our guide.
Exhibits
If you are a history buff, this is your place.

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.

Palms by the sea.

We stayed at a brand new hotel in Herzilya called Herod’s.

Closer and closer to the Mediterranean.

Just a ten minute walk to the sea.

Sun shiny ribbons on the sea.
Refreshing.
Beautiful.
Soothing.
Restful.

Sea wall.

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/

Aerial photo found on Google.

Our room was in the far left horseshoe shaped building.

Surfers, not sharks.
One last look back.

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.

Day # 7 – Israel

Good Morning Herzylia, Israel!
Our touring began with cruising along the Mediterranean Sea.
What a lovely drive – A different lovely than what I’m accustomed to.
Port of Acre – Crusader Halls
Just the beginning.

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.

http://www.akko.org.il/en/Old-Acre-About-Conservation-Fortress-Project

A fleur de lis for my collection.
Into the market
I love walls, and texture, and brick, and this.
How about you?
Walk this way.
Complete with a hologram of the crusaders!
Out we go.
On the way to Rosh Hanrika
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosh_HaNikra_grottoes
Here we are.
Taking the cable car down to the Grottos.

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.

Not the clearest photos get taken from a moving bus,
But they help to tie the places together.
Like pieces of a puzzle.
Different parts of a whole.
Here’s a bonus wall.
Haifa – Worldwide Headquarters of the Ba Hai faith.
https://www.ganbahai.org.il/en/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.

Day #6 – Israel

Gai Beach, Tiberias, Israel

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.

Tiberias – by the Sea of Galilee
The Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee is essentially a large lake.

There is no Hebrew word for lake.

So it’s a sea.

http://jesusboats.com/

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.

Quiet seas.

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.

Close to the end of our trip.

We hated leaving the boats; but there was so much to see.

On to the Mt. of Beatitudes
Appropriate attire required for entry.
The view from here
Speaks for itself.
Breathtakingly restful.

Capernaum is next.

The walk to Capernaum.
Excavated synagogue close to Peter’s home.
Inside excavated synagogue close to Peter’s home.
Peter’s Home

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.

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/the-house-of-peter-the-home-of-jesus-in-capernaum/

Jesus resting?

This statute was close to the entry to Capernaum.

Made of black stone. Note the nail holes in the feet.

The view of the Sea of Galilee from outside of Capernaum.

Onward to lunch!

Choose one.
So not used to having my food stare at me!

This was so far out of my comfort zone!

But I ate it any way.

I was surprised at how good it was – Seconds?

Boat Museum – Ginosar, Israel
The Big Question
Great care was taken to keep the keel of this boat in tact.
Next stop – Magdala
An amazing archaeological find, actual floor tile.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magdala
So much has been revealed.
Exciting to think that Mary of Magdalene walked here.

As we head down the pathway from this spot, we come to Duc In Altum.

Which means “Out into the deep”

https://www.magdala.org/visit/duc-in-altum/womens-atrium/

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.

We were surrounded by pillars.
Each with the name of an important woman from the Bible carved into it.
https://www.magdala.org/visit/duc-in-altum/boat-chapel/
https://www.magdala.org/visit/duc-in-altum/encounter-chapel/

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 –

https://www.israeljerusalem.com/yardenit.htm

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.

I’m exhausted.

How about you?

Please join me next time for Day # 7.

Day #5 Jerusalem to Tiberias

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.

Panoramic View From Mt. Carmel

Elijah challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal here.

Resting at Mt. Carmel

The day was very warm. This was one of the most restful stops we had. It was so peaceful.

About Kibbutz – http://archive.jewishagency.org/first-home-homeland/program/16766
We had a delightful lunch here.
View of Bethlehem from the Kibbutz.
A quiet walk way outside the Kibbutz.
Caesarea

The place where Harod’s palace was.

On the horizon, part of his palace was made into a restaurant.

Entry to the Roman Amphitheater.
Tunnel to the theater.
Still in use today.

Some of the ancient names can still be read on the seats.

A Breath of Ocean Air.
Lovely Caesarea Beach
The restaurant. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g297742-d7251187-Reviews-Limani_Bistro-Caesarea_Haifa_District.html
Aqueduct – https://followinghadrian.com/2015/01/05/the-hadrianic-aqueduct-of-caesarea-maritima-israel/

We would love to visit Caesarea again, and stay a while.

What a beautiful town it was, oh and the ocean!

Jezreel (Yizrael) Valley – Armageddon
Jezreel (Yizrael) Valley – Armageddon

Olive trees in the distance from Mt. Precipice
My hubby with Mt. Tabor in the background.

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.