After a ‘layover’ in Athens we left for Tel Aviv in the middle of the night to be met by our guide Isaac in Tel Aviv.
The Grand Hotel in Tel Aviv
The Tel Aviv Beachfront
After a quick drive through Tel Aviv, we came to the quiet seaport city of Joppa (Jaffa) along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. This is one of the oldest ports in the world.
Joppa: House of Simon the Tanner
It was good to "get the feel" of where Biblical events took place, and to walk on the narrow cobbled streets. We saw what could be the site of the house of Simon the tanner. This house is only about 700 years old, but still the location was right, and it would have been very much like this, close to the harbour and with a narrow entrance down stone steps.
The cobblestone steps down to the house of Simon the Tanner
Garden adjacent to Simon the Tanner's House
This handsome fellow was pointing us to the town square.
Walking towards St. Peter’s Church
Necklaces for my grandbabies – their names on a grain of rice!
Tel Aviv to Caesarea We packed up and left Tel Aviv after a wonderful buffet breakfast. We travelled along the Via Maris to the ancient Roman port city of Caesarea. During Roman rule Caesarea was the capital of Palestine. It was here that Cornelius, the Roman centurion, was converted by Peter, and Paul was imprisoned before being taken to Rome.
The Warehouses at the Sea Port (Caesarea)
The Roman city was a major sea port, which included large warehouses to store the goods, and a large harbor that was built by Herod. In the photo we see the vast warehouses, and in the left background the place of the ancient harbor.
The amphitheater in Caesarea
Ruins of the Roman city (Herod's palace).
The Hippodrome (Caesarea)
A grand entertainment place was built by Herod near his palace - a large Hippodrome in the shape of a long "U with 10,000 seats in 12 rows.
An iron sculpture in front of the hippodrome .
Just outside Caesarea, about a hundred feet from the sea, there's a reasonably intact Roman aqueduct. The aqueduct is actually quite long, extending beyond Haifa
Some fancy footwork!
Caesarea: Roman Ruins
Caesarea was the Roman capital of the country. Near the amphitheater, a stone tablet was found with an inscription of the name Pontius Pilate This is important evidence of the existence of Pontius in Caesarea.
On to Haifa – a city built on Mount Carmel
Haifa – beautiful bougainvillea
Haifa –Baha'i World Centre
From Caesarea we continued to Mt. Carmel where Elijah challenged the Prophets of Baal. From there we could view the Jezreel Valley with Mt. Tabot, Mt. Gilboa and Nazareth in the distance
A small Carmelite
monastery on the highest summit of the Carmel Range the place where the prophet Elijah is said to have challenged the priest of Baal.
Lunch in Druze Community In Nazareth
View of Nazareth
View from Mt. Carmel
Megiddo: A View of the Jezreel Valley
Megiddo – Stronghold of King Solomon
A Model of Megiddo in the Days of Solomon and Ahab
Megiddo’s Water Supply: Ahab’s Tunnel. We walked down 183 steps into the shaft which is 120 feet deep, and then along another 215 ft tunnel to the water source
Megiddo’s Water Supply: Ahab’s Tunnel
St Gabriel’s Church and Mary’s Well in Nazareth
The Orthodox Church of St.Gabriel is located over the spring that fed Mary’s Well the traditional place where Mary fetched water for her household.
Continuing up the Golan Heights to the Naot Shoe Factory
Little House on the Naot Mordecai Kibbutz
Doll made by Holocaust Survivors at Naot Chemical Shelter
Check out the Map
One of the 3 Sources of the Jordan River: Dan Spring
The Banias: Caesarea Philippi
Caesarea should not be confused with Caesarea Philippi which is now called the Banias.
The Banias are found at the foot of Mt. Hermon, north of the Sea of Galilee, and the spring flows south to the Jordan River.
The niches in the cliff once held statues dedicated to the mythical shepherd god, Pan.
Fig Tree at Caesarea Philippi
Excavation at Tel Dan
The Ruins of Dan
Dan Spring: One of 3 Sources of the Jordan River.
Dan Tributary – One of Three Sources of Jordan River
Lunch (Falafels) Beside the Flowing Dan
The Six Day War (19670): A Syrian Bunker in the Golan Heights – Now on Israeli Land
View from Inside the Bunker: Looking Across the Jordan Valley
Steps going into the bunker: a maze of underground tunnels. Note the eucalyptus tree – story below about Eli Cohen.
Warning from Syria!
Very Fuzzy (taken from bus window) Pic of Nimrod Castle
View from Nimrod Castle – Mt Hermon in Distance
Ah, you can just imagine yourself doing a 12-hour guarding shift here, waiting for the crusaders to come...
Tiberias by the Beautiful Sea of Galilee
The Hills of Galilee Seen from Tiberias
Having a Cappuccino by the Sea of Galilee!
Standing on the Mount of Beatitudes Looking Towards the Sea of Galilee
Rev. Rhonda and Rev. Al Lazerte
Rhonda and Linda on Mount of Beatitudes
Catholic Church on top of Mount of Beatitudes
Rhonda and Sean
Bethsaida: Rev Al Lazerte Under a Fig Tree
Tsk-Tsk: Writing Our Names on a Eucalyptus Tree (Bethsaida)
Chapel Built Above the Excavated Ruins of Peter’s House
Inside the Chapel Looking at Peter’s House Through the Glass Floor
Peter’s House in Capernaum
Bible Reading Before Leaving Capernaum
Byzantine Mosaic of Loaves and Fishes at Tabgha
Church of the Loaves and Fishes - Tabgha
Entrance to Baptismal Site Along the River Jordan
Ponies Along the Promenade at Tiberias
The Critical Water Levels: Sea of Galilee
Restoration of a 2000 Year Old Fishing Boat!
Mount of Beatitudes Seen from the Boat
Lunch at a Burger King – Can you Believe it?
A Reconstructed 1930’s Jewish Settlement
Climbing the Look-Out Tower
The tower at the center of the settlement had a dual purpose as a lookout post and for communication purposes.
View from the Top
The Road to Jericho (Lower Right)
Lookout at Edge of Judean Desert Facing the Jordan Valley
Church of All Nations (Agony) Seen Through the Bus Window
Entering Jerusalem Through the Dung Gate
Another one of the 8 Gates. Note the bullet holes in the wall. This is the wall separating Jordan and Israel
Check-Point Entering Temple Mount
The Western Wall Underground – Below Temple Mount
The Amazing Pools of Bethesda
Entering St. Anne’s Church
Walking the Via Dolorosa: Stations of the Cross
Walking to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Church of the Holy Sepulcher
The Menorah in the Jewish Quarter
Section of Herod’s Road with Toppled Stones from Temple (AD70)
Mural Depicting Daily Life Along Herod’s Road
The Pinnacle Where Jesus Was Tempted
Church of Mary Magdalene and the Catholic Dominus Flevit Church, which in Latin means “the Lord wept.”
“ Riding” a Camel on top of the Mount of Olives!
The Eastern or Golden Gate
Entering the City of David
Down Down Down Hezekiah’s Tunnel!
Hezekiah's Tunnel and the Gihon Spring are located in the Kidron Valley, outside the Old City walls, in the City of David.
The Gihon Spring was once Jerusalem's main water source and without it, it is questionable whether the city would have been settled at all.
The first suburb of Jerusalem is land marked by a huge windmill.
Church of Dormition Jerusalem
The Church of the Dormition is where the Virgin Mary is thought to have died. There is a round zodiac mosaic on the floor.
Inside there is the very plain Room of the Last Supper
Copper Sculpture of the Tree of Life. Note the wheat and the grapevine
Inside the Upper Room: Place of the Last Supper
Church at the House of Caiaphas where Jesus was kept the night after He was arrested (Matthew 26:57).
St. Peter’s in Gallicantu The Rooster Crowing After Peter’s Denial
Gallicantu means cock-crow in Latin and today a golden rooster protrudes prominently from the sanctuary roof.
Entering the Garden Tomb (Gordon’s)
The Hill Called Golgotha
Entering the Tomb
Replication of the Clay Jars As They Were Found in a Cave in Qumran
Tram Ride to Top of Masada
Fortress Atop Masada
The Dead Sea
The Shrine of the Book Where the Dead Sea Scrolls Are Kept
The Knesset:: Israel’s Parliament Building
Sculpture Along Sidewalk: Israel Museum
Model of Jerusalem as it Was 2000 Years Ago
Children’s Section at the Holocaust Museum
The Ramp Down to the Children’s Memorial
West Bank Wall
Checkpoint at Entrance to West Bank
Walking into the West Bank at Bethlehem
Graffiti on the Wall!
The Small Door Into the Church of the Nativity Bethlehem
Church of St. Catharine Bethlehem: Statues of St. Jerome and St. Catharine
Last Fling on Ben Yehuda Street Jerusalem!
Ben Gurion Airport: Leaving Israel After an Awesome Journey!