Posts Tagged "Israel"

Masada & The Dead Sea, Israel

We arrived in Ashdod in Israel on April 10, 2016, boarded a bus and traveled to the Masada National Park, 100 miles to the East in the Judea Desert on the banks of the Dead Sea. Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is an ancient fortification built on top of an isolated rock plateau by Herod the Great. To get to the plateau, you can either hike or take a cable car 980 feet up to the mesa . Once on the top a boardwalk takes you to the East gate. After passing through the gate you are on the mesa and have panoramic views all around. Here there are 3 main Places, The Western Palace,...

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Haifa, Israel

On April 9, 2016, we docked in Haifa in Israel, where we took a tour to the city of Acre, which was on the other side of the bay from Haifa. Our first stop on the tour was the Stella Maris Carmelite, which was built in the 19th century and was built over the prophet Elijah’s Cave. We then climbed up Mt Carmel to view the Baha’i Garden, from the top terrace. From Mt. Carmel, we traveled over to Acre, one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the world. Once in Acre, we viewed the Hospitaller Fortress, a restored  12th century Crusader Castle. We then left the fortress and...

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Caesarea, Israel

We arrived in Haifa, Israel, on April 6, 2015 and docked in the horseshoe shaped bay in the shadows of Mount Carmel. We traveled 28 miles to the ancient city of Caesarea, but first we went to the top of Mount Carmel for a view of the harbor and the Baha’i hanging gardens. Our next stop was just outside of Caesarea to see the Roman aqueduct, which supplied the water to the town. Caesarea was built by Herod the Great and dedicated to Caesar Augustus more than 2,000 years ago. We started at the  Roman Amphitheater and walked to the walled crusader city. After leaving the amphitheater we...

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Jaffa, Israel

On April 5, 2015, we docked in the port of Ashdod, Israel and took a trip to the ancient port city of Jaffa, just outside of Tel Aviv. We walked around Jaffa taking in the Town Square and St. Peter’s Church, before climbing a small hill for a view of  modern Tel Aviv. We then proceeded to wander the narrow streets, which are now the home to small shops and artisans. In the harbor one can see the rocks where Andromeda was supposedly rescued by Perseus. After exploring Jaffa we rode through Tel Aviv where we saw the historical german buildings called Bauhaus Buildings. The thumbnail...

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Sea of Galilee, Israel

  Storm Clouds on the Sea of Galilee

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