Thursday, January 19, 2012

northern israel

in the north
we drove through haifa,
and saw the bala'i shrine
at dusk--
with it's amazing view over the city
and the ports.

then we spent a day in akko--
visiting the old city,
the citadel,

the turkish baths,

the mosque of jezzar pasha,

of course the old market,
and ended with dinner on the pier at sunset
and a little carriage ride
for the kiddies.

from there we drove east to the kinneret (galilee) area.
we stayed in a little bed and breakfast,
and from here visited all the sites.

we spent a day and a half in nazareth,
which gave us clouds and a bit of rain--
but allowed us to see
the church of the annunciation

as well as make a visit
to nazareth village--
the village designed to demonstrate
what life was like during the time of Christ.
it turned out to be one of the highlights
of the area.

we spent a little time in tiberias,
running around on the pier,

and sipping lemonade,
as we did in every restaurant
because those israelis really get the lemonade thing.
and of course "pitahummus"--
as the kids devoured anywhere they could.

at the mount of beatitudes,
we found the monastery closed.
and so we were relegated to stopping on the side of the road
and making our own way onto the mount,
in the peace and quiet of our own company.
and to be honest--
we, as i'm sure many do,
often found it much easier to feel the soul
of these holy places
when we were not thrust into the crowds and lines
and churches and shrines built on them,
but instead left to ourselves
to ponder,
as we did climbing here
and looking out onto the sea of galilee
as others once did
at the feet of the Savior.

the temple relics at capernaum
also lacked the crowds late in the day
and allowed us the peace
to be in a place He was 2000 years ago.

and from here
we headed south!
but that i'll have to save for another day.


Kimberly June said...

The longing in my heart to have an experience like this is heavy. Thank you for sharing. Israel is on my bucket list, what an amazing journey for you and your family.

marlamuppets said...

so beautiful. this brought tears to my eyes... especially about the mount of beatitudes. i loved how it felt up there high up on the hill... so peaceful. you didn't miss anything with the monestary -- if you are talking about the church on the hill that is. i felt yucky in there.

happyfamily said...

I love the picture with the shark! Travelling with kids makes things more interesting in a different way than travelling with just grownups. Hard to see that sometimes when you're doing it, but fun to relive the moments.

Looks like an amazing trip, as always!

Sue said...

What a wonderful, memorable trip to take. I think I would love it if I could just get up the nerve to go there.


StrongNHim said...

WOW... thank you for sharing this as it may be the only time I see those things. I am so happy and taken back for and by your trip. You are so lucky (I couldn't find a better word in my mind) to be able to do that with your children. Thank you for sharing.

Jill said...

Just amazing. I am loving your travel log. Your photos really tell stories.

My inlaws get to travel to Israel this Spring and this makes me even more excited for them.