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... Then we headed back to the hotel for a while. We were pretty wrecked from the night before and traveling so we thought our day would be better off spent researching what to do for the next two days.
When we were done researching, we went to grab dinner. It was about 6:45 and we were looking for another inexpensive place to each since we had already spent a bit on cabs and the train. But apparently finding dinner wouldn't be as easy. We asked the girl at ...
... on the bus and drove to another part of Caesarea where we had breakfast. At breakfast there was a guy making fresh pizzas; literally dough to oven to plate. Now pizza isn't techincally a breakfast food but it was so delicious I didn't care.Then we all hung out on the beach for a few hours. We talked, swam, played, and (as you could imagine) slept. A lot of us got to work on and Israeli tan, but most of us worked on our tourist sunburns. (OMG I'm a crack up). From the beach we drove ...
... Temple of Augustus which Herod built to honor Augustus Caesar for which the city was named. We saw a 15 minute movie which took us through the different time periods and rulers of the city - Rome, Byzantium, Muslem, Crusaders, Turks until WWI. Then David took us through the ruins of the amphitheater, Herod's palace, and we walked along the grounds and stands of the ...
... of Tzipori, an archaeological site. The city was prosperous with a market place, bath houses, synagogues, churches, a 4500 seat theatre served by stone paved roads still rutted from wagons and chariots. The highlight of the city is the mosaics and in particular a mosaic of a woman which has been nicknamed the Mona Lisa of Galilee.
For here we went to Tiberias for a shopping opportunity at a ...
... and then the Roman Empire. In 30 BC, the village was awarded to Herod the Great who ruled between 37 and 4 BC. Herod built a large port city at the site and named it in honor of Octavian Augustus Caesar. By 6 BC, Caesarea became the headquarters of the Roman government in Palestine.
Caesarea was a planned city with a network of roads, an amphitheater, temple, stadium, artificial harbor and residential areas. St Paul was taken to Rome as a prisoner ...
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