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... out the landmarks.
We’ve seen pictures of the skyline so often. But seeing it in person was stunning.
It was easy to spot the Dome of the Rock with its golden dome. The view was simply magnificent.
On the hillside below us stretched a Jewish cemetery. I could see a group of Orthodox mourners praying at a grave.
Yair took out his trumpet and played “When the Saints Go Marching in.”
... sea. This kibbutz has been converted to a tourist resort with a hotel and cottages. The buffet lunch was very good with lots of free local wine.
Back in Haifa we climbed Mount Carmel ( the one in Israel, not New Waterford) where there is a major Baha'i Temple and gardens. The gardens are manicured and provide a tranquil spot in this busy port city.
A very moving Easter indeed.
...but I still ...
... Glenn Beck and evangelical pastor John Hagee, for two. There is also, of course, a huge gift shop, selling both Christian and Jewish artifacts of every description.
There was one odd note when I was there last: a very large rat swam up at one point. It turns out to be a South American rodent called a nutria, present in the Louisiana bayous as well, that was imported to Israel in the mistaken belief that it would create a new fur industry but is ...
... were meant to be meeting some others so headed back to the hostel.
Both this night and the previous night I was intending to stay in for a quiet one but twice this did not happen. The first stop both nights was a watering hole called Cofix which we went en mass. Here every drink was 5 shekels (about 85p), but this cheap alcohol is very unusually as only the night before I paid 27 shekels (about 4.5GBP).
... the material of choice in Israel. Below the church is a cave system and baptistry dating back to the 1st century. We next headed to Galilee, the base of Jesus' ministry. We drove over the Rift Valley (the same one that goes thru Africa) to the Sea of Galilee which is 600 feet below sea level. The River Jordan flows into and out of the sea and down to the Dead Sea. It is the lowest fresh water lake on earth. Water is a big problem in this very dry country ...