First Real Day of Touring was a Good One

Trip Start Dec 18, 2010
Trip End Jan 04, 2011

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Flag of Israel  , Galilee,
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

What a great day to spend the Winter Solstice (shortest day of the year). Got up early and went down to breakfast. Talk about "not" at contineneal breakfast. There was food set up on about 80 feet of tables, omlet bar, juice and smoothy bar, and every kind of breakfast and even lunch food possible...eggs, all sorts of cheeses, all sorts of breads, cereals, olives, lettuce, lox, bagels, fish, again, anything you could think of was on the table. Ate and walked it off along the Mediterian Sea for a while, then back to the room. Down to the lobby by 8:00 am waiting for our tour guide. He showed up at 8:30. His name is Uri. Great guy. Second generation Israeli. His parents migrated to Israel in 1947. Got into the tour guide business 30 years ago because he didn't like his desk job. Van was a bit scary at first. It's a Kia Sedona,but had several scrapes on it, but it was clean. We immediately made friends when Laura began communicating with him in Hebrew. They became fast friends. He's a neat guy with some great props to show us the rocks in the drink holder to explain Abraham's contract with God. Don't think we could have asked for a better guide. He'll be with us all through Israel. He changed our itinerary going in a different order, but the same stops. Here are a few highlights:

* First stop the ruins at the seaport of Ceseria - Built by Harrod the Great as the Roman Capital of ancient Israel (Some great pictures I'll eventually download.)
* Port city of Haifa and Mt. Carmel to the Bahai World Center and Gardens - beautiful
* Then the Carmelite Monestary and Elija's Cave.
* The Horns of Carmel where Elijah fought the false profits.
* Lunch was at a friend of Ul's house and cafe.  Great food, and even better conversation with a religious group called the Druss.  Great to hear of their reincarnation beliefs and their willingness to marry only within their own faith.

The afternoon included a visit to Megiddo, site of 26 different cities built on top of one another when the old was was conquered.  It's where we get our modern word from Revelation,Armageddon. On to Tiberius on the Sea (we're told it's really a lake) of Gallilee where we'll be for two days. Again, found an internet cafe and started blogging. Weather is fantastic unusaully warm (they say) 72 degrees and beautiful sunshine. Hope it continues. More tomorrow...and hopefully some pictures...if I can only figure them out!
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Henry on

Sounds so exciting. Thanks for the recording of your venture. Good job. Be safe.

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