Trip Start Dec 18, 2010
20Trip End Jan 04, 2011
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The it was off to Capernaum - center of Jesus's ministries including the remains of an ancient synagogue and one of the things I most wanted to see on this tri - the house of Peter. People know it was his house since they found an inscription on a rock dating back to Peter's time. Very cool. After that we went to the place where Jesus performed the miracle of the loaves and the fishes. Great little church there. Then, we went to the Mount of the Beatitudes where Jesus performed the Sermon on the Mount and "Blessed are those...etc." as well as the Lord's Prayer. Very moving.
Lunch was very good in a small town up in the Golan Heights...meal was called Shwarma. Basically, lamb in a pita...very good.
Afternoon was a stop at "The Jesus Boat" as some people call it...a fishing boat found 15 years ago which dates back to Jesus' time. Excellent. Then something strange...went on a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee along with
about 30 folks from South America. Our guide didn't go with us saying his friend who was with the other South American group would talk. He did...for 40 minutes in Spanish! My three years of French and Sandy's four year of French were not helpful. Fortunately, Laura has had 6 years of Spanish helped us as she translated almost all of it for us.
Then we visited way North in Israel. Saw the Israeli Jordanian and Israeli Syrian border. Even got a pic of a sign saying, "Beware of Land Mines." We were there to see the sight Mensa Christa where Christ told Jesus he was going to be the rock on which he built his church. Before it was that, it was a Greek temple to the Greek God Pan.
It also is where the Banias River begins. This river is one of three that make up the Jordan River. Saw a great waterfall on the river.
Ride back to Tiberius was interesting...we got into a political discussion about the Israeli - Palestinian conflict. Let's just say that Uri is well-educated and perhaps a bit prejudiced on the subject. So much for world peace!
Anyway, back to Tiberius where we had "St. Peter's Fish" (talapia) as it is known here for dinner and a couple of Goldstars. Tired and heading to bedlam!!! (Sorry no pics yet...though we've taken a lot...I'll figure it out...I "ain't" no computer scientist!