My favorite place

Trip Start Jul 16, 1975
Trip End Jul 15, 1976

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Flag of Israel  , H̱efa,
Friday, April 16, 1976

Romans ruins on the water.  A cool breeze blowing in from the Mediterranean.  Caesarea is my favorite place in Israel.

The Romans were known for their engineering innovations.  At Caesarea, I saw some of their aqueducts.  Fresh water was carried here from the Golan Heights.  Also visible is one of their fabled amphitheaters.  The acoustics still work.  Caesarea was the Roman capital of the country.  And one of the palaces belonging to Pontius Pilate.  I was surprised to see tablets bearing his name.

The northern coast of Israel has always been strategically important.  Caesarea has also been inhabited by Phoenicians, Crusaders and Muslims.  Nearby Acre has always been an important link along the east-west trade route.  And Haifa, also close, is the biggest port in Israel today.

Northern Israel may be just a narrow strip of land.  But I found it quite different than Jerusalem or Judea in central Israel.

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