Results tagged “Bible” from Eurasia 2012

So my day started at 4:50am when the parents switched their lights on.

!?!?!

Fortunately I think I got a little more sleep, but got up at 6am.

Our first stop was actually at the hotel - the "Jesus Boat" museum - which houses a two thousand year old boat they found buried in the mud on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

Jesus Boat Museum
Jesus Boat Museum

Two thousand year old boat found in the mud
Two thousand year old boat found in the mud

Model of what they thought the boat might look like
Model of what they thought the boat might look like

Gate at the Jesus Boat Museum
Gate at the Jesus Boat Museum

Next up we headed north and went to the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter. From wikipedia: "According to tradition this is the spot where Jesus is said to have laid out a breakfast of bread and fish for the Apostles, and told Peter to "Feed my sheep" after the miraculous catch, the third time he appeared to them after his resurrection." Whether these were the exact locations or not who knows, but we were defintely close. Pretty awesome.

Beach on the Sea of Galilee - Jesus probably walked on this beach at some point!
Beach on the Sea of Galilee - Jesus probably walked on this beach at some point!

Bruce talking about the sea and the feeding of the five thousand just across the water
Bruce talking about the sea and the feeding of the five thousand just across the water

Church of the Primacy of St Peter
Church of the Primacy of St Peter

Inside the Church of the Primacy of St Peter
Inside the Church of the Primacy of St Peter

Then we went a little further north and hopped on a boat for a little cruise on the lake. Was a lovely experience and great to be on the lake and see some of the sights from a different perspective.

At Kfar Nahum heading down to catch a boat
At Kfar Nahum heading down to catch a boat

Capernaum from the boat
Capernaum from the boat

Capernaum from the boat
Capernaum from the boat

Mount Arbel and western side of the sea
Mount Arbel and western side of the sea

Looking towards the Church of the Primacy of St Peter
Looking towards the Church of the Primacy of St Peter

Potential location of the sermon on the mount
Potential location of "the sermon on the mount"

Me and Cutie on the Sea of Galilee
Me and Cutie on the Sea of Galilee
Photo by Mum

Another tour boat on the Sea of Galilee
Another tour boat on the Sea of Galilee

The boat we took
The boat we took

Next it was time to battle hoardes of tourists to see Capernaum. I was totally surprised that Capernaum is a ruin town. I somehow imagined it would be like Nazareth and a big town by now. Turns out it was destroyed by an earthquake in 746 and never rebuilt. But this made it cooler, because you could actually see some of the original streets and buildings. The synagogue there was dated quite a bit later, but even so, there's a good chance it was built on the same location, which meant we walked where Jesus once walked! Unfortunately there were too many crowds to ponder the significance of this, and we didn't spend much time there :(

Capernaum
Capernaum

Capernaum
Capernaum

Capernaum
Capernaum

Synagogue in Capernaum
Synagogue in Capernaum

Synagogue Capernaum
Synagogue Capernaum

Lunch was at "St Peter's Restaurant" a short distance away, and we sat on the deck with a great view of the lake. Had some yummy fish and the place had tonnes of salads. I'm still amazed by all the fresh food and salads in this country. It's awesome! I'm probably eating too much, but I'm certainly eating very healthily!

Sea of Galilee from our lunch spot - St Peter's Restaurant
Sea of Galilee from our lunch spot - St Peter's Restaurant

Kingfisher fishing in the Sea of Galilee
Kingfisher fishing in the Sea of Galilee

Next stop was another ruin town - Korazim - with another cool synagogue and buildings. In contrast to everywhere else, we had this place entirely to ourselves which was nice.

Northern edge of the sea on the road to Korazim
Northern edge of the sea on the road to Korazim

Korazim
Korazim

Korazim
Korazim

Korazim
Korazim

Korazim
Korazim

Korazim
Korazim

Korazim
Korazim

Korazim
Korazim

Korazim
Korazim

Lizard at Korazim
Lizard at Korazim

Then up to the Church of the Beatitudes. This is a possible location of "the sermon on the mount", also a location that Jesus was likely to have been at some point in his life. Very cool. Although us Aussies are taking over - eucalypt trees are everywhere in Israel and this location was no different.

Church of the Beatitudes
Church of the Beatitudes

Church of the Beatitudes
Church of the Beatitudes

Possible location of the Sermon on the Mount.  Complete with gum tree.
Possible location of the Sermon on the Mount. Complete with gum tree.

Possible location of the Sermon on the Mount
Possible location of the Sermon on the Mount

Looking across to Jordan from the Church of the Beatitudes
Looking across to Jordan from the Church of the Beatitudes

Our tour was joined by the tour guide's brother and his wife for a couple of days
Our tour was joined by the tour guide's brother and his wife for a couple of days

It was back to the hotel at this point, but we didn't stay long, we headed out again shortly after to walk around the kibbutz this place is part of. Was quite surprised to see a small dairy farm with a bunch of calves. So cute!

Entrance to a bunker at the kibbutz where we stayed
Entrance to a bunker at the kibbutz where we stayed

Calf on the kibbutz
Calf on the kibbutz

Cattle shed on the kibbutz
Cattle shed on the kibbutz

Did a bit more washing before using the internet for a while.

Kebab meat for dinner with more salad. I'm going to miss all the wonderful salads here when we leave.

Distance covered on the GPS: 49.9km
Steps walked: 13774
Photos on the Canon: 495
Photos on the Sony: 21
Videos: 20

Last night I pretty much passed out at 9:30 and fell asleep before the parents even got back to the room from their walk.

Unfortunately I also woke up at 5am this morning :( Mum woke up at 3am and dad early too.

We all gave up and got up around 6am.

Breakfast was at 7:30. So much yummy food, but I didn't eat *too* much!

Piled into the coach and left the hotel by 8:30.

First stop was Caesarea. This was amazingly cool place, complete with old palace floors, a hippodrome and theatre. We walked into the hippodrome and I had the urge to run around it ala Ben Hur style. Unfortunately we didn't have time to do that. In fact it quickly became a case of ignoring the history talks so I could go get photos. Because it was a case of walk somewhere with the group, stop and listen, then move onto the next location, but keep up! Don't get lost! So the only way I could get any photos was to just keep an eye on the group but really just do my own thing. Most frustrating. And really only scratched the surface of all there was to see there.

Back of the theatre at Caesarea Maritima
Back of the theatre at Caesarea Maritima

Part of the palace at Caesarea Maritima
Part of the palace at Caesarea Maritima

Caesarea hippodrome
Caesarea hippodrome

Caesarea hippodrome
Caesarea hippodrome

Caesarea
Caesarea

Waves crashing against the hippodrome
Waves crashing against the hippodrome

Shells on the beach
Shells on the beach

In the palace area
In the palace area

Remains of the lower palace
Remains of the lower palace

Mosaics
Mosaics

Replica casting of the Pilate Stone
Replica casting of the Pilate Stone

Restored theatre<br>Photo by Dad
Restored theatre
Photo by Dad

Went up the road to see some more excavations. Then went a bit further up to see a way cool aqueduct. But we couldn't get out, so just had to get photos out the bus window as we drove past it :(

Ancient street behind the temple at Caesarea
Ancient street behind the temple at Caesarea

Roman aqueduct<br>Photo by Dad
Roman aqueduct
Photo by Dad

Roman aqueduct
Roman aqueduct

Roman aqueduct
Roman aqueduct

Next stop was Mount Carmel, where Elijah faced off against Ahab's prophets. Awesome view from the top of the mountain of the Jezreel valley.

Jezreel Valley from Mount Carmel
Jezreel Valley from Mount Carmel

Military airport
Military airport

Carmelite Monastery<br>Photo by Dad
Carmelite Monastery
Photo by Dad

Stopped for lunch at a local restaurant on Mount Carmel. Tonnes of good food. I'm amazed by the salads in this country. Heaps of fresh food for salads, it's great!

Lunch time salad buffet
Lunch time salad buffet

Then down to Megido (Armegeddon) to see a man-made hill which was actually thousands of years of settlements built on top of each other. Fascinating place, but again, not enough time to just go explore :(

Tombs at Mishmar HaEmek
Tombs at Mishmar HaEmek

Megido
Megido

Stairs at Megido
Stairs at Megido

City gates
City gates

Some sort of kestral
Some sort of kestral

Excavations at Megido
Excavations at Megido

Megido
Megido

Megido
Megido

Grain silo
Grain silo

Stables
Stables

Megido<br>Photo by Mum
Megido
Photo by Mum

Heading down into the water tunnel
Heading down into the water tunnel

Water tunnel under the city
Water tunnel under the city

Another mountain next up - Mount Tabor. The road up is narrow and windy and too small for coaches, so you have to stop half way up to catch minibuses the rest of the way. We got there at a good time, as several coaches pulled up after us. "The Church of the Revelation" was at the top which was originally a crusades church but now has a modern catholic church there.

Nazareth.  Everywhere in Israel towns are built at the top of hills, not at the bottom (where the water is) like in Australia.  I found it quite odd.
Nazareth. Everywhere in Israel towns are built at the top of hills, not at the bottom (where the water is) like in Australia. I found it quite odd.

Church of the Transfiguration
Church of the Transfiguration

Church of the Transfiguration
Church of the Transfiguration

Church of the Transfiguration
Church of the Transfiguration

Church of the Transfiguration
Church of the Transfiguration

Church of the Transfiguration
Church of the Transfiguration

Photo of Mount Tabor in the minibus
Photo of Mount Tabor in the minibus

View off Mount Tabor
View off Mount Tabor

At this point my GPS was flashing its low battery light, but it hung in there til we arrived at our hotel on the Sea of Galilee. The sea is smaller than I thought it would be. And today it was dead calm.

My room at Ginosar, Galilee
My room at Ginosar, Galilee

Sea of Galilee
Sea of Galilee

Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee
Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee

Another amazing dinner and then I setup in the cafe to use the internet (first internet since Hong Kong. I could have paid $5/30 min or $20/day to use it at the last place but didn't on principle).

View from the dining room towards Tiberias
View from the dining room towards Tiberias

Distance covered on the GPS: 203.4km
Steps walked: 13533
Photos on the Canon: 995
Photos on the Sony: 26
Videos: 28
USD spent: 1

Well the parents turned up a bit before 2am last night. We stayed up a little while. I was worried that I wouldn't get back to sleep. But I did without any problems and had an awesome sleep. Yay for earplugs!! (I have to wear earplugs because my father is a worse morning person than I am, and there was nearly a patricide when we were travelling together in 2004). So I even slept through the alarm I had set on my phone to remind to take my malaria pills.

Morning view from the hotel
Morning view from the hotel

View from the south side of the hotel
View from the south side of the hotel

So wandered down for a late breakfast (they had a pretty awesome buffet).

Some of the breakfast buffet - so much awesome fresh food!
Some of the breakfast buffet - so much awesome fresh food!

After breakfast we went for a wander along the promenade which was a little warm but very pleasant.

Down at the beach
Down at the beach

Hooded Crow
Hooded Crow

Looking towards Old Jaffa
Looking towards Old Jaffa

At 10am we all piled into the tour bus. Twenty nine people in a big coach, which means plenty of free seats which is good.

Me next to our tour coach
Me next to our tour coach
Photo by Mum

Our coach captain (Osama) and tour guide (Ronen)
Our coach captain (Osama) and tour guide (Ronen)

Our first stop was a valley south of Tel Aviv where (supposedly) David slew Goliath. They've based this on a few of the old place names in the area. There was a river bed there with lots of smooth stones. If it was actually the place it was pretty cool. If not it still had a nice cliff and wheat field and a few poppies.

Buildings in Tel Aviv
Buildings in Tel Aviv

Seeing road signs with biblical names was so cool
Seeing road signs with biblical names was so cool

They actually grow prickly pear here!
They actually grow prickly pear here!

I was surprised how green the countryside looked
I was surprised how green the countryside looked

Possible location of the place where David fought Goliath
Possible location of the place where David fought Goliath

Bruce reading the bible
Bruce reading the bible

White Stork.  These guys were everywhere
White Stork. These guys were everywhere

Cliffs near possible location of David and Goliath
Cliffs near possible location of David and Goliath

Stones in the creek bed
Stones in the creek bed

Poppies
Poppies
Photo by Mum

The countryside was very green, which was surprising given how little water the country gets. Apparently 50% of the water used is from desalination (don't know how true that is). And they're very good at water management.

Green countryside, with burning off
Green countryside, with burning off

Then we headed back to Tel Aviv and stopped in Jaffa. It had a bunch of old buildings and a lovely view. We got dropped off and walked down the hill and had lunch in a place which served "traditional Arab" food - which basically to us meant "Turkish" - ie, bread with varieties of dips, and chicken kebabs. Nice food and a really nice lemonade to go with it.

Roundabout and clock tower in Old Jaffa
Roundabout and clock tower in Old Jaffa

Danger of death!
Danger of death!

Buildings in Old Jaffa
Buildings in Old Jaffa

Looking north along the coast from Jaffa
Looking north along the coast from Jaffa

Military helicopter
Military helicopter

Minaret in Old Jaffa
Minaret in Old Jaffa

Minaret in Old Jaffa
Minaret in Old Jaffa

Some of the lunch spread
Some of the lunch spread

But after lunch instead of giving us some time to explore the town some more, they gave us a whole twenty minutes. Was so pissed off about that. Because we really didn't have the time to see *anything*. We went back to the bus at 14:45 and were back at the hotel at 15:10. That was it for the day. And I'm like .. it's ten past three.. would it have killed you to give us another half an hour?? Lame.

Clock tower in Old Jaffa
Clock tower in Old Jaffa

Theatre in Old Jaffa
Theatre in Old Jaffa

So the parents and I headed out again for a little walk around the beach again. But noone wanted to come with me to see if the Star Wars escalator was still there, so went back with mum to go for a swim.

Our hotel in Tel Aviv
Our hotel in Tel Aviv

Had a dip in the Mediterranean Sea, which actually had some small waves. Didn't stay long, but it was really refreshing. Then we went inside to go in the hotel pool. Which was good too, but to be honest I thought it was a little too warm and actually preferred the temperature of the sea!

Sunset over the Mediterranean Sea
Sunset over the Mediterranean Sea

Ship passing in front of the sunset
Ship passing in front of the sunset

Had a bit of time to kill before our scheduled dinner time so downloaded and resized photos.

Dinner was in the buffet again, heaps of good food. But I was good and had just a little meat and plenty of veggies and salad. Best bit though was these little chocolate cups with sour berries - yummm!!

And back to the room to blog.

Distance covered on the GPS: 148.3km
Steps walked: 13823
Photos on the Canon: 557
Photos on the Sony: 52
Videos: 17