Results tagged “Caesarea” from Eurasia 2012

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