Results tagged “Galilee” from Eurasia 2012

For the first time in days the parents didn't wake me up!! Although did wake up at 4:51 (which sadly I couldn't partake in last night due to the Holocaust Memorial day), but got back to sleep and woke up again at 6am.

Drove north and crossed the Jordan river (looking at the photos you'd think it was a river somewhere in Australia).

Crossing the Jordan River
Crossing the Jordan River

Stopped first at Bethsaida, which is a ruin town on the northern edge of the Sea of Galilee (at least it *used* to be on the edge - it's silted up since biblical times, so the edge is a few kilometres away now).

Bethsaida
Bethsaida

Bethsaida<br>Photo by Mum
Bethsaida
Photo by Mum

This used to be the edge of the Sea of Galilee
This used to be the edge of the Sea of Galilee

Then we headed north, going to the top of Mt Bental, which overlooks Syria. There were some foxholes and bunkers you would walk around so that was pretty cool, and the view was spectacular.

White Storks
White Storks

Mount Bental
Mount Bental

View north from Mount Bental<br>Photo by Dad
View north from Mount Bental
Photo by Dad

Dinosaur sculpture (there were heaps of these)
Dinosaur sculpture (there were heaps of these)

Soldier cutouts
Soldier cutouts

Mount Bental
Mount Bental

View into Syria
View into Syria

Bunkers and foxholes on the top of Mount Bental
Bunkers and foxholes on the top of Mount Bental

Looking north towards Mount Hermon
Looking north towards Mount Hermon

Battlements on Mount Bental<br>Photo by Dad
Battlements on Mount Bental
Photo by Dad

Bunker corridor on Mount Bental
Bunker corridor on Mount Bental

Looking out towards Syria
Looking out towards Syria

Barbed wire on Mount Bental<br>Photo by Mum
Barbed wire on Mount Bental
Photo by Mum

Continued north west over some mountains.

Looking towards Ein Kinya in northern Israel<br>Photo by Dad
Looking towards Ein Kinya in northern Israel
Photo by Dad

Next stop was Caesarea Philippi which had some springs that are some of the starts of the Jordan river, as well as the remnants of a bunch of old temples.

Caesarea Philippi<br>Photo by Dad
Caesarea Philippi
Photo by Dad

Springs at Caesarea Philippi
Springs at Caesarea Philippi

Caesarea Philippi
Caesarea Philippi

Caesarea Philippi
Caesarea Philippi

Caesarea Philippi<br>Photo by Dad
Caesarea Philippi
Photo by Dad

Caesarea Philippi<br>Photo by Dad
Caesarea Philippi
Photo by Dad

Caesarea Philippi
Caesarea Philippi

Caesarea Philippi
Caesarea Philippi

Caesarea Philippi
Caesarea Philippi

Continued on, coming very close to the border with Lebanon and driving past minefields.

Minefield in northern Israel
Minefield in northern Israel

Defence lines in northern Israel
Defence lines in northern Israel

Had lunch in a restaurant near Dafna. Their specialty was trout, which was nice once you could get past all the bones, but too much food, a lot of which got wasted because there was too much for us all to eat. :(

Trout at the restaurant
Trout at the restaurant

Then back to Tel Dan, another ruin city and another Jordan spring (which was a raging torrent of water due to the heavy winter they've had here). The old city wall was pretty cool and there was even the remnants of a chair in the city gate that the king would likely have sat in. A little way around from this was a city gate made out of mudbricks, which is something like 3500 years old!

Dan Stream in Tel Dan Reserve
Dan Stream in Tel Dan Reserve

Pool in Tel Dan Reserve<br>Photo by Dad
Pool in Tel Dan Reserve
Photo by Dad

Tel Dan
Tel Dan

Tel Dan
Tel Dan

Tel Dan
Tel Dan

Lizard at Tel Dan
Lizard at Tel Dan

Dad sitting at the entrance square of Tel Dan
Dad sitting at the entrance square of Tel Dan

Mum at Tel Dan<br>Photo by Dad
Mum at Tel Dan
Photo by Dad

Tel Dan<br>Photo by Mum
Tel Dan
Photo by Mum

Ancient mud brick city gate at Tel Dan
Ancient mud brick city gate at Tel Dan

And then back to the hotel. Went down to the lake to document it because the water was so blue. Then got caught up on news feeds (or at least to the point that if I don't have internet again before I get to London Google won't delete them on me).

Sailing boats on the Sea of Galilee (sorry my head wasn't on straight)
Sailing boats on the Sea of Galilee (sorry my head wasn't on straight)

Tiberias
Tiberias

Distance covered on the GPS: 163.7km
Steps walked: 13080
Photos on the Canon: 444
Photos on the Sony: 15
Videos: 26
NIS Spent: 15

Well my day started at 6am when I had a light suddenly shone in my face. Woke up to see dad walking out the door.

?!?!?

As it turns out he'd accidently knocked the switch with his shoulder on his way out and didn't notice. But still. #grunt

Got up around 6:30.

Snuck in a little internet before breakfast (huge as always).

Drove through Cana but didn't stop there.

Heading south from Ginosar, looking towards Mount Arbel
Heading south from Ginosar, looking towards Mount Arbel (on the left)

Cana
Cana

Our first stop of the day was Zippori, which is a roman town they've been excavating over the past few years. It was a pretty awesome place with some stunning mosaics. Did get frustrated again at the pace. Spent the first half an hour there basically just listening to talks, which don't get me wrong are interesting and all, but I want to *see* stuff as well. They were initially talking about only spending half an hour there and not seeing the theatre and crusade fortress, but fortunately we did get to see all those as well.

Main street in Zippori
Main street in Zippori

Excavations in Zippori
Excavations in Zippori

Mosaics<br>Photo by Dad
Mosaics
Photo by Dad

Mosaics
Mosaics

Mosaics
Mosaics

Mosaics
Mosaics

Mosaics
Mosaics

Mosaics
Mosaics

Zippori
Zippori

Zippori
Zippori

Theatre in Zippori
Theatre in Zippori

Crusades fortress in Zippori
Crusades fortress in Zippori

They recycled stone wherever possible - here's a sarcophagus built into the foundations of the fortress
They recycled stone wherever possible - here's a sarcophagus built into the foundations of the fortress

View of excavations from the fortress
View of excavations from the fortress

Looking towards Nazareth from the fortress
Looking towards Nazareth from the fortress

Mosaic in the fortress
Mosaic in the fortress

Mosaic in the fortress
Mosaic in the fortress

Just down the hill from there was the Zippori water system, which was a reservoir attached to a spring, with some tunnels as well. Walked through the reservoir and then the tunnel which was completely dark (good thing I took my torch) so that was a lot of fun.

Zippori water reservoirs and plumbing
Zippori water reservoirs and plumbing

Inside the Zippori water system
Inside the Zippori water system

Me in the Zippori water system
Me in the Zippori water system
Photo by Mum

Next stop was Nazareth. Drove past Mary's Well, but didn't stop.

Mary's Well
Mary's Well

Had lunch at "Holy Land Restaurant". Again, good but altogether too much food.

Manhole cover
Manhole cover

Inside the Holy Land Restaurant where we had lunch<br>Photo by Dad
Inside the Holy Land Restaurant where we had lunch
Photo by Dad

Then walked to Custodia Di Terra Santa/Basilica of the Annunciation, which is this big modern church built atop of what has traditionally been known as "Mary's House".

Basilica of The Annunciation
Basilica of The Annunciation

Basilica of The Annunciation<br>Photo by Dad
Basilica of The Annunciation
Photo by Dad

Inside the Basilica of The Annunciation<br>Photo by Dad
Inside the Basilica of The Annunciation
Photo by Dad

Basilica of The Annunciation
Basilica of The Annunciation

Basilica of The Annunciation
Basilica of The Annunciation

Roof of the Basilica of The Annunciation
Roof of the Basilica of The Annunciation

Basilica of The Annunciation
Basilica of The Annunciation

Basilica of The Annunciation
Basilica of The Annunciation

Ancient street excavations under the basilica
Ancient street excavations under the basilica

More walking, this time to "The Synagogue Church" which, according to tradition (hmmm), was where Jesus preached in Luke 4. Whether it actually was or not, it was pretty awesome being in the town that Jesus grew up, and seeing the hills around that he was nearly pushed off.

Walking through street markets in Nazareth
Walking through street markets in Nazareth

The Synagogue Church<br>Photo by Dad
The Synagogue Church
Photo by Dad

The last stop of the day was to the top of Mount Arbel which has some pretty cool cliffs and some awesome views of the Sea of Galilee. We'd only just made it to the top when very suddenly a change came through and we were nearly blown off the top! It suddenly made very real the story of the storm on the Sea. We'll be going on the sea tomorrow, hope the weather is better!

View off Mount Arbel
View off Mount Arbel

Cliffs of Mount Arbel
Cliffs of Mount Arbel

Ginosar from Mount Arbel
Ginosar from Mount Arbel

Mum and tree on top of Mount Arbel
Mum and tree on top of Mount Arbel

Coming down Mount Arbel
Coming down Mount Arbel

Passing Sea Level in Tiberias
Passing Sea Level in Tiberias

Sea of Galilee
Sea of Galilee

Washed a few tshirts (it seems I only have five tshirts, I could have sworn I had a few more, that'll learn me to listen to people that told me to take stuff out #grunt) then did computery stuff before dinner. Apparently there was goat as one of the dishes - go figure!

From 6pm tonight til 6pm tomorrow is Holocaust Remembrance Day here.

Distance covered on the GPS: 115.8km
Steps walked: 15173
Photos on the Canon: 505
Photos on the Sony: 55
Videos: 21
USD spent: 1
NIS spent: 23