Results tagged “Lakes” from Eurasia 2012

Pretty good day today (although still didn't sleep too well - too hot).

After breakfast had a bit of a slow start getting out the door. Had to plan what we were going to do first.

I waited outside the hotel with our bags (we didn't really feel like carrying my broken bag all the way to the car rental place). And then the sweetie arrived and off we went.

Fortunately this trip, not only do they drive on the correct side of the road, but we got an automatic, and the blinkers are on the correct side!! Yayy for Japanese cars :) (London in 2010 had the correct side of the road, but a manual and backwards blinkers).

So pretty much just headed straight out of Sapporo (after getting a coffee for the sweetie at a Scottish Restaurant we passed). Decided to go via quieter roads rather than expressways.

Except Hokkaido has ridiculously low speed limits. Roads that would be 60, 70, 80 in Australia were all 50, or maybe 40. It was impossibly slow, and we were pissing off the locals, who were all passing us any chance they could. After ages doing this we gave up and drove more to conditions (but still slower than the locals!). I suppose their limits are for when the conditions are bad, which is sure to be much of the year, or to reduce the number of wildlife accidents. But this was the middle of a clear sunny day. Whatevs.

So basically just drove slowly to Furano. Stopped at a dam on the way. Because I like dams.

Had more Scottish Restaurant for a late lunch, then went and checked into the hotel. Crazy design to the room. The bathroom has a big glass window next to the bed, with a blind on the outside! Weird as!

We headed straight out again, deciding to drive up into the mountains.

Drove up towards Tokachidake springs.

The "lavendar road" would sure be pretty in a month's time. But for now it was just green.

Saw a few foxes around the place. Nat would have loved them heh :)

At Tokachidake springs got out and walked up a trail a bit (I was a bit worried about getting eaten by a bear). There was still snow around!

Drove around a bit more, ending up at Bogakudai for a nice lookout (although looking straight into the late afternoon sun).

Then down the hill to the "Blue Pond" which is a famous tourist attaction in the area. The parking lot and one-way paths testify to that. But when I got there I was very disappointed. The "pond" appears to have been created by the damming of a creek, flooding the area and killing a bunch of trees. There's no flow through the pond so it's a stagnent pool full of dead trees. Yuk. OK so yes the water is a pretty blue (in the right light, sadly we were there a little too late in the day), so if you look at the right angle you can see live trees and not the stagnent muck, it's not too bad. If you want pretty blue lakes, go to Canada.

Then back to the hotel (and stopped at another dam).

Had dinner at the hotel. I had some wagyu beef which was *awesome* and the freshest, nicest asparagus I've ever had!

And finally we stayed up *very* late doing our washing (last load of the trip though - yayy!!)


Distance covered on the GPS: 205 km
Steps walked: 6936
Photos on the Canon: 278
Photos on the Sony: 15
Photos on the Video: ?
Videos: ?

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