Our first full day in Israel was in Netanya on the Mediterranean Sea. We were so exhausted that our “short nap” ended up not leaving us enough time, or daylight, to explore. So this ensued our “being late” reputation for the trip….
We were told there was a beach that had rocks with holes. So clearly we had to go there and get some right?!? The next morning we got up early and made plans to walk to the beach and come back in time to leave. Nothing is ever as easy as it sounds though. We could see the Sea from our hotel, but the lady at the front desk said it was a “5 minute” walk to the beach. However someone else on our tour said it was about a half to three-quarter mile walk. It was NOT a “5 minute” walk, more like 15 minutes.
These cool rocks naturally have holes in them. I’m still not sure why, but I need to find out. In ancient times they were used as weights on nets for fishing.
We did eventually find the beach, which was awesome, but made it harder for us to leave in time to get back to the bus on time. Technically we made it back to the bus before we actually had to leave, but definitely later than we were supposed to be. We were literally speed walking/ running to try and get back in time.
After we were congratulated for not being left somewhere in Israel on our first day there, we went to Caesarea, the Roman port city where Peter met with Cornelius after his vision of the sheet of unclean things descending from heaven, and gave his sermon the the Gentiles (Acts 10:24-28)
This is our tour guide Aharon, he is awesome!
The water was naturally this amazing blue color!
The left photo is the inside architecture of the city gate in Caesarea. The city gates were important for the protection of the city and was where legal events an contracts were made and performed. The design of city gates varied throughout the country, but all were engineered to provide security for the city.
These aqueducts are over 2,000 years old and they are still standing!!
This is Tel Meggido that overlooks the Jezebel Valley. We learned that a “tel” is a mount that has cities layered on top of each other. So whenever a tel was conquered, the conquering peoples leveled the city and literally built their city on top of it. Tel Meggido has 35 cities layered on top of each other. This is also referred to as Armageddon – “Har-Megiddo,” Hill of Meggido.
We walked down into a cistern in Tel Meggido. This used to be filled with water and was used as a back up supply of water in case of an invasion.
I love this photo of an olive tree. An interesting thing we learned about olive trees is that you can uproot them leave them out of the ground for long periods of time, replant them and they will continue to grow. Also, as an olive tree ages, it becomes hollow on the inside.
The almond tree is also an interesting tree in Israel. This tree is the first to bloom but it is the last to bear fruit.
I made friends with this Donkey in Bethlehem, he was intrigued by my camera.
In the replicated town of Bethlehem that we visited, there was a rebuild synagog. I did not know that a synagog was not only used for worship, but also for teaching/school and community gatherings.
Another view of the Jezebel Valley, so gorgeous!