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Caesarea Maritime and Galilee

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Where do I begin? It was 26 years ago that we visited Israel for the first time. It still overwhelms me. We spent the first part of the morning going down to see the archaeological digs at Caesarea Maritime. Even though there were so many ancient stones and carvings, there was still ongoing concerts in the amphitheaters, fishing going on along the ancient docks where Herod’s Palace once stood. I will include a few pictures here. When I return to the states, I will add all of my pictures to my FaceTime albums. But for now, suffice it to say that I was awed once again. Herod the great had this port city built to please the Romans. It was a place of Entertainment, such as chariot races and track events. But it also posted political arguments. Even the apostle Paul was brought here for trial before Herod. This was the city that Cornelius the centurion left in. So much Bible history right before our eyes. 8EB63323-7CF1-4679-8A1D-B0422F40842F.jpeg3242B58E-7A58-4DB1-A582-084914DEDA2D.jpegDB12C3E3-2183-47A0-968D-4833E21DEA3A.jpeg2E36E893-53A1-4006-990A-6403454AEB1E.jpeg196BB2D5-6837-4F18-9748-9ADEAB290FA4.jpeg98258F58-EE0A-4BD2-897E-DBA7100EB646.jpegCD9A622A-1D3A-4A37-AB97-FA5920159939.jpeg8F95B004-584E-4B2F-9D47-72E9D810F1C3.jpeg

Our next stop was at the ancient aqueduct that ran through Caesarea.

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Our next stop was at a monastery up on Mount Carmel. It was a beautiful view of the Valley of Megiddo. In the Old Testament this was called the Jezreel Valley. Pastor Brian challenged us with the question, do we believe that God is enough? We are learning quite a lot about the meaning of Israeli words and their significance and both the past and future meanings. 0FC1E849-A7E2-45BD-B90B-2AC7245C215D.jpeg5896F4F1-A9B9-499D-BE5E-16000C0C8517.jpeg

We ate at a small eatery owned and operated by the Druze people. Our lunch choices were schnitzel or Schwarma or falafel. I chose schnitzel in a pita.

Then we stopped at Tel Meggido and learned the story of past battles and future events in that Valley. So many battles fought in this valley and more to come.

Our next stop was at Mount Arabel, where we had an extraordinary view of the sea of Galilee. Pastor John had us draw apart and have a quiet time. Reminded us how Jesus often drew apart to pray.


Then I was very surprised that we actually drove down the mountain and took a sunset boat trip on the sea of Galilee. Look at my Facebook page to see the dance that the boat captain taught us. The name of our boat was the Promised Land. God gave us a beautiful sunset.

Our overnight will be at the Ma’agon -The same place we stayed 26 years ago. Right on the shores of Galilee. We had dinner there, another buffet. I will probably gain 100 pounds!

So I leave you with a good night and a picture of the Rose of Sharon. This flower is in bloom now as we go along the hillside of Galilee.

Posted by brendagerber07 09:43 Archived in Israel

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Brenda be glad your there. We got about 2-3"" of snow last nite. Going down to 5 tonite with some more snow. The pics are beautiful and very interesting. Thanks stay safe.

by Kathy Miller

An amazing first day!

by Andrea Ruth Honeycutt

Looks like an amazing trip so far! Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures. Be safe!


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