Touring with Zvi, last day, Golan Heights, Acre & Haifa.

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Friday, March 9 is our last day of touring with Zvi.  Jim is up early and takes a very short run/walk along the Sea of Galilee in Tiberias.  The haze has cleared and the views across the sea to the Golan Heights are beautiful.

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Sea of Galilee at sunrise with the Golan Heights in the distance.
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The Tiberias waterfront.

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Scots Hotel by night.
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And during the daylight.

After breakfast and hotel checkout we head out to The Church of the Primacy of Peter or Tabgha.  This location on the north-western side of the sea of Galilee is where Christian Tradition places the Sermon on the Mount, the multiplication of loaves and fishes and the third apparition of the Risen Lord where he commissioned Peter to “Feed my lambs”. We viewed the church, wandered the grounds and dipped our feet in the Sea of Galilee.

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They walked in the water, not on it.

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Church of the Primacy of Peter built of black basalt on the shores of Galilee.

IMG_6454.jpgOn our way to our next destination in the Golan Heights we made a spontaneous stop at the bridge over the Jordan river, the source for the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea.  We walked to the middle of the bridge for some pictures and more conversation.

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The Jordan River.

We proceeded up a beautiful steep drive to Susita National park which is an archeological site, dated back to between 3rd century BC and 7th century AD.
We thought that we were just taking a nature hike on the Golan Heights when Zvi told us that he had a surprise for us before we arrived at this ancient Roman city with its paved main road and many toppled columns from an earthquake in 749.

 

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A nature hike in the Golan Heights
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with beautiful views of the valley and the Sea of Galilee.
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Is this the surprise that Zvi mentioned?
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No, it is this beautiful long paved road leading to a marvelous archeological site.
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Toppled columns everywhere.
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Children at play.

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Veni, Vidi, Vici.

After our hike we headed for Acre or Akko, in Arabic, which is a city that has been shaped by the Romans, Ottomans, Crusaders, Mamelukes, Byzantines, and British.  Its location on the only naturally protected harbor on the coast of Israel helped it become one of the oldest cities in the world, continuously inhabited for about 4,000 years.  The old city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been extensively excavated and preserved.  It was another example of different civilizations just building one on top of another.  We saw amazingly preserved and renovated rooms, especially the Knights Halls.

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Crusader fortress.
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Knights hall with massive pillars.
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This has been used as a prison in the past.

As in Megiddo we exited via a tunnel which connected the fortress with the port area.  We walked along the beautiful old port with numerous fish restaurants sitting on the waters edge with beautiful views.

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Old city of Akko walls.

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On the way home to Tel Aviv we stopped very briefly to view the spectacular Bahá’í gardens which we had toured previously on our day trip to Haifa.  We bid Zvi farewell for the last time at our apartment on Ben Yehuda street in Tel Aviv.  If anyone is looking for a knowledgeable tour guide of Israel we would be happy to recommend Zvi Levran.  We did provide a link to his bio on our first day of touring with him.

6 Replies to “Touring with Zvi, last day, Golan Heights, Acre & Haifa.”

  1. Happy Easter to you both!! to say we enjoy your journals is an understatement. i have learned so much and the pictures make it all so real. what a gift your blogs have been to the armchair travelers like us!! miss you!
    Sheila and Jim

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    1. We are so happy that you enjoy them. They are a great exercise for us as we collaborate on writing and research plus we get to relive the experience as some times we are writing them weeks after the experience. We will be in Melrose again April 13-25.

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  2. So glad to be back on the road with you guys again. Have missed you. When are you coming home? We are heading to Uganda for three weeks on 10th April. Back on May 2nd. Will we see you? No words can even begin to express the beauty of the pictures. They are spectacular!!!love you, KK xoxox

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