A day at the Seaside
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Uzi & Charlotte's Guesthouse
The first day got off to a relaxed and lethargic start.As the group breakfasted, they discussed times gone by, before they had all gone their seperate ways. Spread across three continents and five towns and cities of the world.
This was a family reunion, but, most IMPORTANT,there were sites to see!!
A visit to Mount Carmel, Muhraqa, was first. The drive there took us through some interesting countryside and we passed villages very different to anything I had seen before.
On top of mount Carmel, is a Carmelite monastery with a statue of Elijah. The views down into the Jezreel valley are magnificent with plantations clearly evident.
There are two Druze villages in the area. The Druze community are a specific religous sect.
This site seeing is very thirsty work and we soon needed a well deserved lunch break.
Our meal, which was prepared and served by an elderly Druze trader beside the road, was called Laffa filled with Labane (cheese) and Za'atar. We had a free plate of olives and wonderful speedy service!
There was still more to see that day,so back on the road again, we passed countryside where caves had been made in the mountains. We were heading for the sea of Galilee, and passed through the town of Tiberius where the ancient ruins of the old city wall still stood. Across the waters of the sea of Galilee you can see the Golan Heights.
Next our tour guide,took us to a Kibbutz, Ginosar, where a 2000 year old wooden boat removed from the sea, is on show. This is known as the Galilee Boat or Jesus boat, www.jesusboat.com/boat because of it's style and age. It has been preserved after the excavation from the sea bed..
This was a fantastic find back in1985-1986, two brothers found it,mainly because there had been a drought lowering water level drastically. What amazing luck! This is well worth a look.
The rest of the day is history. Is'nt it strange, tho, how the road home always seems longer? It was a great day out and what better way to celebrate family time than, with a home cooked meal from our hostess and a glass of wine! Le Chaim!