Traffic and crazy drivers are big time wasters.

Trip Start Apr 01, 2011
Trip End May 27, 2011

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Flag of Israel  , Galilee,
Friday, April 22, 2011

Today we set out to Mount Tabor after the usual breakfast at the Hostel. We made good time to Mt Tabor, it is quite a steep climb up and has many hairpin bends. Firstly we went and looked in the church at the top, but as they were having. After viewing the scenery from the top, and seeing the magnificent view, we did the reading about Deborah and Barak, so the kids could get a bit more of an idea what exactly happened here.  We then decided to go to Nazareth - this was the first mistake we made today - it was absolute bedlam, and as there is very little in the way of rules with driving we learnt lots of new tricks - and still managed to get out of the place unscathed.  As there are three cars, it is sometimes really hard to stay together, especially here where people just push in front of you all the time.  So after much frustration we finally decided that we would just skip trying to find anything in Nazareth, ( Caleb asked the kids if they could imagine Jesus growing up here - I said they would have to have absolutely fantastic imaginations, as it is nothing like then) we thought that Cana was going to be much quieter - mistake number 2 - it was just as crazy. We decided we would at least stop and eat here to give all the harried drivers a bit of a break from the stress.  We found a pizza place close by and bought three pizzas, it was quite a busy place and was soon full of arab girls.  Some of us went for a walk while the pizza was being cooked, and we found a shop that sold baklava - which Caleb loves, so we bought some more of these sweet delicacy.  The pizza was good, and afterwards we bought ice-creams for everyone which were really great.  We then got in the car and made our way back to Tiberius as we were going to do a round trip around the lake.  We got lost a few times, and Alvin was cursing the GPS once again.  We finally got on the road, and we then went to Capernaum, this has some of the ruins still standing, and at a bit of a stretch Peter's house, well they claim it is, but it could be anyone's.  There have been a couple of churches built over it in time, so it's a bit harder to recognise what would have been his house and what is not anyway.  After this we drove up the southern Golan heights, there was some absolutely stunning views, but unfortunately it was an overcast day - and raining on about half of the sea of Galilee.  We drove to a really good lookout spot and on the way saw some of the quails they have here, which are quite large compared to ours.  We took some photos, and about 20 mins down the road, Alvin realised he had left his camera bag behind.  We all turned back to find the bag, someone had already picked it up and had it in their car.  So once again we made our way down the mountain - this time we saw an old bunker from one of the wars.  We decided to investigate this and found that it was still able to be explored.  So we all ended up going down into the bunker - you could not go far from it as it was all still surrounded by barb wire - and supposedly mines.  Down the mountain again, we came across the Jordan river again - it was an unusual green colour down this end, must have had some sort of mineral in it.  We then went back to Tiberius, we organised tea for the kids, and then Alvin, Cindy, Caleb and I went out for tea.  We chose a restaurant next to the lake, Caleb had been wanting to have fish - so he had grilled fish, Alvin had a steak (which they served cold) Cindy and I had a mix grill which was several different sorts of meat on skewers.  We had a leisurely dinner, and Alvin feed a local stray cat (there are hundreds of them here !!) the remains of the fish, and also the coffee he was given which was apparently not very nice.  Afterwards we sat by the fountain outside the hostel discussing the next days arrangements.  
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