Israel Day Trip #1
Trip Start Dec 01, 2011
206Trip End Jan 20, 2013
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It was a four stop day today that stopped by Caesaria, Haifa, Acre and Rosh Hanrika. We originally wanted to do a day trip to Haifa, but I am glad we decided to do a tour because we saw several world heritage sites and it is very hard to do this by bus. Many of the sites were not near a bus stop and the tour took us directly to the site, so this turned out to be a great day. So here is the summary.
Caesarea was our first stop on the long day. It is about 45 minutes from Tel Aviv. It is a fortress on the water that is a combination of a Roman colony and crusader fortress. They had the typical ruins here like a theater (still used today), hippodrome (for horse racing), residences, pools, guesthouses, storage rooms and many other places to make this a thriving spot
This was an interesting stop here. I wanted to go to see Mt Carmel, which is my first city (of many) that is in the bible that I will visit on my Israel trip. Mt Carmel was just a small mountain that really had nothing historical about it. The interesting thing about it was the Baha’i Gardens. This is actually based after a religion was Islamic, but didn’t want to be that serious, so they broke off and had a mix of Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. I never heard of this in my 29 years of living. This garden is a world heritage site and to enter it, you have to have a guided tour and be pre booked by someone who is Baha’i. You can not enter this garden with someone who is not Baha’i. The garden is the world’s longest hillside garden in the world. It ends with the golden domed Baha’I shrine at the bottom. There are 19 lookouts in this garden, but without a tour, you can only see one lookout. This garden cost $25,000,000 to build and was donated by Baha’I from all over the world. It is quite funny though because not many Baha’I live in Israel and if you want to see this famous religious site that you have to apply to get in to see Haifa and this can take up to six years.
Acre was an ancient historical city that had a fortress on the water
Rosh Hanrika has famous grottos here
At the end of the day, I have to say that Israel has some of the best transportation and roads in the world. It is a very small country, but the driving was very smooth today. It is a very upmarket country that is very developed and ahead of the rest of the Middle East and most of the world, which is strange considering it is one of the oldest countries in the world.