Safed, Zippori, Nazareth and Bet She'an
Trip Start Jun 09, 2006
12Trip End Jul 28, 2006
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This weekend (mainly Friday), I had the most fun I have ever had since I have been here! We didn't do a whole lot, but I think I haven't laughed so hard in a long time. On Friday, Julye (my prof) took me, Evan, Matt and James to Safed, Zippori and Nazareth.
Safed was really cool because my grandma had lived in a part of the city for a little bit when she was younger. Grandma- the area was soooo beautiful! I could definitely see you being there. I was trying to get a whiff of the lemon trees, but, unfortunately, I didn't smell any. We walked through the Old City and got some amazing pizza. I am so glad I was able to go there so I could see the place you have been talking about for so long, grandma.
Next, we drove to Zippori
So, once we got to Zippori, we only had a half an hour before it closed to see as much of the site as we could. Zippori is a Tel, like Megiddo, and is famous for its mosaic tile floors. I have never seen so many! They can't even cover them all up to protect them because the whole park would have to be under some kind of covering
For dinner, we drove into Nazareth. We weren't too far from the only major tourist attraction there (a church....I bet you could have guessed), but we couldn't go in anyway because it was too late. Interesting fact: Nazareth is mostly Christian and Arab. Sometimes Arab Christian. We found a good place to eat outside for din din, but James and I weren't hungry, so we got the ice cream. And it was Perfect! Scrumtralessent! By the way, the word "ice cream" does not transliterate well into a different language. I saw it spelled "ice craem," "ice creem" and "ice crem." And "crÍpe" was spelled "crip" in one place. Giggle giggle.
Saturday, we went to Bet She'an and Bet Alpha REALLY early. Well, no, not REALLY early considering we were leaving at 7am and during the week we leave for the Tel at quarter to 5am. Bet She'an could have been one of the most amazing archaeological sites I have seen. It is an amazingly preserved Roman city
Finally, we went to Bet Alpha. Not much here, but the one thing that is is amazing. This site has an almost perfectly preserved mosaic floor with depictions of the Ark of the Covenant, the (almost) sacrifice of Isaac and a Zodiac. The fact that there is a Zodiac is strange because this tile floor is in a synagogue.
So that was my weekend! Only 4 more weeks to go and 3 more weekends. Time flies for sure. Next weekend we are going back down to Jerusalem to see a few things and then to Qumran, the Dead Sea and En Gedi. I'm going to float in the Dead Sea like those sumo wrestlers that were in the Cinci Enquire. Hey Yo! I love and miss you all like an American in Israel loves and misses cheeseburgers and porkchops.
Ciao (that's not Hebrew),