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Trip Start Sep 07, 2007
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Trip End Sep 21, 2007


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Kibbutz Sdot Yam

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Even though some folks told us not to go to Acre, we decided to do so anyway, and we weren't disappointed.  The drive along the coast and through Haifa is very scenic, Acre is a very interesting city, and a  UNESCO World Heritage Site

We had a bit of a hard time getting there, mainly going through downtown Haifa, and the signage is not as "tourist friendly" as one might think, but we made it.  We could tell that lots of work has been done, a beautiful riviera had been built to match the old city, and new roads have been paved, but they still need to work on the garbage problem.

Acre has been around since 1500 B.C., has been assaulted and captured by Cleopatra VII, Herod, Alexander the Great, Saladin, Richard the Lionheart (during The Siege of Acre which was the most important event of the Third Crusade) and Napoleon (who gave up on it).

We parked by the lighthouse and walked on the fortifications to the fort, sat down for a cup of coffee and baklawah and continued walking through the Acre marketplace.  After a bit of shopping we went to the citadel (complete with underground passageway leading to a fortress of the Knights Templar from the 13th century), and home.

Afterwards we had dinner with family at Be'er Ya'akov (Jacob's well), an end to a long but fun day.
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