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Tel Aviv to Nazareth

Travel by private bus to Nazareth

sunny 21 °C

And so it begins ...
We got up early today, as our busy touring schedule started first thing! The weather was sunny and warm.
The meals at this hotel have been great ... both buffet style, last night and this morning ... with more variety than I’ve ever seen!
After breakfast, we left early, 7:30 am, on our bus for Nazareth. It’s a very comfortable bus, and with only 18 of us we could each have our own double seat if we chose to. In addition to our group leader, Gordon Matties, we have a tour guide, Dahoud, who is very knowledgeable about the area and each historical site we are going to see.

On our way up to Nazareth today, we visited Caesarea Maritima, a major administrative centre for the Romans during the New Testament period, the place from which Pontius Pilate governed the region. King Herod the Great, dedicated the city to Caesar Augustus, and constructed a deep water seaport, a famous aqueduct to supply the community with water, (much of which is still intact), and a quite spectacular amphitheatre for Roman games. It was here that Peter encountered Cornelius, a Roman Centurion. We stopped at each of these places, walking to the next one on foot, and learned about their significance, not only in the Roman world, but also their connection to biblical and current times as well. As one would expect, many pictures were taken.

We got back on our bus, it was getting very hot by this time, and headed to Akko (Acre, the Capital of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem), now a UNESCO Heritage Site, and looked in the museum. It had wonderful imaginative displays, and Dahoud would also add some commentary. It was all very interesting. We had lunch in Akko. After that we looked around some more, went through a Templar Tunnel - you had to bend down quite low for a few steps - and returned to our bus where we drove to Nazareth to spend the night at The Legacy Nazareth Hotel. We will be there for three nights and will take our day trips from there. As we drove up in our bus on the busy narrow street, we could see the entrance at the end of a long, store-lined corridor. It is beautiful! The rooms are big enough for two, and Helen and I are continuing to get to know each other. We have had some fairly in depth conversations on many topics, and seem to be on the “same page” about most or all of them! She can really tell a funny story! It really is nice to feel so at ease with someone so quickly! Did I mention that she happens to be an Anglican Priest?

Posted by Laura Walking 13:56 Archived in Israel

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