2016 | Israel Day #04 Highlights

We left Northern Israel and headed down to Jerusalem. We had an early morning stop at Yardenit in the Jordan River and we spent over an hour exploring the ruins of Beit She’an. We arrived in Jerusalem in the afternoon and visited Mount of Olives and the Garden Tomb.

Stop #1 Yardenit Baptismal Site 

Yardenit is located in the banks of the Jordan River on the southern tip of the Sea of Galilee. We arrived at the site at around 8am and there were just a handful of people making their way  down to the river banks. The visitor center rents out white robes for those who wished to be baptized in the Jordan River. 

Yardenit entrance | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400
Scriptures on the wall | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400
Yardenit trees | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400

Stop #2 Beit She’an National Park

Beit She’an Nation Park | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400

Beit She’an ruins | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400

Stop #3 Jerusalem

We finally arrived in Jerusalem. Our guide made a quick stop in an area that offers a panoramic view of  Jerusalem. It was so windy and cold that I started to shiver and my fingers felt numb. I leaned on the railings and tried to keep still as I took the photo. 

Jerusalem | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400

Our first stop in Jerusalem is the Mount of Olives. We walked around the Garden of Gethsemane and visited the Church of All Nations.

Olive tree at the Garden of Gethsemane | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400

It was late in the afternoon when we arrived at the Garden Tomb. The place was very crowded. There were lots of people at the entrance and there was a long line of people at the gift shop and exit. We met with our guide and he brought us to the Skull Hill viewing platform. There was a photo displayed on the platform of what the hill looked like 100 years ago. We walked around the garden and waited for our turn to enter the Garden Tomb

Golgotha viewing platform | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400
Garden Tomb entrance | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400

Our home for the next 4 nights is the Prima Hotel. 

The view form the hotel window | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400

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2016 | Israel Day #03 Highlights

It started to drizzle as we were heading out. Another busy day with five sightseeeing stops.

Stop #1: Yigal Alon Museum in Tiberias

One of the museum’s popular attraction is the Galilee Boat, a 2,000 year old ferry and fishing boat. There was a pier behind the museum, and several boats were offering ride around the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kineret). The boat ride lasted for about an hour, and was surprisingly smooth even though it was rainy and windy that day.

Heading to Yigal Alon | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400
Sea of Galilee dock | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400
Sea of Galilee boat ride | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400


Stop #2 Tabgha
Many believed that the miracle of multiplication happened in Tabgha.

Waiting for our turn to enter the church | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400
Tabgha gift shop | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400


Stop #3 Capernaum

 It was raining heavily when we arrived in Capernaum and I left my umbrella at the hotel. The camera just mostly stayed inside my bag and I only took a few snaps.  There was a memorial/church built over the ruins that is believed to be the house of St. Peter. The memorial has a glass floor that allows you take a peak of the ancient house below.

Capernaum ruins | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400

Capernaum synagogue | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400

Stop #4 Caesarea Philippi

Temple of Pan | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400
Caesarea Philippi ruins |Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400
Caesarea Philippi gift shop | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400
 

Stop #5 Golan Heights

Memorial at Golan Heights | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400

Anit-tank obstacles | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400

Golan Heights | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400

2016 | Israel Day #02 Ramot Resort

From Tel Aviv we made our way north, making several stops along the way (Caesarea by the Sea ➡️ Carmel Mountain ➡️ Nazareth). After a full day of travel and sightseeing, We were tired and ready for a hot meal. Our home for the next two nights is the beautiful Ramot Resort. The hotel offers a beautiful view of the Sea of Galilee and Golan Heights. 

Balcony roof | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400
Ramot Resort | Canon 7E/Arista Premium 400
A good spot to watch the sunset over the Sea of Galilee

2016 | Israel Day #02 Highlights

We left Tel Aviv and headed out to Caesarea by the Sea and Nazareth. 

Roman aqueduct | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400
A group of tourists by the ruins of the Roman theater | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400
Roman theater | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400
Caesarea by the Sea | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400
The door at the Church of Annunciation, Nazareth | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400
Church of Annunciation, Nazareth | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400

2016 | Israel Day #01 Cinema Hotel

Cinema Hotel is located right off Dizengoff Square and was once a movie theater. In keeping with the theme of cinema, movie projectors and old movie posters are displayed around the hotel.

Hotel Lobby | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400
Old movie projector | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400
Old movie ad/poster | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400
Old theater seats | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400
Folding camera display | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400
The view from the hotel window | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400

2016 | Israel Day #01 Highlights

LAX-YYZ-TLV

An early start to a busy day. We left for the airport at 4AM and breezed through the security  check at LAX. As we settled on a bench in the waiting area, we were informed that our flight was going to be delayed. An hour passed and we’re still waiting. The call for boarding finally came, and we are close to 3 hours behind schedule. After nearly missing our connection in Toronto, we finally made it to Tel Aviv. 

In-flight reading/notetaking l Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400

My first glimpse of Tel Aviv | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400
A shot taken on the way to the hotel | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400

Street art near Dizengoff Square