Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Day Three - Israel's Coast & Ancient Ports

Today we visited the ancient city of Caesarea Ruins. What a spectacular site! It was awe inspiring to actually see, and touch such ancient ruins. We saw the remains of King Herod the Great's city, the Roman amphitheatre, the Hippodrome and the Roman Aqueducts.

Next, we drove to Haifa to the Baha'i Gardens lookout to view all of Haifa.

We then toured the Haifa Maritime Museum of "Af Al Pi Chen". The incredible stories of how the Agudah saved thousands of Jews by disguising their ships to bring them illegally into Israel during the war.

On to Acco, where we walked on top of the old fortified city. It is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. Akko dates back to the time of Pharaoh Thutmose III and was a central city of the Ottoman Empire. We walked on the street below the wall and through the original metal reinforced gates that are thousands of years ago.

We ended the day at Rosh Hanikra and took the cable car down to the grottos on the ocean. Inside the grottos were amazing water caves where the water splashed and crashed against the rocks on Israel's coast. The view was amazing!

Next, on to dinner and overnite at Kibbutz Lavi Hotel in northern Israel. We were so tired, that after a quick dinner in the dining hall, at 7:00 pm, we retired to our room exhausted! 

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