Our last day. We leave Galilee and head to Tel Aviv. Our flight leaves tomorrow morning and we must leave for the airport at 5:15 though our flight doesn’t depart until 10. :-(. Another downer is that we will be packing our laptops and tablets in our checked baggage. We fly through Istanbul and the new regulation for entering the US is that they cannot be carried on. Pray all our technology is safely delivered to us and not stolen from luggage in transit.
We traveled to Meggido. I didn’t choose to participate in the 90 steps up and the 185 steps down. The city was built and destroyed 25 times over the centuries. The valley will be the place of the last battle. The photos are of the model in the visitor center. Excavations go or went down all 25 levels.
Another example of how rocky this land is.
Views from Mount Carmel where Elijah defeated the prophets of Ba’al. There is an Israeli military airfield where a couple of jets landed. If you look carefully you can see a black dot that is one landing.
I didn’t get a real good photo since there were so many people but there is a directional circle on the platform we stood on. Different locations in Israel were pointed out.
I think these are quite pretty and wanted them in my blog.
Caesarea Maritima. You can tell this is a Roman city because of the statues of people. Not something that would be in a Jewish city.
Herod built the city. This is the theater. It held 3900 people so the city population was around 39,000. The gray marble of the stage is original to the first century. The tan is modern to show the restoration.
Views of the city coast.
Not a very good photo but then it was pretty plain in real life. Below this is a cistern where they found the name Saul and 33 crosses. This was where Paul/Saul was held in the city while awaiting trial and transport to Rome when he applied to be tried by Caesar. We all know how that turned out. They filled the pit in because people were taking bits off the wall as souvenirs.
They found this stone face down in the roadway of the city. It has the name of Tiberius and that of Pontius Pilate on it. That is the only extra Biblical evidence of Pontius Pilot as governor of Judah. He lived in Caesarea Maritima, only going to Jerusalem during the festivals to keep the crowds under control.
The area of Herod’s palace. The rectangle is his swimming pool. Here you are surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and you really need a swimming pool???
A ‘temporary’ wall built by the Romans. It’s built of broken pottery, rocks and mortar.
A permanent wall. Notice the large well hewn sandstone.
Our guide, Ronny Winter, explaining the hippodrome. It was built right on the beach and covered with plaster. After each winter they would have to repair damage caused by the weather so this one was abandoned and another built further from the sea. They sold lots from it and mansions were build along it. The seats were used as shelves in the home.
Nine miles away is Mount Carmel with two springs. Herod built an aqueduct from the springs to supply the city. There was enough water for every family to use over 300 gallons a say. A US family uses an average of 150 gallons a day.
My fingers in the Mediterranean Sea.
We walked around Joppa. The old part of the city is an artist community now. The rest of the city is mainly Muslim.
A hanging orange tree. It’s in a big container and considered art.
Ancient water jars collected by a man. You can tell they are water jars because the neck and opening are large so you can dip the water out. Wine jars have narrow necks to keep the aroma in
An Egyptian arch or gateway. It has the cartouche of Ramses the second who was most likely the pharaoh when Moses led the people out of Egypt. This explains why they went east instead of up the coastline. Egypt controlled the coast.
Aloe vera plants in bloom. Aren’t they pretty?
View of Tel Aviv from Joppa
This was the final place we saw. The trip has been wonderful. My brain is fried and we have to get up at 4:14 AM tomorrow to head to the airport. It will take me a while to process all we saw and learned. I’m hoping to go over the photos and maybe add to the posts. I feel like I just skimmed the surface each evening as I wrote. Each evening we were all very tired. We walked an average of 5.3 miles a day with about 20 flights of stairs.
Now it’s time to sleep so I can be woken up very early.
In His Steps
My church offered the opportunity to travel for 10 days in Israel. I jumped at the chance. So daily I will be posting images and comments. I hope you are blessed with what I share.
This blog is dedicated to BL who went to meet our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We’ve been friends for over 40 years, raised our boys together, and our lives should have had many more years along side each other. God had other plans. We will be together for eternity.
I love you and will miss you terribly.