Blogs from Haifa District, Israel, Middle East


Middle East » Israel » Haifa District March 12th 2022

The pandemic has interrupted many, many things, and in my life, one has been a planned trip to Israel, the Holy Land. Finally, it is happening. This trip is with our church in Brentwood, TN, Brentwood United Methodist, led by the senior pastor, Davis Chappell and includes 50 other members and friends. Although the timing was delayed years, making this pilgrimage during the 40 days leading up to Easter could not have been better timing. Sophie and I left Pensacola Tuesday morning and after connections in Atlanta and JFK, we arrived in Tel Aviv Wednesday evening, and were then bused two hours north to our hotel in Tiberias, on the banks Sea of Galilee. Getting to bed finally at 11:00 pm, in spite of travel preparation and melatonin, jet lag set in and we were awake ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Haifa District » Haifa October 29th 2019

Heräsin jo klo 5.30. Join aamukahvin eri paikassa kuin aiemmin, siellä sai suhteellisen edullisesti täytetyn sämpylän. Vaki-kosher-leipomosta ostin pullan kämpille. Löysin Israelin rautateiden sivuilta 40 shekelin päivälipun, johon sisältyi menopaluu junamatka Haifaan ja paikallisliikenne siellä ja Tel Avivissa. Sain ladattua sen lipun Rav-kav-kortilleni lähikioskissa. Kerkesin juuri klo 9.47 lähtevään junaan, ja aika pian pääsin vaihtamaan ikkunapaikalle. Tel Avivin pohjoisosassa satoi vettä, mutta loppupäivä menikin sitten poutaisissa merkeissä. Asemalta matkustin yhden pysäkinvälin pikabussilla. Hetken kesti löytää 'metron' pääteasema. Täkäläinen metro on oikeastaan rinteen sisään rakennettu köysirata: 12 minuutissa se ajoi kuuden pysäkin matkan ylös. Kävin päätepysäkin lähellä kahvilla. Tarjoilijapoika osasi suomea: 'Kuollutmeri', 'kuiva ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Haifa District October 27th 2019

As we had had a very late flight to Athens we only had time to crawl into bed in the early hours of the morning at the lovely friendly Hotel Port Piraeus. At least check out wasn't until midday so we were able to have a lie in before getting a taxi to the Port and boarding Silver Spirit our home from home over the next 15 days. Sail away later to music and singing and a lovely dinner in the Indochine restaurant. It took a days sailing to cross to the Eastern Mediterranean so we had a day at sea during which we attended a lecture on Jesus in the Holy Land, sunbathed on the top deck and most important of all got our Trivia Team together- 2 Australians, 2 other Brits and one Bermudan, ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Haifa District » Haifa April 9th 2019

we left haifa, israel yesterday evening and today we are cruising the mediterranean sea on our way to cadiz, spain. i am writing this blog from my cabin and the sea is quite choppy so hopefully i will get through it before feeling the effects of the white caps. we will be 4 days at sea now arriving in cadiz on the 13th. thank you to my arcadia friend vera from vancouver! i knew i could rely on her expertise to know what type of birds they were in my last blog. they are called northern gannets. a very stream lined bird that use their power to plunge dive for fish. i did see a few diving into the sea. after leaving muscat, oman we were 5 days at sea before reaching port suez, the start ... read more
oil rig in red sea
entering suez canal

Middle East » Israel » Haifa District December 30th 2018

E' difficile viaggiare per Israele e Palestina senza imbattersi in qualche luogo che non sia venerato da una delle tre grandi religioni monoteiste: qui una citta' santa, la' una montagna sacra, poi i resti di un antico tempio o la vecchia abitazione di un famoso profeta; oserei dire che tutto qui, a parte Tel Aviv, abbia qualcosa a che fare con la religione. Colto da un improvviso attacco di ateismo militante mi dirigo speranzoso verso Nord, ad Haifa, citta' portuale piuttosto moderna e dalla profonda anima operaia (situata comunque alle pendici del sacro Monte Carmelo ed in prossimita' della grotta del biblico profeta Elia...) alla ricerca di una boccata di aria fresca e di qualcosa di diverso in grado di risvegliarmi l'attenzione ormai consumata dall' immane mole di storia calpestata dai miei piedi in questi ultimi ... read more
Haifa: i giardini baha'i
Akko: le mura sul mare
Galilea: la terra di Cristo

Middle East » Israel » Haifa District »  Caesaria April 27th 2018

Last day of the tour and we start off at 8am for the short walk to the Church of Annunciation which has mosaics contributed by many countries around the world including Australia which has it’s contribution inside the church. The church is built over a Byzantine era then crusader era church which in turn houses the remains of what is believed to be the house of the Virgin Mary and the location of the Annunciation by angel Gabriel that she would give birth to the son of God. Then walked down to our waiting bus (another van had taken our luggage down) and we headed off to Haifa on the Mediterranean coast to look at the Bahai Gardens that go up Mount Carmel and then a drive to the top where we had a great view ... read more
Church of The Annunciation
Church of The Annunciation
Church of The Annunciation

Middle East » Israel » Haifa District April 16th 2018

Yesterday was a day full of adventures! Sunday is the first workday of the week for Israelis, so streets were full and there was traffic, but mostly heading in the other direction. Driving north to Akko in our still beeping bus took about an hour, but it was absolutely worth it. The Crusaders came here, knowing this city as Acre. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Akko has two parts, above and below ground. The Old City of Akko is a well preserved Crusader city, still being unearthed and brought back to life; it is directly under the bustling city above. We walked through narrow tunnels, bending over quite a bit in parts, but never having to crawl on hands and knees, to secretly pass from one side of the city to the other, linking the invincible ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Haifa District » Haifa October 30th 2017

On this morning’s itinerary is Caesarea, Herod’s port. The whole ancient town is now a National Park. In some places, such as the amphitheatre, the arichitecture is incredibly well preserved. In others, bits of statue and remnants of marble columns are sprawled around like a huge Roman jigsaw puzzle. Today’s ultimate desination is Haifa, a port city at the foot of Mount Carmel. Our hotel has overbooked and passed our reservation to the Templers Boutique Hotel. Their error is our gain as the hotel is immaculate, beautifully renovated and includes some very quirky toilets. The main attraction in Haifa is The Baha’i Gardens; 19 immaculate terraced gardens cascading down the mountain side. Our hotel is just metres from the bottom of the gardens. We try to enter, but are told the entrance is one level further ... read more
Caesarea (2)
Templers Boutique

Middle East » Israel » Haifa District » Haifa October 9th 2017

Hello blog readers, We woke up to rain but it let up so that we could go to a few places in Haifa. We went to the Stella Maris Monastery where Elijah's cave is under the alter in the church. I's on top of Mt Carmel. Also we saw the Baha'I Gardens. Had lunch in the German Colony. Survived the traffic to get back to where we are staying. Tomorrow we leave for Lake Galilee for 6 days. We will visit a Druz village on the way and go to Megiddo to see where Armageddon will happen. Be glad to leave Haifa as driving here is very stressful. Half of all Israeli cars have dents or scratches Here are some images from today thanks for looking Lowell .... read more
Baha'I Gardens

Middle East » Israel » Haifa District September 27th 2017

after breakfast this morning we went out to the gardens of yad hashmona and sat in the open synagogue while pete explained to us the significance of kirjath jeerum mainly that the ark came here after beth-shemesh the people of beth-shemesh had recieved the ark with joy and gladness when the philistines sent it there on a cart but they looked inside the ark and thousands died so they sent to the men of kirjath-jerum to come and get it where it stayed for about 20 years until David took it to jerusalem. we left this area and headed out to our next destination Tiberius on Gallilee and on the way we stopped at beth shemesh and saw the valley where the ark was sent from the philistines in gath then heading towards Gath we passed ... read more

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