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Middle East » Israel » North District » Acre April 26th 2018

Started today at 8am, first destination being Akko (Acre), site of a Crusader castle occupied by the Knights of St John (Knights Hospitaller). Much of this castle is still intact and houses a museum about the Crusaders. We had a good amount of time looking through the castle and then stopped for a coffee break. Before we went through a tunnel which connected originally to the castle of the Knights Templar. Mahdi had said in the bus earlier that he understood how all the middle eastern food like shawarma, falafel and hummus was exotic and different when you first arrive but after 2-3 weeks you’ve had enough and he promised to take us somewhere for lunch that didn’t have falafel and he kept his word and took us to a café in a shopping centre where ... read more
Akko Crusader Castle
Akko Crusader Castle
Akko Crusader Castle

Middle East » Israel » North District » Acre October 15th 2017

Hello from Isreal, Yesterday we traveled to the west to the Mediterranean. There is an old Crusader city there that is very traditional. Maybe too traditional for us. Very crowded as it was a Jewish holiday. here are some images. Lowell... read more
The port of Akko

Middle East » Israel » North District » Acre July 19th 2015

today we left Haifa but first we visited the Bahi gardens the Bahi faith came out of islam but they believe in peace and order they sound similar to budism but with an islam base if that makes sense anyway their gardens are perfect see the pics we looked over haifa from a vantage point and were told stories about boats with imigrants coming in here when the hagana blew up the british radar (by the way I got it a bit wrong the other day the Palmach were the top soldiers of the haganah not a separate group the other group was irgun.) then we drove up the coast to the border with lebanon where Rosh-ha-nikra is also located, this as a cavern made by erosion of the sea which we went down a cable ... read more

Middle East » Israel » North District » Acre July 3rd 2012

After the bus in Caesarea we headed to Akko, or in western culture called "Acre". We had a nice lunch of Shawarma in the city of Akko, we headed to the castle that was once built there. Led by Shimon (again!), he gave us a little history about the area, and took us on a tour of the castle. It was an ancient castle that was restored and after a tour of the castle, we had a chance to go see what we went for, the underground escape tunnels. While many of us taller folk had to bend and struggle to get in, Shimon comments on how people used to be short back then, and Erin chips in "why couldn't I be born then, I'd be ****ing tall then!", which incited much laughter to the humor ... read more
Hospitalian hallway
Notice the arch in the buildings
The fort/castle at Acre

Middle East » Israel » North District » Acre November 14th 2009

We awoke early from a very resting sleep, and headed out for breakfast, consisting of large amounts of scrambled eggs, potatoes, pastries, orange juice, and coffee. Once finished, we drove along the coast of Israel, taking in the gorgeous Mediterranean sights and talking with our guide about various political issues facing Israel today. Our first stop was Caesarea, an ancient Roman town built by King Herod about 2,000 years ago, at the time Jesus Christ lived. We learned that Herod was not of the Royal Family, but wanted to be in power, so he went to Rome. There, he talked the Roman elite into placing him as King of Palestine. When he got back to his homeland, however, the native people, the Jews, did not accept him because he wasn’t of the Royal Family. His solution? ... read more

Middle East » Israel » North District » Acre October 28th 2009

After running around Jerusalem and various other parts of Israel for a few days, it was time for me to get down to the main reason for my trip: visiting my friend Jess. Jess, like me, is taking a year off from the real world and is volunteering at Yemin Orde. A youth village outside of Haifa, Yemin Orde is home (or at least a temporary or part-time home) to about five hundred kids, mostly high school age. While there are some orphans, most have families. Some families have recently immigrated to Israel, while others are back in the kid's home country. Yemin Orde provides the kids with a place to live, a school, and a strong Jewish community while their families are going through a difficult time or trying to start a new life in ... read more
market in Akko
Ein Hod artists' village
Ein Hod artists' village

Middle East » Israel » North District » Acre May 20th 2007

Today we got the car!!! Yos drove us to Netanya around noon and we picked up the car that Ilan had arranged for us. It's a brand new 2007 Nissan Micra, great small car. Once we were on the road, we headed up to the Galil to drive through Nazareth. This was mostly for Josh, but Noah and I had never been there either. Just before arriving in Nazareth we took a wrong turn and ended up in a small Arab village called Iqsal. It didn't take us long to figure out that we were in the wrong place. After a few strange looks, we headed back out to the main road and quickly found our way to Nazareth. Unfortunately, it was Sunday, and almost everything that we wanted to see was closed, but it was ... read more

Middle East » Israel » North District » Acre May 19th 2007

Today was a slightly boring day for me - I have been to both of these places previously, but neither Josh nor Noah had been, so we visited them. We still had trouble getting the car so Ori took us and his kids on a day trip. I was still sick at this point so no time was really wasted. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AVIVA!!!... read more

Middle East » Israel » North District » Acre May 4th 2007

Said Humous in Akko, a place to never forget Guy en Morit had decided not to come with us to the south to Petra, so we decided to stay a day or two more to spent their weekend together on Friday and Saturday. Instead we went to the north, to the old town of Akko. Quite some history in this town, It's been in hands of Alexander the Great, the Egyptian Ptolemites, the Syrian Seleucids, the Arabs, the Crusaders, the Mamluks, and Al-Jazzar, who's decrees shaped the Old Akko as it exist today. These days the Old Akko is left in the Arab hands by the Jews. It's a beautyfull little town at the Mediterranean Sea, still surrounded by city walls. After a few hours drive from Tel Aviv, the first thing Guy took us ... read more
THE Sayid Hummus!!!
The next ManU pro

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