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Middle East » Israel » North District » Nazareth January 20th 2020

Last night we made a little presentation to Bill Dawson from our group...the Brown Bus. In the past we’ve been Aqua, Gray, and Purple, so this tear we’ve referred to ourselves as the pooper scoopers. We gave Bill a poop emoji hat which he wore on the bus this morning. It got a great laugh!! Today we started with a long drive to Caesarea. It was rainy day but warm. Caesarea is a great Seaport built by King Herod. It is important to Christians because Paul spent two years in prison there in Cornelius was the first non-Jew to be baptized Christian. Read acts 10:1-6 to know more. Typically it’s beautiful and sunny at Caesarea but today was rainy and windy, Plus there is a lot of construction going on so it wasn’t conducive to great ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem January 19th 2020

Following breakfast, we boarded the bus, but for some reason there were no wake up calls so several people were late. It was rainy and cold. Our agenda today was to get to the Dome of the Rock. This is the huge gold dome that you see in just about any picture of Jerusalem. The dome is under Muslim control and they can and do close it often, so it is tricky getting to go there. This is my fourth trip to Israel and I have only been there one time until today. Today we were successful!! The Dome of the Rock is considered a most holy site by Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike. It is the third most holy site to Muslims following Mecca and Medina. It is built on Mt. Moriah, the site where ... read more
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Middle East » Israel January 18th 2020

This day started out like all the others, wake up call, breakfast, to the bus. We first went to the Church of all Nations, so called because it was rebuilt with financial contributions from many countries. Each country has its national seal in the ceiling. This church is built over the rock on which Jesus prayed at the Garden Of Gethsemane. Outside, in the garden, are olive trees some of which date back 2-4 thousand years. Today was Sunday so a church service was in progress. Next, we headed to the Mount of Olives which is right across the Kidron Valley. It is where Jesus ascended and has been a Jewish Cemetary (since Biblical times). It is said that Jews buried pay thousands of dollars to be buried there so they will be first in line ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » West Bank » Bethlehem January 17th 2020

Wake up call at 6:30 this morning and bus pullout was at 8:oo am. We were spending the day around the city of Jerusalem so there were no long drive times. Every day our breakfast is buffet style with all sorts of fruits and vegetables, breads, sweet breads, cereal (both hot and cold), eggs and egg dishes, cheeses, and of course coffee, tea and juices. Each group has a section served by the color of their group…ours is brown this year. So we often see the other members of our group. Our bus has 32 people with most of them from the Tyler/Ritchie County area. There are other people from Virginia Beach, North Carolina, and Tennessee. They range in age from 12 to 90 with most being in the 60-70-year-old range. We have a local bus ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem December 2nd 2019

2019 11 Israel 11-13-2019 Jerusalem, Israel Thu do cua Israel la Jerusalem . Voi 9 trieu dan ma 74% la Jewish, 21% laArab, va 5% la nhung sac dan khac. Nuoc Do Thai la nuoc co ton giao phuc tap nhat voi 74% la Judaism, 17% la Hoi ngiao, 2% la Catholist, 5% la nhung ton giao khac. Rong 20,770 km2 nho hon Viet Nam khoang 12 lan. Moi dau nguoi kiem duoc khoang 40,000 do lo /nam. Israel la country nam o Western Asia giap ranh voi Dai tay Duong va Red Sea. Phia Bac giap ranh voi Lebenon, phia Dong Bac voi Syria, phia dong voi Jordan, trong do co Palestines o Gaza va West bank o phia Dong va Tay con giap voi Egypt phia Tay Nam. Dan Israel ngay xua den tu ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv October 30th 2019

Nukuin ensin klo 1 - 4, mutta onneksi sitten vielä klo 7 asti. Kävelin uimarannalle, tavarat lokeroon. Uimaranta oli suljettu ja siellä oli uimakielto. Se johtui kuulemma siitä että hengenpelastajaa ei ollut paikalla ja sai uida sikäli omalla vastuullaan, kuten muutama tekikin. Niin minäkin. Vesi oli sen verran lämmintä, että siellä olisi voinut olla vaikka kuinka pitkään. Mutta minulle yleensäkin riittää aika lyhyt uintikäynti. Paluumatkalla poikkesin asioilla. Olin päättänyt ostaa päivälipun, joka maksoi 21,5 shekeliä ja johon sisältyi matka lentokentälle. Vakikioski oli kiinni. Apteekissa olisi voinut ladata kortille arvoa 30 shekelillä. Onneksi vakikioskin pitäjä tuli paikalle, ja pystyin ostamaan lipun sieltä. Ostin lähi-kosher-kahvilasta 8 shekelillä pullan ja kahvin mukaan. Vuokraisäntäni Shlomi oli tullut Tel Aviviin hoitamaan asioitaan ja hän... read more
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Middle East » Israel October 29th 2019

Masada is a very ancient flat topped mountain on which Herod once had his Palace. Later in about 70AD there was a revolt against the Romans and the last Jewish zealots escaped to the mountain palace and survived up there by rearing doves and keeping livestock and collecting the rain water. The Roman army set siege to the mountain and 1000s of soldiers were camped all around it. Gradually they built a huge earth ramp up the side of the mountain and stormed the weakest part of the wall. However once they got in they found that all the Jews had committed suicide and only one person was left who pleaded to be left alive to tell the story of his people and amazingly he was allowed to do that. We went up the mountain in ... read more
Cable Car up to Masada
Remains of the Roman ramp
Tiz amongst the ruins

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
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Middle East » Israel » West Bank » Kalya October 28th 2019

Vuorossa oli opastettu päivämatka ( https://www.beinharimtours.com/masada-dead-sea-1day-tour/ ) ja meno noutopaikalle klo 7.15. Heräsin jo klo 3, nousin aamupalalle klo 5.30 ja olin noutopaikalla klo 7. Pikkubussi tulikin sinne jo pian. Matkailijat koottiin pikkubusseilla hotelleilta, vietiin lähtöpaikalle, josta heidät jaettiin varsinaisiin päiväbusseihin, jotka menivät eri kohteisiin. Hyvä systeemi. Pikkubussiin tuli istumaan espanjalainen Javier. Hänkin oli menossa samalle päiväretkelle kuin minä, ja istuttiin sitten vierekkäin bussissa. Puhuimme pääosin englantia: hän oli asunut kaksi vuotta Australiassa. Jerusalemia ennen pysähdyttiin tauolle kahvilaan, jonka pihassa oli Elvis-patsas. Jerusalemista ei poimittu ketään kyytiin. Reitti kulki Länsirannan läpi. Pääsimme ongelmitta tarkastuspisteiden ohi. Muuria näkyi paikoin. Jerusalemin jälkeen korkeus puto... read more
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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




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