Blogs from Middle East - page 11


Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul April 20th 2019

下記に日本語ありI was thinking long time about travel to Istanbul. Then finally, I did it. My first time Airbnb. Very nice people, so much hospitality, enjoy communicate to locals, a lot of wonderful experience. And I met YouTubers then I am on it! ずっと行きたかったトルコのイスタンブール旅行!今回は初の民泊 ハウスシェア!トルコ人すご〜く優しくて、しかも おもてなしの心 半端ない。車いすには、優しいバスと地下鉄のシステムがあったり、キツイ歩道や建物など多々あり 色々バリアフリーには 程遠かったり、でも人によってバリアフリー化 。治安も悪くなく、物価安、気候も良くて、人と車は多いけど、この時期観光客のピークじゃないので おススメ!しか... 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 » Center District » Kfar Saba April 8th 2019

What a super experience. Early start and cool air, but eventually things warmed up and being under the flame when a boost was needed really singed the back of the neck. The pilot was doing his first flight as balloon commander, after his fiftieth flight. He was brilliant, took us high and brought low over wheat fields, hot houses and eventually landed where carrots were being harvested. Pilot then produced some goodies including some bubbly. The views were superb, seeing fields, mountains and several fish farms in the Jezreel Valley. By the way the actual location is not exact.... read more

Middle East » Israel » North District » Tiberias April 7th 2019

Wonderful experience to have a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We have a Memorial Meeting (church service), and I was privileged to give the talk that morning. Jesus often spoke around the Sea of Galilee and some of his most well remembered acts took place on its shores. I spoke of how Jesus was come as a light unto the world and we, who are his followers, needed to be bright shine lights and not hiding our lamp stands under a bushel. The amazing, and that word will be used often on this trip, thing was the peace and quiet that we experienced on the sea. We also sang a hymn which must have been heard across the waters as we heard other groups once we reached shore.... read more

Middle East » Israel » North District » Tiberias April 7th 2019

We were taken to Yardenit - an alleged site where Jesus was baptised. However, scripture indicates that he was baptised at Bethany beyond Jordan (Bethabara) and that is much further south and more likely where John the Baptist was in the wilderness. This section of the Jordan River, although popular amone many seems to be the wrong location. There were literally hundreds of people here and several groups were in white robes and being baptised by a minister, priest or parson.... read more
Alleged Baptism Site
Alleged Baptism Site
Alleged Baptism Site

Middle East » Israel » North District » Tiberias April 7th 2019

Visiting the Sea of Galilee was an absolute highlight. The water so calm, the acoustics around the sea compelling. Tucked in a little space is a piece of history well worth seeing. The following is from "". The Sea of Galiliee yielded an unexpected catch in 1986 — the hull of a fishing boat old enough to have been on the water in the time of Jesus and his disciples. The remains of the so-called Jesus Boat were found in the muddy lakebed (the Sea of Galilee is actually a freshwater inland lake) during a time of severe drought. The remains were 8.3 metres (27 feet) long, 2.3 metres (7.5 feet) wide and 1.3 metres (4.3 feet) high. This size would have enabled it to carry up to 15 people. Extracting it safely presented a huge ... read more
Yigal Allon Centre and Museum
Yigal Allon Centre and Museum
Yigal Allon Centre and Museum

Middle East » Israel » North District » Tiberias April 7th 2019

In just about every place you visit in Israel, there is a church, reportedly stating that this is where a certain event took place in the life of Jesus. Whether it is true or not, the commercialisation and "christianisation" (read Catholicism, generally) of sites really spoils what was probably a lovely serene place. This mountain is no exception. While there was a lovely garden and little pews set up where small congregations were singing or worshipping, the views over the Sea of Galilee were quite commanding and seemed to be more interesting than the church and its surrounds. Nevertheless there are a few photos of the church. The current church was built in about 1936-38 near the ruins of a 4th Century Byzantine-era church. Part of its ruins are still visible. It was said that part ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 6th 2019

Leaving Dubai for Amman to start tour of Holy Lands with a group of over twenty others from Australia, New Zealand and USA. The USA chap is an Aussie working there. Also had a chap recently arrived in Australia from China. Some of the group met at Dubai airport after flying from various parts of the world. Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Dallas, NZ, while others were met at the airport in Amman. Then the fun of going through the usual security. Met by tour guide Japhar, who guided us through to the border with Israel, having provided some lovely goodies to eat. Through the border lugging luggage and on to a new bus and new guide to our hotel.... read more

Middle East » Israel » North District » Tiberias April 6th 2019

Stayed in a kibbutz type hotel on the Sea of Galilee. The drive after the border with Jordan was quite a contrast. Clean villages and garden areas were abundant. Being on the Sea of Galilee’s edge was something special to start the tour. The hotel, Ohalo Manor Hotel, lies between the magical landscapes of the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights. The flowers around the hotel were stunning, often getting comments from those on tour.... read more

Middle East » Cyprus » Limassol April 5th 2019

Limassol 4th April Our first visit to Cyprus and the city of Limassol, Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and lies tucked away in the North East corner. The history of Cyprus goes way back with Richard the Lionheart seizing the island on the way to the Holy Land to do battle with Saladin. When he left to continue the Crusade he sold the island to the Knights Templar. Limassol is a city on the southern coast of Cyprus. It’s known for the centuries-old Limassol Castle, home to the Cyprus Medieval Museum and its collection of pottery and tombstones. On the seafront is the Sculpture Park, with sculptures by Cypriot, Greek and international artists. To the northeast is the Limassol Archaeological Museum, exhibiting artifacts from the Neolithic to the Roman periods. As always ... read more

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