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Today was our last of touring.We began with the Ammunition Hill memorial. But first a photo op! ----- DSC 0049 ----- DSC 0053 ----- DSC 0054 ----- DSC 0057 ----- DSC 0061 ----- DSC 0063 ----- DSC 0065 ----- Next stop- Yad Vashem. The Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. ----- DSC 0083 ----- DSC 0086 ----- DSC 0093 ----- DSC 0095 ----- The memorial to The Righteous Among the Nations. ----- DSC 0099 ----- DSC 0104 ----- DSC 0106 ----- Our last stop was Tel Azeka and an overlook of the Ela Valley where David slew Goliath. ----- DSC 0111 ----- DSC 0113 ----- DSC 0115 ----- DSC 0139 ----- And that's our tour. We had a nice farewell dinner at the hotel, said our good-by's and parted the next day with fond memories of our Israel Through Israeli Eyes tour. See you next time. ----- For more information about our next tour please call me at our office 210-226-0421 x147. Ask for RIck.

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Today we left the Galilee and headed for Jerusalem. Our first stop was Tel Megiddo.DSC 0002 ----- Sunrise over the Galilee. ----- DSC 0006 ----- Our co-workers from London, Robert and Rosamund Weissman. ----- DSC 0012 ----- DSC 0016 ----- DSC 0028 ----- DSC 0031 ----- DSC 0037 ----- DSC 0042 ----- DSC 0043 ----- DSC 0049 ----- The view towards Nazareth across the valley. ----- DSC 0063 ----- To the well. ----- DSC 0065 ----- DSC 0068 ----- Our next stop was Mt. Carmel. ----- DSC 0078 ----- DSC 0084 ----- DSC 0088 ----- After lunch we headed for the coastal city of Caesarea. ----- DSC 0090 ----- DSC 0094 ----- DSC 0100 ----- DSC 0103 ----- DSC 0110 ----- DSC 0113 ----- DSC 0117 ----- DSC 0124 ----- DSC 0127 ----- DSC 0134 ----- DSC 0141 ----- DSC 0147 ----- DSC 0149 ----- DSC 0157 ----- Our last stop of the day was Jaffa and a view of Tel Aviv. One photo explains it all. ----- DSC 0171 ----- Tomorrow we'll begin our tour of Jerusalem. Stay tuned...

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Today we toured the Golan Hts. north of the Sea of Galilee.First stop- Tel Hazor. The ruins of an ancient city. ----- DSC 0003 ----- DSC 0005 ----- DSC 0008 ----- DSC 0013 ----- DSC 0014 ----- DSC 0017 ----- DSC 0021 An olive press. More about olives in a bit! ----- DSC 0022 ----- DSC 0029 ----- Next stop- Banias (Caesarea Phillipi). The headwaters of the Jordan River. ----- DSC 0034 ----- DSC 0040 ----- DSC 0042 ----- DSC 0052 ----- DSC 0053 From left- Rosemond and Robert Weissman listen to Pastor Rander Draper. ----- After lunch we tried to visit Mt. Mental but the rain and fog made it essential that we change plans so we visited the olive products factory at Kibbutz En Gev- Olea Essence. ----- DSC 0067 ----- DSC 0071 ----- Tomorrow we'll leave Tiberius and make our way to Jerusalem via the coast and Tel Aviv. Stay tuned...

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Today was officially our last day of touring. We visited sites that were outside of the Old City.----- First stop of the day was at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial. ----- DSC 0001 ----- DSC 0008 ----- DSC 0013 ----- DSC 0040 ----- Unfortunately, Yad Vashem doesn't allow photography inside the museums. ----- Our next stop was a quick lunch near the Ela Valley outside of Jerusalem before we visited the area where David slew Goliath. ----- DSC 0054 ----- DSC 0072 ----- DSC 0078 ----- DSC 0078 ----- DSC 0086 ----- DSC 0100 ----- DSC 0102 ----- DSC 0114 ----- DSC 0116 ----- DSC 0121 ----- DSC 0126 ----- Our final stop today was at Gordon's Garden, know as the Garden Tomb. ----- DSC 0129 ----- DSC 0132 ----- DSC 0137 ----- DSC 0152 ----- DSC 0150 ----- DSC 0161 ----- DSC 0168 ----- DSC 0174 ----- Tomorrow is a free day before our farewell dinner and then we will part ways for our journeys home. It has been a great tour, I hope you enjoyed sharing it with us. Shalom, shalom...

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Today we departed the Galilee area and returned to Jerusalem for our final few days of the tour.----- Our first stop was Mt. Tabor, one of the traditional sites of the Mt. of Transfiguration. ----- DSC 0005 ----- DSC 0006 ----- DSC 0007 ----- DSC 0010 ----- DSC 0011 ----- DSC 0020 ----- DSC 0021 ----- DSC 0022 ----- DSC 0028 ----- DSC 0031 ----- DSC 0036 ----- Our second stop was Tel Megiddo. ----- DSC 0039 -----DSC 0043 ----- DSC 0046 ----- DSC 0052 ----- DSC 0057 ----- DSC 0064 ----- DSC 0066 ----- DSC 0069 ----- DSC 0074 ----- DSC 0084 ----- DSC 0088 ----- DSC 0090 ----- DSC 0091 ----- DSC 0095 ----- DSC 0100 ----- Our third stop of the day was at Mt. Carmel. ----- DSC 0111 ----- DSC 0113 ----- DSC 0119 ----- DSC 0122 ----- DSC 0131 ----- DSC 0138 ----- DSC 0142 ----- After a tasty lunch of falafel and schwarma at a local Druze restaurant, we continued west and south to the ruins at Caesarea. ----- DSC 0153 ----- DSC 0157 ----- DSC 0160 ----- DSC 0161 ----- DSC 0163 ----- DSC 0167 ----- DSC 0173 ----- DSC 0175 ----- DSC 0177 ----- DSC 0176 ----- DSC 0181 ----- DSC 0188 ----- DSC 0191 ----- DSC 0193 ----- DSC 0195 ----- DSC 0198 ----- Our final stop today was a view of Jerusalem for a traditional welcome toast. ----- DSC 0210 ----- DSC 0213 ----- DSC 0216 ----- Tomorrow we'll begin our two-day tour of Jerusalem with a stop at the Mt. of Olives. Stay tuned...

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Today we visited the Galilee area. The first thing on our schedule was a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.----- We walked from the hotel to the pier where we met out boat piloted by our host Daniel- a messianic musician who also operates the boat. ----- DSC 0002 ----- DSC 0023 ----- DSC 0031 ----- DSC 0055 ----- DSC 0057 ----- DSC 0062 ----- DSC 0067 ----- DSC 0072 ----- DSC 0082 ----- DSC 0083 ----- DSC 0092 ----- DSC 0098 ----- DSC 0110 ----- DSC 0114 ----- Our next stop was at kibbutz Nof Ginosaur where we visited the first century boat and did some shopping. ----- DSC 0120 ----- DSC 0128 ----- DSC 0129 ----- DSC 0130 ----- DSC 0132 ----- DSC 0140 ----- DSC 0144 ----- We traveled to the north shore of the lake to visit some of the holy sites there starting with the Mt. of Beatitudes. ----- DSC 0149 ----- DSC 0151 ----- DSC 0153 ----- DSC 0154 ----- DSC 0155 ----- DSC 0158 ----- DSC 0175 ----- DSC 0180 ----- After a nice lunch of St. Peters fish, we returned to the site at Peter's Primacy for a visit and a message from Gideon. ----- DSC 0181 ----- DSC 0185 ----- DSC 0186 ----- DSC 0190 ----- DSC 0196 ----- DSC 0201 ----- DSC 0205 ----- Next stop-Capharnaum. ----- DSC 0206 ----- DSC 0211 ----- DSC 0213 ----- DSC 0218 ----- DSC 0222 ----- DSC 0226 ----- DSC 0228 ----- DSC 0233 ----- DSC 0239 ----- DSC 0269 ----- DSC 0272 ----- DSC 0275 ----- Our last stop of the day was in the far north of Israel, near the northern border with Lebanon. We met some kibbutzim and visited with a couple army units stationed there. We also planted two kiwi trees. ----- DSC 0285 ----- DSC 0287 ----- DSC 0294 ----- DSC 0297 ----- DSC 0306 ----- DSC 0309 ----- DSC 0313 ----- DSC 0318 ----- DSC 0321 ----- DSC 0329 ----- DSC 0330 ----- DSC 0332 ----- DSC 0336 ----- DSC 0338 ----- DSC 0340 ----- DSC 0347 ----- DSC 0350 ----- DSC 0354 ----- DSC 0358 ----- DSC 0366 ----- DSC 0368 ----- DSC 0369 ----- DSC 0370 ----- DSC 0378 ----- DSC 0382 ----- DSC 0399 ----- DSC 0401 ----- We concluded our day with a visit from one of our workers in Israel- Yossi O. IMG 0087 ----- Everyone agreed that this had been a great day. Tomorrow we'll depart the Galilee area for our return to Jerusalem. Stay tuned...

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Today we continued our tour of Jordan with a late start and a visit to Bethany by the Jordan where we had a baptism service.----- DSC 0019 ----- DSC 0022 ----- DSC 0026 ----- DSC 0034 ----- DSC 0044 ----- DSC 0078 ----- DSC 0082 ----- DSC 0104 ----- DSC 0156 ----- After the baptism's we headed north up the east bank of the Jordan to our final stop in Jordan, the border crossing near Tiberius where we met our Israeli guide and driver for a short trip to our hotel on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Tomorrow we tour Galilee and the Golan Hts. Stay tuned...

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Today we visited Petra and Mt. Nebo.------ After a great breakfast at our Marriott hotel, we boarded the bus for a short drive to Petra. ----- DSC 0002 ----- DSC 0004 ----- DSC 0012 ----- DSC 0017 ----- DSC 0018 ----- DSC 0025 ----- DSC 0027 ----- DSC 0032 ----- DSC 0043 ----- DSC 0045 ----- DSC 0050 ----- DSC 0055 ----- DSC 0058 ----- DSC 0062 ----- DSC 0070 ----- DSC 0095 ----- DSC 0090 ----- DSC 0109 DSC 0110HDR Group ----- DSC 0115 ----- After a nice visit to Petra, we stopped for a quick lunch and then made a 3 hour drive through Madaba to Mt. Nebo. ----- DSC 0128 ----- DSC 0130 ----- DSC 0138 ----- DSC 0154 ----- DSC 0160 ----- DSC 0165 ----- DSC 0178 ----- Our last stop today was a local mosaic factory and store. ----- DSC 0186 ----- DSC 0192 ----- DSC 0194 ----- DSC 0196 ----- DSC 0200 ----- DSC 0202 ----- One final note. It recently rained quite a bit in this part of Jordan. It is usually not nearly this green. ----- DSC 0222 ----- The lobby of our hotel. ----- DSC 0230 Tomorrow we will visit Bethany by the Jordan for baptisms and continue north along the east bank of the Jordan for our return crossing back in to Israel. Stay tuned...

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Today we departed Eilat for our three day adventure in Jordan. After a quick passage through Israeli and Jordanian immigration, we met our Jordanian guide Cathy and our bus driver and tourist policeman and headed north through the mountains to Wadi Rum.----- We soon arrived at the Tourist Center at Wadi Rum where we made a quick stop before our jeep excursion for a couple photos. ----- DSC 0015 ----- DSC 0016 ----- DSC 0017 ----- DSC 0019 ----- DSC 0023 ----- DSC 0026 ----- DSC 0030 ----- DSC 0036 ----- DSC 0042 ----- DSC 0051 ----- DSC 0056 ----- DSC 0063 ----- DSC 0065 ----- DSC 0072 ----- DSC 0087 ----- DSC 0091 ----- DSC 0103 ----- Time for a little tea break with our jeep excursion wrangler. ----- DSC 0110 ----- DSC 0112 ----- DSC 0116 ----- DSC 0118 ----- DSC 0125 ----- DSC 0126 ----- DSC 0128 ----- DSC 0137 ----- DSC 0140 ----- Tomorrow we'll experience Petra. An early start, a walk through the siq and then the beauty of this ancient Nabattean City. Should be fun. Stay tuned...

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Today was Sababa in Eilat.----- We started with a quick visit to the Egypt-Israel border crossing at Taba. ----- DSC 0004 ----- We then visited the Underwater Aquarium. The aquarium has a host of exhibits but the main attraction is a building that extends underwater to the coral reefs-some of the finest in the world. ----- DSC 0012 ----- DSC 0020 ----- DSC 0024 ----- DSC 0026 ----- DSC 0036 ----- DSC 0032 ----- DSC 0041 ----- DSC 0043 ----- DSC 0048 ----- After our too brief visit we headed back to Eilat proper to catch the Tarshish- our boat for the afternoon of cruising, swimming and bbq on the Gulf of Aquaba. ----- DSC 0053 ----- DSC 0057 ----- DSC 0059 ----- DSC 0064 ----- DSC 0071 ----- DSC 0072 ----- DSC 0074 ----- DSC 0076 ----- DSC 0084 ----- (Our guide Adrianna with Gideon.) ----- DSC 0090 ----- DSC 0095 ----- DSC 0106 ----- DSC 0111 ----- DSC 0115 ----- DSC 0133 ----- DSC 0149 ----- DSC 0160 ----- Our last stop for the day was at Timna Park- the Tabernacle recreation. ----- DSC 0168 ----- DSC 0176 ----- DSC 0183 ----- DSC 0194 ----- DSC 0200 ----- DSC 0205 ----- DSC 0217 ----- DSC 0225 ----- DSC 0226 ----- Tomorrow we leave Israel for a few days and will visit Wari Rum, Pertra, Mt. Nebo and Bethany by the Jordan. Stay tuned...

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