Friday, July 02, 2004


The photos below are from the first half of the trip, in the Mediterranean coastal area and the Sea of Galilee region. Still to come: from the Dead Sea/Judean Wilderness and...(drum roll, please)...Jerusalem.

Remember, the site is arranged with the most recent photos at the top, so if you want to see them in chronological order, scroll to the bottom and work your way up.

If you are curious about any of the sites that we visited, you can research them in the itinerary section of my blog, or just do a general Google search.

Feedback is welcome - post a comment and let me know what you think.


Elvis and Priscilla asleep at the wheel. Posted by Hello

Gotcha! Posted by Hello

Anyone speak Latin? There are still some original mosaic patterns in the floors, such as this one. Posted by Hello

Update: As you can read on the comments, some person that's smarter than me noted that this writing is ancient Greek, not Latin. So what's it say, smarty-pants??

The main street of Beit She'an, called the Cardo. Those pillars aren't there for decoration - they supported a giant awning. Imagine this city! These incredible structures covered with imported marble, beautiful lush gardens everywhere. It was all brought down by a 10.0 earthquake, not sure what year. Posted by Hello

This is the "bathroom" at Beit She'an. The person would sit comfortably between those stone seats and handle their business. (Let's just say you wouldn't want to shake a person's left hand back in those days.) The advanced sewage system would carry the waste out of the city.  Posted by Hello

Our girls standing on the stage of the theater at Beit She'an. The acoustics are so good we could easily hear them from the last row of the theater seating as they performed their favorite Broadway hits. Of course, our girls are known for their, uhhh, vocal ability. Posted by Hello

The former Roman city of Beit She'an. This is one of the largest and most impressive archaeological sites in Israel and probably the whole world. It was a tremendous city in it's heyday - complete with all of the amenities and technologies of its day. The place is incredible. Here we are sitting in the theater looking down on the stage. Posted by Hello

This is the ancient city of Tiberias which was visible from our kibbutz hotel on the Sea of Galilee. It looked really beautiful at night - I couldn't really capture it on film, but I like the way the photo turned out anyway. Posted by Hello

Sun setting over the western side of the Sea of Galilee. Posted by Hello

One evening we took a 2 hour evening boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. It was beautiful - superb weather, great fellowship, and a perfectly serene experience. I mean, you're on the Sea of Galilee. Posted by Hello

Ha! As I once famously said to some friends of mine, don't sleep while I creep. Posted by Hello

I realize I have my sunglasses on in like every picture but the sun was intense out there people. Behind me here is the Valley of Jezreel - I'm standing on a hill known as Har Megiddo. Sound familiar? This is where the word Armageddon comes from. According to biblical prophecies, in this valley below is where the final battle between good and evil is to take place. And you thought it was just a sucky Ben Affleck movie.

I wonder what real estate prices are like here. Posted by Hello

Thursday, July 01, 2004

At an old synagogue in Safed, this is a Torah scroll that's said to be over 500 years old - it was brought over from Spain when the Jews were expelled in the 1490's. Posted by Hello

This was one of my favorite sites - a town called Safed. It is the highest town in Israel and is a beautiful place - winding cobblestone roads and a very artistic community. It has kind of a mystical quality - in addition to being the world center of Kabbalah, many people come here to study Judaism. This is also the city Jesus was referring to when he talked about a city on a hill (Matthew 5:14.) We were only here about two hours, but I would love to come back and spend a couple of days. Posted by Hello

Goat farm in Tzippori. This was a friendly little guy. Stinky, but friendly. Posted by Hello

We had lunch at a goat dairy farm in Tzippori. It's owned by some Americans who have lived here for 10 or 12 years. You can see they have plenty of goats. We had a good meal of home made cheese, fruits, cakes and Israeli wines. This is my buddy Jesse, aka Yishai. We decided to use our Hebrew names while we were there. He's Yishai, I'm Shet. Don't laugh, it's really Shet. (I should have named my blog Shet Happens In Israel.) Posted by Hello

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Photo of Israeli tanks taken from the bus. Cool. If you haven't noticed, I get pretty excited about all things Israel Military.  Posted by Hello

Me pretending to shoot at something from the Golan Heights. They have all of this military equipment left over for the tourists to play with(of course it doesn't work.) Underneath there is a cool bunker system that you can explore - there are lookout points and a bunch of old cots and left-overs from when it was actually a military fort. Oh, at the Golan there's also a coffee shop. Since the area near there is called Annan, people affectionately call the coffee shop Kofi Annan, after the beloved and ever even-handed Secretary General of the UN. Posted by Hello

At the top of the Golan Heights, one of my favorite sites. It has been the strategic point for many military battles with Syria, and continues to be a key possession to this day to Israel, as Steve the Tour Guide is explaining to us. You can read about the history of it elsewhere. In this shot you are actually looking into Syria - see where the green ends and the brown starts? Uh huh. When you turn around and look the other way into Israel, you realize just how small (and vulnerable) the country is - you can basically see to the other side. Israel is only 9 miles wide at its widest point (if memory serves me.) If a country like Syria were to take the Golan Heights militarily, it would be an easy push across the valley to the Meditarranean. Go I.D.F.! Posted by Hello

Melissa passed out on the bus with Micha smiling approvingly. It became a game on the bus to capture people at their most, uuuh, sleepy moments. More to come. Oh yes, and very good ones. Posted by Hello

Christiana looking pensively out the window. Posted by Hello

Caesarea. Here you're looking at part of the Hippodrome, a big track where they would have chariot races and gladiator fights and what not. In this section of the seating is where Herod and the officials would sit and give their thumbs-up/thumbs-down. The holes in the wall is where they would stick their little pagan idols. This is probably the exact site where Herod's death took place, described in Acts 12:20-23. Cool. Posted by Hello

Semi-panoramic of Caesarea Posted by Hello

More at Caesarea. Here I am standing in what was Herod's palace - here we are looking at his swimming pool, which he supplied with fresh water via a piped sytem from outside the city. I'm telling you these people were advanced. His palace was sick!!! If you can find a picture re-creation of it, I suggest you do so. Posted by Hello

This is Caesarea Maritima, an ancient Roman city on the coast near Jaffa and Tel Aviv. In this view you are standing in the cemetary looking at the remains of the theatre. This is where we really got introduced to the Roman city of 2,000 years ago - we saw more examples at places like Beit She'an. The culture and civilization these people lived were unbelievable for those times.  Posted by Hello