Our Trip to the Holy Land: February 16-26!

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  • Our Trip to the Holy Land!

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Map of Israel. We were transported in a large loop around the country, ending in Jerusalem.

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Welcome to Tel Aviv!

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Inside the Airport!

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Our Palestinian bus driver, Maher!  He did a great job and made our journeys very comfortable.

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This is a view of northern Israel, which is very lush, green, and highly cultivated!

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A view from Dave and Janet’s hotel room looking over the Mediterranean Sea!

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Walking along the shoreline just down the street from our hotel!

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Some local Jewish markets in Tel Aviv by night!

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This dining room was typical in all of our hotels.  The food quality and quantity was wonderful!

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Mark and Micaela take a photo of the ancient city of Jaffa on the outskirts of Tel Aviv!

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A Roman amphitheater from our stop at Caesarea- Maritima!

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This was the only written document outside of the Bible referring to Pontius Pilate !

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Here’s Janet at a Roman aqueduct built during the times of King Herod!

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This is our very talented Palestinian guide, Baligh, who spoke five languages:  Hebrew, Arabic, English, Greek, and German!

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Megiddo, also known as Armageddon has 26 “layers” of different civilizations buried under the surface!

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A view of the port city of Haifa in northwest Israel.  It’s the third largest city.

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Also in Haifa is the gardens of the Baha’i religion.

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At the Church of Mary, churches from all over the world donated pictures.  This is one’s Japanese.

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This is the Wedding Church in Cana.  Some couples in our party renewed their wedding vows!

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The Greek and Roman ruins in Banais in northern Israel near the Lebanese border.!

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We held a Eucharist service at the Church of the Beatitudes!

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The Church of the Beatitudes was dedicated to Jesus’ sermon on the mount.!

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Olive oil presses at the Church of the Multiplication where Jesus fed the multitude of five thousand!

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Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee was where Jesus performed a number of his miracles.!

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This is thought to be the synagogue where Jesus studied as a young man.

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Ruins of homes in Capernaum where Peter’s mother-in-law lived!

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Don and Carol enjoying our boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.!

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Traveling south to Yardenit, a baptismal site on the Jordan River, north of Jesus’ actual site.

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A Roman bath house at Bet She’ an, the site of many Roman and Byzantine ruins!

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On the way to Jericho, a sycamore tree that may have been where Zacchaeus climbed to get a better view of Jesus!

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Jericho claims to be the oldest city in the world just celebrating its 10,000th anniversary!

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One of Janet’s favorite parts of the trip!  A camel ride around the parking lot!

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Qumran, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls!

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This is the cave where the largest number of scrolls were found.

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Yes, Dave proves it is possible for anyone to float in the Dead Sea!

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A view of the Dead Sea area from the hotel.  Note the landscape has gone from green in northern Israel to brown!

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Masada: After the first Jewish-Roman war, a site of group suicide by the Jewish army to prevent capture by the Roman.

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The ruins at Masada.  These were some of he warehouses for storage of food and goods.

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The Masada site was reached by cable car.

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At the walls of Bethlehem, which is now a Palestinian governed area of Israel.

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Inside the Church of the Nativity a star marks the site where many think Jesus was born!

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Inside the Church of the Shepherds at the place where they were visited by the Angels!

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A map of Jerusalem showing the four quarters of the Old City: Jewish, Muslim, Armenian, and Christian.

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Inside the city through the Dung Gate, one of seven entrances.

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The Western or Wailing Wall!  Everyone must have head covering.  Men could borrow hats called yamacas.

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Men and women are separated at the Wailing Wall!  This is the women’s side, the smaller of the two.

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To enter the Temple Mount, we had to go through a security checkpoint.!

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The Muslim Dome of the Rock built over the site of Solomon’s Temple.

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Our group also walked the 14 Stations of the Cross.

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The last stop is the beautiful Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

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The opulence of the church was amazing!

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The Garden Tomb was thought by many to be the place where Jesus was buried after his crucifixion!

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The Chapel of the Ascension was built over the spot where Jesus ascended to heaven.

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Inside the courtyard of the Church of the Pater Nostra (Our Father).

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The Jewish Cemetery.  It is a common practice to decorate the graves with stones instead of flowers.

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The Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus and his disciples prayed together!

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It is claimed that some of these olive trees could date back to Jesus time!

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Church of All Nations, the place where Jesus prayed before his final arrest!

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King David’s tomb was thought to be here!

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St. Peter in Gallicantu was the place where Peter denied Jesus three times and then the cock crowed!

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The underground cave of Caiaphas where Jesus was held prisoner!

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We also dined at a Jewish kibbutz.  The food there was awesome!

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The Israel Museum

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Building where the Dead Sea Scrolls are kept.  The spraying water on the roof keeps the building cool.

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A 50-to-1 scale model of Jerusalem as it appeared around 70 AD.

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On many Jewish doors is mounted a “mezusah,” which acts as a guardian.

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A view of some houses from the top of the wall around the Old City.

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St. George’s Episcopal Cathedral in the northern suburbs of Jerusalem 

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St. George’s is an Arabic speaking congregation.  Here is the hymn board!

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Here’s a list of the past and present priests serving at St. George’s.

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We say goodbye to our travel-mates!  One other travel coordinator we had was Jevonka, who was Croatian.



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On our last free day we visited the King David Hotel, where many famous world figures have stayed.



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We also visited the local YMCA and traveled to the top of the bell tower.  This is the beautiful lobby.