|Baha'i temple and gardens in Haifa|
|We weren't allowed on the steps because|
of the rain...quite beautiful
|The Temple is actually a tomb of the|
founder of Baha'i
|From the top of the Gardens looking down toward |
|A great view out to the Mediterranean Sea|
|The cave of Elijah, with church built around it. Of all|
people Napoleon was here and lost many men to the
|Just because you don't|
often see a Joseph with
child. Here's to all the
|The Bible tells us that Ravens came and brought Elijah|
food....here is one of their descendants!
From there we went on to Mount Carmel where we not only stopped at the church built upon the cave that Elijah the prophet hid in to escape the wrath of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel; but then went to the top of the mountain to the site of his famous ‘contest’ with himself and the prophets of Baal. It was a beautiful trip up Mount Carmel even in the rainy weather. We had lunch at a little ‘falafel’ stand where the owner treated us to some music from an Iranian inspired 11 string guitar.
|a little lunch time music|
|Aqueduct from 1st century AD |
or earlier! Caesarea Maritima
|Orinaal seats and theater from King Herod's Theater|
built around 12 BC it sits 4000 people
|Hippodrome...ready for the Horse Races, again built|
by King Herod in 12 BC... original seats!
by Pontus Pilate
|Kelly amongst the ruins of Caesarea Maritima|
|Old City of Jaffa|
|final dinner together|
|View from the Renaissance hotel room. Yes, those|
are the breakers of the Mediterranean you see!
After a nice rest in the Hotel Renaissance (it’s perfect John and no problems checking in!) we’ll head for the airport, stand in lines, wait in layovers in Istanbul and New York and finally some time Thursday morning find ourselves back in California. I think it will take several days, weeks, maybe even months to digest everything we’ve seen and done.
What I didn’t blog about was the conflict between peoples, politics, land and religion. Suffice it to say there are many Palestinian Christians here who have a very hard time, they are discriminated against on both sides. Often they are the ones that we forget about. There is an ugly wall that encircles Bethlehem and lots of young people carrying weapons. But there were also lots of children, laughing, playing and bouncing about; they just might be the best prospect for peace. We’ll pray that they will be able to accomplish what their fathers and mothers couldn’t….peace in the Holy Land for Palestinian Christian, Arab and Jew.