Holy Land Pilgrimage -- Day One

After one night in Tel Aviv overlooking the Mediterranean from our hotel, we began our tour by driving north from along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to archaeological site of Caesarea Maritina, a huge port city built by Herod the Great. We walked in the ruins of Herod's shoreline palace and saw the area where Paul was imprisoned before traveling to Rome to appear before Caesar. Jeff gave an introductory talk from within the Roman theatre. Then we drove further up the coast to Mount Carmel for mass. We also visited Megiddo, the ancient chariot city of King Solomon that overlooks the valley of Armageddon. We did not see the end of the world, however! Everything is just fine! We traveled to the Sea of Galilee to our Kibbutz where we will stay for the next few nights. The weather is in the 60's.

Our group from Haiti in the Roman Theatre at Caesarea

The whole group in Caesarea Maritima

Mark and Sarah Christmyer at Caesarea Maritima

Listening to the guides in Caesarea Maritima

Lunch of falafel for Sarah Cristmyer and the Hourigans