13MAY Tuesday ~ Nazareth, Cana, Kfar Kedem, Mt of the Beatitudes, Ancient Boat ~
This morning we experience our first Israeli buffet breakfast & it is an experience. It is a feast of cheeses, yogurts, fish, eggs, raw vegetables, fresh fruit, cereals, wonderful breads & unique Israeli dishes. We may find that lunch is not much of a need after an Israeli breakfast! ~ Today we tour the area west of the Sea of Galilee. We begin in Nazareth at the Church of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38) built over the Grotto of the Annunciation, revered as Mary’s girlhood home. Many countries are represented in beautiful portrayals of Mary. They adorn the upper church & courtyard. ~ Not too far away, we visit Cana, where Jesus performed His first recorded miracle at the wedding feast (John 2:1-11), turning water into wine. By tradition, many couples renew their wedding vows in the church. ~ At Kfar Kedem we experience life in the time of Jesus. Here we see, touch, taste & smell 1st century Israel. ~ We end the day at Kibbutz Nof Ginosar. In 1986, a 1st century fishing boat was discovered buried on the shore of the Galilee, a boat like the disciples would have used.