Tour Day One, Jan 10

Caesarea, Mount Carmel, Megiddo, Sea of Galilee ~ This morning we experienced our first Israeli buffet breakfast. 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! We drove north from Tel Aviv along the coastal plain of the Mediterranean Sea. We began our tour of Israel in Caesarea Maritima where Cornelius, the centurion, was baptized as the first Gentile convert (Acts 10).  It is also where Paul was imprisoned before traveling to Rome to appear before Caesar (Acts 23-26.) In Caesarea, Jeff gave a teaching in the Theater.  Each group, divided by motor coaches, toured the archeological site with their Israeli guide. Next we drove up the coast to Mount Carmel. The Carmelite monastery is built on the traditional site where the prophet Elijah slew the false prophets of Ba’al (1 Kings 18.)  Then we traveled on to the region of the Galilee for Mass was at the newly opened site of Magdala, home of Mary Magdalene, on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.