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    • Day 12

      Haifa nach der Zollkontrolle

      May 18, 2022 in Israel ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

      Um 15 Uhr gings los zum Hafen.
      Nachdem alle, wirklich alle Fshrzeuge komplett leergeräumt und der gesamte Inhalt durch ein einziges Röntgengerät geschoben war, sind wir nun dabei das von Günzburg mitgebracht Bier gegen ein lokales zu tauschen.
      Wiedet eine Aufgabe aus dem Roadbook abgeschlossen.
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    • Day 7

      Mayday Beach day

      September 2 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 84 °F

      Slept in till a whopping 2:45am. Fell back asleep at 7:00! Thankfully.
      We then went to brunch and the beach for a few hours. Sooo relaxing.
      For dinner, things start to open up after sundown. So we went to a yum shawarma place. Nothing like real shawarma 🤤
      Now, at 11:45 pm we will head back to the airport to catch a flight to Croatia 🇭🇷
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    • Day 25

      Haifa On Foot

      April 12, 2022 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

      And when I say on foot, I mean this was a 17,787-step day of meandering around Haifa … from the waterfront … to the crest of Mount Carmel … back down to the waterfront … and all the way in between.

      The Carmelit is Haifa’s funicular/underground metro. With only six stops, the system runs between the city’s most important centers. We walked out of the port and headed to the station at Paris Square, in the city’s downtown center … a 15-minute walk in all. After purchasing single-ride tickets from the vending machine, we were on our way up to the last stop … the Gan-Ha’em Station.

      First, a walk along the Louis Promenade, which took us to the top of the Baha’i Gardens, which are sculpted into the mountainside. Along with the Shrine of the Báb (aka the Golden Dome), they are a symbol of the city. I had looked into booking the guided tour that allows visitors access to the entirety of the grounds and the shrine, but the gardens are closed today. So, we had to be satisfied with a glimpse from the promenade that overlooks the property.

      We had no specific plans on where to go or what to do today, so we just wandered and ended up wherever our feet took us … the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art … the Haifa Zoo (it was obvious that the animals were well taken care of from the way the caretakers talked about them, but the facility itself is in need of a facelift).

      More meandering eventually brought us to a small, hole-in-the-wall kind of place — Falafel President — that was doing brisk business. We joined the locals and ordered two falafel sandwiches, which we ate at one of the tables on the sidewalk. Excellent. Then, onto Golda, the gelateria we had spotted earlier for a delicious, creamy Belgian chocolate treat. Excellent.

      Thus fortified, we began the 45-minute trek down to the port.

      Haifa is situated on hilly terrain. The roads, instead of going straight down, follow a zigzag pattern along the mountainside. Pedestrians in the know take the “step routes” which make for short cuts that go through quiet neighborhoods and narrow alleys. Luckily, Google Maps routed us down via these steps because I had not been able to get my hands on a map of the color-coded routes. Along the way, we enjoyed murals and other bits of art.

      Thus, we wrapped up our visit to Israel. Tomorrow we have a sea day before our first port of call in Turkey on the 14th. I know our feet are going to appreciate the chance to rest up.
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    • Day 24

      Haifa: Celebrating My Birthday

      April 11, 2022 in Israel ⋅ 🌙 63 °F

      For years now, as our travels have picked up, I’ve had the pleasure of celebrating my birthday in different countries. This year I’m in Israel on this special day.

      I won’t tell you how “young” I am, but there is a 6 and a 4 involved … you can put the numbers in whatever order you deem appropriate 😄

      I love the Italian specialty restaurant on the ship — Toscana. So that’s where we went tonight. A cake and serenade by the staff were part of the occasion. Thank you all for making my day one to remember.
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    • Day 18


      February 19, 2022 in Israel ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Israel's 3rd largest city and largest port. The city dates back at least 3,000 years. It is built from the Mediterranean Sea with it's port and beaches up the north slope of Mount Carmel: you know, the place where Elijah had a bit of a fiery debate with the priests of Ba'al.
      Arguably the most impressive place in Haifa are the Bah'ai Gardens in the 1st picture. These terraced gardens are the approach to the shrine where the founders of the Bah'ai faith are buried.
      The 2nd picture is of a typical house in the German colony here, located at the foot of the Bah'ai Gardens. The colony was founded in the 1860s by German Protestants. This group was a driving force in the economic development of the region. The 3rd picture looks down the main street to the pier at its foot.
      The last picture is a market street not far from the German colony.
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    • Day 6

      Bahai Gardens - Haifa

      November 18, 2022 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      Die Hängenden Gärten von Haifa sind Gartenterrassen auf dem Berg Karmel und eines der beliebtesten Touristenziele in Israel. Im Jahr 2001 fertiggestellt, besteht dieses UNESCO Weltkulturerbe aus 19 Terrassen und mehr als 1.500 Stufen, die den Berg hinaufsteigen. Auf der Anlage befindet sich das administrative und geistige Weltzentrum der Bahai, einer Religion, die gerade in heutiger Zeit aktueller denn je ist: alle Menschen sind eine Einheit, auch die unterschiedlichen Religionen, und die Erde ein Land. Auf halber Höhe erhebt sich mit seiner goldenen Kuppel der Schrein des Bab (arab. Pforte), in dem der Religionsbegründer begraben ist. Von oben hat man zudem einen fantastischen Blick über Haifa und seinen riesigen Hafen.Read more

    • Day 17

      Haifa - Teil 2

      September 11, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Wir waren an dem Tag die einzige Touristengruppe (mittwochs ist grundsätzlich geschlossen) und hatten daher die Gärten für uns. Die Gärten erstrecken sich über eine Länge von fast 1 km und es sind über 100 Gärtner täglich mit der Pflege beschäftigt.

      Die Gärten waren sehr gepflegt und sahen wunderschön aus. Bei jeder Terrasse haben wir eine kleine Pause im Schatten gemacht und Daniel hat uns etwas über die Gärten und den Bahai Glauben berichtet.

      Nach der Tour haben wir uns gestärkt und mit einem Eis belohnt. Den Tag haben wir dann mit einem Sprung ins Mittelmeer ausklingen lassen.

      Liebe Grüße
      Chris und Stephi
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    • Day 5

      Baha'i Temple Gardens

      August 23 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      At the Baha'i Temple and Gardens in Haifa. Stunning. 18 different levels of gardens. And... we have to wear long trousers, and stay "modest" in numerous sites we visit. Jeans came off straight away afterwards... cause it's HOT!Read more

    • Day 18


      September 13 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 82 °F

      Yesterday was a day of climbing in some caves next to an archaeological site (everything here is like this). Soooo much fun but I hurt my poor little finger. 😬

      Today was spent catching up with some friends. One of such is a special pioneer sister who has been here for decades. She offered to treat us to lunch (one of our fave spots downtown Haifa). We hung out at her apt as she showed us her drum set and I smothered her cat who is on drugs that make it unable to escape so easily hehe 😜

      We wanted to leave but our car was blocked in, that’s typical here to double park. See video for reference. Thankfully they left a number to call and a sign in Hebrew that we were hardly able to read.

      We then went to the BEST felafel place for dinner next to the KH. We chatted with this man who stayed open later for us to enjoy our meal and talk about his life as a falafel maker and balancing it with his social life.

      Then was meeting! Hebrew meeting. I have 2 improve comments that honestly should have had more preparation involved. I got one laugh from behind (I didn’t think what I said was funny). 😬 I hope i didn’t say anything too wrong. Lol

      After meeting we went for ice cream and to meet our old landlord to collect some money! Our security deposit from 2016. We never got it before we left! Now, our trip ends up paying for itself. 🙌

      Tomorrow is more activates. Will keep posted
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    • Day 14

      Sea of Galilee to Haifa

      May 18, 2022 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Heading north from Bethlehem we headed around the Sea of Galilee, we stopped at Capernaum, another historical Biblical site said to be the home of Saint Peter.

      We joined a boat cruise across the Sea of Galilee but we didn't catch any fish and for lunch we visited Tabgha which is said to be the place Jesus feed the 5000 with the 5 loaves and 2 fish. Our lunch of course was pita bread and whole fish (and salad). Wasn't too bad.

      Then onto Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation where Mary was visited by an angel and told she was going to give birth to the Son of God.

      Arriving in Haifa it is quite a contrast to other places we have been in Israel. Haifa is quite cosmopolitan with modern buildings and a large sea port. There are beautiful landscaped Baha'i gardens but we were only able to get a photo from the top as they were closed. Our hotel had fantastic views over the Mediterranean Sea.

      Last day in Israel tomorrow as we head to Tel Aviv
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