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Nemal H̱efa

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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 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 6

      Day 6, Haifa, Israel

      December 16, 2019 in Israel ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

      Hello all and welcome to Israel 🇮🇱. Somewhere I never thought I would come to be honest but here we are. It was a very early start this morning with the alarm being set for 5.45am. I didn’t sleep well at all for the past 2 nights which is most unusual but I was fast asleep when the alarm went off. We were up and out of our cabin for 6.10 and had breakfast in the buffet. We were down, out, cleared by immigration and on the bus by 7am bound for our first stop, Jerusalem. It was a 3 hour drive and the traffic was just as bad as the Uk. The weather gladly has improved, beautiful sunshine and 22 degrees by 9am.

      Our first guide was called Asaf and our bus driver was called Moses (Here we go !!). Asaf was extremely knowledgable about all of the history of the country and was very proud. We’re quite ignorant really, we didn’t know that the British started them off with their first oil refinery and played a massive part in getting the country up and running. We drove past the wall that was put up by the Palestinians and he was quite diplomatic about the explanation of that. By 9.30am, Sharon was tucking in to her cheese sandwich that she made last night. As we approached Jerusalem we were showed what looked like a skyscraper. It turned out to be a cemetery. So many people want to be buried here and burying people is big business. People will pay up to 100k to be buried here.

      First stop Mount of Olives which gave magnificent views of Jerusalem. There were lots of interesting facts so I’m told but I wasn’t listening so should you wish to know any of them just ask Sharon !! From there we went past the Jordan Desert en route to The Garden of Gethsemane. We went in this church, very busy, lots of people praying and stuff, before a short bus ride to the gate of Jerusalem where we began our 2 hour walk through the city. Interesting name for the gate, “Dung Gate”. We got to the Western Wall also known as the whaling wall. Yeah people balling their eyes out an putting notes in the cracks of the wall. Our 2 hour walk took us through old world Jerusalem, very architectural and a good insight in to day to day life. We stopped at various points of the cross?? and stopped at a church where “It all happened” before walking back to the bus. I didn’t see an Apple or a G-Star shop once. Come to think of it no McDonalds either !! Our guide did get my attention once, I thought he said we were exiting the city and we got Jaffa Cakes 🧁, turns out we were leaving through Jaffa Gate, Doh 🙄

      So on we went for lunch at a hotel in Bethlehem. Actually quite nice food and a look around a holy gift shop before being driven to the church of the nativity. We were able to go in to the grotto which isn’t guaranteed on any tour so I’m told that was a bonus. Everyone though it was wonderful so I guess it must have been. I didn’t really realise that Bethlehem is in Palestine and that people can’t travel freely between Palestine and Jerusalem. The one thing that struck me was that how close to Christmas it is and it wasn’t decorated up at all anywhere we have been today. There was one big tree outside the church in Bethlehem, other than that there was very little.

      Anyway, we were on our way out of there about 4.30 this afternoon. Sharon had a fab time and loved it, for me Jerusalem as a city was an interesting walk around and I enjoyed that bit, I wasn’t impressed by Bethlehem at all not all the churches.

      We were back on the ship at 7pm and we’re quite tired as we’d done a lot of walking. We went to the buffet for tea rather than the restaurant and had a fantastic mixed grill. Lamb, spork and beef for me with chips & gravy but Sharon went more healthy and did the rice. I finished off with 4 custard doughnuts !! (They were small to be fair).

      It’s 8.35pm and we’re sat at the back of the ship with a drink and a cake, it won’t be a late evening for us tonight I don’t think.
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    • Day 7

      Day 7, Haifa, Israel (Overnight)

      December 17, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      So we were reasonably early to bed last night as yesterday was a very long and tiring day. We were up and about around 8.30am and had a leisurely start to the day. Important job of the day was to wish Ryan a Happy Birthday 👍.

      The weather today was tremendous, actually nice and warm with lots of sunshine. We had nothing planned today apart from a wander around Haifa. We left the ship around 10.30 after a hearty breakfast and found our way to the German Quarter as advised by the tour guide from yesterday. It was very nice, with a little shopping centre and some nice bars and restaurants. We stopped off at a nice local bar for a light refreshment, Sharon had an Arabic Coffee, weird contraption it was served in.

      Then we had a walk around the town. We started off at The Baha’i Gardens which was the resting place of the prophet Herald. Lovely place especially as it was sunny and warm. We then made our way through the streets to Wadi Nis Nas to a cultural food market before making our way back to the ship around 2.30pm.

      The town is very hilly as it is on the side of the Carmel Mountain. What they call a mountain we’d call a hill and what they call a lake we’d call a puddle but this was quite a big hill.

      Once back on board we went for lunch before taking to the back of the ship for a while to make the most of the sun and a little bit if heat, most welcomed. As it’s our penultimate day we ( or should I say Sharon) has to pack so we popped back to the room and packed up.

      We made the most if the last night, a couple of pints in the lounge, did the quiz, dinner in the restaurant, another beer, off to the show, more drink and finally the Christmas disco with the cruise staff.

      So, next step Limassol in the morning.
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    • Day 24

      Welcome to Haifa, Israel

      April 11, 2022 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

      What a nice change from yesterday in Ashdod!

      Though Insignia missed her 6:00a arrival at the Port of Haifa, we were maneuvering into our berth behind NCL Jade by 7:00a. Within the next ½-hour, We were cleared to go ashore. No waiting around today … even if we did have to show our passports at three different checkpoints as we made our way out of the port area on foot.

      On our previous overnight visit to Haifa, we explored farther afield … Jerusalem & Bethlehem one day … and Acre (Akko) another day. This time, we are staying close.

      Today’s story will be coming up in the next footprint as we have to pick up our rental car to get to our destination.
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    • Day 14

      Haifa and Ashdod Israel

      May 11, 2022 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

      Still in isolation. There was nothing pretty or redeeming about these ugly commercial ports and nothing to see, even from our balcony, as we can’t leave our room. But we are very glad we are not missing too much as we had our great 2019 trip that included both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv/Jaffa. Very sorry to miss the Baha’i Gardens in Haifa. Maybe next time!
      Staff are being very nice to us in lock-down but room service is getting really boring. Lisa tested positive for COVID on the 13th and so they moved her to a separate room down the hall from John.
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    • Day 24

      German Colony and Downtown

      October 26, 2022 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Caught a bus from the top of the mountain to downtown, getting off near the top of Sderot Ben Gurion, which is a street they call The German Colony. Historically it had been settled by a German Protestant sect in 1868. They supported the Nazis in WW2 so the British deported them. The ironic footnote to this is that in 1965 the Israeli government compensated these German Nazis for the property they lost due to a British eviction.
      As this community was prosperous, the buildings are quite nice and today the street is lined with very nice shops an restaurants.
      Moving down to the Dock area then east you come to a lively area around Paris Square.
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    • Day 5

      Haifa

      July 12, 2023 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      I took the train from HaHagana station to Haifa in the morning, where George picked me up with his car to go back to his family's apartment. We had breakfast together at his balcony and watched memes together before heading out so that he could show me his city. We drove up to a viewpoint on top of the mountain that gave us a beautiful sight of the sea and the city. Then we went to look at the temple and the centre of the city, ironically called the "German part" which does not even closely resemble anything in Germany. Afterwards we went to the beach where I unfortunately lost my moon meteorite ring and drank some beers together. Then we went to a café where I got some cold ginger, honey and turmeric drink and we discussed how he might best get the number of the waitress there that he has a crush on. Unfortunately, we also saw a starving kitten there. I've seen way too many unfed and uncared for animals both here and in Jordan and it kind of breaks my heart. We drove back to his place, on the way to which I learned a lot more Arabic swearing thanks to Geroge's road rage, to eat dinner with his family. This was finally the first time since I went to the Middle East that I ate European food since his mum made ravioli. George then gave me some stuff to help with the countless wounds I had gathered on the soles of my feet by now. Afterwards, we played music together. Well, he played some, I just tried to. He drove me to the station to catch my train back to Tel Aviv on which I almost fell asleep. Back at the hostel, I sat down in the garden with some beer before calling it a night.Read more

    • Abholen der Autos in Haifa

      May 18, 2022 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Es ist ein Drama, was der israelische Zoll mit uns anstellt: alle Autos mussten vollständig entladen werden, alles Sachen durch die Röntgenmaschine und dann wieder alles rein in die Fahrzeuge.

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