Hula Valley Nature Reserve

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March 27, 2017 We arrived at the Hula Valley Nature Reserve, at which some of the Hula Valley’s wetlands have been preserved.  The Reserve was established in 1964 to protect what remained of the local wetland animals, many of which … Continue reading

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Golan Heights

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March 27, 2017 We drove from Tiberias around the Sea of Galilee (see map) on Highway 90 toward the Golan Heights. Below are some of the eateries offering candy, hamburgers, coffee, ice cream “Artics,” Coca Cola, beer, etc. along the … Continue reading

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Beit She’arim – ancient burial place from the time of King Herod

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March 26, 2017 After lunch, we drove to Bet She’arim National Park (which means “House of Gates) to see the Cave of the Coffins – the most ancient large Jewish cemetery in the world, founded during the reign of King … Continue reading

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Baha’i Gardens

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March 26, 2017 After Caesarea, we were back on the bus and on our way to Mt. Carmel and a view of the Baha’i Gardens, then lunch at a town called Daliat El Carmel, the southernmost Druze village. Views from … Continue reading

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Caesarea

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Sunday, March 26, 2017 Our day began before the sun was much awake.  Today we were leaving Tel Aviv and traveling to our next stop at the Sea of Galilee. On the way, stops included Caesarea, Mt. Carmel and the … Continue reading

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Shabbat

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Shabbat, March 25, 2017  We appreciated being able to rise late this day in our lovely room at the Dan Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv. Below are some views from our window.     We spent the day strolling on … Continue reading

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Independence Hall – Tel Aviv

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  March 24, 2017 -afternoon After our visit to Ayalon, we drove to Tel Aviv and went to Independence Hall, the place of the signing of Israel’s Declaration of Independence in 1948.  Originally, it had been the home of Meir … Continue reading

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Ayalon – the underground bullet factory and the 30-year secret.

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March 24, 2017.   Our group left the hotel at 8:30 am (so much for a Senior Tour including a relaxed schedule) … and drove to Rehovot to visit Machon Ayalon (Ayalon Institute), an underground ammunitions factory from the time before … Continue reading

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Arrival in Israel

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March 22-23, 2017 Here we are in Newark Airport, amid piles of snow.  We’re on our way to Israel, on El Al, the Israeli airline.     We amused ourselves watching the scenery below (mostly clouds and water) and checking … Continue reading

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Acquiring Phrogie

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February 9, 2017 …. We had just finished our morning appointment with our tax guy, and on the way home, we suddenly said “Let’s ask the phone if there is a Jeep dealer nearby.”  We had been talking about getting … Continue reading

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