How do you sleep on a transatlantic flight?
Bonnie and I used our inflatable head pillows to sleep on the seat in front of us.
Sleep deprevation makes you do some crazy things.
Our first night in Israel. This is the Dan Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv. We had a fabulous view of the Mediterranean.
Casearea - All of these photos of Casearea are at Herod's Palace
Casearea- Public Toilet (back in the day...only 2,000 years ago)
Roman Aqueduct in Caseara
Rach & Priska @ the Roman Acqueduct
View from Mt. Carmel
Monk @ Mt. Carmel - The location we were at was one of two possible locations of Mt. Carmel. More specifically if you remember the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal...it likely took place here.
Israeli Soldiers at Mt. Carmel (they arrived as we left. It is part of some "Historical Training" they received...so it was kind of like a field trip. Also, there are girls that are part of the army too. Every young person who graduates from High School (both guys and girls) are required to be part of the Israeli army for two years.
This is a tomb that was excavated not long ago and it gives you a good idea of what Jesus' tomb would have looked like with the stone that would have been rolled in front of it to seal the entrance.
Ancient City of Meggido. One of the cities that Solomon built.
Rach & Meghan @ Meggido
I think this is a date tree.
This is an alter in Meggido. It may or may not have been an alter to Baal. Think about what God had commanded the people of Israel to do...to destroy all the alters and high places. This is what the alters would have looked like.
Valley of Armaggedon
Valley of Armagedon
Ancient water tunnel in Meggido
There's a lizard there. :) He was huge too.
On some kind of cliff.
View from my hotel balcony in Tiberias on the Sea of Galiee....which is a giant lake. It's about 40 miles long and 8 miles wide.
Sea of Galiee (Tiberias)
Who puts a dog on a boat?
Our boat ride on the Sea of Galiee. By the way, one of the most shameful moments on this trip was when we were on this boat and out of nowhere they start playing The Star-Spangled Banner, and we saw an American Flag flapping right next to the Israeli flag. Whatever....I hid my head in shame...and other people...well...were patriotic. We are in Israel people!!!
I forgot the name of this place...it's where we docked from our boat ride.
Mount of Beatitudes. Imagine that hillside filled with hundreds of people listening to Jesus deliver is Sermon on the Mount.
Mount of Beatitudes...I imagine those trees as people.
The Mount has this beautiful monestary kind of thing.
Mount of Beatitudes
Mount of Beatitudes.
This is likely to be Peter's mother-in-law's home where the men lowered the paralytic through the ceiling to be healed by Jesus.
1 of only 3 synagogues that have been found in Israel. Jesus was here a lot.
Millstone. Who wants to tie that around their neck and be thrown in the sea?
Part of an olive press.
More of Israel's amazing natural and adorable creatures.
Ruins (all of which is still in Capernaum). After seeing this what's left of this ancient city...I couldn't get over how small this place was.
A thing that grinds other things.
Another part of an olive press
The Jordan River
St. Peter's Fish- it was a fish restaurant. It was good fish.
I still play with my food....and there was a little puppet show I did with my fish too.
Golan Heights (Gadarenes) - Remember the herd of swine that Jesus cast the demons into?
View of the Sea of Galiee from Golan Heights
Golan Heights - Galiee (pretend your looking at a panoramic photo)
Golan Heights- Galiee
Baptismal Site at the Jordan
City of David
Site believed to be where Peter denied Jesus (near the location of Caiaphas' home)
Yes, this church put a rooster on top of the church.
Inside a Catholic church built ontop of a dungeon that probably held Jesus when He was arrested.
Read the caption about the dungeon
Inside the dungeon
Steps leading up to Caiaphas' house (He was the high priest)
Same steps. These would be the steps that Jesus walked to Caiaphas' home when He was taken captive.
This is a random gate in Jerusalem, but notice the bullet holes from 1948.
The Upper Room (but has actually been rebuilt)
Heather & Rach...out side the possible site of The Upper Room.
I love the streets and archatecture
Via Dela Rosa -- Homo Eche (This is Man)- Where Pilate presented Jesus to the Crowds.
Beware of tractors
Remains of the original city walls...dated to King Hezekiah's time. Notice the next couple pictures where the caption signs show ho high the city walls would have been. Also, much of the walls are still buried. That's only a portion that has been unearthed.
City Wall Caption
The T-Shirts are pretty hilarious.
Pools of Siloam - This is where the angel would come and stir the waters, and lepers would be healed.
Jerusalem - View of the Temple Mount
Ancient Bath - You would enter to the left "unclean" and come out on the right "clean."
Soldiers would walk up an down those tiny steps....how could you not fall off?
Old from from Anaheim! Velvet, Tina, and Rach.
Pastor Jerry Dirmann & and Rach
Pastor Jerry and Rach again.
Wailing Wall - Notice the little wall in the middle. The wailing wall is actually segregated by men and women...they each have their own side.
New excavation taking place right outside the wailing wall.
Pool of Siloam
Pool of Siloam.
Pool of Siloam. Nasty water.
Steps down into one of the pools.
Remains of a chapel that was built by the Crusaders
Remains of the Crusaders
Pool of Siloam - Probably my most favorite picture. This place was so peaceful...and a nice little Oasis from the hussle and bussle of the city.
Along the Via dela Rosa -
Ancient Cistern built by Herod
Cave in the Cistern
Footware photoshoot ... but actually the stone and a portion of a road (or walkway) was where Jesus was likely to have been flogged. It is still the original stone from the time of Jesus.
Limestone and area where Jesus was flogged. We were standing on stone that Jesus stood on.
One of the best mullets that I have seen in a long time.
Hilary trying to keep cool.
Turkish Coffee. Soooooooooooooooooooooooooo gooooood!
More and More Fabric
Soooo freakin gross. They just sliver it off and serve it. Oh gosh looking at that giant piece of meat makes me sick!
A pyramid of some kind of seasoning. Way cool.
Inside the city
Outside the Garden Tomb. It was 115 degrees that day, and we sat out side the Garden for 1/2 and hour waiting for them to open. There was no shade...just a man trying to sell us crap.
Outside the Garden Tomb. I now understand why the Israelites complained in the dessert and why they thought Moses had led them out into the wilderness to die. I too thought the same thing...but I said "Todd! Have you led us out here to die?!"
Horticulture of the Garden tomb
Do what the sign says.
This is what is likely to be Golgotha (they gave a very detailed explianation as to why they believed that that hill is the site of Golgotha as wel as the location of the Garden Tomb.
Picture of the Golgotha from ealy 1900's. The previous picture is the hill now. Looking at this photo you can see why it's called "The Place of the Skull."
Garden Tomb gathering area
Rach & Patrice
More shake face
And again...shake face
Shirley Hashimoto taking pics of each other
This restaurant was amazing!
The guitar looks like it has a face.
Lounge area of the restaurant
Western Area of Jerusalem
Wailing Wall - Every Thursday the boys have their Bar-Mitzfah's there.
Men's side of the wailing wall
Stephen's Gate - Possible location of where Stephen was stoned
Another beautiful walkway
Guys from our group chillin.'
Via Dela Rosa
Via dela Rosa
The Empty Tomb!
Gondolla up to Massada
Cistern at Massada
Bath at Massada
Massada - If you don't know the story, I encourage you to read about it.
Dead Sea - I'm out there somewhere....we didn't swim...we floated!!! It was the weirdest thing ever. Might I add that my skin felt great afterwards.
Georgia & Rach - Western Jerusalem
Attack on Georgia
An alley-way where Jesus "possibly" would have walked or rode on a donkey on Palm Sunday.
Absolutely deceiving! There was no coffee shop!
Garden of Gethsemane - I think this is my second favorite photo.
Door of a church at the Garden of Gethsemane
Eastern Gate - Read Ezekiel about the gate being sealed until the Messiah comes...we had goosebumps.
Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives
Candid Bus Photo
Beth-Shean - Ancient Roman City - This place was amazing. This is a Roman Ampitheater that is still intact.
Hilary & Rach
Um...there is still a lot of excavation taking place
On top of an ancient tel in Beth-Shean, we hiked up to this thing (only a couple of us brave ladies did it in 100 heat!)
Yeah....I hiked it.
There was a major earthquake back in the day and so these pillars fell onto the road...(the road is the orginal road) and the excavators found all of this "as is."
Fallen pillar top.
Go camel, go camel.
Megan on a camel
He's soooo cute. No, they didn't spit on me.
Close up with my camel.
Jerusualem from Mt. of Olives
Jerusalem from Mt. of Olives
Ein-Gedi springs - This is where David fled for his life from Saul. He hid out in a cave and cut off a piece of Saul's robe.
Valley of Armageddon
Lunch @ Meggido :)
Rach & Michelle ontop of this cliff
Sea of Galiee
Pastor Todd & Rach --- we are in the Sea of Galiee
This is the most twisted road I have ever been on. Our bus has to do a 3-point turn at one point just to make it around a corner....ummm so scarey.
On the left is Jordan, to the right is Israel...in the middle there is a bridge that was blown up in 1948
Just before I was baptised in the Jordan...I was also trying to catch these giant catfish.
Herod's Pool at Casearea
Gladiator Fights anyone?