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Day 4 - Caesarea Maritima, Megiddo, Mt Carmel, and Akko

Well, Day 4 was yesterday.... today as I sit here we all prepare to move on to our next hotel and phase 2 of this grand journey, which will be a couple of nights on the complete opposite end of the country (check a map... Tiberias to Eilat and everything in between in one day!).

As a result, I'm going to keep my typing to a minimum so I can pack and eat and not be the leader who was late for the bus - never a good thing. So here we go...

First off, morning of day 4, we visited Caesarea Maritima. It was a great city which went through many different phases - built by Roman, into the hands of Crusaders,, conquered and destroyed by Muslims, and into a sleepy little village in the Byzantine period, all the while beset by many earthquakes. But Paul set sail from here, which is the significance to us.

Caesarea is an ancient ruin set right next to a modern community, including the largest coal/natural gas powered plant in the country. The aqueduct here carried water from miles and miles away, and was engineered at a 1% drop rate to keep the water moving... amazing in a time of no computers. There is a hippodrome here for chariot races, and a theater for performances (bring the food and drink, some of them lasted for days!), all set right on the shore of the Mediterranean...

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Moving on, we visited Megiddo, a once thriving city on the edge of the Jezreel Valley, aka the Valley of Armageddon. The most interesting thing about this city is the water system, which allowed them to outlast sieges by bringing water into the city by an underground tunnel that ended at a hidden spring,

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Our next visit was to Mukhraka, which is a monastery placed at the top of Mount Carmel where Elijah challenged the 450 prophets of Baal. And won, if you don't know the story. But from here, you can see an amazing and expansive view of the Valley of Armageddon.

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And rounding out the day, we went to the coast to visit Akko, sometimes called Acre, and a pretty amazing crusader fortress and "underground city". An amazing place, where one could wander for hours and hours. All it really needed was a great round table (as opposed to the wooden picnic tables :-(

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Ok thats it for Day 4... we arrived in Eilat today for a little mid-tour break, so as tomorrow is only a half day of touring and the rest of the day is free, I should be able to get Day 5 (today) and half day tomorrow (Day 6) uploaded, and then we're all caught up!

Thank you again for following....

Posted by Comp Ministries 14:10

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