Many of us who were heading home from Cairo opted to take a little excursion to the Frankfurt Christmas Market. (A great way to spend an eight-hour layover in Frankfurt!)
Our postcard-worthy trip is coming to an end. But we managed to squeeze in a few more spectacular sites today.
When we stepped out of the front door of our hotel in Cairo, we could SEE the great pyramid across the street! (What??)
We began this journey with two buses in Jordan. We grew to four in Israel but are now back to two as we head from Israel to Egypt.
We savoured our last day in Israel knowing we would end the day with a farewell dinner. Two-thirds of our group would head home and one-third would continue on to Egypt.
Lake Kinneret to be precise.
It is after all, a lake, and not a sea. And it is the lowest freshwater lake on earth. At a mere 21kms long and 13kms wide, the ‘Sea’ of Galilee is considerably underwhelming by Canadian standards.
Today we journeyed to the most northern regions of Israel. We walked through a beautiful, lush nature reserve in the city of Dan (named after the tribe of Dan) and saw “Abraham’s Gate”. This gate existed during the time when Abraham lived and is known to have visited the city. It’s a fairly recent discovery – only uncovered in 1979. (Archaeological discoveries happen quite regularly in Israel).
In the stillness and simplicity of Kibbutz Ma’agan, the Awaken Journey continues with an invitation to “come away from the hurriedness.”
We have spent the last couple of days on a 2 day retreat on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. It’s been a refreshing change of pace. But I will talk more about that tomorrow. I will share highlights from both retreat days in the next post. You will have to wait with bated breath.
We packed up our too-full bags, loaded the buses and headed North up the Jordan Valley toward Tiberias – a small city on the Sea of Galilee where we will spend the remainder of our time in Israel.