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You've collected your bags and left the airport. You ask yourself what to do now? Should I head to Tel Aviv or to Jerusalem? You can't decide so you ask me. And I say take a train to Netanya, a city of 200,000 ~20-30km north of Tel Aviv:





What's to do in Netanya? You can visit Zohar, or, if he's unavailable I recommend spending a relaxing evening on the beach and grabbing a light bite to eat at a boulangerie or a sandwich/falafel place.

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So after one relaxing evening in Netanya, you move on to a full day of adventure in Qaesariya and Haifa.

Let's start in Quesariya, which was once the largest Roman port in the Eastern Mediteranean. Today, you will still find well-preserved ruins, along with a spectacular amphitheatre that still holds various musical performances, a seaside hippodrome, beautiful beaches (swimming among submerged Roman ruins), classy restaurants and Israel's only golf course. (It's the Israeli equivalent of the Hamptons/Cote de'Azur)











After 2 hours or so in Quesariya, you make your way north to Haifa, a city of 1.1 million (incl. suburbs), where you make a tour of the equisite Bahaii Gardens.

































































After your visit to the Bahaii Gardens, you might want to go for a swim in Hof HaKarmel, an excellent beach at the southern entrance of the city, or to visit Stella Maris and the prophet Elijah's Cave. Have a nice and tasty, if pricey, dinner in the German Colony neighbourhood at the base of the Bahaii Gardens/Temple.
 

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Last ones for the moment. :)

On the next day, we leave Haifa and head north to the ancient Crusader/Turkish city of Acco (Acre)

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Pictures from Urban Legend and Hebrew Text

The Crusader's Citadel--- a must see!






Shrine of Bahaiullah




 

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After you satiate your appetite with Humus from Abu Said, make your way north to Rosh Hanikra, a scenic grotto and also the northernmost point on the Israeli coast.

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Now onto Sfat, one of the 4 holy cities for Jews. It is also the birthplace of Kabbalah. You take in the fresh mountain air; the feeling of holiness/sacredness that permeates the town; and some of the beautiful artists' galleries in this holy city-cum-artists colony.







Tomorrow, we wake up bright and early for a trip to the Sea of Galilee and to the Golan Heights.

I mentioned Rosh Pina last night. This is the nice town near Sfat where you spent the night. It is an artists colony with lots of nice galleries and cafes.

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Now onto the Sea of Galilee (which, for the sake of time, will include, among other places, Nazareth--- which isn't directly on the lake; but is nearby; I personally don't recommend visiting unless you are a very observant Christian as the Church of the Annunciation was only built about 40 yrs ago and architecturally, is not impressive; Capernaum, Tiberias, the Jordan River) and also to the Golan Heights, the Banias, and Tel Dan.
 

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Pics from the rest of Israel--- Galilee, Golan Heights, Dead Sea, Negev Desert, Red Sea--- but no pics of Jerusalem or Tel Aviv.

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The Banias River- North ISrael




The Shane



Mt Carmel- North Israel



Dead Sea- Negev Desert



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I spent five days in Tel Aviv last week and never get tired of visiting. It's not the first time I've been over but the city seems to have such a buzz about it at the moment. Brilliant place.
 
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