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8th Day: Sea of Galilee – Nazareth – Acre

My 8th day of the “Israel-Palestine-Petra” trip was definitely not my favorite, because we spend too much time driving and I think an extra day would have been better to visit these places more calmly. 

We woke at 5:00am and half an hour later we were starting our route from Eilat to the North of the country. At 11:00am we were in Capernaum (3 ILS). The site is located at the north corner of the Sea of Galilee, on the side of the ancient road from Tiberias to the east of the sea of Galilee: Golan, Gamla and Jordan.

Capernaum was the center of Jesus activities in the Galilee and his town during that time. Jesus taught in the local synagogue. It was also the home town of the apostles Peter, James, Andrew and John, and the tax collector Matthew. (from  http://www.biblewalks.com/). The main sights at Capernaum today are the ruined synagogue and the church, which stand quite close to each other near the shore, with ruins of 1st-to-6th-century houses in between. Also on the site are finely carved stones that belong to the synagogue (included one with a Star of David), and a new Greek Orthodox church nearby.

Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee

Capernaum Synagogue

Capernaum Synagogue

Capernaum Synagogue

Capernaum Synagogue

Capernaum Synagogue

Capernaum Synagogue

Capernaum Church

Capernaum Church

Capernaum Church

Capernaum Church

From there, we went to Nazareth and arrived at 13:00, found some traffic jam close to the Basilica, but were lucky enough to find a space to park our car on the street (3 ILS per hour). Before heading to the Basilica of the Annunciation, we had lunch in a little shop in the center, called Abu Ashraf (2 pita bread with falafe, hummus, coffee and some sweets, 30 ILS each).

Lunch

The Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth is a modern Catholic church built over the remains of Byzantine and Crusader churches. It incorporates the cave in which the Virgin Mary received the news from Gabriel that she would give birth to Jesus. The site has been a pilgrimage destination since earliest times and remains an important stop for Holy Land pilgrims today. (From: http://www.sacred-destinations.com/).

Basilica of the Annunciation

Basilica of the Annunciation

Basilica of the Annunciation

Basilica of the Annunciation

Basilica of the Annunciation

Basilica of the Annunciation

Basilica of the Annunciation

Basilica of the Annunciation

Basilica of the Annunciation

Basilica of the Annunciation

After walking around Nazareth, we decided to take our car at 15:00 to head to Acre. Sadly, the traffic was at its worst, so we arrived in Acre with the sun setting. It would have been great to spend the night in Acre to enjoy this beautiful city the next morning. But we didn´t have enough time and our Airbnb was waiting for us in Tel Aviv.

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Once in Tel Aviv, we left our rented car in the Avis´office at the airport, where we paid 222.2 euros per 5 days of car. From the airport we took a taxi to our Airbnb at Levontin st., 7 (132 ILS). By the way, we paid 26 euros per night, and the room was in an excellent location, although it was a little weird to have the bathroom outside the apartment, but I guess is part of the Tel Aviv vibe.

10 minutes walking from our apartment, we found Hanoi restaurant (130 ILS per person, including some drinks), just what we needed for dinner before going to bed.

Hanoi

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